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Owl Eyes: The Must-Get Web-App for Classical Literature Teachers

Owl Eyes is a new, simple-but-powerful, and FREE web-app for reading classic books with your students. Literature teachers are sure to be excited! Track student progress and interact as they read and annotate. You can embed questions and quizzes into the text while they’re reading. In this post, I’ll share about the features of Owl Eyes. Then, we’ll look at their 10 free lesson plans for literature teachers. Finally, I’ll help you get started signing up. This product is worth a look because it works on any device — and it’s free!

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What Does Owl Eyes Do?

Owl Eyes does several things for reading literature:

  • You can create a classroom and invite students.
  • Students can log in with their Google ID or set up an account.
  • You can assign texts for students to read.
  • As students read, teachers can track their progress.
  • Expert annotations help students with reading comprehension.
  • Students can make annotations and ask questions inside the text.
  • Teachers can answer student questions and embed quizzes in the text
  • Discussions happen inside the book, so as you discuss, you’re literally “all on the same page.”

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A Quick Tour of Owl Eyes


What Books Are Included?

Browse or search the Owl Eyes library to see if your upcoming book is included. Many great authors are included, like Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, and more.

How Do Annotations Work?

Expert annotations are included in the text, and students can make their own annotations as well. As they read, they can highlight text and add notes. They can also ask questions. As the teacher, you can see and reply to their annotations within their book!


How Do Teachers Assign In-Text Quizzes?

As students read, you can assign questions to check for comprehension and point out important items. Just highlight a place in the chapter or book where you’d like to add a quiz. Now, as students read, they can find and answer those questions.


How to Use Owl Eyes

  1. Teaching. I think every classical literature teacher should have an Owl Eyes account just to access the annotations and lesson plans.
  2. Create a classroom with your students. This is the ultimate goal. Your students can read on their device, you can be on the same page, and they don’t have to lug their books to class. If you’re in a 1-to-1 classroom with iPads, Chromebooks, or any other device, this free tool is a MUST-USE. No doubt about it!
  3. Collaborate. If you’re co-planning with other teachers, Owl Eyes will make it easier to share and discuss the texts you’re covering.

Sign Up Before September 1, 2017 and Get Free Lesson Plans

If you sign up now (August 2017) for Owl Eyes, they’ll send you 10 free 60-minute lesson plans. (Make sure you do this before September 1, 2017 – this is only for August so tell everyone you know now!)

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Here are the topics included:

  • Themes in The Canterbury Tales / “The Canterbury Tales: The Role of Fate and Free Will in ‘The Knight's Tale’”
  • Literary Devices in “The Cask of Amontillado” / “‘The Cask of Amontillado’: Characters Revealed Through Irony”
  • Literary Devices in Macbeth / “Macbeth: Character Revealed Through Literary Motifs”
  • Character Analysis in Macbeth / “Macbeth as a Dynamic Character (Act II, Scene i)”
  • Literary Devices in “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” / “‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’: Poetry Devices that Convey the Mariner's Tale”
  • Themes in “Ozymandias” / “‘Ozymandias’: Theme Revealed through Characterization”
  • Themes in Pride and Prejudice / “Pride and Prejudice: Themes Related to Social Class Developed Through Characterization”
  • Character Analysis in Romeo and Juliet / “Romeo and Juliet: Mercutio and the Death of the Festive Clown in Act III, Scene i”
  • Vocabulary in The Scarlet Letter / “The Scarlet Letter: Creating Atmosphere Through Diction”
  • Themes in “The Devil and Tom Walker” / “‘The Devil and Tom Walker’: Moral Decay Revealed through Motifs and Symbols”

So, tell every classical literature teacher that you know about Owl Eyes. They’ll thank you!


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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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