Explore Semicolons and Colons using Adobe Spark Post

Students develop a deep understanding of semicolons and colon by creating an Adobe Spark Post

About This Strategy

This 1.5-hour strategy helps students develop a deep understanding of semicolons and colons. Students learn about these concepts and practice their knowledge with Khan Academy's minilessons and then create a visual display of their understanding in Adobe Spark Post. You can adapt this strategy for any concept related to language or grammar and it can be adapted for use with other Adobe products, such as Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. 

Adobe Spark Post is a fun and easy tool that helps students to organize their thinking and to quickly communicate complicated information as an infographic. You can adapt this strategy to almost any field of study, and students can work individually or in groups.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student sample
  • Adobe Spark

  • Adobe Photoshop

  • Student Steps, Rubric, and Tutorial for Using Adobe Spark and Adobe Photoshop

Outline for Teachers

90 minutes

Learn.

Students watch videos and apply their knowledge of colons and semicolons in practice questions using Khan Academy's semicolons and colons lessons. (30 minutes)

Evaluate.

Students synthesize their knowledge about semicolons and colons by responding to prompts. (10 minutes)

Create.

Students use Adobe Spark Post to create an infographic that demonstrates their knowledge of colons and semicolons.  For more control and specificity, have students use Adobe Photoshop. 


Students can use these steps to guide them, examine this sample here, and watch or read this tutorial. (40 minutes)

Share.

Students share and publish their posts. (10 minutes)

Steps for Students

In this 1.5-hour strategy,  you will learn about semicolons and colons using  Khan Academy’s lesson and then create a representation of what you learned in an Adobe Spark Post.

Adobe Spark Post is fun and easy. It is a tool that helps you to quickly communicate complicated information in a professional way!

Steps:

  1. Watch videos and apply your knowledge of colons and semicolons on practice questions via Khan Academy's lessons. (30 minutes)
  2. Use your knowledge of semicolons and colons to respond to the following prompts: (10 minutes)

    • In your own words, when do you use a colon? Give an example.

    • In your own words, when do you use a semicolon? Give an example.

  3. Open Adobe Spark Post to create an infographic. Drawing from your work in Step 2, create an infographic that defines when to use a colon and a semicolon, and write example sentences using both colons and semicolons. Your example sentences should show the reader information about you and your life. (40 minutes)

    • Check out this student sample for inspiration. Consider checking out  some guidance on how to use Spark Post. If you would like to use Adobe Photoshop instead, watch this tutorial to get started. 

    • Your infographic should:

      • Include a student-friendly definition of a colon and semicolon and an example of when to use each.

      • Look nice and be easy to read. Hint: choose a Spark template to guide you.

    • Tips on what makes a good infographic include: clarity and organization, error-free  text, color and catching design.

  4.  Share your Spark Post as directed by your instructor. (10 minutes)

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' infographics.