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Poetica

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Whether you’re writing a blog post, email, or job application, an extra pair of eyes can really help get your message across. Poetica makes it easy to ask friends and colleagues for instant feedback on your text. It’s for anything you’re struggling to write, anywhere on the web.
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A form of online writing group.

 

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So you have a Twitter account. Now what?

So you have a Twitter account. Now what? | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
I hear it all the time: “I have a Twitter account, but I don’t really know how to use it.”

I understand this thinking completely. Before I signed up to Twitter less than three years ago, I didn’t get it AT ALL. I would go to someone’s Twitter page—if that’s what it was even called—and none of it made sense. It was only slightly easier to read than HTML. I had a vague understanding that a “tweet” was a 140-character post, and some fuzzy memory of Ashton Kutcher doing some kind of charity thing on it a few years back, aaannnd that was pretty much it.

But I kept hearing people say things like, “Twitter is the best professional development I’ve ever had.” In my head I was basically calling BS on that. Because that’s what I tend to do when I don’t understand things. (It’s not my best quality.) So I went ahead and opened an account, and I pretty much did nothing with it for a while. Over time, I picked up a few tips, but it took about six months before I started using it with any regularity.

Now that I’ve been using Twitter for a few years, I get it. I really do. And I want you to get it now. Because I believe every educator really needs to be on Twitter and be able to use it well. All those Twitter accounts just sitting there, not getting used, are just wasted opportunity.

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The Annotated Bibliography - How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography - LibGuides at Cornell University

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EasyBib explains MLA 8 vs MLA 7

EasyBib explains MLA 8 vs MLA 7 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Find out the key differences between MLA 8 and MLA 7 on this quick guide. Discover the differences that makes MLA 8 so different from previous editions.
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Very helpful! With so many things found in multiple formats and sources, having one standard format for citations is huge. I also think that the change with whether or not to include urls is a good move. 
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If I should have a daughter ...

If I should have a daughter ... | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011. She tells the story of her metamorphosis -- from a wide-eyed teenager soaking in verse at New York's Bowery Poetry Club to a teacher connecting kids with the power of self-expression through Project V.O.I.C.E. -- and gives two breathtaking performances of "B" and "Hiroshima."
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Great lessons on writing--and living.
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How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.
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10 Ways to Ease Depression With Only Your Pen - The Gift of Writing -

10 Ways to Ease Depression With Only Your Pen - The Gift of Writing - | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
I’d rather tell you I have it all figured out. How depression is behind me and I have all the answers sitting snugly in my back pocket. But that’s not how it goes with this ugly illness. It finds you in the cracks where you try to seek joy. And sometimes, you wonder if you’ll ever out-run it.

Depression is the secret that pervades many households—the one most hide away from in shame. I keep writing about it because as I learn how to catch up with, and hopefully outrun, this thing, I want to bring many others with me on the journey. And the fact that so many people do hide away makes me all the more determined to bring this thing into the light.

I’m not going to tell you depression can be cured with writing. I don’t believe there is just one cure—it’s a complex illness with different answers for everyone. But I can tell you that writing is a tool. It’s something that will help you stop running, if only for a little while.

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Gavin Umstead's curator insight, March 27, 11:12 PM
I decided reading this article on writing how is used as a tool in depression. I liked this article a lot because her motives were pure and simple. Myself having depression this article really caught my eye and for me had a lot of useful information that I can use for myself. She explains what to write about while writing for depression because and to me after trying to write for depression has been the hardest part, knowing what to write and what will be beneficial. I really appreciated how organized it was laid out being a teenage boy made is for an easier read. As well she is trying to bring this topic of depression more known because the illness specifically is more times than not, not shared often. She clearly has is a credible source to be writing on aid of depression because herself has depression.
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Penzu

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Penzu is a free online diary and personal journal focused on privacy. Easily keep a secret diary or a private journal of notes and ideas securely on the web.

Penzu is a free online diary and personal journal focused on privacy. Easily keep a secret diary or a private journal of notes and ideas securely on the web.

 

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, March 9, 3:14 AM

I usually save my notes and ideas on my laptop ... and usually forget where I stored the information .. this is great idea to store your ideas securely on the web.

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Get Your Haiku On | Academy of American Poets

This exercise has four haiku variations for your students to try: group haiku; speed haiku; an un-haiku haiku; and a haiku battle."


The Academy of American Poets is the largest membership-based nonprofit organization fostering an appreciation for contemporary poetry and supporting American poets. For over three generations, the Academy has connected millions of people to great poetry through programs such as National Poetry Month, the largest literary celebration in the world; Poets.org, the Academy’s popular website; American Poets, a biannual literary journal; and an annual series of poetry readings and special events. Since its founding, the Academy has awarded more money to poets than any other organization.

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The first idea would be a great one to do with a partner. 
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Free Writing Icons

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This freebie contains writing symbols. There are 97 unique icons in this pack. They are available in PNG, AI, EPS and SVG file formats.

