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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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4 Effective Ways to Beat Writer’s Burnout

4 Effective Ways to Beat Writer’s Burnout | AdLit | Scoop.it
Writer’s burnout is coming for you. In fact, I'm sure you've already experienced it, and perhaps you're even battling it right now. Are you ready to beat it?

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Are you exhausted from all the coursework you are desperately trying to manage? Burnout is real, but you can find relief by delegating some of your assignments to professional assignment writing experts at scripthubplus.com.. Rest easy, we've got your back!

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8 Methods for Effectively Improving Student Communication Skills by Lee Watanabe Crockett

8 Methods for Effectively Improving Student Communication Skills by Lee Watanabe Crockett | AdLit | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe Crockett

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Tan Lishan's comment, February 27, 3:08 AM
It is important to have communication skills, especially when you are a student and have lots of presentation to do in schools, or if we want to prepare for the future. However, many people lack communication skills due to various reason, one which is that he or she does not know how to improve it. This article is a very good one in terms of teaching people how to communicate better, and is definitely useful like what the tittle have suggested.
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@ Tan Lishan Thank you for your thoughtful comment
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@ Tan Lishan Thank you for your thoughtful comment
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The Only Thing You Need to Know About Writing Strong Female Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors

The Only Thing You Need to Know About Writing Strong Female Characters - Helping Writers Become Authors | AdLit | Scoop.it

A strong character—female or male—is one with realistic strengths and flaws who acts as an integral catalyst that moves the plot. If your characters are doing that, then they’re not going to be weaklings.


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5 of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Kids

5 of The Best Digital Storytelling  Apps for Kids | AdLit | Scoop.it
In today’s collection we are sharing with you some very good digital storytelling apps to use with kids and young learners. These are particularly ideal for enhancing kids literacy skills. You can have kids work either in pairs or alone on creative  projects that involve composing personal stories (imaginary or real). The apps provide them with a number of interesting features to help them make their stories engaging and informative. They can record their own voice for narration, use pictures, characters and images  and backgrounds to bring life to their stories. And when they are done they can easily share it with the whole class and get feedback from their peers.

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Progressive mastery through deliberate practice: A promising approach for improving writing

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This study is an analysis of the curriculum used to teach writing at one US high school in which outcomes for students were extremely strong. The study surfaces what was different in the approach used from what is typically understood and promoted as best practice in the teaching of writing. It does so in order to surface what elements of writing instruction are fruitful for further research. Findings identify an approach to teaching writing called progressive mastery through deliberate practice. This article articulates the five elements that constitute this approach (understanding the final product, breaking down its critical elements, creating a hierarchy among the elements, layering and progression of elements, and gradual release of scaffolds), as well as the ways they work in concert to bring about improved student writing and thinking

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Getting Them While They're Young: CUP's World Book Day Outreach

Getting Them While They're Young: CUP's World Book Day Outreach | AdLit | Scoop.it
World Book Day on Thursday typically woos young people toward reading, but Cambridge University Press wants them on the payroll.

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How Flash Fiction / Microfiction Can Help With Your Writing

How Flash Fiction / Microfiction Can Help With Your Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it
How can flash fiction—super short stories, usually under 1000 words—help your writing? My guest this week, Rhianne Williams, is here to share the secret.

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How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.)

How to Use Your Writing-Life Magic Wand (Or, Finding Your Groove, Part One.) | AdLit | Scoop.it

Sometimes I am all about balance. I want to work in that exact rhythm of nurturing all parts of my life: getting good work done, but also seeing plenty of friends, discovering new places in the city, and being an all-around good citizen. 


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I'm not even sure how I stumbled upon this young writer's website, but I'm glad I did. One of the freshest voices I've read in quite a while, she doles out juicy wisdom nuggets on writing and life. Enjoy!

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Love this blog.
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Some academics worry that new tools enable plagiarism to bypass detection

Some academics worry that new tools enable plagiarism to bypass detection | AdLit | Scoop.it
Programs that promote themselves as helping students paraphrase may be helping them plagiarize, researcher warns.

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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - NY Times

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - NY Times | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Of all the resources we publish on The Learning Network, perhaps it’s our vast collection of writing prompts that is our most widely used resource for teaching and learning with The Times.

"This list of 401 prompts (available here in PDF) is now our third iteration of what originally started as 200 prompts for argumentative writing, and it’s intended as a companion resource to help teachers and students participate in our annual Student Editorial Contest. (In 2017, the dates for entering are March 2 to April 4.)"


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Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts

Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts | AdLit | Scoop.it
The great thing about being a reading specialist and a writer for children is that I professional books in both areas that lend themselves to the other.  ​The latest find from the educatio

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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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2 Excellent Tools to Help Students with Their Writing

2 Excellent Tools to Help Students with Their Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it
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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The Art of Storytelling - Pixar in a Box Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne 

The Art of Storytelling - Pixar in a Box Free Tech 4 Teachers @rmbyrne  | AdLit | Scoop.it
The Art of Storytelling is a section of Pixar in a Box that teaches students about four elements universal to good storytelling. The Art of Storytelling is comprised of six instructional videos and four lesson activities for students. The videos and activities can be shared through Google Classroom

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El arte de contar historias.
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How to Write Strong Character Relationships

How to Write Strong Character Relationships | AdLit | Scoop.it

Writers talk all the time about creating strong characters, dynamic characters, memorable and unique characters. It's the core of our stories-- it's not just about what happened, but who it happened to. But there's a side of character development I think we often neglect, and it's one of the most important parts of who human beings are.


