5 Paragraph Essay Graphic Organizer Readwritethink Trading Cards

 

ABOUT THIS INTERACTIVE 

The Trading Card tool gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept.

These cards are can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide student through the various types of cards, expanding students' thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject.

The save capability gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. Images can be uploaded into the card to give the finished product a complete and polished look.

Cards can be bundled into a single, small collection (8 card maximum) so that students have a way of sort and grouping similar topics in one file. As an example, we have provided a collection of cards about Shakespeare. Feel free to download the .rwt file (right click the link and pick Save As) and upload it into the Trading Card interactive to see how collections can be used in your classroom!

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Why Use This Tool

Creating trading cards for their favorite story characters will challenge children to think more deeply about what they read or even watch in movies or on television. By answering a series of questions, children zero in on what's obvious and not so obvious about a character. Not only will they describe the character's appearance and actions, but also probe for thoughts, feelings, and motivations. The cards also offer a chance for children to consider their own impressions: What is likeable or not likeable about a character and what personal connections might children make?

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Here’s What To Do

Character selection is an important step. Book characters are ideal, but let children choose any character they like from any media, including graphic novels, comic books, and movies. Children then answer five groups of questions about the character and story. A planning sheet is available so children can start thinking about their answers before starting the online exercise. When finished, they can print the completed card (see sample), cut out the two pieces, and tape them together to make a two-sided card. No trading card is complete without a photo, so the character card includes space for children to attach or draw a picture.

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More Ideas To Try

  • Try the activity with a group of children, but have them keep their characters a secret so they can play a “Guess Who?” game. Children can give out one detail at a time from the trading card until someone guesses their character.
  • Use the Trading Card Creator tool to examine children’s original writing or to help plan stories. Remind children that richly detailed characters and settings are the most interesting to read about.
  • Remind children that they are the main characters in their very own story—their life. Invite them to create character cards about themselves. The answers can be true reflections or a chance to dream a little about the characters they’d like to be.

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