Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Language Arts

Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

Are you new to Flipgrid? Get Started Here.

Here are the basics: When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Topic for your learning community. Topics are discussion prompts that your students respond to with short videos. Students then Record a Response and post their video or view and Add a Comment to one another’s Responses.

Groups are a great way for educators to organize multiple Topics and share them with a community of learners. Invite your students to respond to an individual Topic or to access your Group of Topics by sharing the Join Code or Link.

Flipgrid is available on the web and via our iOS or Android apps.

Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 Language Arts 📖📝

In middle grades, learners refine their voice and communicate with others while strengthening skills such as elaboration and reflection. Flipgrid helps students leverage technology to take an active role in demonstrating competency in their learning goals (ISTE Standards for Students 1). Flipgrid allows all students to share their thoughts regardless of reading or writing skill level! Here’s just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement and capture your students’ learning process:

⭐️ Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems
⭐️ Use evidence to determine central ideas, analyze, draw inferences, and make connections to a text
⭐️ Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings.
⭐️ Analyze the impact of word choice, and explore point of view.
⭐️ Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version.
⭐️ Evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text. Recognize relevant and irrelevant evidence.
⭐️ Write and recite narratives with techniques such as dialogue, pacing, description and reflection.

Once you’re ready to create your first discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Discovery Library for inspiration. Some goals for Reading and Writing in middle grades include argumentative and informative writing, citing textual evidence, analyzing main ideas, and presenting claims and findings. Here is a sampling of Language Arts Topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your learners!

🚀 Discovery Library: 6th Grade

Vocabulary Charades by Amy Radford: A Topic for supporting vocabulary development.

Writing Workshop - Thesis Review by Shawn Conway: A Topic for checking in on Writer’s Workshop with your students.

Impersonating Story Characters by Michael Coone: A Topic to for using textual evidence to build comprehension.

Before You Read the Book by Blair Smith: A Topic for pre-reading activities, making predictions, and collaborating during a unit of study.

🚀 Discovery Library: 7th Grade

What’s in Your Suitcase? by Bronwyn Joyce: A Topic for developing global empathy and writing with emotive language.

Vocabulary Words by Malinda Hurt: A Topic for visualizing vocabulary.

Rockstar Poetry with Hoobastank by Misty Griffin: A Topic to analyze and discuss poetry and make real world connections.

Literary Elements by Corey Mathias: A Topic to explain literary elements.

🚀 Discovery Library: 8th Grade

Novel Reflection by Jessica Gonzales: A Topic for reflecting on literature.

Poetry Slam by Jornea Erwin: A Topic for helping students use descriptive language to create poems.

My Debate Topic by Mandi Bush: A Topic for practicing argument and debate skills.

Figurative Language by Michelle Stein: A Topic for comparing figurative language.

Consider this: ISTE Standards for Students 💡

Empowered Learner 1 - Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. 1B Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.

Knowledge Constructor 3 - Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. 3C: Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Creative Communicator 6 - Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. 6D: Students publish and or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Global Collaborator 7 - Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. 7B Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts, or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.

Want even more!? 🤓

💥 Explore this step-by-step guide to Get Started with Flipgrid!

💥 Join Education Innovation Leads Jornea Erwin, Jess Boyce, and Ann Kozma for a LIVE Professional Development session. View upcoming dates and times!

💥 Join the #FlipgridForAll educator community on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to learn from colleagues and peers around the world!

💥 Bookmark our blog for the latest happenings and check out our Resource Hub for ideas, tips and best practices.

💥 Become a Level One Flipgrid Certified Educator.

💥 Connect your students with their peers around the world through #GridPals!

There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid with learners in language arts. Dive in and help your students define and share their voice and respect the diverse voices of their peers. We are here to support you!


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