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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

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To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.
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Amy Conley's timely and insightful article reminds me of the passion and dedication I've seen working online with writing teachers for over a decade. 


Writing teachers understand the soul.


Feel good about it!

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

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Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 2014 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 2014 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 2014 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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10 Good Apps to Enhance Language Learning, Reading and Writing | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Good Apps to Enhance Language Learning, Reading and Writing | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Today, I am sharing with you a set of some great iPad apps that are really good for language learning. The two basic skills emphasized here are reading and writing. I invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other titles to add to the list


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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 12, 2014 9:47 AM

Yep, downloaded the Rosetta Stone TOTALe app this morning.

Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, February 3, 2014 3:30 PM

Is the next generation learing how to write or rt.

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Literature-inspired Notebook Celebrations

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I'm trying something new this school year (2013-2014). When we finish a play or novel or short story, I am going to require my students to add a creative summary of that play or novel that we have finished.
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Another terrific Pinterest board tacked with resources from Corbett Harrison.

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Nourishing the writer in the writing teacher.

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I keep returning to two central ideas: our kids have stories to tell, and, as their writing teachers, we needed to write ourselves.  Here’s how Graves put it in an interview with Scholastic Instructor:

“ Write yourself. Invite children to do something you’re already doing. If you’re not doing it, Hey, the kids say, I can’t wait to grow up and not have to write, like you. They know. And for the short term and the long term, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by writing. All of us need it as a survival tool in a very complex world. The wonderful thing about writing is that it separates the meaningless and the trivial from what is really important. So we need it for ourselves and then we need to invite children to do what we’re doing. You can’t ask someone to sing a duet with you until you know the tune yourself.”

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11 Books on Writing for Your Post-NaNoWriMo Slump

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NaNoWriMo is done for the year, but your work is just beginning. If you’re not sure how to proceed now that the word count tickers have stopped and the steam has evaporated, know that you’re not alone. These books on writing—covering inspiration, memoir, and nuts-and-bolts advice—will keep you going through the other 11 months of the year.
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Kurt Vonnegut’s Term Paper Assignment

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uzanne McConnell, one of Kurt Vonnegut’s students in his “Form of Fiction” course at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, saved this assignment, explaining that Vonnegut “wrote his course assignments in the form of letters, as a way of speaking personally to each member of the class.” The result is part assignment, part letter, part guide to writing and life.

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Teaching Writing with Google Docs

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Using Google Docs to do so much more when teaching writing - things that fit quite nicely into my flipped, just-in-time, technology enabled classrooms.

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Kay Lehmann's curator insight, October 22, 2013 11:03 AM

In Common Core we all need to focus on critical thinking as well as writing... This is a great tool to be using!

Kay Lehmann's curator insight, October 22, 2013 11:04 AM

Tips on using Google Docs

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33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

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Every year, the announcement of Bulwer-Lytton Prize is a gift from bad writing heaven. Inspired by novelist and playwright Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s famous “it was a dark and stormy night” opener, the contest asks writers to submit an opening sentence for the “worst of all possible novels” — although Fifty Shades of Grey has already been written. The results are perennially astounding

 


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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!
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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Make it Interesting for the Reader: A Simple Writing Strategy {Week 4}

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Welcome back to Simple Writing Lessons for the Primary Grades, a 12-week collaborative writing series, hosted by The Measured Mom and This Reading Mama (that’s me)! If you have missed any of the lessons we’ve covered so far, click here to see the introduction and links to the lessons (scroll down).
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Bobby Dillard's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:55 PM

Great advice for writers of any age!

Jane Logan's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:48 AM

Some good strategies for writing lessons

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Process writing: Allowing students to enjoy the skill they love to hate ~ blog-efl

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Graham Stanley gives a detailed account of a process writing presentation given by Alistair Grant at the 10th annual Anglo conference in Motvideo, Uruguay. Many great suggestions, links, and strategies here.


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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Thank you, Graham Stanley, for this post which includes several fine ways to involve children with writing.

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27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

27 Ways to Obtain Students Attention ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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Seems to me that this infographic speaks to all instruction, but particularly to writers and the teaching of writing.

