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Most of What You Think You Know About Grammar is Wrong

Most of What You Think You Know About Grammar is Wrong | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
And ending sentences with a preposition is nothing worth worrying about

 

Where did these phony rules originate, and why do they persist?


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Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons Into Gifted Lessons

Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons Into Gifted Lessons | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
New to teaching gifted students? Find resources about Sandra Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity and download smaller icons.

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I have incorporated depth and complexity icons and I'd love to do it more.  

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, January 25, 2013 6:51 PM

"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman « Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!

Just One Day by Gayle Forman « Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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BJ Neary's curator insight, January 20, 2013 12:50 PM

OMG< I am so going to have to READ this!  Love Gayle Forman and her books!

Sarah McElrath's comment, January 21, 2013 7:40 PM
I'm with you. I ordered this book for my middle school library after reading this.
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Three Ways to Frame Your Thinking About the Common Core State Standards

NCTE author Sarah Brown Wessling offers inspiring ways to think about the CCSS and reminds us that the CCSS are more than a checklist of tasks, but a map for...

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Les Howard's comment, January 23, 2013 9:36 AM
Nice overview of the CCSS with implications for successful implementation. Interesting concept of "gentle failure."
Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, January 24, 2013 9:23 AM

Sarah Brown Wessling eloquently and persuasively relates what the CCSS are asking of us. 

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Play Magnetic Poetry Online!

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OzSo's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:35 AM

perfecto para celebrar el día mundial de la poesía //

for this 21st, celebrating poetry's day declare by UNESCO in 1999.
 

Amanda Long's curator insight, July 10, 2013 2:18 PM

WOW how cool?  Students could take pictures of their finished products and submit to be graded.

Cal Telfer's curator insight, September 1, 2013 11:54 PM

Just for fun...or is it?

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CristinaSkyBox: Words, Images and Digital Stories

CristinaSkyBox: Words, Images and Digital Stories | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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Teaching Resources | Media Education Lab

Teaching Resources | Media Education Lab | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

The Media Education Lab is one of the leading providers of multimedia curriculum resources for K-12 media literacy education. 


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Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, January 14, 2013 11:40 PM
Hi Ken, some are free and some are regrettably not free (books, for example); nevertheless, I find it a great source of information regarding media literacy for education.
Ken Morrison's comment, January 15, 2013 12:53 AM
Thanks Ana. This is a good find.
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, May 28, 2013 12:14 PM
Glad you found it interesting Ken! :-)
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New Boundaries Of Digital Storytelling

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A new initiative by the Brown University creative nonfiction program is exploring the potential of digital nonfiction through some of the web's most unusual storytelling projects.

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, January 12, 2013 1:20 AM

This article reviews some fascinating digital storytelling projects.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 12, 2013 7:57 PM

Storytelling using creative non-fiction. Very useful resource for high schools.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Great Tips and Tools to Create Digital e-Portfolio

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Great Tips and Tools to Create Digital e-Portfolio | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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Reading Battle Over – Boys and books

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Boy vs Beast will hook reluctant readers and build their reading skills – and their enjoyment of books.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 23, 2012 4:11 AM

Boys do read differently; that does not mean that they can't love reading. It just means that we have to select more careully.

Katie Frank's curator insight, January 2, 2013 8:25 PM

So important to engage those boys!

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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts?

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Growing excitement around technology’s potential to transform the classroom has the education community chattering about laptops, tablets and smartphones. Continue reading →

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New Teen Books = The Hook

New Teen Books = The Hook | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

"As of right now, I have a book club formed with my students from tenth to twelve grade. They pick the books and we read them. Actually, they take turns choosing the books with the promise that we will finish any book that has been picked out of respect for the picker. In my place of work, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be trusted. I asked for a set of books, and if the budget allows, they are purchased. My closet consists of wonderful, new fiction and nonfiction that is written for a 21st century teenager."


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How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing

How Blogging Can Improve Student Writing | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Instructional coach Ben Curran offers tips on getting started with student blogging, which he says can help address the common standards in language arts.
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Blogging offers a real-time, authentic audience for student writing.

