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A Non-Freaked Out Approach to Common Core Writing | Teaching the Core: Write, write, write!

How do we incorporate simple yet powerful writing activities that will not only prepare our students for college/career, but also help with content acquisition?
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Great insights on the connection between writing, reading, and comprehension.

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Student Blogs: Digital Portfolios | Primary Tech

Student Blogs: Digital Portfolios | Primary Tech | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
As we have introduced a 1:1 netbook program in grade four this year, I have changed my approach to student blogs. Rather than having a system where students can
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Although written for teachers of younger students, there are still some good ideas here that can be incorporated for teachers of older students (like running the blogs through Feedly!).

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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided
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Terrific, authentic means of having students write regularly! ALL of our students should be blogging, for lots of reasons. This particular assignment not only gets them writing every week, and reading their peers' posts (collaboration), but it also validates their personal interests and boosts their intrinsic motivation to learn. Let's do this!

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Complex Texts and a Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core, Part 2 | Teaching the Core

Complex Texts and a Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core, Part 2 | Teaching the Core | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
How do we incorporate the Common Core's complex texts in a way that students will read, engage with, debate, and discuss? Join us as we explore non-freaked implementation.
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"the average complexity of assigned reading in high school has been decreasing over the years, while the average complexity of required reading in college/career settings has been increasing)."

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Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.
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Tips from a great writer. Not sure I'd use a pencil though (I think the idea is to make it erasable, which computers are).

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Scaffolding for Deep Understanding

Scaffolding for Deep Understanding | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it

How do we help novice learners become more expert? Peter Skillen uses collaborative journal writing environments to move kids beyond social talk into deeper thinking.

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Sticky research metaphors? « NeverEndingSearch

Sticky research metaphors? « NeverEndingSearch | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Great little blog post with metaphors for choosing a thesis ("thesis dating"!) and for selecting resources ("on brands and being a works cited snob") for research.

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Should We Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay?

Should We Teach the Five-Paragraph Essay? | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"I often hear college writing teachers bemoaning the five-paragraph essay for its tendency to restrict creativity and to encourage a tunnel vision approach to essay writing. Many of my colleagues make it a personal mission to "unteach" the habits students bring to the classroom during their first year of college."

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5 writing tips from Winston Churchill | Articles | Home

5 writing tips from Winston Churchill | Articles | Home | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A speech he gave during WWII provides important lessons for corporate writers everywhere.
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools| Pew Internet & American Life Project

Part I: Introduction | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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Lots of information about writing, information, and reading.

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Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs

Clarity Through Brevity: Integrating Six-Word Memoirs | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
At its core, the six-word memoir teaches us to be concise but also introspective. Try describing yourself in six words. Not easy, right? So, for English teachers, the six-word memoir is a great way t
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Great exercise for writing and thinking!

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Students Find an Outlet Through Playwriting

Students Find an Outlet Through Playwriting | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A Washington-based arts-education group partners with area schools to get kids writing plays, which professional actors then bring to life on stage.
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Another way to write authentically!

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Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Here's a book excerpt from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo's new book on how to get students to warn to learn.
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Concrete classroom ideas for literacy. Based on Dan Pink's "Drive".

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Turnitin WhitePaper: Sources in Student Writing

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"Secondary student sources vary considerably from the sources higher education students use in their writing... primarily because of a reliance on social networking and content sharing sites and shopping sites." 

Secondary school teachers must insist that their students learn how to select and use reliable sources.

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Guest Post by Christopher Shamburg… When the Lit Hits the Fan in Teacher Education

Guest Post by Christopher Shamburg… When the Lit Hits the Fan in Teacher Education | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it

How to use fanfiction to encourage student writing.

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You Are What You Write

You Are What You Write | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it
At EasyBib we are intimately aware of the issues that plague students surrounding information literacy. Plagiarism, source attribution and critical thinking are among some of the real problems that...
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15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university-level physics : Not Exactly Rocket Science

15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university-level physics : Not Exactly Rocket Science | Hudson HS Learning Commons | Scoop.it

This study examines a 15-minute writing exercise that can help decrease, or eliminate, the gender gap in university physics. Perhaps if we use this short excercise here at HHS, we can help eliminate some of our learning gaps.

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