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6-Traits Resources: Tired of Being a Red Ink Slave to Corrections?

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Here's some hard won advice to English teachers everywhere.

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The Apostrophe Song - YouTube

Uploaded on Aug 4, 2010

http://www.coolrules.com iPhone/iPad/iPod App...Put the apostrophe back in its place... If you like this you'll probably like The Apostrophe Song iPhone/iPad App available from the iTunes App Store. It costs hardly anything.


Check out hip hop, rock and acoustic versions in the iTunes music store.You won't forget where to put an apostrophe again. Visit www.coolrules.com for more information. Follow The Apostrophe Song on Twitter

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This is a plug for a clever iPhone App. If some music and an app can get the concepts across to your class.... why not use the tool?



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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
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I just added this to my Chrome browser.  It came highly recommend. It also works in D2L (which has a very weak spell check system).  


To get your own custom dictionary you must create a free account with Grammarly. Their paid system has more horsepower.  


Give it a try! 

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 18, 2015 11:45 AM

Toujours intéressant de tester comme beaucoup d'autres ressources en ligne pour l'orthographe. 

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 2015 9:10 PM

I'll have to try this new service. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 25, 2015 3:11 AM

..always handy when writing :)

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Affect Versus Effect

Affect Versus Effect | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Get Grammar Girl's take on effect versus affect. Learn the differences between affect and effect.
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Ken Morrison's curator insight, December 31, 2013 5:11 PM

Grammar Girl is amazing!  My students love her

Annie Edmonds 's curator insight, January 21, 2014 9:14 PM

I hate grammer, then/than.. ugh!

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20 resources for teaching and practicing parts of speech | Teach them English

20 resources for teaching and practicing parts of speech | Teach them English | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Learning the difference between the various parts of speech - nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections - can be tedious and confusing for any language learner.

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Robin Yu's curator insight, October 14, 2013 3:17 PM

Some ready-to-use pdfs for teaching students classroom terminology.

Carmenne Kalyaniwala-Thapliyal's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:31 AM

Readymade resources for teaching

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, October 15, 2013 11:29 AM
Great resource,thank you.
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English Lesson Plans from todays news in minutes. Use authentic text in your ESL/EFL/Literacy class today.

English Lesson Plans from todays news in minutes. Use authentic text in your ESL/EFL/Literacy class today. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Learn how to create English Langauge Lesson plans using todays news in only a few minutes.


Reviewed by Ian Butler:


LingleOnline is an innovative technology service for English language teachers and learners. Lingle uses current international news to dynamically create English learning materials. Teachers choose suitable articles based on keyword(s), level, topic, publication and/or linguistic feature. Then quickly create, edit and publish lessons. Teachers can assign activities and track progress. Contact: Ian Butler

30 day free trial....

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Recently highlighted at ISTE's San Antonio conference. 

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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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The Only 12 ½ Writing Rules You'll Ever Need [Chart]

The Only 12 ½ Writing Rules You'll Ever Need [Chart] | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Whether you are a blog writer or a book writer, you find your writing inspiration from wherever you can. These writing rules will put a smile on your face.
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Remember,  conventions (spelling, punctuation, grammar) are just 1/6 of the traits of writing.  Keep things in balance!

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Free Online Grammar Check, Spelling, and More | PaperRater

Free Online Grammar Check, Spelling, and More | PaperRater | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Grammar & Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...Paper Rater is a nice tool that can automatically proofread stuff you’ve written. It analyzes your writing style, word choice and tells about most of the grammar and spelling mistakes (it isn’t 100% accurate).


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Making sense of spelling - Gina Cooke

Making sense of spelling - Gina Cooke | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
What can spelling tell us about relationships between words?


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What can spelling tell us about relationships between words? While spelling may sometimes seem random or unexpected, this lesson illuminates how peeling back the layers of spelling helps us understand the complex history and meaningful structure of words.

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Grammar and Punctuation | The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and Punctuation | The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

The #1 Grammar and Punctuation Resources Website and The Blue Book of Grammar. Rules, rules and more rules.


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Parent Guide to Spelling

Parent Guide to Spelling | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

We would like to help you understand what our spelling/word study program will look like in third grade. Each week your child will be given ten spelling words to study at home based on the spelling pattern we are studying in class. Just like the second grade program, the final test will also include some words that your child will not be able to study that follow the same spelling pattern.