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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 8: Options for Reactions in a Sequel

Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: Structuring Your Story’s Scenes, Pt. 8: Options for Reactions in a Sequel | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

At the heart of every sequel is the narrating character’s reaction to the preceding scene’s disaster. This is where the author gets the opportunity to dig around inside his character’s emotional and mental processes and find out what he’s really made of. The scene is about external action; the sequel is about internal reaction. The sequel will sometimes be entirely confined to the POV character’s mind; other times, it will be dramatized through action or dialogue.

 


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Take on having fun with words anytime you can!

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:04 PM

This post makes a good point. Have to admit, it took me a minute to realize that Sequel was used to mean the chapter or scene after a big event/action scene. Being a librarian, sequel is a second book. 

Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 1:47 PM

This is a very informative post from a wonderful blog about writing. If you are looking for assistance in how to improve, especially one's fiction writing, this is a very good resource.

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Steve Sheinkin Writes a Thriller | School Library Journal

Steve Sheinkin Writes a Thriller | School Library Journal | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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BJ Neary's curator insight, January 27, 2013 4:59 PM

Loved this book and will be presenting it at PSLA, I will add my review later.  Such an engrossing nonfiction read; I couldn't put it down!

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Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | Edutopia

Weaving Debate into the Writing Process | Edutopia | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

By Ashley Prophet

Summary by the Accomplished Teacher

 

"While teachers and students can be hesitant to integrate debate into the writing process, Ashley Prophet, a graduate student, suggests a nontraditional approach that could alleviate fears over tedious debates and rowdy students. Prophet suggests a five-step process in which students seek critical reviews from their friends, adopt an approach in which students prosecute and defend their sentences, and finally use technology to publish their work."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 21, 2013 11:50 PM

If you want to make the writing connection to Common Core, think debate!  Great resources from Edutopia. 

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Create Ebooks - Papyrus Editor

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Papyrus is a simple online editor to create ebooks.You can edit the cover using a simple drag and drop cover editor, import content from the web, or create new content as easily as writing a blog post.If you want to sell your ebook, all you have to...

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Pearletta Wilson's curator insight, January 14, 2013 6:44 AM

This would be useful to collect all tutorial posts.

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WORDREADY® - Online vocabulary learning for English

WORDREADY® - Online vocabulary learning for English | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Lexical Learning Limited, Learn English, Learn English Vocabulary, Language Learning Solutions Online

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Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader

Grammarly - world's most accurate grammar checker and automated proofreader | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Grammar check, instant proofreading, and plagiarism detection. Improve your writing with Grammarly - the leading online English grammar checker

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What Nonfiction Pieces Do You Give Middle School Students ...

What Nonfiction Pieces Do You Give Middle School Students ... | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

"First, kids do love non-fiction. In fact, many students told me they prefer non-fiction to fiction. After a lengthy discussion, I believe it comes down to usefulness. While fiction allows a certain fantasy and escape (and a large degree of vicarious living), non-fiction teaches them about the world."

 


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Book Trailers for Readers - home

Book Trailers for Readers - home | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, January 12, 2013 4:13 AM

Great place for kids to browse and find boooks via trailers. 

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Watch. Connect. Read.: Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 [#5-1]

Watch. Connect. Read.: Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 [#5-1] | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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BJ Neary's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:19 PM

Even though I love YA, I read Wonder by RJ Palacio and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and I highly recommend them!

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Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry: Workshops

Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry: Workshops | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

Using hands-on experiences and focused reflection, Institute for Inquiry® workshops give teachers a thorough grounding in the pedagogy and practice of science inquiry. Participants examine different ways of teaching hands-on science, explore the process skills of inquiry, engage in a full scientific inquiry, and consider ways to include inquiry in their own classrooms.


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Watch. Connect. Read.: Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 [#5-1]

Watch. Connect. Read.: Top 20 Children's Books of 2012 [#5-1] | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it

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BJ Neary's curator insight, December 31, 2012 6:19 PM

Even though I love YA, I read Wonder by RJ Palacio and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and I highly recommend them!

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Reading Battle Over – Boys and books

Reading Battle Over – Boys and books | Ignite Reading & Writing | Scoop.it
Boy vs Beast will hook reluctant readers and build their reading skills – and their enjoyment of books.

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So important to engage those boys!

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, December 23, 2012 4:11 AM

Boys do read differently; that does not mean that they can't love reading. It just means that we have to select more careully.