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It Seemed Like A Useless Little Closet. Then This Creative Guy Took Over And Now I Want It.

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You don't need much space to make big things happen.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:06 PM

4 Dec 2013

Saw this on my Facebook page posted by two Apple Distinguished friends of mine, Sharon Eilts and Helen Mowers, two always inspiring educators.

 

It's a story in images of the evolution of a plain closet into an extremely cool space where author Noah JD Chinn wrote several of his published novels.

 

Don't quit at the second picture. Anybody could turn an empty closet into a cramped writing space. But as you scroll through the images of the transition from closet to plain old dinky space with a desk to a super incredible place to do some serious writing, you'll be amazed.

 

And just wait until you see what he actually uses as a keyboard! (check out the links for pics of what that process looked like.)

 

Now, what does that have to do with Reading About Reading besides the fact that it's about an author's very creative space where he does his "authoring"?

 

How many of those of us who love literary reading so much that we  teach it have an idea floating around our brains for the great novel we might write some day? And, how many of us have resigned ourselves to, " Yeah, but maybe some day because right now I just don't have __________"?

 

Don't know about you, but I'm guilty of "giving up on dreams because right now I just don't have ________ or _________." And as soon as I identify why I don't do something, I fall prey to accepting that as the WHY and sadly go off to do what I usually do with my time.

 

But, maybe the truth is I haven't wanted some of those dreams quite as passionately as I might have.

 

Last night, I saw Steve Wozniack speak at the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA. At the core of his hour and a half on stage was his repeated theme that it was the depth of his passion to figure things out for himself and the motivation that provided him to just start finding ways to learn more about what he really found interesting AND FUN (the middle "F" in his three "Fs of happiness).The other two Fs in case you're wondering? 

 

Friends and Family.

 

It really gave me pause for thought. What if we truly undervalue the engaging potential of fun to motivate curiosity  and exploration into areas beyond our existing interests and understandings? 

 

I can't help but wonder whether it is the "fun" in storytelling and story listening and story reading that engages us in the more scholarly depths of the themes and wisdom of literary reading.

 

And, yet at the same time it is the "fun" of literary reading that is often at the source of dismissing literature as having little more than "recreational" value doing little other than allowing us to "escape" momentarily the more important things in life that we really ought to be doing like shopping or mowing the lawn or ......... 

 

 

 

If we know we would really enjoy spending time doing  ________,  but we just "don't have _______" maybe we just don't quite care enough yet to make it happen..

 

Our "Yes, buts..." can add up to a whole bunch of "Yes, and  I made it happens." if we don't allow all those "buts" to pre-emptively slam doors on our dreams. 

 

You wanna write? Do it. 

(It's the advise we've given our students repeatedly isn't it?)

 

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Writing Standards: Finding One’s Way With Words

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2007 Winner of the Bechtel Prize by Anna Sopko   Content standards were developed by the California State Board of Education to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining …
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Books for Brain Breaks - Choice Literacy

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Mandy Robek compiles a list of her favorite books for brain breaks with young learners
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The Formula for Language Learning Success Infographic

The Formula for Language Learning Success Infographic Balancing all the elements of a global business isn’t easy, and a key element in the equation is communication. If your employees can’t communicate with their peers (or worse their customers) your business will fail. Proper language-learning... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-formula-for-language-learning-success-infographic/
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JSTOR - Register & Read

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Step 1: REGISTER for a free MyJSTOR account.

Step 2: SEARCH Select an article in your search results, and click Read Online Free above the preview page.

Step 3: ADD TO SHELF Add the article to your “reading shelf” to read the full text. Save up to 3 articles on your shelf at a given time. After 14 days, you can remove articles and replace them with new ones. (That's up to 78 articles a year, FREE!)


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Search and Add to Shelf:
"Teaching Nonfiction through Rhetorical Reading "
Mary Lamb, Prof., taught grades 7-12 before teaching U.
In the article she provides lessons for teaching CNF in HS.
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Story Wars - Writing #stories together

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Collaborative writing - done differently. Unleash your creativity with us.

