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There is a panic amongst writing teachers that is based on the myth that our baby, narrative writing, is shunned by the Common Core standards. I'm here to encourage everyone to take a deep breath an
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Several useful ideas in this post! Via @Edutopia and @Tweenteacher
You might be interested if you're teaching or planning on teaching Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl. http://t.co/jf3XqxJW6B
The Essay Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to organize and outline their ideas for an informational, definitional, or descriptive essay.
Expository writing is an increasingly important skill for elementary, middle, and high school students to master. This interactive graphic organizer helps students develop an outline that includes an introductory statement, main ideas they want to discuss or describe, supporting details, and a conclusion that summarizes the main ideas. The tool offers multiple ways to navigate information including a graphic in the upper right-hand corner that allows students to move around the map without having to work in a linear fashion. The finished map can be saved, e-mailed, or printed.
Using systems that break the writing process into steps helps guide students through to a first draft. Guidance builds confidece. Well worth a visit and possible wide scale use in your classroom.
Hardly a week goes by that I’m not asked about the differences between modes, genres, and formats. I admit, it’s pretty confusing out there when you try to sort it out on your own. Here is how I keep the terms separate in my work–I hope it helps you, too.
This thoughtful article will help define terms we encounter as we dig into the traits. Modes of writing and genres of writing carry expectations as to format and audience. This will determine voice and organization.
For good measure we need to consider the Modes of writing that are highlighted by the Common Core Standards.
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.
Here's a subtle concept explained in a way that you can use with your students.
The problem with rote memorization of a writing organizational formula is that it has no context. The kids don't understand why they are using the form. They just memorize the basics and stumble on. This usually means they know they need five paragraphs: 1 intro 3 body 1 concluding. Hardly a universal formula for organizing writing. But that's what is usually taught (and often nothing else.)
Here's a brief essay inspired by a conversation in my Online writing class.
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What a great way to organize writing for our students!
This may come as a surprise, but I don’t know who actually coined the term creative nonfiction.
Phillip Lopate is considered by many to be one of the most important essayists of our time, a writer and editor at the fulcrum of memoir's resurgence who has contributed significantly to discourse on creative nonfiction. The anthology Lopate edited in 1994, The Art of the Personal Essay (Doubleday), helped contextualize the genre as part of a global tradition dating back to the classical period.
Here is a rundown of some of the best literary journalism you’ll find. Not only is there great storytelling in these books and longform articles, but there is also rigorous and revelatory investigation that keeps the facts straight. This is literary journalism at its best – proving that you don’t have to make up your facts to tell a meaningful and important story.
Close passage analysis demo: finding patterns in your observations. Based on The Book Thief.
Should There Be Zoos? A Persuasive Text by Tony Stead is a mentor text, we used to introduce how to write an effective writing piece. Our students listened and took up the challenge to write their own book.
Professors may not have much grading to do during dead week, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t busy. The 1078 Gallery got a taste of some of Chico State’s own creative works Friday evening.
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."
by Susan Riley
"Our main focal point for this lesson lands with the artwork of Norman Rockwell. I started to piece this lesson together from a couple of different source inspirations. The first was as I was working on our upcoming STEAM Ed app (more coming on this exciting project in the next few weeks) and putting in our aligned standards to the Common Core. As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to write a lesson seed for it to put up on EducationCloset. The second was as I was reading this fascinating article: Norman Rockwell shares 8 marketing lessons from art and advertising. It truly got me thinking about how art can be used to persuade people and more importantly, how it persuades people. When you see an advertisement, you are truly reading a persuasive writing piece – the writing is just being represented through the visual art. In essence, a print ad is an arts integration idea come to life. Our minds feast on the visual representation of an idea, which persuades us to find out more information about that product or thought. And today, we’re passing this lesson seed on to you. And keep an eye on our lesson page – we’re preparing to launch an updated look to make finding and downloading the right lesson seed for you easier than ever."
via Charles Fisher
Many students begin news articles with who, what, where, when.....boring. Help the reader know why they should care. Respect the audience by creating meaning and giving insight.
Writing from personal experience is something we can all do. Treasure your small stories, they are the minutes of your life.
reDesign developed a course on Memoir for just this reason. Teacher's Guide: http://www.scribd.com/doc/132882407/Memoir-Course-Teacher%E2%80%99s-Guide-reDesign
Turnitin has partnered with the English Professional Learning Council (EPLC) to develop three writing rubrics—argument, informative and narrative—that are aligned with the CCSS. These rubrics help instructors convey their expectations to students, grade submitted work against the CCSS, provide critical feedback, and track student progress.
Includes links to webcasts on the topic.
There is an expected research paper voice and while the mode is driven by organization, voice still plays a part in this form of writing.I'd describe the desired voice in this mode as; authoritative. Other descriptors would be strong, confident, and understanding. Lovitts 2007 p 36
While the voice of a research report is more constrained, it's there. By helping your students learn to recognize voice you clarify the intent of the writing and help build the concept.
reference:Lovitts, B. E. 2007 Making the implicit explicit: creating performance expectations for the dissertation. Virginia, Stylus Publishing
Good for librarians and teachers....
Extract from Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech. Shows examples of persuasive devices. Useful as an aide-mémoire.
Hello - I am the original creator of this resource and originally uploaded it to TES in the United Kingdom. We used it as part of a broader speech-writing task. Some classes also compared it to speeches by Winston Churchill, Queen Elizabeth I of England, a Barack Obama. I hope you find it useful.From tafkam, June 18 2012 . Member Of The SML Panel.
• Opportunities for students to delve more deeply into more varied texts, especially literary non-fiction • Addresses student engagement with many sources: e...
Don't take the easy route! Instead, use this little trick to improve your writing -- let go of the words "good" and "bad," and push yourself to illustrate, elucidate and illuminate your world with language.
Lesson by Marlee Neel, animation by Bryan Young, Spyros Dahlias and Victor DeRespinis of The STUDIO.
What constitutes a logical order for a piece of expository writing depends entirely on writer's goal. There is no one organization that fits all nonfiction.
Frequently as I look at the Common Core Standards for writing with teachers, a question keeps cropping up: Is there still a place for genre studies? These teachers and I know that narrative, inform...
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.