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36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk | LitReactor

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk | LitReactor | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In 2005 Chuck Palahniuk began submitting original writing essays on craft to his official fan site ChuckPalahniuk.net.  36 essays later and Chuck had amassed a wealth of knowledge on his readers; tools and writing tenants that could fill a book!
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Word-by-Word Pictures of the History of English

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Mike Kinde of Ideas Illustrated color-coded paragraphs of text to create little portraits of where our language comes from.
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Erin McKean redefines the dictionary

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Is the beloved paper dictionary doomed to extinction? In this infectiously exuberant talk, leading lexicographer Erin McKean looks at the many ways today's print dictionary is poised for transformation. As the CEO and co-founder of new online dictionary Wordnik, Erin McKean is reshaping not just dictionaries, but how we interact with language itself.

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Insults by Shakespeare

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“You’re a fishmonger!” By taking a closer look at Shakespeare’s words--specifically his insults--we see why he is known as a master playwright whose works transcend time and appeal to audiences all over the world.

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Shadow Poetry's Magnetic Word Poetry

Shadow Poetry's Magnetic Word Poetry | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Create your own unique poem by arranging the Shadow Poetry magnet word tiles for hours of interactive fun! To do this, simply click and hold down your left mouse button to drag a word tile to your chosen destination.

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Education World: Encourage Student Writing -- Publish on the Web!

Education World: Encourage Student Writing -- Publish on the Web! | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Publishing student writing encourages the reluctant writer, strengthens kids' self-confidence, rewards interest, and promotes a positive attitude toward literature.

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DigitalKWriting - Digital Writing Resources

DigitalKWriting - Digital Writing Resources | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

A multiplicity of resources, including 

- Why digital writing matters- according to Common Core ELA standards

-Storykeepers

-TeachersFirst - Digital storytelling

-Center for Digital Storytelling

and much more.


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Sarah Waters - On Writing 10 tips

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1.  Read like mad. But try to do it analytically – which can be hard, because the better and more compelling a novel is, the less conscious you will be of its devices.
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Patterns and Punctuation

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As teacher Elizabeth Schlessman watched her upper elementary students learn about mosses by close observation and inquiry, she wondered: Could you do the same when studying punctuation? Getting beyond the stultifying application of rules, she guided her students to see the verbal patterns into which punctuation fits.


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Building 21st Century Writers -- THE Journal

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By Jennifer Demski

 

During what might have in the distant past been called "quiet time" in Arlene Anderson's fourth-grade classroom, many of her students are glued to their netbooks. The intense, enthusiastic focus and the hushed chatter amongst the students are all about high scores and strategy. But the students aren't playing video games. Instead, they're revising and editing their writing assignments within a web-based application that instantly assesses their writing skills and suggests ways to improve their work before turning the assignments in to their teacher. "For students, the software is an amazing self-motivator for writing, editing, and reviewing their writing," explains Anderson. "They're constantly working at learning the skills that will raise their scores."

 

The software and netbooks are part of the Saugus Union School District's (CA) Student Writing Achievement Through Technology Enhanced Collaboration (SWATTEC) initiative, one of a number of similar tech-supported initiatives that encourage writing across the curriculum. At the same time, the Saugus initiative is helping to prove that schools can see improvement in student achievement and engagement by harnessing 21st century tools to enhance writing skills.

 

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The Right Prompt | Huffington Post

The Right Prompt | Huffington Post | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Palo Alto HS senior Luaren Wong discusses why over-reliance on the 5-paragraph essay in writing classes can be detrimental. Very well done. -JL

 

"Put simply, complete emphasis on traditional, expository writing is unacceptable because even seniors in the highest English lane in one of the highest-ranked, highest-achieving schools in the country are left unprepared. We are unprepared for a future where writing more often than not consists of quick reports and write-ups, persuasive pitches and creative presentations -- in other words, a world that does not require an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion. In a society whose roots are increasingly in innovation and imagination, and where those making an impact now are those thinking far outside the box, it makes no sense to keep us inside it."


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Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List! I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and middle school teacher who maintains this site. I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer free 20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books."


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3 Tools to develop Creative Writing for your Students

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By Med Kharbach

 

"Creative writing is an important element in students overall learning experience. It is also a part of our professional development as educators and teachers. Creativity, be it in writing or in any other project, does not come from the void and we are not born creative minds. I believe there are mechanisms for developing creativity and fostering imagination. There are what is called creativity triggers or prompts that can help our students improve their creative writing by providing them with challenging story starters. Below is three awesome tools that can help you do that."