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Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems

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Also: 'How in the name of all that’s moldy did this poem wind up on a proficiency test?'
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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, January 8, 1:24 PM
Will testing companies, marketers, state dept of ed and parents ever realize how absurd the testing craze has evolved? #wakeup #elemed
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Online Resource: Tar Heel Reader Approaches 10 Million Books Read

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From the University of North Carolina College of Arts and Sciences: Tar Heel Reader, an online program that helps students with disabilities learn to read independently, is nearing 10 million books read.
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LitLift - A FREE online novel and story writing application

LitLift - A FREE online novel and story writing application | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:43 AM
One more attempt to foster creativity through collaborative storytelling... it looks good... worth a try!
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Ziet er veelbelovend uit, deze gratis online editor. Je zou hem kunnen gebruiken om een serie blogs te maken die uiteindelijk in een e-book terecht moeten komen. Dat geeft overzicht.
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Explore, Tinker, and Play: Everything I Need to Know About Teaching Writing I Learned at the Science Museum - National Writing Project

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As science teachers look to English Language Arts for help with new Common Core literacy requirements, Tanya Baker, director of national programs at the National Writing Project, looks to the science museum as a model for creating spaces to let youth tinker, explore, and persist.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 10, 2016 5:02 PM

Writing works across all curriculum, why not make it happen in a museum?

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Two tools that help students analyze writing

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On Twitter Clint asked me for a recommendation for a tool that his students can use to analyze writing. Two tools immediately came to mind ..."

Hemingway appAnalyze My Writing

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Won Ho's curator insight, January 7, 7:04 PM
Well, now you can be a good writer. It is paying service. For free, try http://alternativeto.net/software/hemingway-editor/?license=free#
영어 작문의 문장을 분석해 주는 서비스입니다. 영어 공부하는데 유용할 것 같네요~ 헉! 돈을 받네요... 오픈소스를 사용하려면 http://alternativeto.net/software/hemingway-editor/?license=free#
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Literacy Beat: Meet Peggy Semingson

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Literacy Beat bloggers have long taken inspiration from Peggy Semingson's dedication to using technology to advance learning. We wondered what she is currently working on professionally for our Influencer series. Her answers follow.  I was asked to write for Literacy Beat about some of the latest projects and ideas I have been working on as…
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How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Tips from the Pros via Payman Taei

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Like most people, at one time in my life I was terrified of public speaking.
I remember one moment particularly clearly. My classmates were waiting for me to read a paper I’d written—an experience, I’m sure, many remember from high school and college. While a par

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Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 43 Links to Help via @cybrarian77

Can Your Students Spot Fake News? Here are 43 Links to Help via @cybrarian77 | AdLit | Scoop.it
It's all around us. It's permeated Facebook, Twitter, all social media and the Internet. Yet I have seen adults fall for these hoaxe

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 4, 6:18 AM
Very good article about a relevant issue we must not neglect... part of the literacy we are all trying to teach our children and youth!
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The ability to discern bias in the news, and the incorrect usage of statistics are other important skills.
Marijke Trienekens's curator insight, January 11, 10:56 AM
Zie onderaan de uitgebreide lijst met links naar artikelen over nepnieuws!
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Questions in the Classroom

In middle school, I was in many classes that should have encouraged creativity and speculation.   However, most of the time we couldn’
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This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

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The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.

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Creating Life-Long Readers through Choice

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A blog focused on literacy issues, best practice instruction and the political landscape of public education.
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13 Honest Books About Slavery Young People Should Actually Read

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This week, after severe criticism, Scholastic pulled a newly published picture book entitled A Birthday Cake for Mr. Washington. The book, which was written by Ramin Ganeshram and illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, focused on George Washington's enslaved cook, Hercules, and his daughter Delia, as the two overcome obstacles to make a cake for Washington's birthday.

Many critics argued that it displayed an overly rosy view of a slave's life, and the book was deluged with one-star on Amazon reviews.

Many children, and, sadly, their parents, still need to learn that slavery wasn't idyllic, a boon to their family lives, or an improvement over remaining in their homelands. In fact, slavery was often brutal and dehumanizing even when owners exhibited basic kindness. Slaves were often sold away from their families and loved ones with no notice, destroying what little domestic life they were allowed to have; and the severing of black Americans from their ancestors and heritage in Africa is an irreversible trauma.

These are tough facts to confront kids with, especially young kids, but it's better to start with small doses of truth rather than sowing the seeds for "smiling slave" mythologies. Here are 13 (mostly) honest books for young readers that will help them confront the unpalatable truth of slavery, and celebrate the ingenuity and strength of those who resisted, escaped and survived.


