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The secrets of running a successful book group

The secrets of running a successful book group | AdLit | Scoop.it

"There are many reasons to run a book group. It's a great way to promote reading in your school, while offering kids the opportunity to discuss and recommend their favourite authors, stories, characters and genres."


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Writing Standards: Finding One’s Way With Words

Writing Standards: Finding One’s Way With Words | AdLit | Scoop.it
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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What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing

What Being an Editor Taught Me About Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it

The truth is that spending one’s life reading good writing—not just reading it, but thinking about what makes it so good—is the best way to teach one’s self how to do it. For some people, this might mean enrolling in an MFA program. For me, I was lucky enough to learn by observing the other editors around me, and working on manuscripts as they went from rough drafts to finished books. It was the best writing education I could have received. Here are a few of the things I learned along the way:


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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, July 2, 9:21 PM
This advice is gold dust.  Writers, imprint it on your souls.
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Audiobook Anxiety and What Constitutes ‘Real’ Reading

Audiobook Anxiety and What Constitutes ‘Real’ Reading | AdLit | Scoop.it
Romanticizing the printed word ignores all of the other benefits storytelling can offer

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IELTS reading exercises to improve comprehension and vocabulary skills.

IELTS reading exercises to improve comprehension and vocabulary skills. | AdLit | Scoop.it
IELTS Reading exercises, vocabulary and comprehenison activities

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

This topic is an exploration of the storytelling process at Pixar.

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30 Flash Fiction Prompts

30 Flash Fiction Prompts | AdLit | Scoop.it
Need a little mid-winter inspiration? Try one of these flash fiction prompts: 1: Write a story in which something transforms into something else. 2: Write a true story that is so ___________(insert adjective here) that no one would believe it's true. But it is. 3: Find a story you've written that isn't quite working. Chop…

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The Thing Only You Can Bring to Your Writing

The Thing Only You Can Bring to Your Writing | AdLit | Scoop.it
"Over the last nearly quarter-century of teaching the craft, I've seen the level of competent fiction rise significantly. ... Which means we have to be more than good to stand out from the morass. The edge is critical to getting us there.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, July 7, 5:11 AM
Excellent advice about how to excel in your fiction and an exercise well worth doing.
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Tracy K. Smith Is Named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate: Emma Niles

Tracy K. Smith Is Named 22nd U.S. Poet Laureate: Emma Niles | AdLit | Scoop.it
The Princeton University professor and Pulitzer Prize winner says she plans to bring poetry events “to parts of the country where literary festivals don’t always go.”
- 2017/06/14

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John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com

John Grisham’s Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Popular Fiction: NYTimes.com | AdLit | Scoop.it
“All suggestions can be ignored when necessary,” says the best-selling author, but ignore them at your own peril. (And put away that thesaurus.)

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Penelope's curator insight, June 15, 1:10 PM
Writing Do's and Don'ts courtesy of astounding plotter and prolific author, John Grisham!

My favorite suggestion is to not write the first scene until you know the last. Then you have a destination in mind, which should make the journey a heck of a lot easier.

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What's Next in Language Learning? | Getting Smart

What's Next in Language Learning? | Getting Smart | AdLit | Scoop.it
In this series, we heard a number of perspectives on both why it’s important to be giving students language skills, and how districts everywhere can provide this traditionally resource-intensive opportunity.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 16, 11:19 AM

An interesting series of podcasts about language learning in schools.

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What's Next in Language Learning?
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Creating Visual Six Word Stories--Ending the School Year with My First Lesson Ever!

Creating Visual Six Word Stories--Ending the School Year with My First Lesson Ever! | AdLit | Scoop.it
On June 11, 2009 I taught my demo lesson at Ossining High School. That first lesson focused on creating six word stories, and was the start of my full time teaching career. And eight years later, I ended the school year with the very same lesson--I’ve come full circle.

Back then, we read a few stories together, examined the literary tradition, and created our own. Students wrote them on sentence strips, decorated them, and presented them to the class to publish. I even tracked down my original lesson plan in my files--a screenshot is below. As the legend has it, Ernest Hemingway was asked to write a story in six words. His response: “For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

 

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Quite a thorough description of how Adam Schoenbart does this; very informative.


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5 Ways to Help Your Child Read More

5 Ways to Help Your Child Read More | AdLit | Scoop.it


“How can I get my kids to read more?”

This is one of the most common questions I get asked by other moms. We all know the benefits of reading, and parents want the best for their children.

Every child is different, and it’s to be expected that some kids enjoy reading more than others. Some children have had a negative experience, like poor vision or an embarrassing moment, to turn them off of reading. Inevitably, there also comes an age where reading isn’t “cool” anymore.


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Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters

Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters | AdLit | Scoop.it
Good Characterization is why most people read fiction. You can draw your readers in with plot, but your readers will remember your characters the most.

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10 Good Reasons to Participate in National Journal Writing Month - National Journal Writing Month

10 Good Reasons to Participate in National Journal Writing Month - National Journal Writing Month | AdLit | Scoop.it
 What is NaJoWriMo? NaJoWriMo is based on the NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) challenge. NaJoWriMo is useful for new and veteran journal writers. This month-long challenge is great for those wh

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The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds…

The Life-Changing Habit of Journaling (Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, and Many More Great Minds… | AdLit | Scoop.it
Many famous creatives, writers, innovators and original thinkers of our generation keep journals— for many, it is a creative necessity, for others, a place for exploration, and for some an art form in and of itself.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 4, 11:41 AM

Help your students build a life long habit of journaling. 

