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Writing Prompts

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a sampling of writing prompts for all ages
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This is the 'prompts page' of a much deeper and richer site dedicated to organizing and presenting web based about writing and writing insruction. 

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Inkflow: The Visual Thinking App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Inkflow: The Visual Thinking App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Unleash your creativity.

 

Visual Thinkers Rejoice!


Inkflow works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers!

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

                               

 

 

                                     ===> And it's FREE!!! <===

 

 

 

 

 


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Free iPad brainstorming tool.

Got to try it!

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Dave Wood's curator insight, March 30, 2013 3:39 PM

Another app to support visual coaching work.

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, March 31, 2013 12:07 AM

Would love to have something similar for android!

lynnegibb's curator insight, April 1, 2013 2:21 AM

Can't wait to try this out!

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30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Lots of great poetry ideas to share the love of writing creatively with your students during National Poetry Month in April.  We celebrate all our poets this month with a poetry slam and contest on our social network Ning!  To enjoy our poetry slam email pdavies@onlineschool.ca to RSVP for April 9th @11am all students grade 7-12.

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Always Write: Purchase Materials from my Teacher Workshops

Always Write: Purchase Materials from my Teacher Workshops | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:


These are resources from my classroom and my teacher workshops that I sell here on-line to fund this little website of mine.

I started out as just a little old Northern Nevada teacher-trainer in 1996. Many years later, I am proud to say that I have now presented teacher workshops and student demonstration lessons in seventeen different states. I have also sold materials from all my trainings to all 50 of the 50 United States, as well as to Canada, Great Britain, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Central America, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

At my face-to-face workshops for teachers, I freely share and discuss every resource that can be found on these various pages of my website. My work with the Northern Nevada Writing Project taught me this generosity. I have been given to countless times by amazing teachers, and so I freely give back to the teachers with whom I work directly.


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Here's the chance to support Corbett's work and get great classroom tested writing materials at a very good price.  

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Meditation and The Art of Writing

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I want to tell you about an invaluable writing asset.

 

It’s become a non-negotiable element of my writing process, and I hope it becomes the same for you.

 

Writing is hard work. It’s not hard like electrical engineering (a chapter in my past life), which was a mind-numbing, sleep-depriving, hair-pulling kind of hard.

 

Writing is more a sweet torture, soreness-post-crazy-workout kind of hard.

 

You know the routine: The words get stuck. The ideas get jammed. The mind gets cluttered, and you get discouraged.


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The Keyword Blog: Citations are Anchovies

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:30 PM

Oh, that our students could deal with quotations and citations with this kind of insight. 

Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 19, 2013 2:40 PM
Very funny!
Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 20, 2013 4:21 PM

Jef Mallett is constantly brightening my mornings with his comicstrip "Frazz."

As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing more that needs to be said about citations!

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Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology

Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
There are dozens of great brainstorming and organizing tools available on the web to help students prepare for writing assignments and develop their
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The writing process begins with IDEAS for good reason: this where we find the topics that inspire us!

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:46 AM

Common Core would have kids useing graphic organizers....

Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:54 PM

Graphic organizer can help writers with organization and logic flow.

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Imagine the Possibilities! A Workshop on Mentor Texts with Dr. Dorfman - National Writing Project

Imagine the Possibilities! A Workshop on Mentor Texts with Dr. Dorfman - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Summary: In this conference presentation given at the Lehigh Valley Writing Project, Dr. Dorfman outlines what's possible in writing and instruction, for both students and teachers, using exemplary texts as a guide.

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Mentor texts are the natural way to blend writing and reading.  Here's video of a recent workshop on the topic.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 20, 2013 4:25 PM

Dr. Dorfman on teaching the writer to be self-reflective.

