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Prepare for Core Standards and Earn Free 6+1 Trait® Writing Materials for Your Classroom | Education Northwest

Prepare for Core Standards and Earn Free 6+1 Trait® Writing Materials for Your Classroom | Education Northwest | 6+1 Trait Writing | Scoop.it
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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

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At its core, the six-word memoir teaches us to be concise but also introspective. Try describing yourself in six words. Not easy, right?

 

So how does the six-word memoir make sense in a history class? As a history teacher, I am always looking to integrate my class with as many different disciplines as possible. I also try to turn my students away from being just consumers of information and toward being global creators of everything cool. When I learned that the National Writing Project teamed up with Mozilla to create a Thimble webmaking application for six-word memoirs, I began to realize the potential this could have in my history classes.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 13, 2013 6:45 PM

Who said, "Brevity is the soul of wit..." ? 

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Five Reasons Why We Need Poetry in Schools

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Let me start with this: We need poetry. We really do. Poetry promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. It can cross boundaries that little else can. April is National Poetry Month.


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 9, 2013 11:10 PM

Poetry is part of a language classroom for many reasons but mostly because poetry is a sign of God's amazing creation, transcending, community building and emotionally resilient.  Read nonsense poetry, classical poetry and all different types of poetry and your children will thank you!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 11, 2013 2:03 PM

Any writing teacher (and most reading teachers) will tell you that poetry is important.  Keep it in your classroom! 

plerudulier's comment, April 11, 2013 3:07 PM
Come to think of it, sure, we do need poetry, not only at school for that matter.