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Great examples of how students can share information with technology.
Great way to find Glogs you can use in the classroom. Glogs are interactive posters that are a fun way for students to present what they are learning.
My students loved this tool so much
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Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing (voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.
Open for registration now. Course Begins in early Februrary.
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.
Another terrific Pinterest board tacked with resources from Corbett Harrison.
There's a reason for second and third editions of really great books--a writer's work is never done, and is certainly never, ever perfect.
Publishing, like all the steps of the writing process can be adapted slightly to meet the needs of the kids you teach. Publishing in the kindergarten, first, second grade, or even fifth grade classroom is not always the same as publishing in the adult world.
Here are some handy guidelines to make publishing something your kids can do independently, sticking as close to the “real life” process, while keeping in mind the age, experience, and needs of the age groups you teach.
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.”
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 ...
Posters for each trait, plus links to traits specific curated articles.
New poster set + links to curated articles on each of the traits.
Corbett Harrison / I have been an educator in Nevada since 1991. I have taught all grade levels--K through 16--and I specialize in unique techniques for teaching writing. I currently teach 6th-8th graders.
Video clips make wonderful writing prompts, and (best of all) they bring new life and excitement into our writing workshop just when we need it most. I am always on the lookout for interesting clips which I save to Pinterest or just on my hard drive (some day, when I have five free minutes, I intend to organize them in folders with easy to search for labels), and I tag these with ideas for different types of prompts. The idea is to present my kids with a variety of writing options with which to try out a variety of writing skills. Here are some of my favorites:
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
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.
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.
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.