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Learning Menus Entrées Anchor Texts. Email: kellistair2013@gmail.com kellistair@angrybunnypublishing.com. Presenter: Kelli Stair Author of VoiceThread for Digital Education https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/356369 and QRevolution (available for preorder)

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Email: kellistair2013@gmail.com


Presenter: Kelli Stair

Author of VoiceThread for Digital Education


and QRevolution (available for preorder)



what s a learning menu
What’s a Learning Menu?
  • Differentiation strategy
  • Menu: student choice of learning activities
  • Different points for different types/levels of tasks
  • Divided into sections (appetizer, entrée, etc.)
  • Students choose options from each section
  • Options are tasks or activities for students to complete in order to earn that set of points
for more webinars
For More Webinars


Events page for upcoming webinars

Recent Blogs or Online Workshops for archived webinars

unit menu template
Unit Menu Template

Beverages: Vocabulary

Appetizers: Background Information

Soup/Salad: Supplementary Texts and Tasks

Entrée: Anchor Text and Tasks

Dessert: Summative Assessment

types of anchor texts
Types of Anchor Texts

Textbooks/ Lectures

Film Study/ Documentary

Novel/ Biography

tasks informational anchor text
Tasks—Informational Anchor Text
  • Cornell Notes: Key points, notes, summary http://coe.jmu.edu/learningtoolbox/cornellnotes.html
    • Google docs, video summary, (Online textbook- Scrible)
  • Text Annotation (Harvard Freshman guide) http://guides.library.harvard.edu/content.php?pid=237714&sid=1962984&gid=4877#6579057
  • Create documentary guide with questions for discussion, journaling, or other processing strategy
tasks fiction literature anchor texts
Tasks—Fiction/ Literature Anchor Texts
  • Response journals: quotes, character development, plot turns, text/world/self connections http://olc.spsd.sk.ca/DE/PD/instr/strats/responsejournal/
  • Literature Circles http://ed.sc.gov/agency/programs-services/190/ccss-support/documents/H11_Literature_Circles_Lesson_Plan_Materials-DWW.pdf
  • Study Guides: novels or films, themes, characters, discussion questions www.shmoop.com
    • Search films or novels by name for pre-written guides
web tools
Web Tools
  • Notes: Word, Google Docs, Lino
  • Journals: Lino, VoiceThread, PowerPoint, Word, Google Docs presentation/ document, YouTube
  • Discussions: wiki, VoiceThread, forum
  • Annotation: Scrible, A.nnotate
  • eBooks: Project Gutenberg http://www.projectgutenberg.com/ Bartleby http://bartleby.com/
  • Textbooks online
creating the menu
Creating the Menu
  • Differentiate by text
    • novels in print, online, and audiobook
    • alternate comprehension levels of film
    • different textbooks at reading levels
  • Differentiate by task (process and product)
    • Individual or collaborative
    • Notes, journals, discussions online or in class
    • Product formats: print, online, video, audio, combination
up next dessert summative assessments
Up Next: Dessert: Summative Assessments
  • Using essential questions
  • Differentiating by products
  • Rubrics
kelli stair writer teacher consultant www angrybunnypublishing com
Kelli Stair—Writer, Teacher Consultantwww.angrybunnypublishing.com
  • If you liked this presentation, you’ll love my eBook VoiceThread for Digital Education available at

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  • https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/356359
  • Look for QRevolution coming November 25, 2013.
  • PreOrder for $2.99 at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/368369
  • Be sure to join me every Tuesday and Thursday for more great teaching digital literacy strategies.