Assign an Activity
What are Activities?
Activities are one piece of the Assignments feature in Subtext. Think of them as your building blocks — use just one Activity to keep an Assignment light and simple, or sequence several for a longer or more formal assessment. Our goal: Assignments and their corresponding Activities should make the teacher and student work flow easier to manage in digital texts. See a video on Assignments.
Teachers, find our ready-to-use Activities after you select any Assignment template, or add your own by tapping the orange ‘+’ while you are in creating an assignment. Subtext has two types of Activities today, with more on the way:
‘Highlight & Tag’ Activity:
- This activity is a simple way to guide reading instruction, regardless of text length.
- Teachers: To guide close reading, the ‘Highlight & Tag’ activity lets you identify a word or concept (for example: main idea, inference, or metaphor), then have students label key passages with that concept, all from the highlight menu. (See Figure 1)
- Students: When they have assigned ‘Highlight & Tag’ activities, students just use the ‘Highlight’ menu to select the word or concept you’ve asked them to tag. Once they Submit the assignment, all their passages are organized as Evidence, making it easier to track and assess. (See Figure 2)
‘Show You Know’ Activity:
- This activity makes writing prompts a routine (yet engaging!) part of your students’ reading.
- Teachers: Once you ask students to read a selected page range, the ‘Show You Know’ activity helps students reflect on reading or summarize their thoughts. Try some of our pre-built prompts in any of our assignment templates (written by our Common Core specialists!) or add one of your own. (See Figures 1 and 3)
- Students: Students can access their list of Activities, including their ‘Show you Know’ activity, from the assignment icon at the top of any page in the assigned reading range. Encourage your students to use proper grammar and spelling for writing practice.
Figure 1: A teacher choosing an activity inside Create Assignment or Edit Assignment:
Figure 2: A student seeing an assignment tag in their Highlight Menu as they read:
Figure 3: A student’s highlighted passages and a finished ‘Show You Know’ writing prompt, before they hit ‘Submit’: