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Exploring ways to develop writing skills in young learners
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4 Web Tools To Create Newspapers and Flyers for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Web Tools To Create Newspapers and Flyers for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Developing the writer | Scoop.it

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Creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes

Creative writing prompts that you can do in 10 minutes | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
What can you write in 10 minutes or less? Let's find out! For a quick creative writing exercise, try one of the 21 writing prompts below, excerpted from Chronicle Books' 642 Tiny Things to Write Ab...

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'Timothy Leyfer's curator insight, November 19, 2015 3:50 PM

These can be used to create ideas that can be used to enhance your emails and ads and articles you write for your business

Chris Carter's curator insight, December 2, 2015 8:41 PM

It was a dark and stormy night ... kidding!

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Strategies to Help Struggling Writers

Strategies to Help Struggling Writers | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Student writers often struggle because they lack connection with the assignment or an authentic audience. Relevant topics, blogging, and brainstorming with peers can remedy this.

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Seedling Comic Studio on the App Store

Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Seedling Comic Studio. Download Seedling Comic Studio and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators

Storybird Studio: Creative tools for educators | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Free creative writing tools used by teachers and students in 400,000+ K-12 classrooms worldwide. Works with any curriculum or device.
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Sentopiary - App for learning Grammar

Get Sentopiary on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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Story Starters

Story Starters | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
I have been collecting story starters, you can use them with your class and add some of your own in the comments. Cheers  Rob

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Sentences starters. Images. There's a good range of writing prompts here. 

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asli telli's curator insight, February 4, 2015 1:06 AM

Fit for any critical content in class, inspirational:)

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 4, 2015 4:10 PM

LOL!  My favourite one is "I didn’t mean to kill her."


Needing a little inspiration?  This is a fun exercise to try out.  Who knows, the exercise may end up becoming a best seller?!?

Marc Quentel's curator insight, February 5, 2015 12:31 PM

Des idées de départ en expression écrite et littérature : images ou phrases, de quoi stimuler la créativité.

En anglais, mais il ne s'agit que d'une phrase simple généralement, donc pourquoi pas un peu de LVE en plus ?

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Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing - Education By The Numbers

Three lessons from the science of how to teach writing - Education By The Numbers | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
evidence-based writing instruction methods
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An interesting look at what research says about writing.

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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure About Helping Students Write the Stories of Their Lives - National Writing Project

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure About Helping Students Write the Stories of Their Lives - National Writing Project | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
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I've taken away from this article some excellent ideas on how I may inspire my students to love writing and explore their experiences. Excellent ways to develop writing in year ones. 

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Graphic Organizers for Writing

Graphic Organizers for Writing | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
A selection of graphic organizers for writing. The organizers are in PDF format, ready to print and use.

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A range of prompts, templates etc to encourage and develop writing skills.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:44 PM

Awesome site! robust tools! These graphic outlines provide  practice in two important skills for students with language or organizational challenges. First the organizers provide an external structured process and product for students with a need to break complex composition and communication tasks down into smaller steps. Second--as students use these outlines, they become 'internalized' --a cognitive tool equipping them with a ready made schema that increases comprehension of what they hear and read. --Lou

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 20, 2014 6:28 PM

Some useful pages here!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 22, 2014 10:27 PM

Graphic organisers are essential for assisting students develop their understanding of text forms. 

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6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Developing the writer | Scoop.it

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sarah's curator insight, March 18, 2014 1:37 PM

Utiles pour encourager les élèves à écrire et créer des histoires.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 23, 2014 12:49 PM

Using comic strips is one powerful way to get students excited and motivated about the writing act. Students love to interact with visuals and tools such as the ones listed below will empower them to do just that. Using these comic strip generators , students will get  to engage in conversations using cartoonic characters and build stories and share their works with each other.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:45 PM

I like these ideas! Teaching comic strip writing can be lots of fun!

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Read E.B. White's poignant explanation for writing Charlotte's Web

Read E.B. White's poignant explanation for writing Charlotte's Web | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
One of the greatest children's books ever written, E.B. White's Charlotte's Web is notable not just for its lovely prose but for its masterful handling of themes on death and dying. In a letter written to his editor a few weeks before the book's publication, White explains why a peculiar truth about farms makes them such appropriate spaces for exploring the concept of death, and how this moved him to write the book in the first place.
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Exposure to why writers write can help inspire and develop writing in our students.

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#Writing Tools - Grammar & Language Tips

#Writing Tools - Grammar & Language Tips | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
writers, grammar, and writing
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Some great ideas to inspire you from this pin board. 

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Plot Generator

Plot Generator | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Automatically generate a story plot for film or paperback and using key words of your choice. Select from a variety of styles and either publish them online or destroy them forever.

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Develop students ability to plan their stories and see it to fruition using this tool.
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Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here Is An Excellent Web Tool for Creating Classroom Newspapers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Developing the writer | Scoop.it

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers - @teachthought

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers - @teachthought | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.

Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 20, 2015 2:38 PM

We're not an iPad school but these are cool! Hey, that rhymed! lols

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How to Use Social Media to Strengthen Student Writing

How to Use Social Media to Strengthen Student Writing | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
How to use social media to strengthen student writing: https://t.co/21MXo40K9R. #smchat https://t.co/w7txuu5ujc...
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A Must Have Punctuation Guide for Every Student ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must Have Punctuation Guide for Every Student ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Developing the writer | Scoop.it

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There's  a handy pdf that outlines the functions of the various punctuation marks. 

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How children are taught to write creatively - and still have fun

How children are taught to write creatively - and still have fun | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
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YES! National Student Writing Competition

YES! National Student Writing Competition | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
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Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game

Deadway - A Language Learning Role-Play Game | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Deadway is a language-learning classroom role-playing game about rebuilding hope in a post-apocalyptic world. In this game your students will band together in small groups to forge a new society in...

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Writing of course is just one of many authentic skills developed in these type of game based activities. 

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10 classroom routines that get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies -

10 classroom routines that get kids talking (and writing) about math strategies - | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Most kids find it challenging to explain how they solve math problems and to put what they know about math into words.
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Writing should be developed in all the disciplines. I can see the value of developing this with my esl learners. 

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Argument Writing: Four Reasons Why It’s Writing Priority Number One

Argument Writing: Four Reasons Why It’s Writing Priority Number One | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Argument writing is the skill of the future. In this blog, Ryan shares four reasons to make the switch from persuasive to argument writing for grades 6-12.
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There is a difference between persuasion and argument, and it is the latter that we must develop amongst our students.

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Yet another blow in the search for the next Hemingway

Yet another blow in the search for the next Hemingway | Developing the writer | Scoop.it
Yesterday it was announced that the College Board would drop the essay requirement for the SAT college entrance test. This along with free access to pre-test preparation material is hailed by many ...
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If writing isn't valued in tests, it filters down unfortunately to what students are exposed to as learning opportunities. A dangerous precedent. 

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