Innovative & Interactive Response to Text

I’m sure that like me you might get frustrated by some of the obvious drawbacks PDF’s have. And, so many of our docs these days are in PDF format.

So, you may find this to be a relief.


“It’s so important in this digital age when so many students consume text online that they learn how to transfer their pen and paper annotation strategies to the online space. Kami is another fantastic tool for supporting active reading online.”

This is a quote from a fellow educator, Catlin Tucker. It was excerpted from this blog entry ==> Make PDFs Interactive with Kami

I started to have my learners engage with a PDF text and then suddenly in the back of my mind I remembered Catlin’s post from last spring.


Here is a recent example from my class illustrating our use of this tool. In order to protect my learner’s identity, the comments he posted have been redacted, only his highlights have been shared.

Setting Sail



Assignment Directions and Rubric

Read and Annotate

Learning Goal: Stop, think and react using a variety of strategies to understand

Read pp. 1- 9
On pages 7-9 keep track of your thinking using highlighting, underling and/or commenting with Kami.
*Stop to think and react to the information
*Ask questions
*Identify and consider big ideas
*Paraphrase the information in your own words
*Infer to fill in gaps
*Activate your schemaView the rubric below to guide your thinking and outcome.After you finish, find two or three others who have finished. Form a group to share your reactions to the article.
Think about the important ideas as well as any issues, questions, or thoughts you have.
Share your thinking with the whole class via the Padlet below.



  • Determine a theme of a story, from details in the text, including how characters in a story  respond to challenges
  • Explain how a series of  scenes fit together to provide the overall structure of a particular story
  • Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

We have been studying the Arc of the Story aka Plot Diagram during part of our ELA learning. To help reinforce and cement the learning we have incorporated the use of Ozobots to trace the path of the story and react to certain parts such as the climax or rising action.

Here’s some video from our class as they work on this project; including their first day of exploring the coding of their Ozobots in conjunction with their story-maps.



#Building Your PLN

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