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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 2015 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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Spark Creativity with the Plot Generator

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Are your students going to write short story, film script or novel in the near future? Then send them to the Plot Generator for some inspiration! This free web tool features generators for various kinds of writing projects in a wide range of genres including fantasy, mystery, romance, teen... http://elearningfeeds.com/spark-creativity-with-the-plot-generator/

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4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing

4 Good Tech Tools for Teaching Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This infographic explains how writing helps your memory, how your brain reacts when it hears a story, why clichés are forgettable and more.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Audrey's curator insight, January 4, 2015 6:05 PM

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 

 

The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?


Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.

 

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200 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

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What issues do you care most about? What topics do you find yourself discussing most passionately, whether online, at the dinner table, in the classroom or with your friends?


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, August 5, 2014 8:05 AM

An oldie, but worth repeating.

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6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics

6 Good Educational Web Tools to Teach Writing Through Comics | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Balancing Inner/Outer Conflicts

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A Main Character who is larger-than-life, has certain attributes and who faces high stakes is often a winning combination. Yet when creating conflict for our characters, novel writers should beware of loading too much personal angst or not enough of a conscience. Balance is key.


 Here are some ideas for balancing a Main Character's conflicts:


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Penny Kittle - Workshop Handouts

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Handouts from 20 workshops conducted by Penny Kittle, a very accomplished speacialist in teaching reading and writing P-12. A great deal of wonderful material here; some of it is very clear without explanation, some of it makes you wish you understood the context -JL


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Technology to Support Creative Writing ~ Mark Anderson's Blog

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by Mark Anderson

 

"Technology can be used to support any subject and technology to support creative writing is one such area. Here are some of my favourite but often overlooked sites and tools as well as some staples for inspiration, creation and publication and they work just as well in primary as they do secondary and in further education."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 26, 2013 3:00 PM

Anderson highlights, describes, and provides links to numerous apps and services designed to provide:

Inspiration

Creation

Publication

 

 

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Process writing: Allowing students to enjoy the skill they love to hate ~ blog-efl

Process writing: Allowing students to enjoy the skill they love to hate ~ blog-efl | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Graham Stanley gives a detailed account of a process writing presentation given by Alistair Grant at the 10th annual Anglo conference in Motvideo, Uruguay. Many great suggestions, links, and strategies here.

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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Thank you, Graham Stanley, for this post which includes several fine ways to involve children with writing.

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Hope is Required For Writing

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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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Corbett Harrison's 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson

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These are links to the lessons and materials I use when I perform my "Seven Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson" teacher workshops.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 3, 2013 2:53 PM

Corbett Harrison is the webmaster for the WritingFix. His knowledge about writing instruction makes him a great resource for any teacher looking for inspiration.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

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Those who have a regular meditation practice can simply add the writing immediately following it, and those who find it difficult to do traditional meditation will find this practice fruitful as the writing gives your busy mind something to do.

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Mirna Yonis's curator insight, April 23, 12:34 AM
#Meditation #Mindful #Healthy Practices
Chris Carter's curator insight, May 3, 9:18 PM
Reflective practice at its best!
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 4, 11:26 AM
Reflection and meditation are important practices for teachers.Take time and let things soak in and appear.
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The 31 Best Tools for Improving Your Writing Skills

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Whether you're a published author or just getting started with blogging, it's not always easy to string words together in a way that makes sense, sounds good, and makes the reader feel something.
But every marketer should be able to write -- and, more importantly, every marketer can write. It's just a matter of finding the writing environment that works best for you, expanding your vocabulary, asking for feedback (and listening to it), and practicing.

Luckily, there are a slew of great tools you can use to help improve your writing. Check out the list below, and feel free to add the most helpful ones you use in the comment section....


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Bibi Touré's curator insight, December 1, 2015 12:28 PM

TRÈS UTILE 

Penelope's curator insight, February 10, 12:57 PM

 

Thirty one different ways to improve our writing should give us at least one or two new options that we can pull out to get started, get moving, and get finished!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/improving-writing-skills-tools

Luke Padilla's curator insight, April 4, 1:47 PM

31 tools you can use to improve your writing. Several new to you I'm sure.

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7 edtech tools to develop your students writing skills - Instructional Tech Talk

7 edtech tools to develop your students writing skills - Instructional Tech Talk | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Websites, apps, interactive whiteboards, systems and devices… teaching students the art of writing in the 21st century is vastly different today than just a few years ago. It requires not only an understanding of the parts of speech and composition, but also insights into which technology will also be most effective  ..."

