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The Purdue OWL: General Writing

The Purdue OWL: General Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The (Writing Process) OWL resources will help you with the writing process: pre-writing (invention), developing research questions and outlines, composing thesis statements, and proofreading. While the writing process may be different for each person and for each particular assignment, the resources contained in this section follow the general work flow of pre-writing, organizing, and revising. For resources and examples on specific types of writing assignments, please go to our Common Writing Assignments area...The (Mechanics) OWL resources will help you with sentence level organization and style. This area includes resources on writing issues, such as active and passive voice, parallel sentence structure, parts of speech, and transitions.


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There are also sections on Grammar, Punctuation, Visual Rhetoric...

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Compare the book to its movie version

Compare the book to its movie version | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

While most of us may be guilty of showing students an entire movie version after we've finished a book, let’s consider a more powerful option for using this multi-modal text. Instead, provide students the same opportunity to make text-to-text comparisons by revealing movie clips while reading the original text.

Rather than waiting until you’ve read the entire printed text, look to integrate book-to-movie comparisons throughout the literature unit. Occasionally, plan to pause in the reading and watch a movie clip of the same excerpt. Perhaps the movie version contradicts the information revealed in the chapter. Or, maybe you want to analyze how the movie director captured the author’s descriptive language in that passage. Or maybe you want to point out what’s been omitted from the scene in the movie and whether that’s vital or inconsequential.

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Story Signposts - Elizabeth Spann Craig

Story Signposts - Elizabeth Spann Craig | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Six story signposts that invite closer inspection by readers and what they might mean for writers.
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A different view of the signpost reading strategy.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Last week at the Riding the Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba someone asked me for suggestions on sites that her students could access to find story prompts. StoryToolz.com was the first thing that came to my mind then. I also suggested Make Beliefs Comix. Those are two of the ten options that are included in my slideshow of suggestions embedded below.

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Getting Started with Literature and Project-Based Learning

Getting Started with Literature and Project-Based Learning | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
OK, it’s time to stop testing the water with a toe and jump with both feet into project based learning.

Grade 10 have today made the leap with me. A leap of faith? I hope not. Let’s hope it’s more of a giant leap forward.

But enough with the metaphors. Just as I require Grade 10 to document the process, I will do the same. I have been exploring project based learning for a while and have put it into practise in a small way. Now is the time to see how it really works, whilst addressing required learning outcomes and assessing the students effectively in order to write their reports at the end of the semester.
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Reader's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach

Reader's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

In my classroom I use the 2 Sisters CAFE board to teach the various reading strategies to my students during minilessons for the whole group.  The C stands for Comprehension, A for Accuracy, F for Fluency and E for Expanding Vocabulary.  These are the main areas that good readers need to be strong in.  Each student has a reading goal and strategy that they are working on when I confer with them.  An example might be, the student's goal is Comprehension with the Strategy of "back up and reread".  After a minilesson, I'll select a student to make a card to put on the CAFE board.  So, the workshop structure still holds true: minilesson, conferencing/small group instruction while students work independently, and meet together for another minilesson or to share.

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Digital Creativity Guide | Common Sense Media

Digital Creativity Guide | Common Sense Media | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Help foster kids' interest in art, science, music, and construction by using these hand-selected educational apps, games, and websites to unleash creativity.

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Very helpful reviews and details. Sorted by activity (code, draw, write, direct, music) and age (2-6, 7-12, 13-17). 

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Dawn Matheson's curator insight, February 26, 8:09 AM

Going digital can be a trade off, but it can also be a gateway to "offline" creativity. 

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Write About ~ digital writing for classrooms

Write About ~ digital writing for classrooms | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

description by Larry Ferlazzo:

 

"Write About provides many (and I mean many) images with writing prompts. Students can write their response and do an audio recording of it. Teachers can create virtual classrooms and provide individual written feedback to student writing. Student creations can be shared publicly or just with their classmates. Teachers can change prompts or upload their own photos.

