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DefinitionWord choice embraces all the words and phrases a writer uses to create meaning, imagery, or voice.
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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.
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.
This does what Freerice.com does but with context and a little better. Freerice is for a good cause though, and has subjects other than just English vocabulary.
"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."Anne Lamott'
Writers on Writing
One of the classic books on creativity and creative writing. The quote above is one I always pass on to my creative writing students.
Treat setting objectives and providing feedback as a unit. Teach writing by giving feedback on the writing features specified in your course objectives.
by Kim Kautzer
Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.
Love these ideas--and their links
(by John T. Spencer)
Prompts are handy tools. Students should learn how to write from prompts. However, never slam the door shut on a student generated topic. Instead encourage students to generate their own prompts whenever they can.
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.
For grades K-6, the Common Core requires that students use technology toproduce and publish writing, while interacting and collaborating. As the students age, their level of independence increases. Each of the tools that I present to you today, allows for these 4 key actions.
Reinforce your students' understanding of figurative language metaphors, definitions, worksheets, lists, lessons, and games.
There's plenty of hand-wringing over how technology is affecting communication, but an illuminating article by Clive Thompson argues that technology may be doing more to increase literacy and encourage reading since the rise of the novel.
As educators across the nation team up via social media to improve learning for kids, the Edcamp Foundation has teamed up with MIT Media Lab and the National Writing Project'sEducator Innovator initiative to help educators debrief and reflect on their learning by offering a virtual Edcamp experience via an "unhangouts" platform. "Unhangouts" leverage Google Hangouts but add special functionality so that we can truly simulate the Edcamp experience in an online space. Come join us in this endeavor and, in true Edcamp style, add your important thinking into the mix!
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.
In Common Core we all need to focus on critical thinking as well as writing... This is a great tool to be using!
Tips on using Google Docs
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...
Use for capstone
Great information when getting your point across the right way correction of grammar and spelling automated. FREE Download...
Take a moment to think about how you learned to write. What steps did you go through? What was your process?Most of us learned the same core set of skills on paper: organize, draft, edit, revise, t
The proof is in the reading. And making it a daily practice.
This is so important. It isn't just important for mothers to read aloud. It is very important that fathers take a turn too.
We know this, but it bears repeating, and repeating and repeating!!!!
Mary Oliver is not only one of the sagest and most beloved poets of our time, a recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, but is also among literary history’s greatest pet-lovers.
How to make the most of your creative mind Tony Buzan, Author, educationalist and the creator of Mind Mapping (R) Very few people can claim to have invented ...
I used to teach Tony Buzan's techniques to my 8th graders (way back before the turn of the century). Great ideas for idea generation during the writing process, and for researching and notetaking.
The English Language owes a huge debt of gratitude to William Shakespeare. Not only did he give us some of the world's most memorable plays that have stood the test of time, he also enriched our la...
Never miss a chance to drag Shakespeare into your English class!
My favourite author – a sensational wordsmith and storyteller!
English anyone ?
As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant ...
Rubric making software for the iPad.
Speed reading is the art of silencing subvocalization. Most readers have an average reading speed of 200 wpm, which is about as fast as they can read a passage out loud. This is no coincidence. It is their inner voice that paces through the text that keeps them from achieving higher reading speeds. They can only read as fast as they can speak because that's the way they were taught to read, through reading systems like Hooked on Phonics.
However, it is entirely possible to read at a much greater speed, with much better reading comprehension, through silencing this inner voice. The solution is simple - absorb reading material faster than that inner voice can keep up.
Without reading, there's not much writing. As a middle school teacher I taught speed reading as a remdial and advanced tactic for my kids.
Thid online system is something I'd explore if Ihad a face to face classroom with kids....
Good prompts are ones that anyone can respond to, that aren't aimed specifically at women, or at men, or at people who hold a certain belief -- but that tap into the broad human experience.
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...
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.
There is a panic amongst writing teachers that is based on the myth that our baby, narrative writing, is shunned by the Common Core standards. I'm here to encourage everyone to take a deep breath an
Several useful ideas in this post! Via @Edutopia and @Tweenteacher