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Creating a love to read, write, speak, listen, view, and above all--think
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NoRedInk Gets Bigger and Better But Still Free

NoRedInk Gets Bigger and Better But Still Free | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

"Emphasizing students need to learn proper grammar can sometimes feel like we are talking about 20th century skills because, in this day and age, we seem to focus on STEM, the 4 Cs and 21st century technology skills. I appreciate the importance of all these topics.. but being able to communicate effectively through writing is truly a basic life skill every person in this world needs. Being able to utilize good grammar is absolutely essential..."


Via Beth Dichter
Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's insight:

We used this site last year a lot and were really hoping for new strands. The kids love the personalization.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 9, 2013 10:59 PM

NoRedInk has made many changes to their website and if you have not looked at it recently you may want to travel over and check it out. The site is to help students learn writing and grammar skills. Now you can:

* Create assignments and quizzes without doing any grading

* Target Common Core skills using your students’ interests

* Provide students with unlimited help whenever they need it

* Track growth using our color-coded heat maps

To help students stay engage they "generate questions from each student’s favorite celebrities, hobbies, TV shows, and friends." When it is time for an assessment of student work  they will "drag in commas, click words to capitalize them, throw out unwanted punctuation, and edit the text directly" resulting in a more authentic assesment. And as we are asked to personalize instruction this site will help in the areas it covers.

To go directly to NoRedInk click on this link: https://www.noredink.com/

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How to Write - Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing

How to Write - Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Simple rules for becoming a better writer, from the author of “Zone One.”...

The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now.
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Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. “And what do you have for us today, Marcy?” “A penetrating psychological study of a young med student who receives disturbing news from a former lover.” “How marvelous! Timmy, what are you holding there?” “It’s a Calvinoesque romp through an unnamed metropolis much like New York, narrated by an armadillo.” “Such imagination!” Show and Tell, followed by a good nap.

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Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art

Common Core Writing Lesson With AudioBoo: 9/11 Narrated Art | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it

This is a great example of how teachers are integrating writing assignments across the curriculum, helping students practice practice their oral communication skills, and helping students safely publish their work in digital forms online.


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Write If You Want to be a Writer

Write If You Want to be a Writer | Middle  School  English and Reading | Scoop.it
Many people say, "I want to be a writer when I have more time." But they never have time. If you really want to be a writer, you must write. It will be a challenge but it's worth it. You are unique.

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