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Creative Writing Prompts

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Prompts can be a big help as story starters, or when you sit staring at the computer with nothing to write.


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The History 2.0 Classroom: Google Docs X Organizing & Promoting the Writing Process

The History 2.0 Classroom: Google Docs X Organizing & Promoting the Writing Process | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Based on my experience using Google Docs for the past two years, I have come up with a strategy that I think may help anyone who plans on using Google Docs with students next year. The purpose of this strategy is two fold:


1. Stay Organized (both teacher & student)
2. Promote the writing process, revision & resubmission of work

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Foreign Languages - how to video tutorials

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This site has a wide range of videos which can help you learn a variety of languages from English to Vietnamese.


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Does my writing compute?

Does my writing compute? | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
A few years ago, my local school district invested in software designed to teach students better writing skills.


During my daughter's initial assignment using the software, her first draft earned a 5.9 out of 6. The tenth of a point deduction was for repeating a short phrase. Fair enough. She changed the wording — maybe four words — and her score inexplicably plummeted to a 4. She put the original wording back and her score rose by a couple tenths of a point. Then she spent the next three hours trying to figure out how to get her score back up and left the computer sobbing and declaring that she hated writing and school.

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Embracing the storyteller within

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I’ve long believed that everything we write is a form of storytelling. A memo is the story of an outcome you would like to see. A letter to your child who’s away at camp is the continuation of your family story. A text message to that cute girl is the story that may lead to a first date. Even your grocery list is the story of what you will eat for dinner this week. Embracing the storyteller within makes writing easier, because who among us doesn’t tell stories every day?


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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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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Use Voicethread

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Use Voicethread | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

There are lots of tools that you can use to help kids collaborate and reflect. Blogs are a great example.


Podcasts are another. However, each can be daunting to set up and actually do.


That's why I love Voicethread.


What is Voicethread you ask?


It is a multimedia slideshow that allows users anywhere in the world to collaborate.

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Should Mamas Let Their Babies Grow up to Study Writing? Setting the Record Straight on What Writing Students Do, Part 2

Should Mamas Let Their Babies Grow up to Study Writing? Setting the Record Straight on What Writing Students Do, Part 2 | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
You'll find students who think the course is an easy "A." This group is usually disappointed; creative writing courses are much more work than they anticipate.
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Teachers told to correct just three spelling errors to boost confidence

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Teachers at a secondary school will put corrections on a maximum of three spelling mistakes for fear of damaging pupils’ self-esteem, an MP has...
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10 Evidence-based practices for teaching writing

10 Evidence-based practices for teaching writing | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Summarizing text: Explicitly teach students procedures for summarizing what they read. Summarization allows students to practice concise, clear writing to convey an accurate message of the main ideas in a text. Teaching summary writing can involve explicit strategies for producing effective summaries or gradual fading of models of a good summary as students become more proficient with the skill.


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Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Shel Silverstein Stories Animated

Free Technology for Teachers: Nine Shel Silverstein Stories Animated | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Last year I shared an animated video of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. Yesterday, through an Open Culture post, I discovered eight more short animated versions of Shel Silverstein's works. The videos can be found on the Shel Silverstein Books channel on YouTube. I've embedded Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too! below."


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Digital Storytelling and the Common Core

A presentation connecting digital writing with standards-based assessments...

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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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