Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Enhancing ELA Skills with Adobe Express #AdobeEduCreative @RebeccaLouHare

I want to share some exciting ways you can incorporate Adobe Express into your English Language Arts (ELA) classroom. This user-friendly digital tool offers a wealth of creative possibilities to engage middle and high school students, while also aligning with the ELA Common Core Standards. So, let's dive in and explore three practical examples of lessons that will engage your students.

1. Visual Storytelling with Adobe Express

With Adobe Express, your students can become master storytellers by creating captivating visual narratives. Start by having them select a thought-provoking image or photograph and then craft a short story around it. They can use the app's features to enhance the image, add text, and apply filters to evoke emotions. By integrating descriptive language and literary techniques, such as character development, setting, and plot, students will not only develop their narrative writing skills (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.3), but also engage in critical thinking and analysis (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1). Using the stock images found in Express can help cut down on the searching on the web for photos that are exactly what the students need. This can be done as a long form assignment or a class starter. 

2. Literary Analysis Infographics

Incorporating visual representations into literary analysis can deepen students' understanding and enable them to showcase their insights in a creative way. Ask your students to select a significant literary work, such as a novel or play, and have them identify key themes, symbols, and character arcs. Using Adobe Express, they can create visually appealing infographics that present their analysis, incorporating images, text boxes, and charts. This activity not only addresses the ELA Common Core Standards for writing informative/explanatory texts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.9-10.2), but also encourages students to engage with complex texts (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.1) and demonstrate their comprehension through multiple modes (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.7). There are so many examples of infographics that you can share with students that can help guide their creation. Here is one example that you can share with your students. 

3. Digital Book Reviews

Encourage your students to embrace their inner bookworms by creating captivating digital book reviews using Adobe Express. After reading a novel, short story, or poem, students can craft multimedia reviews that combine their written reflections with visual elements. They can include book covers, relevant images, and even audio or video clips to enhance their reviews. This activity addresses multiple ELA Common Core Standards, such as writing arguments to support claims (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.7.1), presenting information effectively (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.4), and integrating multimedia components into presentations (CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.5). They can even create a website that would hold multiple items they create over the course of the year. It could act as a reading portfolio where they share what they have read and what they recommend. As a teacher, you can check the website throughout the year to see what their reading and other students can check the websites for book suggestions. 

By integrating Adobe Express into your ELA classroom, you'll not only tap into your students' creativity but also provide them with practical opportunities to develop and apply essential English language arts skills. Remember to adapt these lesson ideas to suit your students' grade level and interests, and don't be afraid to explore other possibilities that Adobe Express has to offer. There are so many other ways to incorporate Adobe Express in the classroom. Check out the #AdobeEduCreative tag on Twitter and Instagram to see some great examples and use it to tag your work when you share it. 

Hugs and High Fives, 

The Nerdy Teacher

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