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William Carlos Williams "The Red Wheelbarrow"

WCW reading of "The Red Wheelbarrow" recorded Jan 9, 1942. Columbia University. (illustrated by alice for mr.mclucks & sir chanticleer ldo)
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Muses And Metaphor 2013: Tweet Us Your Poetry! : NPR

Muses And Metaphor 2013: Tweet Us Your Poetry! : NPR | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Poetry and social media join forces in April, as Tell Me More celebrates National Poetry Month with the Muses and Metaphor series. We'll feature poems exchanged via Twitter by NPR fans — always in 140 characters or fewer.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:56 AM

Words cascading, characters fading, 140 at a time. Creative poppin, show stoppin, they don't all gotta rhyme! http://n.pr/ZqcTBB #TMMPoetry

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:43 AM

Great idea to get students writing poetry!

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Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers

Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

I recently stumbled upon a delightful little book calledAdvice to Writers, “a compendium of quotes, anecdotes, and writerly wisdom from a dazzling array of literary lights,” originally published in 1999. From how to find a good agent to what makes characters compelling, it spans the entire spectrum of the aspirational and the utilitarian, covering grammar, genres, material, money, plot, plagiarism, and, of course, encouragement.


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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:59 AM
Conseils de rédaction de plus grands écrivains de la modernité.

"Je suis récemment tombé sur un livre charmant petit personnage appeléAvis aux écrivains », un recueil de citations, d'anecdotes, d'écrivain et de la sagesse d'un éventail éblouissant de lumières littéraires», publié à l'origine en 1999. De la façon de trouver un bon agent pour ce qui le rend personnages convaincants, il couvre tout le spectre de l'aspiration et de l'utilitaire, couvrant la grammaire, les genres, le matériel, l'argent, l'intrigue, le plagiat, et, bien sûr, de l'encouragement".


Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers via @21cif http://sco.lt/...


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VALUE Rubric Project | Academic Planning and Institutional Research | University of Wisconsin–Madison

VALUE Rubric Project | Academic Planning and Institutional Research | University of Wisconsin–Madison | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Project Overview

In the spring and summer of 2013, we are piloting the use of one of the VALUE rubrics as a way to evaluate student learning.  The 2013 pilot project will use the written communication rubric to evaluate samples of work from new freshmen and from students who are close to graduation.

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What is verbal irony? - Christopher Warner

What is verbal irony? - Christopher Warner | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
At face value, the lines between verbal irony, sarcasm, and compliments can be blurry. After all, the phrase 'That looks nice' could be all three depending on the circumstances.
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Here's a subtle concept explained in a way that you can use with your students. 

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Is Grammar Worth Teaching?

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Walt Gardner taught for 28 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District and was a lecturer in the UCLA Graduate School of Education. Follow Walt Gardner on Twitter.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:59 PM

I don't think it's asking too much that students be able to write "a clear 5-sentence memo devoid of grammatical and spelling errors." Maybe we can continue to nudge the bar back up to where it should be.

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Stop Telling Students "Said is Dead"

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There are two words you should use when writing dialog, "said" and "asked." Otherwise, don't use anything else.
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Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Pt. 1) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief

Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Pt. 1) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"An increased focus on nonfiction is among the changes accompanying the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Some say that middle-grade students who can read and understand complex nonfiction texts will be better able to meet these standards and will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and careers.

"In Part I of this MiddleWeb SmartBrief special report, we examine the role nonfiction is playing in the transition to the common core as well as some of the reasoning behind the changes. "


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:55 AM

Briefly described links to a number of excellent resources.

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April is for Poets « Recess TEC Inc.

April is for Poets « Recess TEC Inc. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

There is still time to plan for April as Poetry Month. 
With the iPad and web tools, 
technology can take motivation and ideas to a whole new level.

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Reading, Writing and Video Games

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The concepts of work and play have become farcically reversed: schoolwork is meant to be superfun and play, like homework, is meant to teach.

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WritingNext

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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 18, 2013 10:41 AM

Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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Teachers Report 'Major Impact' of Internet on Learning - National Writing Project

Teachers Report 'Major Impact' of Internet on Learning - National Writing Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
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 But when asked whether today's digital technologies are narrowing or widening the gap between the most and least academically successful students in an individual classroom, 44 percent of teachers said technology is narrowing the gap and 56 percent said it is widening the gap, suggesting that teachers are divided on the role technology can have on broadening or diminishing the digital divide among students.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:46 PM

The jury is still out on whether digital technology is helping or hindering student achievement.

