Integration Doc: Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 (Ages 11-13) Language Arts 📖📝

6-8 English Language Arts

What is Flipgrid? 💭

Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families around the world. Flipgrid promotes fun and social learning by giving every student an equal and amplified voice on the Topics you define!


Flipgrid Basics 💻📱🖥

When you set up your account, you’ll first create a Grid for your learning community. Grids are the canvas you will use to post discussion Topics, to which your students will post short video Responses. That’s how they share their voice! Students can then view and Reply to each other’s Responses, infusing your class with a dose of social and emotional learning! Flipgrid is available on the web or via our Windows 10, iOS, or Android apps.

If you’re just getting started, we recommend checking out the Flipgrid Educator Innovation Station. It’s filled with everything you need to become a Flipgrid pro!


Flipgrid in Grades 6-8 Language Arts 📖📝

In middle grades, learners refine their voice and communicate with others while strengthening skills such as elaboration and reflection. Flipgrid helps students leverage technology to take an active role in demonstrating competency in their learning goals (ISTE Standards for Students 1). Flipgrid allows all students to share their thoughts regardless of reading or writing skill level! Here’s just a few ways that Flipgrid can ignite engagement and capture your students’ learning process:

⭐️ Read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poems
⭐️ Use evidence to determine central ideas, analyze, draw inferences, and make connections to a text
⭐️ Determine the meaning of words and phrases, including figurative and connotative meanings.
⭐️ Analyze the impact of word choice, and explore point of view.

⭐️ Compare and contrast a written story, drama, or poem to its audio, filmed, staged, or multimedia version.

⭐️ Evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text. Recognize relevant and irrelevant evidence.

⭐️ Write and recite narratives with techniques such as dialogue, pacing, description and reflection.

Once you’re ready to create your first discussion Topic, you can dive right in from your Educator Admin or head to the Disco Library for inspiration. Some goals for Reading and Writing in middle grades include argumentative and informative writing, citing textual evidence, analyzing main ideas, and presenting claims and findings. Here is a sampling of Language Arts Topics currently available in the Disco Library, all created by your peers and ready to be used with your learners!

🚀 Disco Library: 6th Grade

Vocabulary Charades by Amy Radford: A Topic for supporting vocabulary development.

Writing Workshop - Thesis Review by Shawn Conway: A Topic for checking in on Writer’s Workshop with your students.

Impersonating Story Characters by Michael Coone: A Topic to for using textual evidence to build comprehension.

Before You Read the Book by Blair Smith: A Topic for pre-reading activities, making predictions, and collaborating during a unit of study.

🚀 Disco Library: 7th Grade

What’s in Your Suitcase? by Bronwyn Joyce: A Topic for developing global empathy and writing with emotive language.

Vocabulary Words by Malinda Hurt: A Topic for visualizing vocabulary.

Rockstar Poetry with Hoobastank by Misty Griffin: A Topic to analyze and discuss poetry and make real world connections.

Literary Elements by Corey Mathias: A Topic to explain literary elements.

🚀 Disco Library: 8th Grade

Novel Reflection by Jessica Gonzales: A Topic for reflecting on literature.

Poetry Slam by Jornea Erwin: A Topic for helping students use descriptive language to create poems.

My Debate Topic by Mandi Bush: A Topic for practicing argument and debate skills.

Figurative Language by Michelle Stein: A Topic for comparing figurative language.


Consider this: ISTE Standards for Students 💡

Empowered Learner 1 - Students leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences. 1B Students build networks and customize their learning environments in ways that support the learning process.

Knowledge Constructor 3 - Students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others. 3C: Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Creative Communicator 6 - Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. 6D: Students publish and or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Global Collaborator 7 - Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally. 7B Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts, or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.


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There is no limit to the ways you can use Flipgrid with your learners. Dive in and help your students define their voice, share their voice, and respect the diverse voice of their peers. We are here to support you as you engage and amplify!

💚 Team Flipgrid in Minneapolis, MN