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Researching Like Writers: From Read-Aloud to Notebooks - Choice Literacy

Researching Like Writers: From Read-Aloud to Notebooks - Choice Literacy | AdLit | Scoop.it
It is no secret that in my classroom we try to keep it real. Once the authenticity is gone from the work my students and I do together, my students know it. They can tell when something is done because “we have to,” like state- and districtwide tests. When we read, we do so as real readers. When we write, we do so as real writers. When we research it is no different. To get students thinking about how writers use research in their own writing process, I began with a story that is rife with researchable topics: Verdi, by Janell Cannon. As a quick aside, Verdi is a playful and plucky young python who doesn’t want to grow up to be big, boring, and green.
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Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism

Teaching Students to Avoid Plagiarism | AdLit | Scoop.it

Although threats and detection software have some impact, the best way to prevent plagiarism is to teach students how to avoid it in the first place

 

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A 32-minute podcast by the great Jennifer Gonzalez


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QIU NINGYU's comment, February 27, 7:38 AM
This article is surely a very helpful one to many of the students. As students, assignments and essays are always around us, and to do these, research is inevitable. Sometimes finding the difference between copying others' work and learning from others' work can be difficult, and easy to be neglected especially when the deadline is pressing on. With the knowledge provided in this article, we will be more aware about plagiarism which then can be very effective on helping us to reduce the percentage where we accidentally copied others' works. Together with all the apps present to reduce the chance of us plagiarize people's work on purpose in times of desperate, it is sure that we can avoid it completely.
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What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia via NPR

What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia via NPR | AdLit | Scoop.it
Replacing "alternative facts" with a footnoted, neutral point of view. Some professors say students work harder knowing their research will have a broad audience.

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Stories in your pocket: How to write Flash Fiction

Stories in your pocket: How to write Flash Fiction | AdLit | Scoop.it

I began to produce these ultra-short stories – sawn-off tales, as I call them – when I was commuting from Manchester to Liverpool: a 50-minute journey, often elongated by windscreen-wiper failure, fights on the train, or getting stuck behind the "stopper". 


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Keynote for Digital Story Telling

Keynote for Digital Story Telling | AdLit | Scoop.it

"In terms of digital story telling, I have created a page to house all of the videos I recently created as a YouTube playlist and as the basis for an online course. The videos introduce vector graphic creation, digital story telling, the tools necessary to take it deeper, animations and the use of multiple slides to take the process further than Apple ever intended!

 

"It also contains a classroom resource and a link to a workshop session on the same subject along with more session pages (many still under construction) covering an entire conference with Mac/iOS, Google for Edu, Coding and MakerSpace/Design Thinking strands."

 


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Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism?

Using Internet based paraphrasing tools: Original work, patchwriting or facilitated plagiarism? | AdLit | Scoop.it
A casual comment by a student alerted the authors to the existence and prevalence of Internet-based paraphrasing tools. A subsequent quick Google search highlighted the broad range and availability of online paraphrasing tools which offer free ‘services’ to paraphrase large sections of text ranging from sentences, paragraphs, whole articles, book chapters or previously written assignments. The ease of access to online paraphrasing tools provides the potential for students to submit work they have not directly written themselves, or in the case of academics and other authors, to rewrite previously published materials to sidestep self-plagiarism. Students placing trust in online paraphrasing tools as an easy way of complying with the requirement for originality in submissions are at risk in terms of the quality of the output generated and possibly of not achieving the learning outcomes as they may not fully understand the information they have compiled. There are further risks relating to the legitimacy of the outputs in terms of academic integrity and plagiarism. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the existence, development, use and detection of use of Internet based paraphrasing tools. To demonstrate the dangers in using paraphrasing tools an experiment was conducted using some easily accessible Internet-based paraphrasing tools to process part of an existing publication. Two sites are compared to demonstrate the types of differences that exist in the quality of the output from certain paraphrasing algorithms, and the present poor performance of online originality checking services such as Turnitin® to identify and link material processed via machine based paraphrasing tools. The implications for student skills in paraphrasing, academic integrity and the clues to assist staff in identifying the use of online paraphrasing tools are discussed.

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The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box | Partner content | Khan Academy

The Art of Storytelling | Pixar in a Box | Partner content | Khan Academy | AdLit | Scoop.it

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"Khan Academy has teamed up with Pixar to create this interactive lesson about the Art of Storytelling. In this Pixar in a Box lesson, young writers get to hear the perspectives of numerous Pixar storyboard artists as they explain their creative processes and their personal favorite stories. These videos are accompanied by four activities designed to get youth to reflect on and discuss different aspects of storytelling, including memory. In the opening video, film director Pete Docter provides an especially helpful reflection on what it really means to "write what you know." Other clips urge students to consider their favorite films or the different storytelling elements that appear in their favorite films. Youth are also encouraged to ask their own What if? questions in regards to their favorite films, fostering creativity. This Khan Academy collection could make a strong addition to an elementary school language arts class or an enrichment class. As of this write up, this series includes one complete tutorial; additional tutorials on storytelling are coming soon."


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Using Pop Culture in your teaching via @Gallagher_Tech

This post is part of the #EdublogsClub – a group of educators and educational technology enthusiasts that blog around a common theme each week. Simply write a post and share it (via social media w/…

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Books for Brain Breaks - Choice Literacy

Books for Brain Breaks - Choice Literacy | AdLit | Scoop.it
Mandy Robek compiles a list of her favorite books for brain breaks with young learners
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