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30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More

30 Ways to Celebrate- Poets.org - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
A resource from the Academy of American Poets with thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Lots of great poetry ideas to share the love of writing creatively with your students during National Poetry Month in April.  We celebrate all our poets this month with a poetry slam and contest on our social network Ning!  To enjoy our poetry slam email pdavies@onlineschool.ca to RSVP for April 9th @11am all students grade 7-12.

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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, 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!

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6 compare and contrast essay topics - In Our Write Minds

6 compare and contrast essay topics - In Our Write Minds | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer

 

"COMPARE AND CONTRAST essays don’t have to be dull and tedious! Your high school students will be sure to enjoy a few of this week’s lighthearted topics.


"Help teens stay focused with a four-paragraph outline: introduction, similarities, differences, and conclusion. Motivated writers may need two paragraphs for the comparisons or two paragraphs for the contrasts, and that’s fine, too!"


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Expository essay topics for high school ~ In Our Write Minds

Expository essay topics for high school ~ In Our Write Minds | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer

 

"INFORMATIVE essays give teens a chance to thoroughly research, understand, and communicate a topic of interest. Let your high schooler choose one of these expository essay prompts, and encourage them to use their best writing organization skills!"


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How Do You Teach Crucial English Language Arts Topics

How Do You Teach Crucial English Language Arts Topics | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

When your students watch these videos, they’ll learn:

the basics of plagiarism prevention

the importance of how and why to create a citation

paraphrasing and how to do it


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 31, 10:29 AM

Short videos from Easy Bib.  Sign up to get access to all videos for classroom use. 

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, December 13, 3:35 PM

Most of the aspects concerned with plagiariasm are explained here and the video could easily be used as a homework or in class, for students who are new to this concept to learn about it or comment on or raise questions.

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Quill.org — Over 150 free Interactive Writing and Grammar lessons


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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing ~ NY Times Learning Network | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

by Michael Gonchar

 

"Every school day since 2009 we’ve asked students a question based on an article in The New York Times. Now, five years later, we’ve collected 500 of them that invite narrative and personal writing and pulled them all together in one place. Consider it a companion to the list of 200 argumentative writing prompts we posted earlier this year.

"The categorized list below touches on everything from sports to travel, education, gender roles, video games, fashion, family, pop culture, social media and more, and, like all our Student Opinion questions, each links to a related Times article and includes a series of follow-up questions. What’s more, all these questions are still open for comment by any student 13 or older."


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Bruno Koffi's curator insight, November 15, 10:01 AM

An article worth sharing. Offers a wide variety of topics of discussion and composition

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Excellent Tools, Apps, and Tips to Create Educational Book Trailers

Excellent Tools, Apps, and Tips to Create Educational Book Trailers | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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50 Online Early Readers (with audio)

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I found an awesome website that has over 100 early readers with audio! The site is Unite For Literacy and I took the first 50 of the books and created a Symbaloo webmix for my class. The best part ...
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The Changing Face of Early Literacy – Digital is Different

The Changing Face of Early Literacy – Digital is Different | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

I’ve spent a lot of time lately reflecting on the way I teach literacy in my classroom and about the ways that the digital text I often use to teach now is inherently different from the text I used to teach reading ten years ago.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 9, 1:43 PM

Some interesting observations on the changing nature of digital literacy.

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10 Tips for Close Reading Activities Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

10 Tips for Close Reading Activities Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
10 Tips for Close Reading Activities Infographic. Close reading activities will help your students improve their reading comprehension if you know how.
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We Are Teachers

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Get kids to engage with what they’re reading on a deeper level: to ask questions about what they notice, and to answer those questions based on what’s in the text.
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Drafting, Revising, Editing, Writing - Learning Historical Research

Drafting, Revising, Editing, Writing - Learning Historical Research | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Learning how to do historical research. The official website of William Cronon.
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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing

Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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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, 11:15 AM

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

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Persuasive Essay Prompts: Inspire teens to develop clear opinions ~ In Our Write Minds

Persuasive Essay Prompts: Inspire teens to develop clear opinions ~ In Our Write Minds | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

by Kim Kautzer

 

"PERSUASIVE writing provides high schoolers with opportunities to articulate a main point (thesis statement) and to build supporting arguments. Use these persuasive essay prompts for research paper assignments, timed writing practice, or formal discussions with your teen.

 

"When choosing examples for their persuasive papers, high school students should draw from their studies, reading, and personal experience."


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Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Great Story | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

"Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia."


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Watch the short (1:29 ) video of the author himself or read the tips...

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 6, 4:07 PM

While this is geared towards writing fiction, there are elements that could be applicable to non-fiction as well. The bottom line is that any writer must always, always, always consider the audience.

A.K.Andrew's curator insight, December 7, 11:41 AM

You have to be true to your work, and the reader you have in mind.

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Jeff Hicks: Enriching the Writing Process with the Six Traits


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Nice list of resources.

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English news and easy articles for students of English

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We write news in three different levels of English. We want to help you understand English more. Now all students can enjoy reading and listening to news.
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How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills

How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
For students who have difficult writing, we recommend online journals to help build reading, writing, and communication skills.

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Hazman Aziz's curator insight, November 16, 12:26 AM

Interesting to introduce information literacy 

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Argumentative Writing: 200 Prompts

Argumentative Writing: 200 Prompts | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
For a coming student contest in which teenagers are invited to write on an issue they care about, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts on a wide range of issues.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

While ever more schools adopt textbooks and student reading materials to digital readers like iPads and Chromebooks, some recent research suggests students may comprehend more from reading print. Middle school students who read from both print and e-books showed they understood more of what they read from the ink-and-paper book

 


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Mary Starry's curator insight, September 12, 11:24 AM

As students buy fewer textbooks and utilize more e-books provided by institution purchase, such as PharmacyAccess, this needs to be kept in mind.  Do we need to provide paper handouts of the key points? Should students take notes or create mind-maps of the key points to help further reinforce what they are reading electronically? There is also new studies highlighting the importance of note taking. Faculty may need to develop new approaches to achieve the deeper learning desired in our electronic device world.

Helen Teague's curator insight, September 13, 6:40 AM

This is a thorough treatment of the subject and is another reason to have several options for students to have choices of both the methods and deliverables of their learning.

Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, September 13, 6:44 AM

Interesting article about the differences between digital and print reading.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.


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Mechanical Walking Space Man's curator insight, November 7, 5:14 AM


Interesting… and what of the impact on handwriting

CECI Jean-François's curator insight, November 10, 2:49 AM

Enquête sur la litteracie numerique, des chiffres intéressants...

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We Are Teachers

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The Bones of a Good Essay Poster: Free Halloween-themed classroom poster printable that teaches students how to write an essay step by step.
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The 32 best young adult books of 2014 - Telegraph

The 32 best young adult books of 2014 - Telegraph | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
The must-read young adult fiction (YA) and best teen books released in 2014 so far. Updated weekly
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways to Create Mapped Timeline Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways to Create Mapped Timeline Stories | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

The idea is to have students be able to create timelines whose events are directly matched to locations on maps. Doing this is a good way for students to see correlations between locations and events. Here are three tools that students can use to create mapped timeline stories.


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