Education Technology

NCTE: Uncovering Personal Reactions to Urban Life

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

Students will read various print and non-print texts that in some way grapple with the complexities of living in multicultural urban centers in the U.S. They will record their reactions to the texts on their devices using a new NoteFolio™ file.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity.

Print the appropriate pages from the Activity for your class.

Install the NoteFolio™ App on the students' graphing calculators following the attached instructions.

Tell students that they will not be answering specific questions about the texts they will be reading. Instead, they will be responsible for deciding what is important in what they read or view. To help the students do this, provide them with copies of the student handout entitled "Reader Response Guide." They will use the phrases contained on the sheet to write their comments in the NoteFolio file.

During the Activity

  • Distribute the appropriate pages from the Activity to your class
  • Distribute the NoteFolio file(s) to your class using TI Connect™ and the appropriate TI Connectivity cable
  • Follow the procedures outlined in the Activity


  • Students will:
  • Draw on a broad base of knowledge about the universal themes of literature such as initiation, love and duty, heroism, illusion and reality, salvation, death and rebirth, and explain how these themes are developed in a particular work of literature.
  • Develop, explain, and defend interpretations of complex literary works.
  • Examine, explain, and evaluate, orally and in writing, various perspectives concerning individual, community, national, and world issues reflected in literary and nonliterary texts.
  • Write creative fiction that includes an authentic setting, discernible tone, coherent plot, distinct characters, effective detail, believable dialogue, and reasonable resolution of conflict.
  • Write for a variety of readers, including peers, teachers, and other adults, adapting content, style, and structure to audience and situation.
  • Interpret literary works orally.
  • Speak fluently with varied inflection and effective eye contact, enunciating clearly at an appropriate rate and volume.
  • Evaluate the effects of different types of language, such as literary and technical, formal and informal, in communications designed to narrate, inform, explain, persuade, and entertain.
  • Evaluate the use of standard American English in public contexts, such as school and work.
  • Evaluate the choice of words, expressions, and style considering the purpose and context of a communication.
  • Develop various media products to inform or entertain others in school or the community.
  • After the Activity

    During and after the reading of each text, be sure to elicit discussion about the text. As the teacher, you may want to have a few provocative questions ready to start a class-wide discussion, but the best discussions come from the students. Encourage them to share comments from their "Reader Response Guides."