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Storytelling Tips from John Steinbeck

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Surely you were made to read one of John Steinbeck’s seminal works at some point in your high school career. Hopefully you enjoyed one of them, be that his novella Of Mice and Men, his classic The Grapes of Wrath, or what Steinbeck called his finest work East of Eden. Most of his literature can be classified as Dust Bowl fiction depicting tales of common people during the Great Depression. Steinbeck had an extraordinary career, receiving the Pulitzer Prize for The Grapes of Wrath, and eventually being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. Much can be gleaned from his masterful writing. Here are a few storytelling tips from Steinbeck himself.


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52 Interesting Ways to use Wordle in the Classroom

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The Power of Simple Words

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Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren't always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message.

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Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It

Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Step by step help in the writing process


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Step by step using the writing process

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Storytelling and the Art of Writing Resonant Copy

Storytelling and the Art of Writing Resonant Copy | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Everyone loves a good story. That’s why so many great ads rely on storytelling.

 

A good storyteller draws us in and holds us tight. As marketers, that’s exactly the kind of focus and engagement we’d like our ads to create. Plus, a good story begs retelling. In the social-media world, this translates into greater sharing and stickiness and, in the conventional ad world, into frequency and distribution. As unlikely as it may seem, even a 60-word ad can (and should) offer just such an engaging narrative.


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Daniel Pinkwater on Pineapple Exam: ‘Nonsense on Top of Nonsense’

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By Lisa Fleisher

Kathy McLaughlin


A 2005 photo of Daniel Pinkwater with his dogs in Hyde Park, N.Y.


Eighth-graders who thought a passage about a pineapple and a hare on New York state tests this week made no sense, take heart: The author thinks it’s absurd too.


“It’s hilarious on the face of it that anybody creating a test would use a passage of mine, because I’m an advocate of nonsense,” Daniel Pinkwater, the renowned children’s author and accidental exam writer, said in an interview. “I believe that things mean things, but they don’t have assigned meanings.”
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Storytelling is Everyone’s Business

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The thread of a well stitched and crafted story can weave together the fabric for a magnificent quilt that can warmly invite people to take notice of your business, cause and even leadership style. A beautiful patch-work quilt creatively and deliberately depicts stories of people and in many ways can begin to art their life portfolio. Jagged cut outs of courage, odd shapes of challenge, open circles of change all make for wonderful conversation. No matter our age or our occupation in life, colourful, child-like imagination always makes for quite a spread! Great storytelling is illuminating and contagious too. It will encourage you to shine and share!


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The California Writing Project - Teachers - Writing Assessment Handbook

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These writing handbooks contain a wealth of instructional strategies, lessons, and assessment rubrics. Teachers of students from fourth through eighth grades and in high school will find them invaluable in teaching the writing strategies and applications found in the California English-Language Content Standards.


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Story Shakers: revolutionary online teaching tool that is shaking up Literacy teaching

Story Shakers: revolutionary online teaching tool that is shaking up Literacy teaching | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Story Shakers is the revolutionary online teaching tool that is shaking up Literacy teaching. Try our homepage storyboard to see how it works - just touch the dice!

 

Story Shakers gives you thousands of different options for storyboards in a range of writing genres including stories, non-chronological reports, instructions and newspapers.


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Writing: When Experience Molds Your Teaching – the What, the Why and the How | The Inspired Classroom

Writing: When Experience Molds Your Teaching – the What, the Why and the How | The Inspired Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Exeter (NH) high school teacher Kristina Peterson reflects on how to make writing a meaningful experience for her freshmen. A warm and thoughtful piece, with good advice. -JL


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Five tips to improve writing in college | USA TODAY College

Five tips to improve writing in college | USA TODAY College | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

By Trent M. Kays

 

"As you move through your college years, you’ll be expected to write more and more. Here are some pointers I’ve found useful and my students seem to find useful:

1. Write every day

2. Take your time

3. Quality is always better than quantity

4. Ask for help

5. Practice proofreading.


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Interested in an Online Graduate Course in the 6-Traits?

UW-Stout: EDUC 654 Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | 3 graduate credits | Online Professional Development for Teachers | NCATE Accredited 8 week 100% online class |