Scribble Press is a free app for the iPad that allows the user to create ebooks. There are over 50 story templates (If I Were a Superhero, for example), or you can create your own. Illustrating the stories is easy and fun with the use of markers, stamps, and stickers. Once a book is created, it can be sent to your iBookshelf, and read by any iPad user. It can also be shared in other ways by publishing them to a public gallery (optional) or even ordering a printed copy of the book. Scribble Press is extremely “kid-friendly”, and a wonderful way to spark the imagination of even the most reluctant writers!
If you are trying to allow some of your students who are reading at a higher level to work independently, you might find these literature units helpful. There are only 6, but they include discussion guides written with Bloom’s Taxonomy in mind. Another great thing about these materials is that they were created by students. Not only could some of your students work through the units, but they could use them as examples for developing some of their own. While you are visiting Mrs. Sunda’s site, check out some of her other links. Many resources are given for teachers, including a link to a detailed article explaining the process behind the literature units.
This idea is one of several provided in an article on Scholastic.com entitled Making Connections/Self-Monitoring: A Differentiated Learning Centers Unit Plan. You may want to check out the entire unit. Or, if you have less time, be sure to visit this section, which gives you suggestions for using the above reproducible to encourage your students to make connections to the text they are reading. The students could use this independently or in a game format in pairs. This lesson is excerpted from Differentiated Literacy Centers by Margo Southall.
Though this book is technically for parents, I think that teachers could use a lot of the information as well. At the very least, it could be a resource offered to parents at a conference about their gifted child. This is a free e-book, which can be downloaded in various formats or even viewed on the internet. It has a lot of links to other resources, and it is an easy read with common sense advice.