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Dickens 2012 – Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens - Resources - TES

Dickens 2012 – Celebrating the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens - Resources - TES | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
To celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth on 7th February, we’ve put together a box of birthday delights for you, which highlight the best teaching resources shared on TES.
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Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting for educators

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting for educators | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom.
Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Conduct an Interview Like a Journalist

Conduct an Interview Like  a Journalist | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Interviewing is one of the most effective ways to add depth, expertise, and precision to your writing. Interviews, like all things writing related, are both an art and a science, and it involves both connecting with people at a personal level and asking questions that elicit information, sometimes information they don’t particularly want you to know.

 

Whether you are a novelist trying to add specificity and depth to your story, an aspiring journalist tackling information gathering for the first time, or a blogger trying to build traffic, you’ll need to get high quality information and stories from experts.


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A Boy’s Bookshelf | Ties to Literacy

A Boy’s Bookshelf | Ties to Literacy | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

"For those of you who “Like” Ties to Literacy on Facebook, you are familiar with A Boy’s Bookshelf and its focus on books, authors, and other reading material you might find on a boy’s bookshelf. I have decided to dedicate a weekly blog post to A Boy’s Bookshelf because I am so often asked for recommendations of books and reading material for boys..."


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The importance of reading.

The importance of reading. | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The one question that parents have asked me more than any other in my twenty years as a teacher is: “How do I get my son or daughter to read?”

As a young teacher, I didn’t really have an a...
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The Interactive Fiction of Adam Cadre

The Interactive Fiction of Adam Cadre | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

In interactive fiction (IF for short), you don't just read the story — you get to shape it. Usually you'll be typing instructions for one of the characters to follow — and unlike in a "choose your own adventure" story, you're not just picking from a menu, but can type anything you can think of.


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Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers - ReadWriteThink

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers - ReadWriteThink | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Students analyze scary stories to 'break the code...
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Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Onestopenglish

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Onestopenglish | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom.
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BBC English - Punctuation

BBC English - Punctuation | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Go on a spooky adventure to find out about punctuation and play games with the super site from the BBC.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English


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To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - IMDb

To Kill A Mockingbird (1962) - IMDb | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A mentor mob for the text. Containing videos and study guides.
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Heidi Roycroft's curator insight, August 13, 2013 12:24 AM

I'll look for other book titles too.

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Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors

Charts and Diagrams Drawn by Famous Authors | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Writers often use plot charts to organize the threads of complicated stories, but they’ve also been known to crank out diagrams of the travels of other people’s characters, chart-style teaching tools, and even hand-drawn maps.


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The Future of E-Learning is Crowdsourcing | Online Universities

The Future of E-Learning is Crowdsourcing | Online Universities | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
By Justin Marquis Ph.D. Call me a skeptic, but the idea of having random people from around the Web collaborating in the creation of e-learning content for accredited online degree programs seems absurd.
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Home - Ticking Mind Teacher Professional Development and Student Revision Programs

Home - Ticking Mind Teacher Professional Development and Student Revision Programs | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Great resources for English teachers. Including lesson plans and links. This company also provides professional development activities for schools.

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How to Use Motif to Enhance Your Writing

How to Use Motif to Enhance Your Writing | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Repetition is an important principle in every artistic pursuit from music to painting to literature. It gives you another layer of meaning to work with and can add a level of symbolic value to your seemingly casual description, dialogue, or action.

 

Today, I’d like to try a unique exercise (which I stole from a friend who teaches art) to help us practice repetition in the form of motif. Here’s a sneak-peak of what we’re going to do:


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How to Create a Collaborative Class eBook

How to Create a Collaborative Class eBook | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

More and more classrooms are wanting to take their already created content and turn it into an eBook to share with parents, grandparents and the community who own eReaders.


Via Sam Gliksman, Roxana Marachi, PhD, Elsebeth Hurup
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Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters

Characterization 101: How to Create Memorable Characters | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Good Characterization is why most people read fiction. Sure, you can draw your readers in with action, mystery, and romance, but what they will remember thirty years after reading your book are the characters. Or not.

 

The question is, will your characters be remembered? Or will they be forgotten as easily as those in that ninth grade novel you forget the name of?


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IF only » Interactive Fiction and Digital game-based learning

IF only » Interactive Fiction and Digital game-based learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

So, I’ve discussed what IF is and suggested how to choose a game for use with students. I think it’s a good idea now to look at why we should be using IF for learning in the first place:


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The Power of Project-Based Writing in the Classroom | Edutopia

The Power of Project-Based Writing in the Classroom | Edutopia | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

As some of my readers may know, I had an awakening of sorts this past summer: I am NOT going to teach so test driven, I told myself. I'm tired of the five-paragraph essay! Where does it exist anywhere but in school? Instead, I decided, that everything I did this school year would have some connection to the world outside of school. The plan: to immerse my lessons and my classroom assessments in authenticity. And test scores be damned.

 

OK, so maybe I wasn't that confident. Nevertheless, I went ahead with my plans and devised units based on project-based writing.


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Writing Wednesdays: Thinking in Metaphors

Writing Wednesdays: Thinking in Metaphors | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
One of the things you learn writing fiction is to think in metaphors.

Yeah, he's Jake. But what does he represent?

The first draft of any novel or screenplay usually spills forth in blissful cluelessness. You tell yourself, I’m writing a detective story, or a Western, or some crazy genre that I don’t even know the name of. Then comes Draft #2 and you have to ask yourself, “What the hell is this thing about?”

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That’s when metaphor comes in.

It took me a long time to learn this, and a lot of people had to hammer me and my work pretty hard. Words like “shallow,” “slick” and ‘Yiddish theater” come to mind (the latter criticism I took as a compliment.)

What makes Chinatown more than a detective story? What takes Shane beyond being just a Western?

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The answer is metaphor.

In a shallow genre piece, the characters represent nothing beyond themselves. A car chase is a car chase, a courtroom scene is a courtroom scene. Much of what we see on TV is like that.

But all that changes when Robert Towne asks himself, “What does Jake Gittes represent? What is water (the L.A. River, Hollenbeck bridge, the lake where Hollis Mulwray takes his “girlfriend” boating) a metaphor for?

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When the writer answers those questions—and revises his post-first-draft story accordingly—his material gains depth and power and universality. It stops being superficial and easy.

Who is Shane, beyond being a gunfighter who wanders into the middle of a range war? What does he stand for?

Alan Ladd as Shane, the Man With A Past, who wants to leave his past behind

The writer thinks in metaphors.


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How to use a semicolon

How to use a semicolon | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Ever felt unsure about using Semi colons? This is a great, funny guide to how to use them.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English


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IF only » Interactive Fiction and Digital game-based learning

IF only » Interactive Fiction and Digital game-based learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
So, I’ve discussed what IF is and suggested how to choose a game for use with students.

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