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6-Traits Online: Register Today: Build a Dynamic Writing Program this Year

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Do you want to engage your students and build a great writing program before the end of the school year? This class provides a plethora of practical methods and inspirational ideas. 
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This is the FINAL CALL for a great online course where teachers from around the world share and discuss writing workshop and writing assessment methods.  

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Grammarly for Microsoft Office - YouTube

Grammarly for Microsoft Office - YouTube | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Download Grammarly for FREE today at www.grammarly.com/office-addin and see just how great mistake-free writing can be. The World's Best Grammar Checker, Gra...
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I'm installing Grammarly into Word.  The more writer's power tools I have at my fingertips the better. (Also this YouTube video makes a strong pitch for an interesting new product. 

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15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic)

15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic) | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
See the 15 most common writing mistakes made by students and find out how to reduce errors to an absolute minimum.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 20, 2014 1:15 PM

Check your writing against this info-graphic!

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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More

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Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...

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MFaculty's curator insight, December 24, 2013 11:02 PM

I just 'test drove' this online application - it was very fast and accurately caught my spelling errors. As a basic tool for students, I think it is, or will be, one that they can use before they turn to the writing tutors. I don't advocate trying to replace professional writing tutors with this (or any other) online tool, but it would certainly reduce the number of common errors made in student writings.

 

Since it is a free service, I would recommend educators consider giving it a test drive in their writing courses to determine whether or not any value is added in doing so. While there are plenty of word processing tools avialble for students to use in order to hone in on their writing, this one is free and seems to adequately, and quickly, perform the basics.

 

Not really an endorsement, as much as a recommendation for other to consider testing for themselves.

ella88's curator insight, January 29, 2014 5:09 PM

Many studies have addressed the issue of identifying the different dimensions of culture. In the presentations concerning culture by Madlin Reck and Anne Tornow the ways in which national culture may influence management processes, including Hofstede’s dimensions of culture have been discussed extensively (Luthans & Doh, 2012).

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Afghanistan and the Taliban: Before, After and Now

The Kite Runner was set in the years 1975-2001. Everything during these years went from being peaceful, to bad, to even worse. The Taliban during these fateful years have taken control of Afghanistan and its government. They were thought of as heroes to the people of their once peaceful country, but their way of controlling their government is sadistic. In the present, they are even involved in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

During 1975, Afghanistan was a quiet place to live. There were economic hardships, but the residents of this pleasant country got through it. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan. It had the most economy problems in the country. Most of them were poverty difficulties. The president of this country at the time was Daoud Khan. Then, when winter came along, resistance towards communists began. Amir from The Kite Runner even knew of these communist attempts to rule his country. “Huddled together in the dining room and waiting for the sun to rise, none of us had any notion that a way of life had ended.” (Hosseini 36). The Afghan Islamist part of the resistance was favored by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States instead of the Afghan traditionalist and royalist parts. The uprising has just begun for the communist takeover in Afghanistan.

In 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. Even Amir from The Kite Runner even knew about this before it all happened. “And then in December 1979, when Russian tanks would roll into the very same streets where Hassan and I played, bringing the death of the Afghanistan I knew”(Hosseini 36) The Taliban during this time were thought of as refugees and were part of a resistance movement to expel the Russian troops from their country. The United States and Pakistan provided financial and military support so the Afghans could win against the Soviet soldiers. Despite the fact that there were civilians in Kabul, the Afghans did not care and used missiles, provided by the United States, to drop on the city resulting in civilian casualties and killed Soviet troops. In 1989, Ahmed Shah Massoud, took over Kabul as new leader. They ended up overthrowing President Sayid Mohammed Najibullah, who headed the Afghan government. In 1994, the Taliban were more powerful because Pakistan favored them and did everything in their power to support them. “Pakistan support for the Taliban is based on strong religious and ethnic bonds between the Taliban and Pakistan” (Amghar, Web 6). The militants of the Taliban are Sunni Muslim Pashtuns. They are thirteen percent of Pakistan’s population. They are basically most of the Taliban in general.

