Cozy Up to the Classics this Winter

Written by the Kurzweil Blog Team

      The holiday season can get very busy; planning school and family events, inclement weather, and working with students eager for winter break can add additional strains to the day. Ease your way into the last few weeks of the year with these classics that will help fuel studentsí dreams of winter play and holidays.

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The Winterís Tale
by William Shakespeare
      The Snow Image: A Childish Miracle
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
      Life Adventures of Santa Claus
by Frank L. Baum
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Refer to the Kurzweil 3000 Common Core Standards page for recommendations on grade level assignments your students could work on while reading these books. Here are a few examples to get you started.

Example 1:
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

  • Remind the students they can use Kurzweil 3000ís Highlighters for highlighting key text structures before thoroughly reading the text or to mark up key information during reading.

Example 2:
Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version, analyzing the effects of techniques unique to each medium (e.g., lighting, sound, color, or camera focus and angles in a film). You could watch the film production of The Winterís Tale or Charles Dickensí "A Christmas Carol" and compare it to the book.

  • Use Kurzweil 3000ís Circle tools (red and blue) to circle key text structures before thoroughly reading the text or to mark up key information during reading.
  • Use Kurzweil 3000ís Extract notes and highlights to extract any or all of your notes and highlights and create a new text document that can be used later to record answers or study for tests.
  • Example 3:
    Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful.

    Kurzweil 3000 offers multiple Vocabulary Tools to help with word meaning including:

    • Translate — Translation on the fly for English Language Learners to help build their knowledge of English.
    • Definition — Lookup words, choosing from several different dictionaries. Definitions can also be translated into multiple languages.
    • Picture dictionary — Aid word recognition and comprehension with the built-in picture dictionary of 1,500 images or you can create your own; also available in Spanish.
    • Syllables — Learn how a word breaks down in to syllables.
    • Spell — Practice the correct Spelling of a word, a simple click gives you the spelling in visual and auditory formats.
    • Online reference look-up — Look up information on a topic with instant access to online reference tools; including Wikipedia and Columbia Encyclopedia.

    Many free resources for electronic text on the web can be read with Kurzweil 3000, giving individuals a multitude of materials to choose from. Any book in the Kurzweil Universal Library can be accessed through the web on any computer or on their iPads. In addition, Kurzweil 3000 provides easy access to Bookshare files for students who have a Bookshare account. Setting your students up so they can use Kurzweil 3000 to access digital reading materials during the summer would be a huge support in avoiding that Summer Slide.


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