 

"I think Write About is going to be an exceptional site, in particular for English Language Learners. It combines visual imagery, writing, speaking and listening – not to mention an authentic audience."


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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

As an EdTech enthusiast, I am always looking for potent ways to leverage the power of digitality into my everyday learning. Writing is one of those areas where technology is definitely indispensable. Mistake me not! I am not talking here about using technology in the substitution level of SAMR model  even though such a use is also a welcome)  rather I am  alluding to those techie tools that can take your writing genius to the next level. Those tools that have the power to transform your writing creativity and boost your thinking fluency.

To this end, I am sharing with you a bunch of some interesting web tools and apps that you can use for yourself or with your students to help them with their writing. I learned about these tools from Writer’s Circle which is an excellent website for writing enthusiasts.

Please bear in mind, there is no shortcut to developing a better writing style and technology here is but a facilitator, a means to an end. It all depends on how much dedicated and committed you are to the act of writing and as Stephen King said ”when you sit down to write, write. Don’t do anything else except go to the bathroom, and only do that if it absolutely can not be put off.”

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Includes: OmmWriter, Creativist, Scribophile and Storymeter.

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Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader - Good EReader

Comprehensive List of Free e-Book Websites for your e-Reader - Good EReader | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

If you own an e-reader you often can only buy e-books from the bookstore that is bundled on your device. Many of the budget e-readers out there don’t even have a bookstore that is accessible by users and many people are left to fend for themselves to load content on it.

Here is a comprehensive free e-book resource catalog online. All of these books are hardware agnostic, which means they are not locked by DRM (Digital Rights Management). All you have to do is simply download a title and load in via the USB cable from your computer to your e-reader. Many of these sites also provide the books in more than one format, so they will work with your Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes and Noble Nook, Sony e-reader and hundreds of others.


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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, February 17, 9:55 AM

Great resource, and it's free!

Paul Mendelsohn's curator insight, February 18, 11:52 AM

Here is a cool one for all my Kindle toting friends - a comprehensive list of sources for free e-books.

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 19, 11:20 AM

Great resource for BYOD schools who want to create a level playing field for all students with all devices.

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Web Tools for Teachers: Writing ~ EVSC ICATS ~ by Timothy Wilhelmus

Web Tools for Teachers: Writing ~ EVSC ICATS ~ by Timothy Wilhelmus | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
There are a lot of great writing tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:

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15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic)

15 Shocking Student Writing Fails (Infographic) | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
See the 15 most common writing mistakes made by students and find out how to reduce errors to an absolute minimum.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 20, 2014 1:15 PM

Check your writing against this info-graphic!

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301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

301 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
For our Second Annual Student Editorial Contest, in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 301 writing prompts that may help -- an update to last year's popular list of 200.

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Digital Textbook | Jim Burke

Digital Textbook | Jim Burke | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

I created The Digital Textbook as an alternative to traditional printed textbooks. The Digital Textbook serves another important role: it provides a context for weekly reading and writing instruction, giving teachers the means to develop students’ “textual intelligence” by showing them how to read or write about images, websites, infographics, mixed media texts, or more traditional forms which are also included here. Enjoy!

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Voice | Picture Books to Teach Voice

Voice | Picture Books to Teach Voice | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Once your students understand what voice is, help them tap into it within their own writing. Read aloud picture books that would demonstrate different types of voice and then try these follow-up lessons or writing experiments to hone skills.

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LOVE the "Awwww..." contest for older students. Great idea!

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Signposts: Text Features for Deeper Understanding

Traditionally we teach students about text features such as the importance of titles, characters’ names, setting, and the opening lines. In the book Notice & Note: Strategies for Close Reading, Kylene Beers and Robert E Probst identify additional text features,signposts, that help students read literary texts with deeper understanding. These signposts represent what students are to do as they read, notice something in the text and then stop to note what it might mean. As students learn to notice these signposts there is an increase in their use of comprehension processes: visualizing, predicting, summarizing, clarifying, questioning, inferring, and making connections.