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Writing with 6 + 1 Traits in Real Classrooms: Memoir writing encourages self-awareness among students - courtesy of SmartBrief

Writing with 6 + 1 Traits in Real Classrooms: Memoir writing encourages self-awareness among students - courtesy of SmartBrief | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The most meaningful writing students can do is to write their memoirs, notes Greg Graham, who teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. "Putting a narrative frame on our past -- especially our struggles -- promotes perspective and self-awareness that are otherwise out of reach for most people," he writes. The benefits of memoir writing are demonstrated through the movie "Precious," Graham writes, in which an abused teenage girl is able to make headway in life through writing. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/29) 
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Writing from personal experience is something we can all do. Treasure your small stories, they are the minutes of your life. 

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New New Article: “Co-Teaching Relationships Among Librarians and Other Information Professionals” – Stephen's Lighthouse

New New Article: “Co-Teaching Relationships Among Librarians and Other Information Professionals” – Stephen's Lighthouse | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

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This article uses the co-teaching experiences of workshop instructors at the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries as a basis for an in-depth exploration of the factors that lead to successful co-teaching arrangements among librarians and other information professionals. The experiences of these instructors demonstrate that co-teaching can provide numerous benefits: It can enhance the learning experience for students, it can provide a method for refining teaching skills, it can promote successful collaborations across departments, and it can bring innovative ideas into the classroom. Drawing on collaboration research from the Wilder Foundation, this study found that successful co-teaching relationships are characterized by factors related to environment, partnerships, process and structure, communication, purpose, resources, and external/long-term considerations. Within these seven areas, guidelines for successful co-teaching relationships have been formulated for use by librarians and other information professionals.”

Direct to Full Text Article (17 pages; PDF)


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Paula Correia's curator insight, April 28, 2013 6:56 AM

Este artigo explora em profundidade os fatores que levam ao sucesso dos mecanismos de co-ensino, entre bibliotecários e outros profissionais da informação. Baseando-se em pesquisas colaboração da Fundação Wilder, este estudo constatou que as relações de sucesso no co-ensino são caracterizadas por fatores relacionados  com o meio ambiente, parcerias, processos e estrutura, a comunicação, a finalidade, recursos e considerações externas / longo prazo. Dentro destas sete áreas, são dadas diretrizes para relacionamentos de sucesso no co-ensino para uso por bibliotecários e outros profissionais da informação. "

Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, April 30, 2013 8:48 AM
Isto para fazer bem, tem de se saber como, e com quem. Artigo muito interessante.
Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, April 30, 2013 8:48 AM
To do it properly, qe must know how and why, and with whom. Very interesting article
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101 Excellent Sites for English Educators

101 Excellent Sites for English Educators | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
A list of the top 101 websites for English & Language Arts (ELA) chosen by real teachers from prominent LinkedIn groups.

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:40 PM

Lots of resources compiled here for anyone needing help with the nuts and bolts of writing instruction.

nicolaperry's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:31 AM

Always love a good list! 

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Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book - Chapter 1

Chapter 1 : "How Nobody Came to the Graveyard" Neil, reading from his book on a book signing tour.
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A great way to demonstrate sentence fluency for older students: have them listen to strong writers read their work via YouTube.

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Always Write: Pi Poems...a writer's notebook extra credit challenge.

Always Write: Pi Poems...a writer's notebook extra credit challenge. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Corbett Harrison:


Here's one of my original writer's notebook lessons. To assist our students as they pre-write in their Writer's Notebooks for ideas that will becomeWriting Workshop topics, my wonderful wife (Dena Harrison), a fabulous fellow NNWP Consultant (Jenny Hoy), and I conceived and created nineChoice Menus for Notebooks/Workshop during a recertification class we took during Spring Break of 2012. In August of 2012, we will make available for the first time the entire set of nine menus which we will begin using this September. Each culturally-themed menu comes with five sections, each with three choices: appetizers, soup, salad, entrees, and desserts. Students can earn a special notebook sticker by making a complete "meal" using the different sections of the menu.

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