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ozziegontang's curator insight, May 5, 2014 4:48 AM

Nothing to add.  Just read it and reflect.

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12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today ...

12 Writing Exercises That Will Transform Your Copy Today ... | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Demian Farnworth provides 12 exercises that help you flesh out and sharpen the overriding need your copy must focus on -- without repeating yourself.

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Lesley Hussell's curator insight, February 10, 2014 4:41 AM

Here is a simple, orderly process to get you thinking like your customer and writing persuasive copy that shows how they need your product/service. Good for websites, brochures or sales letters.

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Writing Resources from UW-Stout for face to face and online students

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 4, 2014 12:37 PM

Strong writing is an essential for any online student or online teacher. Here are resources provided to all UW-Stout students.


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The Real Scoop on Writing Process

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Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro. 2013. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. 227 pages.

Genre: Memoir, commentary on writing

Ages: This book is written for adults, but includes numerous passages that can be shared with writers of about age 10 and up.

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10 of the Greatest Essays on Writing Ever Written

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If there’s one topic that writers can be counted on to tackle at least once in their working lives, it’s writing itself. A good thing too, especially for all those aspiring writers out there looking for a little bit of guidance. For some winter inspiration and honing of your craft, here you’ll find ten great essays on writing, from the classic to the contemporary, from the specific to the all-encompassing. 
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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

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"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

Anne Lamott'
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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, November 23, 2013 7:44 PM

One of the classic books on creativity and creative writing.  The quote above is one I always pass on to my creative writing students.

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How to Become a Freelance Writer

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Hundreds of thousands of writing opportunities exist. Making the most of them is where the art of the freelancer really comes into play. A freelance writer is someone who writes without belonging to any single company or entity but acts...
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I published my first magazine pieces as a freelance writer while I was working on my teaching credential.  Freelancing has always been a part of my lifeplan.  This article provides some useful tips if you're thinking about publishing your work. 

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Writing frenzy! Inspiring writing through NaNoWriMo ~ Fractus Learning

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by Rebecca Davies


"It is September once again, and soon November will be upon us. For millions of people around the world that can only mean one thing - National Novel Writing Month! Known as NaNoWriMo, it is a month long challenge to write 50 000 words of that novel you have always dreamed about. What is not as well known, however, is its partnership program, theYoung Writer’s Program (YWP).


"The YWP also runs during November, and is a challenge for people under 18 to write as many words as possible. They choose their own word count goal depending on how fast they can write and what a reasonable challenge would be. You ‘win’ NaNoWriMo and the YWP by achieving your goal. It doesn’t matter if it is the world’s most brilliant novel, or if you got stuck half way through and needed to add purple ninjas and pet zombies to get it going again, you win simply by writing."


- See more at: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2013/09/19/inspiring-writing-nanowrimo/#sthash.NxIp02a8.dpuf


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Time spent writing is time spent thinking.

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:23 PM

I have not participated but I am considering it. It is exciting to know students can do so also via the Young Writer's Program. Excellent! Share.

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10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster]

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Forgive me, for I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. The lie that suggests your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great copy i (Great copy not always born in moment of inspiration.
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Nicholas Rowe's curator insight, October 1, 2013 1:14 AM

Just do it !

 

Poster on writing technique with no pictures or imagery - Title says there are 'rules', so we tend to check these out as we write first drafts & don't want to break the law! 1-10 points, straight forward info .... job done  ;-)

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The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Here is an interesting infographic from the Daily Inforgraphic.This graphic features some scientific facts about the impact of the act of writing on our brain. These facts and stats very enlightening.

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Dream Big…Read Big…Write Big

Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Read More →
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Approaches to process writing ~ British Council and BBC

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"It is a myth that all it takes to write is to sit down in front of a blank page, to begin at the beginning and write through to the end, with no planning, break, editing, or changes in between. And yet, this is sometimes what we ask our students to do. Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple drafts before they produce their finished document. This is what a process writing approach is about."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:35 PM

Good overview and refresher.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:23 PM

Couldn't agree more ... thanks for sharing.

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