Digital Skills: Developing Online Assessment Skills in Everyday Classroom Activities Western Reserve Public Media

Digital Dioramas
Students will use to create scenes from short stories, plays, and novels. Teachers can provide students with directions to depict characters, dialogue, climax, theme, etc. This project can be a summative assessment, a long-term project, or a choice board item.

I can:
  • Cite evidence from the text to prove my inferences about the text I am reading.

  • Identify the theme or central idea of a text and support theme with examples from the text.

  • Explain how the characters change and respond to the events in the story.

  • Analyze sentences and paragraphs in my reading.

  • Explain how a part of a story contributes to the plot of the story.

  • Explain how an author uses point of view.

Tech Skills:
  • Drag and drop

  • Select, resize, group

  • Choose and customize premade objects

  • Create unique objects from geometric shapes

  • 3D and virtual reality design

  • Viewing, sharing and embedding

Materials and Resources:

Short story, play, or novel

List of literary terms

Accounts for


Grade Level:
  • 6th Grade
    (Can be adapted for other grade levels)
Subject Area:
  • Literature Analysis

Activity 1:

Students read and discuss short story, play, or novel. Students should have understanding of characters, events, themes, etc.


Activity 2:

Introduce students to and have them login with Google accounts. Allow students to explore and experiment with on their own. Provide link to tutorials. You do not need to be the expert. Students will figure this tool out on their own.


Activity 3:

Assign students a particular aspect of the short story, play or novel to depict in a digital diorama. Provide or choose from these suggestions.

  • an important conversation between the main character and another character

  • the scene that proves the main character is dynamic

  • the turning point or climax of the literary work

  • an important event from the correct point of view

  • a series of events that support a specific theme

  • allow students to choose what they would like to depict with your approval


Activity 4:

After creating scene or scenes in, students will write about chosen scenes.

  • Reflect on process and why they choose the particular scene

  • Explain how scene relates to the theme of literary work

  • Critique another student’s scene


Practice Activity:

Students can write their own original work with a similar theme or a continuation/alternate version of the original work. They can create a new cospace.


RL.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

RL.6.2 Analyze literary text development. a. Determine a theme of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details. b. Incorporate a theme and story details into an objective summary of the text.

RL.6.3 Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.

RL.6.5 Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.

RL.6.6 Explain how an author uses the point of view to develop the perspective of the narrator or speaker in a text.
Supplementary Resources: tutorials

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