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How to Teach High-School Students to Spot Fake News

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When the AP United States history students at Aragon High School in San Mateo, California, scanned the professionally designed pages of minimumwage.co
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Tips to get started writing

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To get started writing your memoir, it is helpful to read memoirs, personal essays, and books about the nuts and bolts (the craft) of writing.  Here are some recommendations.   As Chloe Yelena Miller discussed on Great Day Washington, keeping a diary or a journal can be a great way to flex the writing muscles and brainstorm ideas. But what if you aren’t sure what to write? Writing prompts can help the new or stuck writer do just that. Chloe’s perennial favorite is Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg .     In her memoir writing workshop at Politics and Prose bookstore, Chloe recommends that the students read the anthology The Art of the Personal Essay edited by Phillip Lopate . This offers a broad range of examples through history, including translations.      In a class on ethical and moral issues in memoir which she co-teaches with law professor and memoirist Martha Ertman,  Love’s Promises , they recommend the anthology Family Trouble: Memoirists on the Hazards and Rewards of Revealing Family edited by Joy Castro . This book offers a series of perspectives from memoir writers regarding what they decided to write – and not write – about their family.    Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft  is a great example of a memoir about a writer’s life, as well as some writing tips. You Can't Make This Stuff Up: The Complete Guide to Writing Creative Nonfiction--From Memoir to Literary Journalism and Everything in Between by Lee Gutkind offers direct advice about writing creative nonfiction. Since creative-nonfiction draws its craft from fiction, the classic John Gardner’s The Art of Fiction  is a great place to start.    Sarah Manguso’s Ongoingness: The End of a Diary  is a less traditional memoir focusing on the author’s changing experience with keeping a journal after becoming a mother. Her life as a writer, experience with time, and relationship with a journal may be of particular interest to all writers. In reference to her journals and the space between writing and experience, Manguso writes, “Someday I might read about some of the moments I’ve forgotten, moments I’ve allowed myself to forget, that my brain was designed to forget, that I’ll be glad to have forgotten and be glad to rediscover as writing. The experience is no longer experience. It is writing. I am still writing.”   Accessible online, Joan Didion’s essay On Keeping a Notebook invites the reader into Didion’s experience of keeping her own notebook and re-reading it years later.  https://www.penusa.org/sites/default/files/didion.pdf ;   Find a writing class at Politics and Prose to help you start off this new year writing: http://www.politics-prose.com/classes ;   Chloe Yelena Miller is offering a free writing coach consultation to new clients. Click here to learn more about her services.     

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Gene Bodzin's curator insight, January 6, 3:58 PM
If you are writing a memoir, or contemplating writing one, this post will take you to lots of helpful places to help you begin.
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A Good Infographic Featuring Some of The Best iPad Apps for Writers (2017 Version)

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Writing on iPad? Here's a useful collection of apps to help you.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 9, 6:20 PM
Il manque des outils aux étudiants pour écrire des textes. Voici une sélection.
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This Is Your Brain On Dyslexia

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Research using fMRI provides compelling evidence that dyslexia involves a reduction in the ability to learn from repeated exposures to new perceptual stimuli. This reduction is present when dyslexics view pictures of faces or objects as well as printed and spoken words.

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Writing Lesson of the Month Network!

Writing Lesson of the Month Network! | AdLit | Scoop.it

Every month from 2007 to 2017, Corbett Harrison posts a writing lesson. You're sure to find something here to spark an idea. -JL


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Academic Discussions: Analyzing Complex Texts

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Ways to support your ELLs with discussions. Here we see ELLs analyze complex test with small groups and academic discussions.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 7, 7:53 PM
A marvelous, concise resource for discussing complex texts
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SPJ Code of Ethics | Society of Professional Journalists | Improving and protecting journalism since 1909

SPJ Code of Ethics | Society of Professional Journalists | Improving and protecting journalism since 1909 | AdLit | Scoop.it
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 6, 6:14 AM

A useful set of rules that students can use to measure the credability of news content.

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News Values and Credibility
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Interactive Ink Enables Digital Handwriting

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Interactive Ink extends digital ink to allow users to more intuitively create, interact with, and share content in digital form.

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Green’s Dictionary of Slang

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Five hundred years of the vulgar tongue
‘Quite simply the best historical dictionary of English slang there is, ever has been […] or is ever likely to be’​ — Journal of English Language and Linguistics

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