adrienneGearAppsWhtBGThis resource is for those teachers looking to use free iPad apps to have their students express Adrienne Gear’s Reading and Writing Power strategies. Each strategy (Connect, Questioning, Visualize, Infer, Transform, and Writing) is paired with one of Adrienne Gear’s “top-pick books” (see below). A student sample is provided to demonstrate how using that app can support the use of that strategy in connection to the book. This allows all students an opportunity to express and demonstrate their learning using an engaging medium.

These books are focused for elementary grade levels. If required for older students, use Adrienne Gear’s “top-pick” book suggestions for upper grade levels.


The Power to Connect: Connecting to a text involves readers being able make connections between a book and their own lives.  These connections may arise from their own experiences, their feelings, past memories, events they have attended, or to people that exist in own their lives.  Another context to relate to would be real-life situations that involve their family, friends, their work, or school environment.

  • Reading Power – Connect to a feeling p. 45 ; Text to self, text to text, text to world p. 46
  • Writing Power – Connecting to feelings p. 62

Students will use the app to explain a personal connection they may have to the story. The avatar in the app is able to demonstrate various emotions, and the background can be customized in relation to that connection.

Tellagami Connect


The Power to Question:  Questioning involves the reader being curious, and being able to ask questions that they may have about the text.  Readers may also find their own answers, which then leads to a greater understanding of the reading.  There are two levels of questions: quick-thinking, and deep-thinking questions.  Being able to form these questions, and understanding that not all questions may have answers, is an integral part of grasping the story.

  • Reading Power – If… web p. 62
  • Writing Power – Deep thinking questions, questions about life p. 114

Students will use the app to brainstorm questions they may have about the story. The center of the web would have the question, and the branches would pose possibilities.


The Power to Visualize: Visualizing involves the reader using words to imagine or create visual images in their mind.  This process leads to transitioning the reader into reading books without images.  This involves combining background knowledge, and activating the senses to being the text to life.  This is most likely to occur when the text is rich with descriptive language.

  • Reading Power – Listening for picture words p. 80
  • Writing Power – Visualizing Weather p. 88

Students will use the app to annotate and draw a scene, using the picture words from a passage in the book to express what they envisioned.


The Power to Infer: Inferring involves the reader looking for clues within the text, images, and their own knowledge to discover and interpret the text.   This involves more thinking for the reader, but many “ah-ah!” moments.

  • Reading Power – Talking and Thinking Bubbles p.91
  • Writing Power – Inferring a moral p 124-125, Fable planning sheet p. 137-138

Students use the thinking and talking bubbles from the app. They can type, or voice record what they infer about the book.


The Power to Transform: Transforming involves the reader being able to recognize that books have the power to change our perspectives on ourselves and the world.  These books usually present thought-provoking issues, some of which we may come to realize matter to us.  As readers, we are able to store away knowledge, feelings, and questions that may arise as we read, and these are the foundational pieces that may one day make a difference in the way we live our lives.  This transformation process takes place over time, and challenges us to change.

  • Reading Power Making a Difference p. 109
    • In the story the world is a better place because…
    • I could make the world a better place by…
  • Writing Power – -Transforming thinking about determination and overcoming adversity p.157 ; Story box p. 158

Students use the app to record how the characters in this book made a difference, and made the world a better place. They can then connect the idea to themselves and express what they can do to can make the world a better place.

Shadow Puppet Transform


The Power of Writing: The above 5 strategies are all involved in Writing Power.  These strategies each focus on how to invite readers to engage in those strategies when engaged in the writing process. In this example, we have focused on inviting readers to infer from pictures.  This involves emphasizing illustrations that may contain details or clues to support the power to infer.

  • Writing Power – Inferring from Pictures p. 130, p. 141

Student use the app to record their inferences. This is done by using the pictures from the book and recording what they think is happening.

Adobe Spark Video Writing Power