Creating Text Sets Using Padlet
Padlet is a great online engaging and effective tool for student discussion and content submission. Students will post images of books under the correct text set, write book reviews, and add new text sets as needed. Students can also comment on other students' posts.
Padlet allows teachers to create and re-use three FREE Padlets before upgrading to a paid model.
- Be able to use Padlet to create text sets for the class.
- Understand what it means to collaborate, make comments, and write book reviews on Padlet.
- Be able to respectfully post images and comments on Padlet.
Text Sets: A text set is a collection of related texts (books) organized around a certain topic or theme.
Digital Etiquette: Digital etiquette also known as netiquette, is the proper and polite way to communicate to others online.
To prepare for this lesson:
View this Padlet Tutorial Video.
Set up your free account on Padlet.
Watch Powtoon Text Set Video.
Have a set of books for students to help you sort through and organize into sets. (Write titles on sticky notes and have chart paper ready).
Create a text set Padlet. Note: I wrote three-four text sets and put one book image and description underneath one to give kids an idea of what they will be doing.
Post the share link in Google Classroom or a location for students to easily access.
See Accommodations Page and Charts on the 21things4students.net site in the Teacher Resources.
Directions for this activity:
On chart paper write “Text Sets”. Explain to the students what a text set is. Use the stack of books you have. Have students come up with text set categories that you will write on chart paper.
Pass out some of the sticky notes you already have titles of familiar books on. Have students come up and put them under the correct category. Students will explain why they put them in that category. You may need to create new text sets if needed.
Students will watch Powtoon Text Set Video.
Show students your example Padlet that you created of text sets. Discuss this together. Demonstrate how to add a book image and type comments.
Students will now log into Google Classroom (or click on the bookmarked link in another location) and click on the Padlet link.
Students will look back through their reading log and think about books that they have read already. Students will come up with some books for the text sets listed. They may also create new text sets. They will post an image of the book. Then, they will write a quick book review.
Discuss digital etiquette before sending students off on their own. Make sure students remember that it is just as important to treat people with respect online as it is in person. Students will also be able to comment respectfully on others’ postings.
If you feel that students need to learn more about digital etiquette, you can have them watch this short video - Digital Etiquette BrainPOP.
Different options for assessing the students:
- Check for understanding
Example of a Padlet rubric that you can recreate to make it your own.
MITECS Competencies & ISTE Standards
MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.
6a. Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
6c. Students communicate complex ideas clearly using various digital tools to convey the concepts textually, visually, graphically, etc.
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.
7a. Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
7b. Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
Devices and Resources
CONTENT AREA RESOURCES
Students will learn what a text set is, be able to create their own text sets and sort books into the correct set.
This task card was created by Dawn Phillips, Wyoming Public Schools, August 2020. Updated April 2022.