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BoomWriter is a supremely engaging creative writing website that has students reading, writing and assessing content in ways they’ve never done before! It's easy & it's free.
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New Hampshire Public Television presents…The Write-n-ator!Just watch the video clip – check the writing & vocabulary clues – then take the writing challenge!
A comprehensive anthology and guide to English literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Seventeenth Century, Restoration and Eighteenth Century...
This page of resources was created as a collaborative effort between the Northern Nevada Writing Project and Nevada's Northwest Regional Professional Development Program. Creating this set of resources required us to score thousands of student samples, write dozens of annotations, and design a series of instructional tools that were--first and foremost--good for writers, and good for test scores too.
Lesson plans in this issue incorporate letters and other forms of mail into the subjects of language arts, history, and math. Students evaluate mail as a mode of communication, create a mail system in the classroom and “send” letters, and analyze letters for information about the senders.
By Joel Lee
"Are you late to the social networking party? No worries. It took me a long time to get into the whole social networking thing, but I’m glad I did. It’s definitely been a beneficial experience.
"Although Facebook continues to defend its position as the most popular social networking platform, you shouldn’t focus all of your attention there. As they say, don’t keep all your eggs in one basket. Where else can you go? Twitter! Twitter is a great resource for social networking, but especially so for writers. By taking advantage of hashtags, you can separate the useless and boring tweets from the ones that are interesting and pertinent."
Summary: April 26th marks Poem in Your Pocket Day and the NWP, along with Figment, the New York Times Learning Network, and the Office of Letters and Light, encourage you and your students to carry and read a poem that day.
By Saurah Baughman
"I often read about the importance of spicing writing up with dialogue or description: a little show-don’t-tell language, a heated argument relayed with fast-paced exclamation points, a vivid image, an exchange whose subtext reveals more than the words themselves.
“Absolutely!” I always say. “I need to include more of that in my writing.” The only question is—when? How can I gauge when to give way to rich description, and when to let my characters speak for themselves?
"Certainly part of the decision depends on balance. If we rely only on dialogue or description, challenging ourselves to develop the other at some point will surely benefit our writing. But assuming we strive to incorporate both in appropriate measures, are there any indicators available to help us see in which instances one might serve more purpose than the other?"
via my fierce friend @tmacmillan
Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Includes detailed terms, interactive exercises, handouts, PowerPoint presentations, and more!
By Maria Popova
Don't miss the video on the website! -JL
"1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
4. Every sentence must do one of two things-reveal character or advance the action.
5. Start as close to the end as possible.
6. Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages."
Hello and welcome to my zoo. This zoo is unlike any other in the world. Here you can awaken your imagination and play under the light of stars. Together, we will answer the question: what do animals dream about? So if you want to play loads of creative games, read about amazing animals and create your very own...The project fosters a great sense of creativity amongst pupils and has seamless cross-curricular links. It involves aspects of Literacy, Art and ICT.
Some say the world will end in fire, / Some say in ice. / From what I’ve tasted of desire / I hold with those who favor fire.
How did this page of resources come about? The 2009-2010 school year was our Year of Narrative Writing at WritingFix and in Northern Nevada. We hosted inservice workshops for 100 lucky teacher teachers, where we gave away, read, and discussed Ralph Fletcher's How to Write Your Life Story as well as his Marshfield Dreams: When I Was a Kid.
33 Animals Who Are Extremely Disappointed In You: Not angry, just disappointed. ..
So, we continue with our journey through the most common and irritating punctuation/grammar mistakes that English speakers make in their writing, as outlined by Craig Shrives .
The first step in using writing prompts in our classroom is to find the prompts. I’ve been able to stumble across a few sources and I collect them in an Evernote notebook. That notebook has prompts from Luke Neff, John Spencer, Bud Hunt, and others. I throw some of my own in there and Amy has even created a few.2
2012 Poetry Month Progressive Poem Day 12 of the 2012 Poetry Month Progressive Poem is here at Booktalking. Poets in the kidlitosphere are adding one line a day. Contributing so far are poetsR...
Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting.
This post is about free Plagiarism tools that teachers can use to deter students from cheating on assignments, which raises the quality of work for your course. Instructors can see at a glance assignments that are original and ones that contain content copied from the Internet. I have assembled all these tools in a guide below for you to download and share.
“Common Core Standards: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears”
Effective writing activities can help students learn any type of content better. I found a great list of resources from Ohio State University on incorporating writing into lesson plans. I could see...