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Storytelling in Web Design: 10 Great Examples

Storytelling in Web Design: 10 Great Examples | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

In “Storytelling in Web Design,” I explained the three most basic aspects of storytelling — character, setting, and action — and offered ways to begin including storytelling in web design using basic design elements..."


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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


Via Mhd.Shadi Khudr, Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D.
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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

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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

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8 Creative Ways to Help Kids Find the Evidence in Nonfiction Text: We Are Teachers

8 Creative Ways to Help Kids Find the Evidence in Nonfiction Text: We Are Teachers | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Finding text evidence seems easy enough, right? If your kids are having trouble, here are eight tips to strengthen students' ability to find and use text evidence.


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Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times

Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.

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Sandip Roy's curator insight, February 28, 2:27 PM

Expressive writing has many benefits.

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Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards

Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

What's the process of writing a novel? What's your writing process like? Do you follow a process when you write? 


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 16, 2013 1:36 PM

Love Scrivener. Love it!

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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Adventures in Writing | Stanford Online

Adventures in Writing | Stanford Online | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

Welcome to Adventures in Writing, a series of graphic-novel style learning modules designed to help you learn more about and practice a range of effective written communication skills. You’ll immerse yourself in the adventures of Maya and Chris, using each module’s interactive exercises to apply what you’ve learned. Writing instructors in Stanford’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) designed the modules to reflect PWR’s philosophy that the best academic and real world communication practices require us to think about more than “correctness” or just getting things right—we must actively consider what we’re trying to achieve with a specific audience for a specific purpose. Through joining Maya and Chris on their adventures, you’ll develop your abilities to communicate in writing—from punctuation and style to argument—increasing the power of your language in the classroom and beyond.

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Infographic: Periodic Table Figures Of Speech

Infographic: Periodic Table Figures Of Speech | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, December 15, 2014 11:15 AM

Love anything that lets me bridge the gap between the ideas of science and all other disciplines.

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 16, 2:13 PM

cool :) 

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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.

Via Lynnette Van Dyke
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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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Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps - Writer's Circle

Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps - Writer's Circle | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Top 4 Free & Incredibly Useful Writing Apps

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50 Resources to Help You Become an Awesome Writer

50 Resources to Help You Become an Awesome Writer | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
An epic list of resources... and something for everyone, regardless of experience or role.

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A Beautiful Visual on Reading Tips to Use with Students

A Beautiful Visual on Reading Tips to Use with Students | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Jakarta Web Developer's curator insight, January 9, 2:42 PM

be Social:  
https://www.facebook.com/JakartaWebDeveloper

Carla Kessler's curator insight, January 11, 9:34 PM

Make a poster for your classroom with this. #Reading Tips

Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, January 13, 12:47 AM

I like.

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6 Traits of Writing | 6-Traits Songs Upgrade

6 Traits of Writing | 6-Traits Songs Upgrade | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Elizabeth Werner, 4th grade teacher at Reagan Elementary (Brownsburg, IN), initially used Ruth Culham's 6-Traits songs to introduce the writing traits to her students. But her students wanted something more modern. Being a musical learner herself, Elizabeth saw the value in meeting her students' learning needs. She began listening to some popular songs that she knew her students were familiar with. She listened to the choruses and began to consider how she could rewrite the trait songs to fit these new tunes.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2014 6:47 PM

It's been many years since I taught Elementary school, but I can still recognize kids having fun and learning. Singing about the Traits? Why not.  Here's a link to the YouTube Playlist as well!