DVT Software

3-5 Differentiated Visual Tools for Reading Literature / Information Text and Writing Core Standards

Downloadable Software

  • A color and blackline version of each DVT in the form of Microsoft Word (.docx) files with embedded textboxes.
    • 46 DVTs for Reading and Writing about literature
    • 45 DVTs for Reading and Writing about information text
  • Samples of how teachers have used each of the DVTs
  • Step-by-Step guidelines for implementing an array of specific teacher-assisted and peer-assisted routines designed for use Before / During / After a lesson.



The 3-5 Differentiated Visual Tools for Reading Literature / Information Text and Writing Core Standards consists of a collection of developmentally-sequenced interactive visual tools (i.e., users can type their own information onto the visual and save them as Word documents) individually designed to address specific CCSS Language Arts Standards for grade 3-5 reading and writing (expository, opinion, and narrative) about literature and information text plus samples of how teachers have used them. Color visual tools designed for Smart Boards, Promethium Boards, or LCD projectors. Interactive blackline masters are designed for printing hardcopies. These are digital files and thus may be emailed to students or parents and/or saved to students’ electronic portfolios.

Note: Each DVT is individually designed to target a specific CCSS-LA Standard.

This software toolkit is also appropriate for use with struggling learners placed in higher grades but whose developmental functioning is more equivalent to 3-5 grade levels. These DVTs are ideal for differentiating instruction based on the developmental needs of high and typical achieving students as well as those who are struggling learners.

These visual tools are particularly useful when addressing literacy standards that are especially challenging to teach because the DVTs enable teachers to SEE how the complex standards can be addressed in relatively simple ways. The embedded prompts on the DVTs cue students to engage in specific thinking processes designed to facilitate their performance.

The program features a series of digital DVTs in the form of color and blackline Microsoft Word (.docx) files with embedded interactive textboxes as well as samples of how teachers have used each of them. Because they are digital files, you or students can use a keyboard to type information directly into the text boxes on the DVT. Likewise, you can email copies of the DVTs to students, so they can use them when completing assignments outside of the classroom, and students can submit the completed work electronically. When you develop a DVT for specific instructional units, you can save your completed (or partially completed) DVTs to a folder that contains other related unit information and files.

The color versions are ideal for use with White Boards, Promethium Boards, and LCD projectors when displaying a DVT to a class and developing the information on it during a class activity. The blackline versions are for printing hardcopies for handout purposes.

The licensed user (teacher) may make and distribute copies of the 3-5 DVTs to students for whom s/he is responsible for teaching, but the DVTs may not be shared with non-licensed teachers or students not on the licensed teacher’s role. The software may be loaded on the licensed-teacher’s classroom computers (with the exception of computer labs) and on the teacher’s personal computer.

Available for immediate download at www.MakesSenseStrategies.com.

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