Cube Creator is an excellent web tool from ReadWriteThink to use with students in class. It can be used in a variety of educational and literacy based activities including as a pre-writing activity, a post reading activity, in storytelling activities, book review activities, among others. Cube Creator consists of four main features each of which targets a specific creative area.
1- Bio Cube:
Students can use Bio Cube to draft their autobiographies or to write biographies of others. During the process students are offered writing prompts to help guide their creative writing process. Prompts include questions about one’s background, personality etc.
2- Mystery Cube
“Use this option to help your students sort out the clues in their favorite mysteries or develop outlines for their own stories. Among its multiple applications, the Mystery Cube helps students identify mystery elements, practice using vocabulary from this popular genre, and sort and summarize information. Specific prompts ask students to describe the setting, clues, crime or mystery, victim, detective, and solution.”
3- Story Cube
“In this cube option, students can summarize the key elements in a story, including character, setting, conflict, resolution, and theme. Students can even identify their favorite part of the story. This can be used as an alternative to the Story Map interactive.”
4- Create-Your-Own Cube
“Working on a science unit? Doing some research on volcanoes? The Create-Your-Own Cube is your answer. This version allows teachers and students to generate their own questions or topics. Teachers can type in the questions, lock them from editing using the padlock icon, and save the file using the Save tab at the top of the screen. The saved file can then be shared with students to enter in their responses. Students can also customize cubes on topics of their choosing.”