What is Trading Card Creator?
The Trading Card Creator tool by ReadWriteThink gives students an alternative way to demonstrate their literacy knowledge and skill when writing about popular culture texts or real-world examples. This interactive allows students to create their own trading card about a real or fictional person, place, object, event, or abstract concept.
These cards can be used with any type of book students are reading or subjects that they are studying, and make for an excellent prewriting exercise for students who are writing narrative stories and need to consider characters, setting, and plot. Specific prompts guide students through the various types of cards, expanding students’ thinking from the basic information and description of the topic to making personal connections to the subject.
The save capability, on ReadWriteThink website or app, gives students a way to work on a draft of their card and come back to it to rework and revise as necessary, and to save their finished product to share with friends and family. Images can be uploaded into the card to give the finished product a complete and polished look.
How Does Trading Card Creator Work?
Samples of Lessons
Grades 1-2: Amelia Bedelia Up Close! Closely Reading a Classic Story
Grades 2-8: Captioning the Civil Rights Movement: Reading the Images, Writing the Words
Grades 3-6: The Houdini Box: What Did Houdini Hide? Writing Creative Endings
Grades 6-8: Trading Information about Minerals Through Trading Cards
Grades K-8: Trading Cards to Comic Strips: Popular Culture Texts and Literacy Learning in Grades K-8
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