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A Handful of Writing Truths

A Handful of Writing Truths | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
A meme is making its way around the internet this week—14 writers give their advice, written on their hands. It made me think about the different ways we approach our writing, and how we all come to truths of our own over time.
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In general, I think most of our studnets do not write enough to become fluid thinkers and stortellers. I love writer's workshop because it gives students some serious committed time to write and write and write. 

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IOANNIS APOSTOLOU's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:23 PM

Few insights about writting!

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How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers

How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.
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Hope is Required For Writing

Hope is Required For Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Writing sounds easy, but it is not. Hope is required for writing, for it is an act of faith. Famous writers struggled, and so do we. We need hope to write.

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, December 24, 2013 3:19 PM

An interesting and useful examination of the importance of hope for all writers.

KindredReaders's curator insight, December 28, 2013 1:13 PM

For those days when the words just won't come.

Kali Cordes's curator insight, February 20, 2014 5:17 PM

This article describes the necessity of hope when a writer of any level sits down to write out their thoughts. The article mentions several famous authors' descriptions of what it takes to be a writer, and how even they required some inspiration to keep at it.

I loved this  article because it describes my exact dilemma that I wrote about in my first semester portfolio. Inspiration is a hard thing to find within yourself, but it is also the most important part of writing. The hope described in the article is really the key to finding that inspiration.

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Tidy or Messy Desk: Which is Best For The Mind?

Tidy or Messy Desk: Which is Best For The Mind? | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
"If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?" —Albert Einstein
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This article might suggest to authors to start a piece of writing in a messy environment, but finish it in a tidy one.

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, August 8, 2013 9:12 AM

This article suggests that a tidy room would be better for critical thinking and a messy room would be better for creative thinking. That has fascinating implications for Socratic Seminar or any other serious thought endeavor. As the article later suggests, perhaps it's best to start a thought process out in a messy environment in order to be more creative and divergent, and then finish the process in a tidy environment that would promote convergent, critical thinking.

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Creative Writing Reflection: Why my first lines aren't dialogue

Creative Writing Reflection: Why my first lines aren't dialogue | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Yesterday we started a discussion about writing the first line to a novel: what makes a first line intriguing enough to draw a reader in? Today I thought it could be fun to discuss dialogue as a fi...
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You Are Never Too Old to Write!

This article describes three reasons why age can be an added benefit to those who would like to write, showing that age need not be a factor.
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Education

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Cover Story - New Middle School Writing Curriculum from the makers of One Year Adventure Novel (Cover Story - New Middle School Writing Curriculum from the makers of One Year Adventure Novel http://t.co/OARvXzshh4)...
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12 Nature-Inspired Creative Writing Prompts

12 Nature-Inspired Creative Writing Prompts | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
These creative writing prompts are inspired by nature. Use them to write a poem, short story, essay, freewrite, or anything else. Have fun and keep on writing!
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8 Tips For Writing Dialogue

8 Tips For Writing Dialogue | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Writing dialogue can be tricky. I happen to enjoy it, and usually end up with dialogue-heavy first drafts. Here are a few thoughts about writing good dialogue: 1. Become an eavesdropper:  I lived f...
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How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes

How to Write Better: 7 Instant Fixes | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Do you wonder how to write better? In this post, you’ll learn how to write better by using seven instant fixes.
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for teaching writing to middle and high school students.  These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:08 PM

The findings will encourage us to consider what the students write and how greater engagement in the writing process can be encouraged.

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Getting to Know Your Students Through Poetry

Getting to Know Your Students Through Poetry | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
I knew I wanted to get to know my students. I wanted to hear about their lives, look through their eyes, experience the sounds of their world, and survey their emotional landscapes.
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6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain

6 Ways to Make Sure Your Reader’s Brain Syncs with Your Protagonist’s Brain | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
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Who knew way back in 1966 that S. Bar-David (aka Shimon Wincelberg), the unsung Star Trek TV writer who came up with the Vulcan Mind Meld, was a visionary?
Because here’s the thing: it’s not fiction.
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One Magnificent Obsession: Our First Poetry Smoothietime!

One Magnificent Obsession: Our First Poetry Smoothietime! | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
I have always been so nervous about teaching poetry, but Brave Writer's Guide to teaching poetry, and poetry teas are such great starting points! I am finding that I myself an growing a great appreciation for poetry and am ...
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Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation For Literacy

Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation For Literacy | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Why All Students Should Write: A Neurological Explanation by Judy Willis M.D., M.Ed., radteach.com In terms of writing and the brain, there are multiple reasons for embedding writing throughout STEM courses.
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How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad

How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
How To Create A Paperless Classroom With Your iPad The idea of a paperless classroom is not new. In fact, there was recently one very good blog, TeachPaperless, dedicated to this very idea. In short,...
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Back To School Creative Writing Pack

Back To School Creative Writing Pack | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
This is a set of ready to go writing activities perfect for back to school time.
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Fifteen Ways of Looking at "The Woods": Jumpstarting Poetry in the Classroom : Teachers at Work : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus

Fifteen Ways of Looking at "The Woods": Jumpstarting Poetry in the Classroom : Teachers at Work : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus: Teachers at Work - Figuring out how to teach poetry is particularly troublesome, and may be ruining some poor teacher's time on the beach at this very moment.
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How to Use a Mind Map to Organize Your Life

How to Use a Mind Map to Organize Your Life | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
To say I'm a big fan of mind mapping would be a massive understatement. In fact, I use mind maps every day, both for professional and personal purposes.
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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms: Spotting The Holes In Your Teaching Instructional design is the strategic creation of learning experiences through intentional planning, sequencing, and data-based revision of learning.
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Is Slam Poetry Underrated?

Is Slam Poetry Underrated? | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Slam poetry is the godfather of creative writing. It is the first bite into a brand new pack of gum. It is the moment where you walk into an air-conditioned house on a disgustingly humid day.
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10 Simple Tips For Better Teaching With Tablets

10 Simple Tips For Better Teaching With Tablets | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
by Ravi Bhatt, iAnnotate Software Developer Teachers can’t escape the growing trend of technology in the classroom.  It’s more than just hype.  More schools are buying tablets for use in the classroom, with Apple’s tablet...
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Teaching Through Turbulence: Student Engagement Through Choice Writing

Teaching Through Turbulence: Student Engagement Through Choice Writing | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

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15 Literacy Apps To Create Books On The iPad

15 Literacy Apps To Create Books On The iPad | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it
Creating books on the iPad doesn’t seem like the first thing you might do with one of the popular little tablets, but it’s really quite capable of doing so provided you’re not trying to write...
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How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write?

How Do Tech Tools Affect the Way Students Write? | Teaching Creative Writing | Scoop.it

"For many current middle and high school students, writing takes shape in all kinds of forms. They send texts, write on social media sites, update their own blogs, and of course, write for school assignments.

 

This fluid use of writing for both personal and school work is being fueled by technology, and aPew Research report released today showed just how significant an effect technology has on how students write."


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