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Introduce students to how they can use KWL charts for assignments in an ELA, social studies, history, or science classroom. Break kids into small reading groups, assign different passages from a text, and have kids make KWL charts for the text. Have kids create KWL charts about a content-area textbook chapter or passage for homework and ask them to submit their charts via email or cloud-based storage.Continue reading Show less
Editor's Note: WeKWL is no longer available.
WeKWL is a collaborative tool for creating digital KWL charts -- graphic organizers that help kids capture what they know (K), what they want to know (W), and what the expect to learn (L) from class content. Users can choose the basic chart or modified charts that include columns for evidence (E) and corresponding challenges (C). Once users create a new file, they can add entries, one by one, to any column.
After creating a KWL chart, users can export it as a PDF, and share it as a PDF via email, message, or another app on their device. If users turn on the collaborative features, an unlimited number of students can log into the same chart to make edits and add content in real time. WeKWL is one of a suite of collaborative apps that includes WeMAP, WeSketch, WeWrite, and more.
Graphic organizers give kids helpful templates for organizing their thoughts and ideas, and this app's built-in templates and no-nonsense interface lets kids get straight to the point. Collaboration is easy, too: It's super-simple for kids to create a new collaboration session and to work from multiple devices. The ability to automatically share charts as PDFs is useful as well, making this an effective tool whether kids are working from another app or submitting a completed assignment.
The app doesn't offer much guidance on what a KWL chart is or how to use one, so kids and teachers should have a good sense of the charts' purpose and potential before using it. The interface requires a lot of trial and error (or some time with the manual) to determine what features are available. Framed well, however, this could be a useful classroom tool.
Key Standards Supported
Reading Informational Text
Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.