The Middle School students have been writing "Alternative Ending" or "Choose your own adventure" stories. I recently read about Twine, on Ruben R. Puentedura's Weblog. Twine is free software for Mac and Windows, which "lets you organize your story graphically with a map that you can re-arrange as you work. Links automatically appear on the map as you add them to your passages, and passages with broken links are apparent at a glance."
On the Twine web page, there are several intro videos, which I've embedded here, so you can get an idea of how it works, and decide whether or not you would like to add this software tool to your computer.
Here's a guest post from bestseller Brenda Novak, who reveals 10 key basics to writing a great novel. (RT @OOSABookClub: 6. Skip the boring stuff. Nobody wants to read it. Use snappy, realistic dialogue that is unique to each character...
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Common Errors Found in Middle School Writing. Your middle-schooler may not be alone in the errors he makes in compositions. Middle school students' minds are often fertile grounds for creative ideas, but their writing sometimes mirrors a ...
Literacy co-ordinator and ideas magpie Kate Parietti explains how she uses video, drama and real-life experiences to help students develop their creative writing skills (How to teach creative writing: http://t.co/aoCIBcg2yM)...
This post has a review of Rust by Royden Lepp - a graphic novel that have been rated appropriate reading for all ages - although I would say they will be enjoyed by readers Grade 4 through adult. While younger readers will easily focus on Roman and Oswald his younger brother along with their responsibilities to their farm and family, and their relationship with Jet Jones, older readers will comprehend the larger issues of artificial intelligence, and drone warfare.
Literacy co-ordinator Kate Parietti discusses how to use video, drama and real-life experiences to help primary students develop their creative writing and literacy skills (Primary literacy: ideas for teaching creative writing - video
For years, teachers have been designing persuasive writing lessons for their students. The Common Core State Standards are changing that by asking teachers to move away from persuasion and toward argumentation. Argumentation (called opinion writing in the elementary grades) is preferred by the CCSS because it is more rigorous and more in line with the kind of writing students will be expected to do in college and careers.
In this white paper, we’ll look at what argumentation really means, what the standards specifically require at each grade level, and how teachers can create lesson plans to meet these new requirements. I’ll also outline the following eight strategies for designing lesson plans to meet the new requirements:
1. Identify Fact vs. Opinion 2. Determine Credible Sources 3. Acknowledge Alternate or Opposing Claims 4. Vary Syntax 5. Assign a Combination of Short and Longer Writing Tasks 6. Use Mentor Texts 7. Involve Content-Area Teachers 8. Don’t Forget Speaking and Listening
Bellingham Herald Whatcom poet illuminates the value of creative writing Bellingham Herald It's Tuesday morning, 9:30 a.m., and I'm leading a creative writing class for highly capable learners at Shuksan Middle School.
It is time writing instructional technology catches up and delivers premium content and functionality on mobile platforms. Middle School Writing 1.0, for iPad and iPhone, is all students need to begin learning superior writing ...
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