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Julia Hoffman's curator insight, January 25, 2015 10:47 PM

These 7 sights may not be new to you but this is a great place for them to sit as a reminder. The only one that would not be applicable within our district would be the Microsoft site (since we are Google only).

Stephania Savva's curator insight, January 26, 2015 2:33 PM

If you are puzzled on how to help your student with writing, here are some great online tools you can use.

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Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog

Be a Happy Writer: 10 Ideas for Writing Businesses You Can Start Today - Angela Booth's Fab Freelance Writing Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

There’s never in the history of the world been a better time to be a writer. You can write what you like. No one will burn you at the stake for your ideas. The biggest benefit of all: you’ve got the Internet. It’s a virtual world.


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Penelope's curator insight, September 2, 2014 1:59 PM

 

You can be a writer and you can making a living from it, but it may take a little savvy on your part. If you're fresh out of ideas of where you could sell your literary wares, this article could give you a jump start.

 

There are several very creative niches I knew nothing about. Find one, and get started on your writing career!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.fabfreelancewriting.com/blog/2013/10/15/be-a-happy-writer-10-ideas-for-writing-businesses-you-can-start-today/

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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Free Online Novel Writing Software - Hiveword

Free Online Novel Writing Software - Hiveword | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, January 27, 2014 11:34 PM

This could be useful...

marianogueira's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:21 AM

Un software dedicado a la escritura creativa

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The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Here is an interesting infographic from the Daily Inforgraphic.This graphic features some scientific facts about the impact of the act of writing on our brain. These facts and stats very enlightening.


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WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms ~ Northern Nevada Writing Project

WritingFix: prompts, lessons, and resources for writing classrooms ~ Northern Nevada Writing Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"If you navigate this website's menu bar (at left, in the light blue area), you will quickly discover pages dedicated to our local inservice classes and their instructors, as well as links to hundreds of complete writing lessons developed during local workshops we ran between 2001 and 2011. Our lessons include thousands of student samples submitted by teachers all over the world who--even though they're not from Northern Nevada--use our posted materials to inspire their students to write."


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Outstanding collection of resources that has been serving teachers and learners for over a decade.

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Katie Frank's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:53 PM

This is one of my favorite resources for writing workshop and writing notebooks.

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Elementary Writing Prompts - Writing Rightly

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These elementary writing prompts are great for getting the students writing, in a non-pressurized, fun way.


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"Sometimes we all need a little push to get going on a writing spree. Students are just beginning their writing journey, so this article could be a big help for teachers. It gives 52 Elementary Writing Prompts--one for every week of the year--to get their little fingers flying.

 

"I shared it because there are also some great story prompts here for adults. I believe these could be used to jog our memories about certain events in our lives. It just may lead to a short story, and then possibly a book!

 

"Have fun with them, let your imagination run wild, and see where it takes you!"

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article:http://www.journalinghelps.com/Elementary-Writing-Prompts.html


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Penelope's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:35 PM

 

Sometimes we all need a little push to get going on a writing spree. Students are just beginning their writing journey, so this article could be a big help for teachers. It gives 52 Elementary Writing Prompts--one for every week of the year--to get their little fingers flying.

 

I shared it because there are also some great story prompts here for adults. I believe these could be used to jog our memories about certain events in our lives. It just may lead to a short story, and then possibly a book!

 

Have fun with them, let your imagination run wild, and see where it takes you!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.journalinghelps.com/Elementary-Writing-Prompts.html

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Writing Interactive Stories ~ doug -- off the record

Writing Interactive Stories ~ doug -- off the record | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Doug Peterson

 

"For the most part, electronic books follow the printed book where stories are linear.  It works and stories are written that way.

 

"Except for genre of interactive adventure writing.  To do that, you need to investigateInklewriter.  This application provides a wonderful environment for writing but, more importantly, it helps the author write the interactive, branching story.  Just writing your story and when it comes time to branch, just add the options along with the paragraph that will be the destination!  Inklewriter keeps track of everything so that you don’t have any points where your reader is left hanging!"

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Approaches to process writing ~ British Council and BBC

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"It is a myth that all it takes to write is to sit down in front of a blank page, to begin at the beginning and write through to the end, with no planning, break, editing, or changes in between. And yet, this is sometimes what we ask our students to do. Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple drafts before they produce their finished document. This is what a process writing approach is about."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:35 PM

Good overview and refresher.