 
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Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator for Grades 3-5 | Scholastic.com

Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator for Grades 3-5 | Scholastic.com | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Use the Oral Fluency Assessment Calculator when you administer tests with your students. Oral Fluency Assessment is an accurate and easy way to predict comprehension ability, determine reading...
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Workshop Structure - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach

Workshop Structure - Differentiation Made Easy: Teaching with a Workshop Approach | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

To begin your workshop time, I start off with a minilesson.  This is a short lesson that focuses on a reading, writing or mathematics strategy.  We show students how we use the strategy in our writing, reading or math problem solving.  We should keep in mind the age of our students, and keep the lessons short and sweet.  In a fifth grade classroom, I keep my lessons to around 10 minutes.  During my minilessons, I have the students do a turn and talk with a partner.  Also, I have the students meet in a particular place in the classroom rather than having them sit at their desks.  For reading workshop I'll usually teach 2 minilessons, whereas in writing I'll teach one minilesson.

 
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"Workshop" "Cafe" "Daily 5" These are all similar. This blog post describes well the process for older students.

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Writer's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy:Teaching with a Workshop Approach

Writer's Workshop - Differentiation Made Easy:Teaching with a Workshop Approach | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
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Crosses over nicely with the Daily 5 CAFE.

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Writing A-Z

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Writing A-Z has come of age in an decade of changing strategies and expectations for teaching writing.  One of seven sister sites under the Learning A-Z umbrella, it is a well-organized, terrific r...

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Research, Writing, and Style Guides :)

Research, Writing, and Style Guides :) | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

 Research, Writing, and Style Guides

 

 

 

(MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, Harvard, CGOS, CBE)

 

Bonus:
http://www.sourceaid.com/reference/pdf/citation-guide.pdf


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VERY useful for all secondary teachers and students.

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Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader

Grammarly | Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Check your grammar right from your browser or Microsoft Office. Improve your writing in emails, documents, social media posts, messages, and more.

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Trent Online's curator insight, February 18, 4:00 PM

An excellent grammar-checking and grammar-advice tool

Paula King, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 18, 9:10 PM

I'll have to try this new service. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 25, 3:11 AM

..always handy when writing :)

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Story Starters

Story Starters | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
I have been collecting story starters, you can use them with your class and add some of your own in the comments. Cheers  Rob

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Judith Morais's curator insight, February 4, 5:31 AM

Sentences starters. Images. There's a good range of writing prompts here. 

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, February 4, 4:10 PM

LOL!  My favourite one is "I didn’t mean to kill her."


Needing a little inspiration?  This is a fun exercise to try out.  Who knows, the exercise may end up becoming a best seller?!?

Marc Quentel's curator insight, February 5, 12:31 PM

Des idées de départ en expression écrite et littérature : images ou phrases, de quoi stimuler la créativité.

En anglais, mais il ne s'agit que d'une phrase simple généralement, donc pourquoi pas un peu de LVE en plus ?

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5 apps the English teacher in me couldn't do without - Educate 1 to 1

5 apps the English teacher in me couldn't do without - Educate 1 to 1 | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
As someone who teaches a whole range of different classes every day, I find myself consistently turning to a core set of apps that have made my teaching better, more organised and more effective. I wanted to share with you 5 of those apps that, when combined with Apple TV and a solid wireless network, have transformed the way I teach English forever…

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For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials

For the Sake of Argument: Writing Persuasively to Craft Short, Evidence-Based Editorials | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
The persuasive essay is a quintessential high school writing assignment. With the Common Core standards, it seems to have taken on a new urgency in many school districts and classrooms. But students should know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognized examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial, three to four of which The New York Times publishes every day.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 10, 4:20 AM

Students need to know that evidence-based persuasive writing is more than just an academic exercise — it is very much alive in the real world. Perhaps one of the best and most widely recognised examples of persuasive writing in action is the classic newspaper editorial.

UK Essays Team's curator insight, February 11, 12:59 PM

Useful essay writing tips here