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Opportunities For Writers  

Opportunities For Writers   | AdLit | Scoop.it
Welcome to our opportunities page. Here, we list competitions, literary events and publisher submission deadlines so you can keep track of your writing calendar.  Click on the name of the opportunity/competition to be taken to the respective information page. If you’re a website or publication running competitions/events, feel free to get in touch and we’ll be happy to list them for our readers. April The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world. Deadline May 15th. Bath Short Story Award A selection of twenty winning, shortlisted and longlisted stories will be published in the 2016 anthology in digital and print format (publication likely in October, 2016). Short stories of up to 2200 words in all genres,

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Flash Fiction Writing Exercises | Writing Forward

Flash Fiction Writing Exercises | Writing Forward | AdLit | Scoop.it
Flash fiction writing exercises help you strip away excessive words and phrases. A great way to examine the bare bones of your writing.

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Sharon Bakar's curator insight, July 6, 12:16 AM
Very useful exercises for teaching flash fiction.
Enchanting Books's curator insight, July 14, 10:20 AM
Very useful exercises for teaching flash fiction.
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Want To Be A Better Writer? Read More.

Want To Be A Better Writer? Read More. | AdLit | Scoop.it
"It usually helps me write by reading -- somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear." -Steven Wright

Reading is fashionable

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FRANKENSTEIN

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"English literature instructors, along with fans of the prolific Shelley/Godwin/Wollstonecraft family, will want to check out this online exhibit and resource collection from the New York Public Library. This exhibit, examines Percy Shelley's life, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and its enduring legacy, and other remarkable individuals in the Shelleys' circle, including Lord Byron. The site is organized into four sections: Shelley's Ghost, Frankenstein, Creation & Remix, and Outsiders. Showcased archival materials include a digitized copy of the earliest preserved Percy Shelley poem, "A Cat in Distress"; the frontispiece of an 1831 edition of Frankenstein; and a number of scrapbooks crafted by Anne Wagner and Julia Conyers, who were contemporaries of Percy and Mary Shelley. These books, as the site notes, were one of the few creative outlets available for women during this time period. Another highlight of this site is a series of short dramatic readings of Frankenstein that may serve as valuable classroom resources. Middle and high school English instructors will find additional classroom resources via Educator Resources in the Shelley's Ghost section. "


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Indigenous Literary Perspectives In Global Conversation

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"K-12 English and social studies instructors will find a variety of resources for teaching indigenous literature, culture, and history on this website. This online resource was created in 2015 as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for educators, headed by Native American Studies scholar Kathryn W. Shanley and Curriculum and Instruction scholar Phyllis Bo-yuen Ngai. During the Summer Institute, participating K-12 educators had the opportunity to hear from a number of experts in Native American studies before using their own expertise in K-12 instruction to craft a number of unit plans and other classroom resources. Visitors to this site will find these lesson plans via the Teacher Authors section on the right panel of the homepage. Each resource is accompanied by a short biography of the teacher who created it as well as their current classroom. In addition, educators can check out a list of all resources used into this institute via the Institute Materials section."


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ReadWorks.org | Longer Passages to Build Stamina

ReadWorks.org | Longer Passages to Build Stamina | AdLit | Scoop.it
Improve your students’ reading comprehension with ReadWorks. Access thousands of high-quality, K-12, articles, lessons, and units for free.

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Year-End Roundup, 2016-17 | Questions for Writing and Discussion

Year-End Roundup, 2016-17 | Questions for Writing and Discussion | AdLit | Scoop.it
A year’s worth of writing prompts tied to New York Times articles, videos and images.

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11 Apps to Learn with Poetry

11 Apps to Learn with Poetry | AdLit | Scoop.it
Poetry is a great way to inspire your learners to be creative and imaginative with a topic. Writing poetry can be difficult for students, but the engaging apps below will help your students create and learn with poems. For more ideas and activities, see the slide presentation, Learning with Poetry, and the bookmarks below for more ideas and resources.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, June 20, 10:37 AM
Poetry can be powerful. Here are some apps to help your students harness it.
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Reading by Ear: A superb collection of articles on audiobooks, audio literacy, and the art of listening

Reading by Ear: A superb collection of articles on audiobooks, audio literacy, and the art of listening | AdLit | Scoop.it
A few months ago, NSR launched the Reading by Ear column, written by audiobook and audio literacy authority, librarian Francisca Goldsmith. The column discusses audiobooks as a medium through which contemporary readers are invited to explore literary culture, performance arts, and multimodal literacy capacity building. In her thought-provoking, scholarly yet accessible writing, Francisca addresses why audiobook listening expands, rather than derails, our access to literature and the written word. She also takes on the issue of prescribing audiobooks as a ‘print reading’ support versus listening to audiobooks as a way to build information and aesthetic experiences and critical thinking about auditory experiences in their own right.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 22, 6:31 AM
Reading by Ear: A superb collection of articles on audiobooks, audio literacy, and the art of listening