Reading Comprehension using Web 2.0 Tools

Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan: Instructor(s):
Keri Green
Amy Souls
Scott Nagel
Beth Niece

Lesson Duration: Varies by grade level
Course Title and Grade Levels: Guided Reading: 4th grade
Unit: ELA-Reading Comprehension

Specific Topic:

Digital Story Telling

Essential Questions/Key Concepts:

How do students use story elements to give a comprehensive retell using digital tools?
How will digital tools provide opportunities to demonstrate comprehension of fictional texts?

Instructional Goal(s):

Students will be able to retell a story by identifying story elements (character, setting, problem, solution) using digital tools.

Performance Objective(s)

Retell fictional story using story elements in a digital format


To demonstrate reading comprehension abilities with regards to story retelling using story elements through digital tools. The elements act as a graphic organizer to guide students through their retell from the beginning, middle, and end while using story vocabulary in sequential order with transition words.


*NETS - National Educational Technology Standards:
1. Creativity and Innovation - Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology. (1b, 1c)
2. Communication and Collaboration - Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. (2a, 2b)
*College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations
*College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading
7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words. MA.8.A. Analyze the meanings of literary texts by drawing on knowledge of literary concepts and genres.
*Common Core Standards:
RL.4.3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

Instructional Procedures:

a. Focusing event - Show students an example of a digital story/retelling using Web 2.0 tools. Digital Example - (book trailer), teacher made glogster/xtranormal
b. Teaching procedures/differentiation - Students will read a book and use a graphic organizer to take notes about the book’s story in the following areas (setting, characters, problem, solution).
c. Formative check (progress checks throughout the lesson)
d. Student Participation (how you will get the students to participate/what products will students produce)
e. Closure (how you will end the lesson)


digital presentation: rubric observation graphic organizer/story board to match presentation tool written portion will follow FCA’s (focus correction areas): complete sentences, introduction, details in sequential order using transition words to indicate beginning, middle, end.

Materials and Aids/Websites/References:

Reading Comprehension Graphic Organizer

Digital Examples

Capzles, glogster (online poster), tagzedo, wordle, book trailers, Cool tools for schools, prezi, beeclip 30 students free (scrapbook, key phrase, drag into scrapbook, and annotate), toondoo, xtranormal, audioboo, blabberize, animoto, powerpoint, photopeach, zooburst