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Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing

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Kurt Vonnegut: 8 Basics of Creative Writing...

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Short story rules for May writing project in Creative Writing II.

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Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards

Writing Process: Outlines & Index Cards | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
What's the process of writing a novel? What's your writing process like? Do you follow a process when you write? Readers and other writers often ask me about my writing process, and my answer never...

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How to Write a Haiku Poem - Haiku Examples

How to Write a Haiku Poem - Haiku Examples | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
How to write a haiku poem. A simple guide with haiku examples and prompts to inspire you. Use this poetic form to capture and preserve the moments of your life. (The last winter leaves
Clinging to the black branches
Explode into birds.
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Common Core Standards: Teaching Argument Writing

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The following is a guest post by Catlin Tucker, one of SimpleK12's presenters.

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Critical Thinking Strategies Are Tied to Nonfiction Writing

Critical Thinking Strategies Are Tied to Nonfiction Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Teaching nonfiction writing enables students to master critical thinking strategies. Content-rich expository writing topics are vital to developing creative thinking.
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Middle School Writing Prompts

Middle School Writing Prompts | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
These middle school writing prompts will give your middle school students many essay writing ideas. These writing prompts are for students in 6th through 8th grade and are organized by the various writing styles.
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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 7:58 AM
I have looked through a significant amount of sites that claim to have great writing prompts for middle school students. This one actually does. The ideas are thoughtful and require reflection and organization.
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Teaching Poetry at Home To Your Kids

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Blog post at PragmaticMom :

For the last day of April and National Poetry Month, I am so excited to welcome my guest author, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of poetry pictur[..] (It's the last day of National Poetry Month!
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Slick Write - Free tool to improve your Writing

Slick Write - Free tool to improve your Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

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Slick Write is a free tool to help you improve your writing by checking it for potential stylistic mistakes and other features of interest. Whether you're a blogger, novelist, or student writing an essay for school, Slick Write can help take your writing to the next level. Curious? Try a quick demo, or enter your own text in the editor tab. After submitting, four more tabs will appear at the top of the screen:

  • Critique - This tab contains the body of text with stylistic features highlighted.
  • Structure - Here you will find the sentences color coded by type and length.
  • Flow - Hold your readers' interest by maintaining good flow.
  • Stats - This is where you will find important statistics on a variety of subjects including readability, word frequencies, and repeated phrases.
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FYI for writers and aspiring authors, check out Slick Write.

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Writing & Storytelling / Elementary School - appoLearning

Writing & Storytelling / Elementary School - appoLearning | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

"Every great story has a beginning, middle, and end. While the iPad has the potential to transform how elementary students learn to write, the vast majority of storytelling apps available today are just scratching the surface."


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10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Paper Writing | Emerging Education Technology

10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Paper Writing | Emerging Education Technology | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
It been a while since we've posted any content on using Twitter in the academic context, so this submission from Leslie Anglesey is welcomed. These suggestions
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Driven to distraction: How to help wired students learn to focus

Driven to distraction: How to help wired students learn to focus | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report surveyed 2,462 middle and high school Advanced Placement and national writing project teachers and concluded that: “Overwhelming majorities agree with the assertions that today’s digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans, and today’s students are too ‘plugged in’ and need more time away from their digital technologies.”

Two-thirds of the respondents agree with the notion that today’s digital technologies do more to distract students than to help them academically.


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Why Creative Writing Belongs in Business Writing

Why Creative Writing Belongs in Business Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
My professional writing is what it is because of my creative writing. The same is true of my creative writing. My professional writing affects it. When I allow the two to interact with each other, interesting things start to happen.

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Teaching Writing Skills

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Teaching writing skills can be quite challenging as each student has different needs. Some students are planning on taking advanced tests like the TOEFL, whereas others just want to use English during their travels abroad. In general, it's important to focus on encouraging writing skills that students feel they will actually use. It's a good idea to start off with short writing exercises, and then, if it makes sense for the class, move on to more advanced skills such as writing essays. Use a writing rubric to grade longer written assignments, as this will give students a broader overview of the skills they need to improve.


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Character Emotion Makes the Plot

Character Emotion Makes the Plot | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Some writers excel at pithy banter. Others create dramatic action.

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Creative Writing Goes Mobile as StageofLife.com Launches its Mobile ... - PR Web (press release)

Creative Writing Goes Mobile as StageofLife.com Launches its Mobile ... - PR Web (press release) | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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Creative Writing Goes Mobile as StageofLife.com Launches its Mobile Storytelling Website for Teens and Baby Boomers to Share Their Life Experiences.
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Tales of a Fifth Grade Teacher: Writer's Workshop

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@saraallen91 I found this resource to be helpful to start! My best year is teaching writing! http://t.co/0ybhLPpgW2
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Powerful Poetry in Primary Grades

Powerful Poetry in Primary Grades | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Will I never run out of wonderful things to share from inspiring teacher, Chrissy Greenman? When I visited Chrissy, she was in the process of binding books of poetry written by her first grade stud...
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Short Story and Creative Writing Contests and Competitions

Short Story and Creative Writing Contests and Competitions | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Short Story and other creative writing contests and competitions with big cash prizes like the ones below can provide a real step up for writers. Writing competitions can jumpstart a career.
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Writing & Composition / Middle School

Writing & Composition / Middle School | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
The best Writing & Composition apps handpicked by educational professionals. (@derheckser Did you see Chronicle featured on appoLearning top 5 for Middle School Writing/Comp?
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Story Judgment - Good or Bad?

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The 12 Essential QuestionsEvery Writer Should Answer 8. Main Character Judgment: Good or Bad? As an author, you can temper the story's Outcome by providing a Judgment as to whether the Main Charact...

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5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic

5 Myths About Writing With Mobile Devices - Edudemic | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
There are some big myths about writing with mobile devices. But are they actually true? The EdTechTeacher team weighs in on a controversial topic.
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15 Outstanding Writing Apps for your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Outstanding Writing Apps for your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

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Office to go app for opening microsoft documents

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Top 8 Apps for Teaching Creative Writing

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Teaching creative writing can be a lot fun, especially when it comes to reading the creative pieces your students write. However, getting them to come up with ideas for those pieces is often difficult.

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Why American Students Can't Write | the Atlantic

Why American Students Can't Write | the Atlantic | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

From the website

"In "The Writing Revolution," Peg Tyre traces the problems at one troubled New York high school to a simple fact: The students couldn't write coherent sentences. In 2009 New Dorp High made a radical change. Instead of trying to engage students through memoir exercises and creative assignments, the school required them to write expository essays and learn the fundamentals of grammar. Within two years, the school's pass rates for the English Regents test and the global-history exam were soaring. The school's drop-out rate — 40 percent in 2006 — has fallen to 20 percent.

"The experiment suggests that the trend toward teaching creative writing was hurting American students. In a debate about Tyre's story, we asked a range of experts, from policymakers to Freedom Writers founder Erin Gruwell, to share their thoughts on Tyre's story."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 17, 2012 6:17 PM

I imagine this headline got your attention, but the fact is, most of these 20 articles are positive affirmations of how to teach writing, not documentation of horror stories, as the title implies.

 

In any event, these is a wealth of good material here; all motivated by the considerable suceess of the writing program at New Dorp HS, on Staten Island, NYC.