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Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools

Writing Next: Effective Strategies to Improve Writing of Adolescents in Middle and High Schools | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Along with reading comprehension, writing skill is a predictor of academic success and a basic requirement for participation in civic life and in the global economy.

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Lynnette Van Dyke's curator insight, September 30, 2013 8:49 AM

Summarizes the literature and advocates for next steps for education related to writing instruction

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Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers

Using Evernote to Confer with Writers ~ Two Writing Teachers | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
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:"

 

 

 


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 1, 2013 1:47 AM

A well documented description of how one teacher has developed her own method to maintain digital notes for all her students in Writers' Workshop by using Evernote.

Patricia Christian's curator insight, September 2, 2013 2:35 PM

Another way to document student writing electronically using Evernote.

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How interactive technology is transforming storytelling

How interactive technology is transforming storytelling | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, July 16, 2013 10:44 PM

With a considerable (and thankful) push from the Gaming industry ...

Sushma Sharma's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:39 AM

Amazing 

Ryan Burwell's curator insight, July 19, 2013 11:42 AM

Video game control, GPS tracking, and a zombie themed storyline combine to create a new way of participating in narrative.

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The Book Chook: Questions to Promote Visual Literacy

The Book Chook: Questions to Promote Visual Literacy | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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.

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Great questions to promote thinking.

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The Book Chook: Biff! Zap! Pow! Using Comic Editors for Education

The Book Chook: Biff! Zap! Pow! Using Comic Editors for Education | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

 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.

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F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content

F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Eyetracking visualizations show that users often read Web pages in an F-shaped pattern: two horizontal stripes followed by a vertical stripe.
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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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Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Pt. 1) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief

Nonfiction Reading and Writing in the Middle Grades (Pt. 1) | MiddleWeb SmartBrief | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"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. "


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 26, 2013 10:55 AM

Briefly described links to a number of excellent resources.

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Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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...

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for the love of learning: Engaging Activities

for the love of learning: Engaging Activities | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:09 PM

From Joe Bower:  "Here is a collection of links that can be used to work with and engage students in ways that helps them make positive changes and/or informed choices in their lives."

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I am a Teacher: Excerpt 1 from "32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny"

I Am a Teacher

I read Charlotte’s Web and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory every year, and every year when Charlie finds the golden ticket and Charlotte dies, I cry.

I take slivers out of fingers and bad sports out of steal the bacon.  I know when a child has gum in his mouth even when he is not chewing.  I have sung “Happy Birthday” 657 times.

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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar's Story Artist. Number 9 on the list - When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn't happen next - is a great one and can apply to writers...
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An engaging way to get students to look at their writing...

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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
  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.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, BookChook
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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:45 PM

Who doesn't love freebies! Best of the best...BOOKS!

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Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 30, 2014 11:45 PM

This is well worth a look. I need to check through to see what might be useful for school. This may take a while!

 

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The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe

The Pixar Theory: Every Character Lives in the Same Universe | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
Jon Negroni spent one year untangling the secret world hidden deep within Pixar films. What he found was a universe to which every Pixar character connects.
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useful insights...film studies, anyone?

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Don't Buy It . Advertising Tricks . Be the Ad Detective | PBS KIDS GO!

Ad Detective

You have been hired by Don't Buy It, Inc. as our Ad Detective. Examine the pictures and find where the ads are hidden. Some are obvious but, some are not. Use your Ad Detective skills to find out where companies place their ads and why.

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Printable Kids Letter Writing Set - picklebums.com

Printable Kids Letter Writing Set - picklebums.com | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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.

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Free downloadable letter writing papers

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Sample Items and Performance Tasks | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

Sample Items and Performance Tasks | Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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.

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Helpful for teachers to use as models in creating their own assessments.

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
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...
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Poetry Idea Engine Helps Students Create Poems

Free Technology for Teachers: The Poetry Idea Engine Helps Students Create Poems | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
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Don't Just "Cover" Curriculum

Don't Just "Cover" Curriculum | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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.

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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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Brad Tollefson's curator insight, March 28, 2013 3:58 AM

Excellent. 

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Writing for Interaction

Writing for Interaction | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it

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.


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Might be an interesting way to engage students at a distance.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:57 AM

I really like the idea of having location aware books.

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Squelching Curiosity: How Pre-Teaching Vocabulary Stifles Learning

Squelching Curiosity: How Pre-Teaching Vocabulary Stifles Learning | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
“Students, today we are going to learn about: like terms, monomials, binomials, trinomials, and ultimately polynomials. Please take out your notebook and write these terms down…”

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Poster - 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling

Poster - 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling | LA 4 K12 | Scoop.it
These little pearls of wisdom were tweeted by storyboard artist Emma Coats. They’re brilliant. She wrote them herself but learned them at Pixar
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Download a FREE jpg poster of the 22 Storytelling Rules here!

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