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Using Schoology and Collaboration to create student voice. | Where the Classroom Ends

Using Schoology and Collaboration to create student voice. | Where the Classroom Ends | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Discuss as a class what this means about them, their writing style, etc.  Sort students into groups of three based upon varying style characteristics.  You will want to make sure that your small groups have three different types of student “voices.”

Now, the next step depends on what applications you already use in the classroom. You could use Edmodo or Wallwisher and modify the assignment for use in those programs.  I personally like Schoology the best.  Its resemblance to Facebook is a selling point for students and it’s so neat and tidy in organization that it makes it easy to construct separate discussion threads within the program.  This will take some outside of classroom time to set up this exercise.

Create a schoology account for yourself and have your students sign up for their own, as well.  For each class you create the program will create a code.  When students are creating their accounts they will need that “code” in order to sign up for our class.  When you’ve done all of the grunt work you/your students should see this:
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You’ll want to click the discussion thread and create a discussion thread group for each group of three.  This means in each class you’ll probably have 10-15 discussion groups.  You will be given the choice for each group to upload directions as well.

The sky’s the limit.  If you teach AP students, use this exercise for voice in their AP analysis.  If you’re teaching the personal essay, give them a topic and then have them construct the response reply by reply by reply.  Of course, you won’t want to do this for the entirety of any essay, so choose an intro paragraph, a body paragraph, a conclusion, anything.

Since Schoology’s format is similar to the Facebook “wall” function, you can students in small groups reply to each other’s writing.   Have them consider that they can’t alter the line coming before theirs, they simply have to “add” to the previous line using their own writing style to inform the creation of this assignment.  When finished, have students type their replies into a new post for that discussion thread.  See the “dummy” example below.


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Voice being one of the hardest things to teach--this would be worth a try.

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Argument Writing Across the Content Areas ~ Educational Leadership ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Argument Writing Across the Content Areas ~ Educational Leadership ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Argument is inescapable. It's at the heart of all career-based writing. I'm talking about the professional debate, the cover letter pitch, the interview, the grant application, the executive summary. Because argument appears in so many situations in life beyond school, students need to experience it not just as a separate skill in writing class but as a skill that's crucial to all content areas.

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The Creativity Mindset

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I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

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Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic

Fun App for Kids Turns Writing Into Interactive Game | Edudemic | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Do your students suffer from writer’s block? I’ve found a cure for what ails them: Writing Challenge for Kids, an app by Literautas. After reading several positive online reviews, I tried this app with my students and got results that surpassed my wildest expectations.

With this app, the task of brainstorming a story introduction, scenes, and characters becomes a game. Working against the clock, students respond to specific prompts that guide them through the story-writing process. It’s fun, it’s fast, and, as the name suggests, it’s challenging. Read on to discover if this challenge is right for your students.

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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic

How Writing Fiction Masters Fear - The Atlantic | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
When novelist Harriet Lane received a serious diagnosis, she started telling stories that let her meet anxiety on her own terms.

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Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives

Injecting Creativity Into Overscheduled Lives | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Think you're too busy to be creative? Artist Danny Gregory has some ideas for you – like drawing your breakfast.

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Doesn't have to be just drawing -- writing would work too. Don't know about music or painting. Might get a little messy. : )

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Persistence Pays - For Any Kind of Publishing | Writers In The Storm

Persistence Pays - For Any Kind of Publishing | Writers In The Storm | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Hybrid author, Holly Robinson, straddles the worlds of Indie and traditional publishing. She answers the oft-asked question: “Which do you like better?”
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Holly describes both the self-publishing route and traditional publishing in regards to writing and editing, marketing, and where the money is.

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7 writing mistakes you need to stop making today - USA TODAY College

7 writing mistakes you need to stop making today - USA TODAY College | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
College requires you to write from your first semester to your last.
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Some basic tips.

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Online text to speech (TTS) converter - SpokenText.net

SpokenText converts any text into clear natural sounding speech. Convert documents, web pages or just copy and paste the text you want to convert, then learn while on the go
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Listen to your writing -- often you hear mistakes you wouldn't otherwise notice.

