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Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Poetry

Scholastic.com | Teachers: Write It | Poetry | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Poetry Experts help students develop their own craft to work from idea to published piece. Learn how to craft well-controlled metaphors with U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. And see how Sylvia Plath used imagery in her poem, "Morning Song". (PDF)

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Students can chat with fellow writers, publish their work, and build their portfolio.

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Using Poetry to Explore Change and Belonging | Scholastic.com

Using Poetry to Explore Change and Belonging | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
In this unit plan from veteran teacher Kechia Williams, students read poems on change and growth and contemplate the idea of belonging.
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55 Interesting Ways to Support Writing in the Classroom (4) - Google Drive

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LOTS of possibilites here. (drawback is that some are not free)

 

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1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful,...

1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful,... | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
“1. Associative orientation: Imaginative, playful, have a wealth of ideas, ability to be committed, sliding transitions between fact and fiction. 2. Need for originality: Resists rules and...”

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Interesting. How many of the seven do you fit?

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Peter Shanks's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:41 AM

Norwegian researchers find the 7 characteristics of highly creative people. Pair with John Cleese on 5 factors to make your life more creative and Ira Glass on the secret of success in creative work.

Particularly interesting and counter-intuitive is #6 – but then again, we do know that emotional excess is essential to creativity. 

  
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Are you cackling yet? Movies for writers. | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings

Are you cackling yet? Movies for writers. | Sarah McElrath's World Walkings | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

According to Terry Pratchett, witches had covens to keep an eye on each other and make sure they weren't going bad--gingerbread houses and poisoned spinning wheel bad. Maybe writers need covens too.

 

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Links to lists of movies about writers and writing.

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21 Talents and Creative Thinking Skills to Cherish in Creative Friends

21 Talents and Creative Thinking Skills to Cherish in Creative Friends | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
This World Creativity and Innovation Week, I've been thinking about the people I most cherish for their creative help, advice, and prodding over the years. They are a diverse and eclectic group! 21...

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Reminds me to let those creative people in my life know how much I appreciate them.

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30 Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice

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In the late 1950s, Jack Kerouac typed out a list of thirty points describing his writing practice in a piece titled "Belief and Technique for Modern Prose: List of Essentials."

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, April 19, 2013 10:40 AM

Writing is work. And it has to flow from somewhere deep inside. Isaac Asimov once said, "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers." Write on.

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Persuading Readers

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You can write a story and present it as, Here’s some stuff I made up — hope you like it!  

 

Or you can present it as, I’m going to tell you what happened — I know because I was there.  

 

Even though fiction is obviously all lies, and the reader knows that, you can make a big difference in how they receive a story simply by how you approach the telling of the tale.


Via mooderino
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How you tell your story matters. Might be a great tale, but if readers don't stay around long enough to hear it--doesn't matter.

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Tell Your Story, Build Your Brand | The Narrative Group

Shari Caudron of The Narrative Group shows how to use your personal story to define and promote your brand.

 

The template Shari used titled "Plotting the Who Am I Story"

- What do you do?

- Who do you want to influence?

- What problem/s do you solve for people?

- Why is doing this work, solving this kind of problem, important to you?

- Turning point:  when did you first realize doing this work, solving these problems, was important to you?


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For anyone trying to get published (or self-publishing) these days...

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, March 18, 2013 1:43 AM

As Shari suggested at the end of the video, take the template and answer the questions while playing this video. Using the template by itself doesn't accomplish the same thing as you don't get to see the example and you need to give your some time to complete the exercise.  It gives you the space to think about who you are and some structured exercises that allow you take that information and think about it in ways that you might not normally on your  own. The end result - it causes you to think about things in a different way.

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6 key ingredients to the art of storytelling | Pair-a-dimes

6 key ingredients to the art of storytelling | Pair-a-dimes | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Read the full article to find out more about these 6 storytelling ingredients:

- purpose or meaning

- cantor

- weaving

- relevance

- serendipity

- authenticity


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Great stuff for all--teachers, students, everyone. How much more tolerance would there be in the world if we shared our stories in an effective way?

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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, April 7, 2013 3:53 PM

I could so relate to the story the author tells at the beginning of the article.  I too have been so caught up in a person's story that I have been lost in thought for hours after thinking about what I would've done in the same situation.  And those are the stories that remain with me many, many years later.

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The Ten Benefits Of A Visual Journal

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There are many benefits to keeping a personal or business journal. Pictures will add to, and amplify, those benefits dramatically. Here are ten reasons why keeping a visual journal works so well for me.

