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Interesting look at where to direct the instruction of writing.

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EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE
WRITING OF ADOLESCENTS IN MIDDLE
AND HIGH SCHOOLS

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:19 PM

I did not read this, but, as a junior high teacher, I thought it would offer something.

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REVISION LEARNING STATIONS

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Help for essay revision: use learning stations to engage your students in a thoughtful approach to the revision and peer feedback process.
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Do something for your writing self: Quit Whining Start Writing 2016
Writers' Conference October 7-8, 2016 Grand Rapids, MI
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No matter where you are in the writing journey, this conference has something for you. I'm so excited to talk with writers about using technology to up their game.
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Become A Story Genius | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Become A Story Genius | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
How I'm using Lisa Cron's book Story Genius to harness brain science when revising my novel to increase the tension.
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Text Inspector - The professional web tool for analysing texts

Text Inspector - The professional web tool for analysing texts | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

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If you go to the help menu and look up Phrases - Metadiscourse, it defines the Textual and Interpersonal markers used to analyze the text. What I found helpful for student readers/writers (and for me) was the full list of markers used. 
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The Neuroscience of Storytelling | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency

The Neuroscience of Storytelling | Ethos3 - A Presentation Design Agency | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
The best place to find tips, tricks, and hacks about presentations.
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What is it about stories that attracts our attention - and stays in our memories? It's all about survival.
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A Personal Trainer for your Writing Life

A Personal Trainer for your Writing Life | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Our premier book coaching program was developed based on the only proven
way to turn the dream of a book into a reality.
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How to Write a Book Series - 10 Tips for Success | Now Novel

How to Write a Book Series - 10 Tips for Success | Now Novel | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Learn how to write a book series so you can build a captive audience that eagerly anticipates each novel's sequel. Try these 10 series-writing tips.
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Being bored is a luxury – and for kids it can be magical

Being bored is a luxury – and for kids it can be magical | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
“Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves.”
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I put this in my writing feed because of this quote: “Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves.” In my opinion, this works for adults too. Don't drown out your boredom--listen to it, and to yourself.
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Blackout Poetry | Scholastic

Blackout Poetry | Scholastic | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Repurpose the pages of old books by transforming them into poetic works of art with this idea to celebrate National Poetry Month in your classroom. 


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Blackout Poetry step-by-step.
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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.) | Feed the Writer | 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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Love this blog.
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Penelope's curator insight, March 2, 10:47 PM
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!

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - NY Times

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing - NY Times | Feed the Writer | 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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Teen March writing prompt calendar

Teen March writing prompt calendar | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Teens thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable March writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your high schooler while allowing for plenty of creative expression!
The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your middle school or high school student. Each week features five different categories of prompts so your tween or teen isn’t stuck in a rut of only expository or only persuasive topics.

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Five Ready-To-Use Poetry Stations

Five Ready-To-Use Poetry Stations | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Learning lessons from my first experience with stations, I’m happy to report that my second lap around the track with this technique was more successful. Right before we left for our two-week winter vacation, I used Poetry Creation Stations with my freshmen. The result? Oh, this one’s a keeper. With the help of a few…
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TIME’s 100 Most Influential Images of All Time

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"What are the 100 most influential photographs? To answer this question, Time magazine reached out to historians, curators, and photo editors and conducted interviews with photographers, subjects of famous photographs, and others to assemble this collection of photographs taken between 1826 (when the first known photograph was taken by Joseph Nicephore Niepce) and 2015. Each selected photograph is accompanied by a short essay. These photographs, which can be browsed chronologically, vary widely. Some are poignant, while others are whimsical. Visitors, especially educators and parents, should be aware that some of these photographs depict violence and human suffering and may be disturbing. There is also a series of short documentary films, Behind the Photographs, that provide additional context to some of these famous images."

 

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Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press

Writer's Block and Staying Motivated | Almond Press | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Writer's block is something that has always plagued the writing profession. It can drive you mad, and sometimes gets worse and worse.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 19, 12:14 PM
Every writer's nightmare―dreaded writer's block. If you haven't experienced it yet, you will. Life ebbs and flows, and that includes our writing.

The best way to deal and get writing again? Perhaps your body, mind, and soul need a break. Maybe take a short trip. I'm going to take day trips once a week that require only one tank of gas. First destination on the list? Marjorie Kinnan Rawling's old homestead in Cross Creek. Perhaps my inspiration will be hiding amongst old oaks where she wrote her Pulitzer prize-winning novel, "The Yearling."
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 10, 1:11 PM
I find a walk is useful. Paying attention to my surroundings on the walk is beneficial. As well, I journal. I just write from a stream-of-consciousness.
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11 Apps to Learn with Poetry

11 Apps to Learn with Poetry | Feed the Writer | 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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Poetry can be powerful. Here are some apps to help your students harness it.
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Metadiscourse | Text inspector

A list of metadiscourse terms used in the text analysis along with their definitions.
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I found this list of metadiscourse examples/descriptions both interesting and helpful. Interesting as a reader because sometimes students miss these indicators -- and therefore miss that the author is putting forth his/her opinion in places. As a writer, this list is helpful when I'm looking to organizing my writing. 
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Why Your Brain Loves Good Storytelling

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Studying the neuroscience of compelling communication.
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Your brain loves good storytelling - and here is why.
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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

" When students are engaged in the process of creating a digital story, they must synthesize a variety of literacy skills for the authentic product: researching, writing, organizing, presenting, interviewing, problem-solving, assessing, as well as employing interpersonal and technology skills. " - Paige Baggett
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The art of modern writing

Learning to write is one of the fundamental skills we gain from our time at
school. Writing is one of the cornerstones of learning and we devote
significant time and energy towards its mastery. Skilled writing is a mark
of an educated individual and a skill required for academic success. But i
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Something to think about. Are we sticking to the way we used to teach writing because it is best--or because it is tradition?
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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 26, 5:25 AM
Great!
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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POETRY IN THE CLASSROOM: 10 FUN ACTIVITIES

POETRY IN THE CLASSROOM: 10 FUN ACTIVITIES | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Looking for fun activities to explore the art of poetry and use it to support language learning? Try these simple and fun activities. Is your favourite activity missing from this list?  * * * If you are thinking about using poetry in the classroom or looking for some fresh ideas, check out these resources:  Using…
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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 | Feed the Writer | 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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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad by Ashley McCann The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance. Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays?
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Awesome apps for every part of the writing process.
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