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8 ways blog writing is unique

8 ways blog writing is unique | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
Throw the rules out the door. It's time to blog! And that takes some new writing skills.
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Are Schools Misinterpreting Common Core Standards as Common ...

Are Schools Misinterpreting Common Core Standards as Common ... | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
As a high school English teacher, I taught many things that didn't excite me or pique my personal interests. That's part of the job when one is following a curriculum, meeting standards, and working with other teachers.
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3 Questions When Lesson Planning

3 Questions When Lesson Planning | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
While planning with literacy coach Elizabeth Lacy we got to talking about the development of teachers across time. She supports both new and experienced teachers and we noticed that there is often ...
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Deceptively simple, but very effective, questions to guide your lesson planning.

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What Questions Did You Ask Today?

"The average five-year-old asks 65 questions per day, most of them starting with "why." The average 44-year-old manager only asks six questions per day; most of them starting with "when," "where," or "how much."

The number of questions we ask per day doesn't increase until retirement. Why retirement? Because that's when we start asking, "Where are my keys?" and "Why did I walk into this room?" 

In this animated three-minute video, Chic Thompson the author of What a Great Idea!, will help you "jump start" your question asking ability."


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Ariana Amorim's comment, May 17, 2013 2:03 PM
@Joan Cansdale- That's a very good question, Joan ;-) I've been googling to see if I could find some studies on that particular effect, but I haven't found nothing yet.
Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:45 PM

Great questioning vidéo !

john dimitriou's curator insight, April 14, 2:49 AM

Questions, questions and more questions. What are the right questions?

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Shanahan on Literacy

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California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game - The Digital Shift

California 10th Graders Improve Their Writing Skills—Through an Interactive Fiction Game - The Digital Shift | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
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Fiction and Nonfiction Interact in the Common Core Classroom

Fiction and Nonfiction Interact in the Common Core Classroom | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

In this video podcast How Fiction and Nonfiction Can Interact in the Common Core Classroom, Lauren Davis sets the record straight on how much fiction is still allowed in the Common Core, how it can be taught along with nonfiction, and provides suggestions for selecting and incorporating engaging nonfiction texts.


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River Hill High School's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:22 PM

Will Common Core kill literature?  According to this podcast, fiction and non-fiction can coexist in the classroom. (It says "video podcast," but you only need to listen--not much worth watching).

StorySpirit4U's curator insight, April 8, 2013 6:59 PM

As teachers, we need to expose our students to more texts where they meet the CCS . Test scores improve with more exposure to these novels.

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10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing - #CommonCore Anchor Standard 6

10 Ways to Use Technology to Teach Writing - #CommonCore Anchor Standard 6 | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

Eye On Education

by Lauren Davis

 

The Common Core’s Anchor Standard 6 for writing in grades K–12 requires students to “use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others” (emphasis mine). Here are some ideas for meeting this standard (besides the obvious use of technology—word processing).


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Excellent technology resources for all teachers.

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Response: Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary

Response: Many Ways To Help Students Develop Academic Vocabulary | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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Education Week

Education Week | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

9 Strategies to make Reading Workshop Work for You.


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How Comics Helped My Kid Love Reading - Huffington Post

How Comics Helped My Kid Love Reading - Huffington Post | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
How Comics Helped My Kid Love Reading
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When I had my kids, I knew that I wanted to raise them to be readers.
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Twitter Cheat Sheet for Teachers

By Med Kharbach

I am currently working on an eBook about the use of Twitter in education which I will be offering here for free in the next few coming weeks.
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Great compilation of hastags for tweetchats!

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Vicki Hansen's curator insight, February 25, 2013 4:44 AM

Great resource for Twitter beginners!

karenradz's comment, February 27, 2013 5:42 AM
great - thank you!
Jane Renner's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:54 AM

In honor of Dr. Chris!

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NaNoWriMo: A novel experience - Washington Post (blog)

NaNoWriMo: A novel experience - Washington Post (blog) | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
NaNoWriMo: A novel experienceWashington Post (blog)"Writing is easy," Red Smith said. "All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein." So much for that.
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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
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Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers - Salon

Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers - Salon | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
Salon Study: Reading novels makes us better thinkers Salon Are you uncomfortable with ambiguity? It's a common condition, but a highly problematic one.
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Close Reading Exemplars

Close Reading Exemplars | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

achievethecore.org


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Very detailed teaching plans along with annotated texts for close reading. 

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Nonfiction as Mentor Text

Nonfiction as Mentor Text | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

"Many people still hold to the belief that nonfiction writing is “just the facts,” often synonymous with formulaic, dull writing. Nothing could be further from the truth! For years, authors of all genres have honed their writing by reading literary nonfiction by the likes of David McCullough, Anna Quindlen, John McPhee, Susan Orlean, and so many others."