Via Susan Davis Cushing, Laura Brown
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Add another dimension - way of knowing and remembering - to your journaling.

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Haiku - Poetry of the Samurai Warrior | Scholastic.com

Haiku - Poetry of the Samurai Warrior | Scholastic.com | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Encourages students to learn about ancient Japanese Samurai through reading, repsonding to, and writing haiku.
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Good Haiku Definition pdf and Haiku Organizer pdf.

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Scholastic.com |Writing with Writers: Poetry: Jean Marzollo

Scholastic.com |Writing with Writers: Poetry: Jean Marzollo | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
Learn how to write I Spy riddle rhymes with Jean Marzollo, aimed for grades 2-5. Use these great tips and activities to get published online!
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To Be Creative and A Mother - The Creative Mind

To Be Creative and A Mother - The Creative Mind | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
How does being a mother affect a creative woman, especially someone engaged in a career in the arts?

 

“The motherhood thing – I think of it like a marathon, except a marathon is over in a day. It’s an endurance test and it’s something you absolutely can’t stop for a second" Filmmaker Caren McCaleb

 

The image is from a new documentary Lost in Living – “the story of four extraordinary women who share their personal triumphs and struggles as mothers and as artists..."


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The Power of the Mind | Visual.ly

The Power of the Mind | Visual.ly | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
This infographic details several interesting experiments and illusions that show how big of a role your mind plays in your perception of yourself and
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Perception is everything. That is why a number of people can write books about the same topic--but produce totally different stories.

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How To Be More Creative [Infographic]

How To Be More Creative [Infographic] | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
If you have ever found yourself in a moment of stagnation which resulted in you not even getting close to being creative, you know how frustrating it can b
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Great infograph.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 27, 2013 7:31 PM

We can all be creative. We need education that allows it to flourish.

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What Day in History? Calendar for Writers

Index of Calendar

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Want to know what day a certain date falls on in the 30th century? This calendar is for you. 17th century up to the 30th.

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:22 PM

This can come in handy, I already can tell.

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Creating Interest in Your Posts - Persuasive Blogging Part II - Dukeo

Creating Interest in Your Posts - Persuasive Blogging Part II - Dukeo | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it
It's one thing to use an attention-grabbing title to bring readers to your post but it's quite another to keep them there and get them to read it. The nex

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Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards

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What's the process of writing a novel? What's your writing process like? Do you follow a process when you write? Readers and other writers often ask me about my writing process, and my answer never...
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Love Scrivener. Love it!

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Laura Brown's comment, April 17, 2013 3:18 AM
I still prefer just using plain Notepad when I write. After I run it through for spellcheck but I like plain text and no software interruptions when I write.
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There are no bad ideas: 7 steps to ideation

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There are no bad ideas: 7 steps to ideation

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A good reminder not to let the gremlins in my head tell me I don't have time to write.

 

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Penny Bailey on science writing: 'You need to know how to tell a good story' | The Guardian

Penny Bailey on science writing: 'You need to know how to tell a good story' | The Guardian | Feed the Writer | Scoop.it

Penny Bailey, a top science writer, answers questions about her craft. Read the full article to find out her answers to these questions:

- What makes a good science story?

- How do you choose your opening line?

- How do you get the best out of an interviewee?

- How do you use metaphors and analogies in a story?

- What do you leave out of your stories?

- How do you stay objective and balanced as a writer? Should you?

- What's the biggest potential pitfall when writing about science?


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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, March 29, 2013 4:40 PM

This point really resonated for me, "It's easy to get wrapped up in the technical details of the science and forget the story elements that bring it to life."


When we are really knowledgeable or passionate about a subject, it's easy to fall into this trap.

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4 Elements of Epic Storytelling

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"When I’m immersed in fantasy, a trance envelopes me. There’s something about great fantasy storytelling that trumps all other genres in drawing me into the world and story.

 

Call me crazy, but I think I’m onto something here. And that something is the recipe for the domination of the imagination. Much like The Hero with a Thousand Faces, I think epic storytelling has a certain formula that can produce a killer product."


Via Gregg Morris
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I think these could hold true for any storytelling. Sure, world-building is something fantasy and sci-fi writers talk about, but building a unique realistic world can be equally engrossing. That world would be internal or personal, but still....

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John Purificati's comment, March 30, 2013 10:47 AM
Thanks Gregg.
John Purificati's curator insight, March 30, 2013 10:47 AM

Good insight.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 9, 2013 8:40 PM

The key elements of story.