Introduction This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading.
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To celebrate my girls’ new, and very grown up, writing desk, I made them some special writing paper and envelopes
The kit contains four printable pdf A4 writing papers with dotted lines (to help with correct letter formation) and a beginning ‘dear’ and ending ‘with love’ in pre-cursive script. As well as four printable pdf envelopes, to cut, fold and stick, ready to send.
The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. While the items and tasks are not intended to be used as sample tests, educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments.
Cheryl Frose's insight:
Helpful for teachers to use as models in creating their own assessments.
September is Roald Dahl Month! Celebrate the author on his birthday (September 13th) or any day with these scrumdiddlyumptious classroom resources for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, James and the Giant Peach, and other...
In our province the English Language Arts curriculum is loaded with numerous outcomes at every grade level. While looking throughthese outcomes last week my attention was drawn to the concept of clarifying and extending thoughts and ideas, which is included throughout the K – 9 Program of Study. In grade 5, for example, students are expected to be able to clarify and extend by:
1. seeking others’ viewpoints to build on personal responses and understanding
2. combining ideas by using talk, notes, and personal writing to explore relationships among their own ideas and those of others, and
3. extending understanding by searching for further ideas and information from others.
Not only are teachers expected to “cover” these (and all other) prescribed outcomes, today we are wanting them to do it in such a way that 21st century competencies are being built at the same time. I blogged about the difficulty with this earlier. What follows is a simple yet innovative example of how these outcomes are being met through competency based learning.
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..."
By writing for interaction, I mean writing that is meant to be interactive for a reader, not simply in the sense that reading is an experience created by both writer and reader, but rather that the decisions made by the reader change what is read. That is, reading practices that enable responses from the text. It is one thing to write an email expecting a response and react to that response. It is another to write a book or other text for a broad audience that is designed to react to the reading choices made by individual members of that audience.
Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.
Today's guest blog post by Cathy Mere will help you jump on the electronic record-keeping bandwagon. Learn how to use Evernote to keep conferring notes on all of your students.
"We learn so much sitting beside writers as they work in our workshops each day. Two years ago I gave up my spiral notebook I used to keep records of writing conference conversations for a digital system. Saying goodbye to my spiral notebook with tabbed sections for each student was easier than I anticipated. The time was right. More and more often I found myself wanting to do more than record handwritten snippets of evidence, thought, and conversation. More and more I found myself wanting to take pictures of student work or record student voices. More and more I found myself wanting to link to digital pieces students were creating. More and more I seemed to have a device in my hand instead of a pen. After learning about Evernote I decided to see if I could use it as a tool to record notes from across the day. I found myself enjoying the seamlessness of Evernote. It seemed Evernote was a tool to allow me to capture the learning journeys of the young writers in my classroom.
"To begin I created a notebook for each student and then placed them in a class stack. Each time I confer with a writer during writing workshop I use Evernote. Before I begin our conversation I glance through the last few notes, watch the work the writer is doing, and wait for an appropriate moment to chat. For me, it has worked to create a new note inside the student’s notebook each time I have a conference with a writer. My conferences are often structured like this:"
In an increasingly visually complex world, it's crucial for kids to think critically about what they see, and understand it. The other side of that coin is that they need to thoughtfully produce visual content.
I love opportunities some websites and software give our kids to create and express themselves. For me, Comic Editors are right up there with Image Editors and other digital storytelling sites. If you're a classroom teacher, librarian, parent, or anyone involved with kids, I urge you to explore comic or cartoon creation with your children. When kids create comics, apart from the obvious skills of writing, sequencing, etc, they're using many different kinds of intelligences.
"An increased focus on nonfiction is among the changes accompanying the new Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. Some say that middle-grade students who can read and understand complex nonfiction texts will be better able to meet these standards and will be better prepared to meet the demands of college and careers.
"In Part I of this MiddleWeb SmartBrief special report, we examine the role nonfiction is playing in the transition to the common core as well as some of the reasoning behind the changes. "
The topics that are used in digital storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one's own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between...