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New Author Series: How Do You Find Beta Readers? | Lindsay Buroker

New Author Series: How Do You Find Beta Readers? | Lindsay Buroker | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
I've received quite a few questions (more than two, I'm certain of it) from folks finishing up their first books and wondering about self-publishing. A year or
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Using ICTs @ ISOCS: Interactive Storytelling Using Twine

Using ICTs @ ISOCS: Interactive Storytelling Using Twine | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

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.


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Teaching Poetry in Literature-Based Writing Courses - Order of Education

Teaching Poetry in Literature-Based Writing Courses - Order of Education | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
In my literature-based writing classes, I use poetry, short stories, short film, and drama to teach different elements of good writing.
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10 Surefire Ways To Avoid Burnout

10 Surefire Ways To Avoid Burnout | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs have a lot to do and a lot to prove, and the stress can quickly lead to burnout. Follow these 10 tips so it doesn't happen to you.
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Hey everyone, what are your thoughts about burnout?

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Back to Basics: 10 Things Every Writer Should Do in Their Novel | WritersDigest.com

Back to Basics: 10 Things Every Writer Should Do in Their Novel | WritersDigest.com | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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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New publication: Teaching Creative Writing

New publication: Teaching Creative Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Teaching Creative Writing: Practical Approaches, edited by Elaine Walker, was the second title in  our Creative Writing Studies series when it was published in hardback. Now we will be publishing t...
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What makes great teaching?

What makes great teaching? | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Great teaching combines effective instruction with continuous improvement. If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim; If you can meet with Tr...

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By reflecting we all learn form each others experience. Thank you for this great reflection and post.

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Aysegul Liman's Blog - Top 5 Teaching Writing Tools for Teachers

Aysegul Liman's Blog - Top 5 Teaching Writing Tools for Teachers | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
RT @BurcuBurcuzgr: http://t.co/lW2swYjVMH Congarts Ayşegül
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Thanks for sharing :)
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MsFindlater's Teaching Blog: Playing with Poetry

MsFindlater's Teaching Blog: Playing with Poetry | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Blog outlining different approaches to teaching poetry in the classroom.
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Young student joins literary giants - U-T San Diego

Young student joins literary giants - U-T San Diego | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Young student joins literary giants
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The essay started as a middle school writing project that went from a poem to an essay to a winning contest submission.
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Assessing Writing in Middle School | Lessons From the Middle

Assessing Writing in Middle School | Lessons From the Middle | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
... will be having sales in their stores as well. Everything in my TPT Store will be on sale at 28% off (the most I can do). If you have any items on your wishlists – it's time to get them off of there!
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Common Errors Found in Middle School Writing | Technical College ...

Common Errors Found in Middle School Writing | Technical College ... | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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 ...
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Deb Roy: The birth of a word

MIT researcher Deb Roy wanted to understand how his infant son learned language -- so he wired up his house with videocameras to catch every moment (with exc...
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Creative writing tips for teachers: ideas and activities to inspire your class

Creative writing tips for teachers: ideas and activities to inspire your class | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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)...
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You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids

You Can Write a Story: A Story-Writing Recipe for Kids | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Lisa Bullard shares the story behind her story ... When I was first published, I was delighted to find that schools were interested in having me visit and teach students about the writing process. ...
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I don't always like formulas, but certain kids really need templates in order to write better stories - and, in some cases, even finish writing their stories.

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21st Century Learning

21st Century Learning | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
This is the new buzz world this year in our schools. But, is it really new or is it just integrating the computer lab into the classroom? Or is it doing what some of the best teachers already do? T...
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Rust: Teaching Suggestions Integrating poetry, science fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels for Common Core State Standards

Rust: Teaching  Suggestions Integrating poetry, science fiction, non-fiction and graphic novels for Common Core State Standards | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

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.


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How to get kids interested in writing - by Chanell Gautreaux - Helium

How to get kids interested in writing - by Chanell Gautreaux - Helium | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
The best way to get primary school kids interested in writing is to spark their interest in reading and storytelling.
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Mentor Texts in the Writing Workshop

This is a minilesson video clip of the writing workshop. It is one example of how teachers can use parts of a text previously read during the reading worksho...
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Primary literacy: ideas for teaching creative writing - video

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
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Creative Writing Ideas with Sidewalk Chalk - ChalkArt · Creativity-Portal.com

Creative Writing Ideas with Sidewalk Chalk - ChalkArt · Creativity-Portal.com | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Help your kids to be creative by having them do sidewalk chalk art. Get them to talk about their pictures.

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8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements > Eye On Education

8 Strategies for Designing Lesson Plans to Meet the CCSS Opinion and Argument Writing Requirements > Eye On Education | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

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


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Whatcom poet illuminates the value of creative writing - Bellingham Herald

Whatcom poet illuminates the value of creative writing - Bellingham Herald | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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Whatcom poet illuminates the value of creative writing
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It's Tuesday morning, 9:30 a.m., and I'm leading a creative writing class for highly capable learners at Shuksan Middle School.
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Schools Discover Answer To Teaching Writing In Middle School

Schools Discover Answer To Teaching Writing In Middle School | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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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Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core | School Library Journal

Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core | School Library Journal | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
RT @InspirationSW: Ways to make teaching #writing easier! Nonfiction as Mentor Text: Style | On Common Core http://t.co/V0pnqptdOC via @SLJournal and @ASCD
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