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Create Interactive Writing Assignments to Share Through Google Classroom :: Richard Byrne

Create Interactive Writing Assignments to Share Through Google Classroom :: Richard Byrne | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Wizer is a neat tool for creating a variety of interactive assignments including writing assignments, multiple choice quizzes, and labeling assignments. You can distribute your Wizer activities to your students through Google Classroom or through the use of a link and pin system.

In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to create an assignment in Wizer, how to distribute it, and how to view your students’ responses to an assignment.

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27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes

27 Free Writing Contests: Legitimate Competitions With Cash Prizes | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

“ Don’t be taken in by scammy contests: there are legitimate competitions for your prose and poetry. Here are some free writing contests to get started.”


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Can't win if you don't play -- come on, just send it out.

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Penelope's curator insight, February 16, 12:07 PM

 

The best motivation for writing? Cash, prizes and notoriety! Check out these 29 free writing contests and see if one strikes your fancy. You may want to google the site to get the most updated listing, as I entered #7, Real Simple Magazine's contest last year and the contest details are a few years behind.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://thewritelife.com/27-free-writing-contests/

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Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016

Top 50 Writing Blogs for 2016 | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Welcome to the THIRD annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 8, 9:42 PM

Treasure trove time!

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The third annual Top Writing Blogs Awards on Positive Writer... one to keep

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Bookmark these best-of-the-best blogs. There are some amazing posts that can give your writing a boost for 2016.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://positivewriter.com/top-50-writing-blogs-for-2016/

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How many lives can you live?

How many lives can you live? | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Spoken-word poet Sarah Kay was stunned to find she couldn’t be a princess, ballerina and astronaut all in one lifetime. In this talk, she delivers two powerful poems that show us how we can live other lives.
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What Are Annotated Bibliographies? - EasyBib Blog

What Are Annotated Bibliographies? - EasyBib Blog | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Annotated Bibliographies   What is a bibliography? Often called a “works cited list” or “reference list,” it’s a list, usually found at the end of your project, that displays all of the sources that you used in your research project. In this list, you may have websites, books, newspapers, magazines, or other types of source
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This is a simple, clear explanation of what an annotated bibliography is and how it should be set up. Good resource for students.
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To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful

To This Day ... for the bullied and beautiful | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
By turn hilarious and haunting, poet Shane Koyczan puts his finger on the pulse of what it's like to be young and … different. "To This Day," his spoken-word poem about bullying, captivated millions as a viral video (created, crowd-source style, by 80 animators). Here, he gives a glorious, live reprise with backstory and violin accompaniment by Hannah Epperson.
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How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library

How To Plan a Teen Poetry Slam at the Library | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Librarian Abbe Klebanoff shares tips and suggestions for organizing a teen poetry slam event during National Poetry Month and beyond.
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Fifteen things you need to do after you publish a post

Fifteen things you need to do after you publish a post | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Here are fifteen things you can do right after posting content to increase your traffic and find new readers. These tips can help a post go viral.
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How to Write the Perfect Query Letter - Query Letter Example

How to Write the Perfect Query Letter - Query Letter Example | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
A literary agent shares a real-life novel pitch that ultimately led to a book deal—and shows you how to query your own work with success.
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4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day

4 Reasons to Start Class With a Poem Each Day | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Make a daily habit of starting every ELA class with a poem -- they're short, intense, connect to other reading, and inspire student writing.
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Poetry not only helps people become better writers -- it helps them become better people.
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Poetry not only helps people become better writers -- it helps them become better people.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 15, 12:32 PM
Poetry not only helps people become better writers -- it helps them become better people. I found having a conversation about choosing the "best" word and the spaces between words, lines, and stanzas helped students with their writing. In a world full of digitial tools, the pauses in poetry are helpful.
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Nurturing Your Creative Mindset

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Can you nurture your creativity? Many researchers believe so, and a simple writing intervention will let you try the approach for yourself.
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The right conditions for creativity

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Understanding and identifying the barriers to creativity and the conditions
which are essential for it to thrive is an important step in the process of
ensuring our students leave school with a capacity for creativity at least
equal to that which they arrive with.

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5 Tips for Creating Strong Heroes and Heroines in a Romance Novel | Visual.ly

5 Tips for Creating Strong Heroes and Heroines in a Romance Novel | Visual.ly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

If you're looking for help in writing strong heroes and heroines in your romance story, this infographic will help you.


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Penelope's curator insight, February 19, 4:27 PM

 

Romance novels are popular, and will never go out of style. Getting the characters right, however, is an important part of the process. This little graphic will help you fashion your romantic hero or heroine into the type readers can't get enough of.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

 Link to the original article: http://visual.ly/5-tips-creating-strong-heroes-and-heroines-romance-novel

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

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Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | PaperRater

Free Online Grammar Check, Plagiarism, Spelling, and More | PaperRater | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Grammar, Plagiarism, and Spelling Check; Free Online Proofreading; No Downloads...Allows you to find those pesky mistakes and correct them before your teacher does...
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Great way to have students get some feedback BEFORE turning in a writing assignment. It offers helpful tips to improve writing.

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