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Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
I began using Dragon Dictation a few years ago when my work with a group of struggling writers left me searching for a tool that could help them get the great ideas they were sharing aloud onto a page. I wanted something elegant: a tool that wouldn’t interrupt students as they were speaking but rather, quietly capture what they were saying and flip it into text.

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For those with Chrome, take a look at VoiceNote II for similar abilities.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 26, 9:09 PM

A useful tool for differentiation perhaps?

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Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings

Tricks of the Trade 2: Red Herrings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Although the term red herring is usually associated with murder mysteries, most stories contain an element of misdirection to keep the reader guessing at the outcome. When it’s obvious where it’s headed, even if the route contains interesting obstacles and encounters, you miss out on that feeling of discovery when you realise the answer isn’t A, as you thought, but B (which seemed impossible but now you can see of course it was B, it was always B, sneaky, sneaky B).

In order to create the delight a reader feels when their view of the world (even when it’s a made up world) is spun around 180 degrees and they see things how they truly are you have to first convince them of the way things truly aren’t.

So you lie to them.

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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez

 

"There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight.

"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."


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The ability to publish can have a significant impact on the quality of student work.

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, January 26, 4:02 PM

Sounds like a great resource of where to get out your work.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:27 PM

The ability to "publish" can have a great impact on the quality of work turned in by students.

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After 12 Years of Teaching Writing...an Epiphany!

After 12 Years of Teaching Writing...an Epiphany! | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
I've been teaching students how to write for 12 years, but this week I had a realization that made me question the purpose of writing in school. When I was in high school and later in college, my English classes focused primarily on reading novels and writing papers to demonstrate a strong
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Yes --students still need to LEARN how to write, not just use it as an assessment tool.

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7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area

7 Easy Ways to Support Student Writing in Any Content Area | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
It's not all that complicated, and it doesn't have to be time-consuming, either. You don't need an English degree to get really good at helping students build writing proficiency in your content area. [...]
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Creative People Say No — Medium

Creative People Say No — Medium | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A Hungarian psychology professor once wrote to famous creators asking them to be interviewed for a book he was writing.
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With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler

With Writing, Opportunity Comes From Small Moments ~ The Atlantic ~ by Joe Fassler | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Author Katherine Heiny describes how the best details in fiction can be ripped from small talk and eavesdropped conversations on the bus.

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The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com

The Ocean Is . . . Metaphor Writing | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Use The Ocean Is by Kathleen Kranking as a mentor text and as an introduction to metaphors for students.

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20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius

20+ top iPad apps for writers - Daily Genius | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Here’s a terrific list of the best apps for writing on your iPad that is going to be of some great use for students of just about any age. Whether you’re in primary school or attending a university, you need to have a better way to take notes and jot down ideas than your standard notebook.

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Why Fan Fiction Is The Future of Publishing - Daily Beast

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How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ took #FanFic from literary backwater to publishing powerhouse.
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Interesting look at the place of fan fiction in the world of writing and publishing.

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301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - New York Times (blog)

301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - New York Times (blog) | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
For our Second Annual Student Editorial Contest, in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 301 writing prompts that may help — an update to last year’s popular list of 200.
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Some great and relevant topics here.

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Learn and Write Diamante Poems with a Free App - ClassTechTips.com

Learn and Write Diamante Poems with a Free App - ClassTechTips.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
If you’re looking to motivate student poets in grades K through 12 you’ll want to check out Diamante Poem in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  This interactive app can help students understand how to create this special type of poem.  ReadWriteThink offers a variety of lesson plans for teachers to use with this app.  It is a good choice for one-to-one classrooms or an option for a literacy center.  Whether you are teaching a unit on poetry or just helping students understand the difference between nouns and verbs, Diamante Poem is a fun free app for ELA classes.

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8 Ways To Be More Creative At Work, From The Mind Behind "Brain Games" - Co.Create

8 Ways To Be More Creative At Work, From The Mind Behind "Brain Games" - Co.Create | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Brain Games host Jason Silva discusses how the behavioral revelations gleaned through his series can create a happier, more productive workplace.

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.
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Even checks if the word is correct for the context -- ie. their, they're, there.

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