DVT Software

6-8 Differentiated Visual Tools for LITERATURE Reading and Writing Core Standards

Downloadable Software

  • 37 Literature DVTs; each designed to address a specific CCSS-LA Science standard.
    • The digital files of DVTs are in the form of both Power Point (.pptx) files and Adobe PDF files with embedded interactive textboxes (ideal for use with tablets).
  • Samples of how teachers have used each of the Literature 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 6-8 Differentiated Visual Tools for LITERATURE Reading and Writing Core Standards consist of a collection of interactive discipline-specific visual tools, each individually designed to address key essential understandings associated with the following topics:

  • Plot analysis
  • Message / Theme Analysis
  • Character Analysis
  • Setting Analysis

In addition, each DVT is designed to address a specific Common Core Language Arts Standard for reading and writing about literature in grades 6-8.

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 includes ready-to-use Microsoft Power Point files as well as Interactive PDF templates for each DVT, plus samples of how language arts teachers have used them. These visual tools are interactive digital files (i.e., users can type their own information onto the visual and save them as documents), thus they may be emailed to students or parents and/or saved to students’ electronic portfolios. The interactive color visual tools are designed for Smart Boards, Promethium Boards, or LCD projectors. The interactive blackline masters are designed for printing hardcopies.

This software toolkit is also appropriate for use with struggling high school learners whose developmental functioning is more equivalent to 6-8 grade levels, thus they are ideal for differentiating instruction based on the developmental needs of high and typical  achieving students as well as those who are struggling learners.

The licensed user (teacher) may make and distribute copies of the Literature 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.

For multi-user license quote, email ([email protected]) or call Linda (205) 394-5514.

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