In 1996, Osama Bin Laden moved from Sudan to Afghanistan and met with Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Taliban’s leader. “Bin Laden was involved in the bombing of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998” (Amghar, Web 6). On September 11th, 2001, Bin laden prompted the bombing of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. This resulted in the United States asking the Taliban to immediately hand over Bin Laden. General Pervez Musharraf, president of Pakistan, told the U.S. that he would support the capturing of Bin Laden. Instead, they couldn’t take down Bin Laden and Al Qaeda because of the ethnic and religious ties with the Taliban. Basically, Pakistan let the Taliban do what like to the people in there cites by robbing them and raping women. “The Taliban were exceedingly ignorant, which made them cruel” (Arbabzadah, Web 1). The Taliban used to be heroes to the people of the country, but now they are just plain evil. In The Kite Runner, Amir’s friend Farid said the Taliban would look for any excuse for violence. Amir bought a fake beard because it is considered a sin to shave and that all men should have beards. He saw Kabul during this time and was unfamiliar with it as it is not how it used to be when he was a kid. Afghanistan is just plagued by the Taliban with no hope for escape.

 

 In conclusion, the Taliban before, after, and now are a deadly force to reckon with. I have to say that religion has a strong connection with them as they think of most things as sins. Amir from The Kite Runner depicts Afghanistan as a peaceful state. Now, he thinks of it as a wasteland that is ruled by a stubborn government with a false sense of religion. In my opinion, as much as I hate the Taliban, they must be removed from Afghanistan and Pakistan because they can cause a lot of trouble for those countries and can stir up many civil wars within those countries.

 

 

Works Cited

Amghar, Adderrahim. "Home." The Resurgence of the Taliban in Pakistan. Nazareth College, 2014. Web. 01 May 2014.

Arbabzadah, Nushin. "The 1980s Mujahideen, the Taliban and the Shifting Idea of Jihad." Theguardian.com. Guardian News and Media, 28 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 May 2014.

Bai, Laxmi. "Security Research Review." : Volume 1(3) Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Afghanistan. Bharat-Rakshak, 2005. Web. 01 May 2014.

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. New York: Riverhead, 2003.

 

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"The The Impotence of Proofreading," by TAYLOR MALI

Performed at the very first Page Meets Stage pairing at the Bowery Poetry Club on November 12, 2005
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A brief history of plural word...s - John McWhorter

A brief history of plural word...s - John McWhorter | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

All it takes is a simple S to make most English words plural. But it hasn't always worked that way (and there are, of course, exceptions). John McWhorter looks back to the good old days when English was newly split from German -- and books, names and eggs were beek, namen and eggru!

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Grammar Gamble - the online English grammar test

Grammar Gamble - the online English grammar test | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Play Grammar Gamble, the online English grammar quiz, and beat the scores of your friends.

Grammar Gamble is based on the popular classroom activity. Players choose the answer to a grammar question and 'bet' points depending on how confident they are. At the end of the game they can share their final scores on Facebook or Twitter.

 


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timsbox's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:36 AM

Un quiz de grammaire sympa, avec des défis entre internautes et la possibilité de parier (virtuellement !) sur sa réponse

 

Pour l'instant, les sujets traités sont limités mais çà devrait se développer

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Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=EFL

 

 

madhura bhagwat's curator insight, August 30, 2013 4:30 AM

interesting....

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The Most Common Grammar Gaffes Writers Make (and How To Avoid Them)

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In 2011, the publisher of my book Enchantment could not fill an order for 500 e-book copies. Because of this experience, I self-published my next book, What the Plus!
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How Texting Is Changing Your Grammar

How Texting Is Changing Your Grammar | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Now that text talk is widely accepted as a legitimate form of communication, we are left wondering: Will text talk become our main form of communication in the future? Will the widespread use of text talk negatively impact the way we communicate? Or are we engaged in the creation of a colorful new language every time we text?


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David's curator insight, January 4, 2013 1:24 PM

My thoughts:

This article talks about how texting and the new media age may not be as bad of a thing as it is hyped up to be. They have done studies that show the pros and cons. This article shows how although we are using shortcuts to write it is just a way of us adapting; yet people still continue to use proper grammar more often than not.

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Semicolons; So Tricky

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One of the pleasures of a recent piece on semicolons by Ben Dolnick, in the Times (“Semicolons: A Love Story”), was his reference to William James, whose deft use of the semicolon to pile on clauses, Dolnick writes, is...
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A Brief History of The Elements of Style and What Makes It Great

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On depth in simplicity and beauty in plainness.

"I hate the guts of English grammar," E. B White once famously proclaimed.
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