Earlier this year, I was presented with a dilemma. I wanted to read Diamond Willow to my students before the Newbery announcement. But because the story is told in diamond-shaped poems with bold words throughout, I knew my students would need to see the text in order to fully appreciate it. I couldn’t afford to buy a class set this late in the year- how could I share this great read-aloud while not going broke?
Then it hit me. This is the 21st century! I realized I could share the novel by utilizing my classroom document camera! On January 15th, I posted this idea on my blog.
…the students can see the poems as I read them, just like if they had the book in their hands. It’s the first time I will be combining technology and literacy this way, and I can’t wait to see how it goes! Will the experience of reading the book on the board, via the camera, be the same as reading the book in your lap? It should be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to find out!
“More books should do the bold words thing. It’s so cool! They tell you what the character is thinking deep down.”
“It must have been really hard to write a whole book using the right diamond shapes and making sure you had all the words for the bold parts.”
“This was my favorite book that we read all year.”
“This was an awesome book!
Thanks to my document camera and a projector, I was able to share an amazing read-aloud with my students!