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, April 12, 2013 5:27 AM
Just did a booktalk for 8th grade with non-fiction titles that coincided with a fiction - they literally flew off the shelves. This is why libraries & librarians are SO important in Common Core.
Matt Weld's curator insight, April 14, 2013 5:30 PM

Great article that talks about how authors of nonfiction use the same skills in their craft that we are asking of students.  Links at the end to other good, related articles, too.

Gail Donahue's curator insight, April 17, 2013 8:11 AM

This could be excellent background reading for content area teachers when trying to implement writing across the curriculum.

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English Teachers Looking for Authentic PD? Try the English Companion Ning! | transformED

English Teachers Looking for Authentic PD? Try the English Companion Ning! | transformED | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
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This is a very active and supportive professional community.

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The Role of Questioning in a World of Common Core

The Role of Questioning in a World of Common Core | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
Question-Asking: Intentional and Powerful When teachers carefully select and craft their questions, students respond with thinking, wondering, reflection and overall cognition – in other words, the...

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Sue Thuma's curator insight, April 4, 2013 12:06 PM

The right questions contribute to learning.

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"Finding Time" for Close Readings | Burkins & Yaris

"Finding Time" for Close Readings | Burkins & Yaris | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
Today's post revisits close reading and considers it in the context of a literacy block. We argue that you don't have to make time for close reading, but can integrate it into existing structures.

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Remodeling Literacy: NCLE Report

Remodeling Literacy: NCLE Report | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

Key findings from the NCLE survey, explored in more detail in the body of the report, yield the following conclusions about how US educators are currently working together to meet rising literacy expectations and how best to support them going forward.

Literacy is not just the English teacher's job anymore.Working together is working smarter.But schools aren't structured to facilitate educators working together.Many of the building blocks for remodeling literacy learning are in place.Effective collaboration needs systemic support.
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:45 AM

Teacher collaboration requires time, effort, and the commitment of a strong, resolute school leader. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the Breaking Ranks Framework have consistently promoted the need to foster a collaborative culture of accountability based on mutual trust and shared responsibility. NASSP has joined 29 other leading organizations for educators in serving as a stakeholder in the newly formed National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). 

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Close reading is and outcome, not a technique

Close reading is and outcome, not a technique | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

By Tim Shanahan

 

"The trick is to scaffold the readings and re-readings sufficiently to allow these students to participate successfully—they have to do the reading and thinking, you can’t do it for them."


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Les Howard's curator insight, March 19, 2013 4:33 AM

Shanahan makes point that Close Reading is not a technique, rather it is an outcome. I believe that the Four Resources Model (Luke & Freebody) http://www.learningplace.com.au/deliver/content.asp?pid=17768 is a useful lens to develop Close Reading of texts.

Amy Stoeckly's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:10 AM

More on close reading and how it works for all readers, and what you can do for struggling readers.

Brook Grove Meiller's curator insight, March 21, 2013 5:18 AM

Dr. Shanahan will be in OK on Tuesday.

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5 Tips For Teaching Young Students Proper Grammar - Edudemic

5 Tips For Teaching Young Students Proper Grammar - Edudemic | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
It's tough to resonate with students of any age. But teaching young students proper grammar seems like a nearly impossible task.
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Reading. More Writing. More Engaged Citizens of the World.

Reading. More Writing. More Engaged Citizens of the World. | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
In the shift to the Common Core, he says we are leaving behind the balanced literacy approach of Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, which he says has done a disservice to students.
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Invest in a New Kind of Teaching | Edutopia

Invest in a New Kind of Teaching | Edutopia | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
Blogger and middle school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron ponders the quickly evolving profession of an educator.
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The Curriculum Map: How To Find Your Way Through Lesson Planning

The Curriculum Map: How To Find Your Way Through Lesson Planning | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it
{New Article}: The Curriculum Map:...http://t.co/6p2t0ILx...
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Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability

Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability | Teaching English Language Arts Grades 6-12 | Scoop.it

Teaching students to self-regulate their use.  

 

Interesting article:   ". Students that use social media from an early age learn to view it as more than just a distraction" 

 

question:  educators who minimize employability:  % who have kids?  yes...........when I leave the Earth, I really need to know my kids will be able to feed themselves,  Desire to learn and lifelong learning?  That was my job.  Incorporating THAT into their education is their job. 

 

 


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davidconover's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:54 PM

I think this article applies to teaching social video game design as well. The task is finding the time to uncover the right social media teaching strategies.