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ReadWriteThink Interactives | Intl Reading Association

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Fifty-nine interactive activities focused on English language literacy from grades K-12, most on writing.

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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It’s Time To Publish Your Materials Online, And Here’s How To Do It Securely - eLearning Industry

It’s Time To Publish Your Materials Online, And Here’s How To Do It Securely - eLearning Industry | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Want to Publish Your Materials Online but you hesitate for fear of exploitation? Check how to Publish Your Materials Online securely.

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Word Counter: The Word Count Calculator

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Wordcounter is a word count and a character count tool. Simply place your cursor into the box and begin typing. Word counter will automatically count the number of words and characters as you type. You can also copy and paste a document you have already written into the box below and it will display the word count and character numbers for that piece of writing."

 

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"Word Counter is a free tool that allows users to quickly analyze a piece of text. Initially created in 2009 as a simple word count tool, the team behind Word Counter has since added a number of features that will be of interest to writers and instructors alike. Today, Word Counter measures not only the number of words in a text, but also measures sentence length, keyword density, estimated reading level, and estimated reading time. Users can find out this information by simply pasting any amount of text into a text box. Word Counter is a useful tool for writers looking to avoid repetition or for instructors interested in the reading level of a specific text. (Of course, no estimated reading level assessment is perfect. The team behind Word Counter includes an explanation of how reading level and reading time are calculated, so users can use this tool in an informed way.)"

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3 K-12 ransomware threats and solutions

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K-12 schools are a prime target for hackers and ransomware, but they don't have to be, experts say. These experts share three steps that districts can take to stay ahead of ransomware

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How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes

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We're already more than a week into January, but I'm still slowly working my way through all the "best of" year-end lists out there (there are so many of them!). Combing through these recommendations may be time-consuming, but it's worth the commitment, I've found, as sometimes you turn up an absolute gem you missed earlier in the year.

 

Take the post titled "The Two Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever," by marketer Josh Spector, for example. As short as it is useful, the piece is one of the most recommended posts of 2016, Medium informs me. It's not hard to see why.

 

Spector offers five dead-simple changes you can make to basically any piece of writing in a matter of seconds that will make it more forceful and compelling. We'd all enjoy reading a bit more if more writers followed his tips.


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Super quick changes, outsize impact.

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The Emotional Journey of Creating Anything Great [Infographic]

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Are you working on something now and feeling the pain of the creation process? Today’s infographic shares the emotional journey that most people go through when trying to create something GREAT:
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How Isaac Asimov Avoided "Getting Stuck" While Working

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When you’ve hit a wall while working on a project, there’s no sense in banging your head against it. Here’s how Isaac Asimov, the prolific science fiction author and science writer, worked his way through creative blocks.

Asimov wrote more than 500 books in his lifetime, so he was no stranger to productivity or feeling stuck. What was his secret to success? Michael Chu highlights a strategy found in Asimov’s autobiography It’s Been a Good Life at Medium:

I don’t stare at blank sheets of paper. I don’t spend days and nights cudgeling a head that is empty of ideas. Instead, I simply leave the novel and go on to any of the dozen other projects that are on tap. I write an editorial, or an essay, or a short story, or work on one of my nonfiction books. By the time I’ve grown tired of these things, my mind has been able to do its proper work and fill up again. I return to my novel and find myself able to write easily once more.
The project you’re stuck on may be at the top of your to-do list, but you need to give your brain some time away from it. You don’t have to stop being productive, you just need to let your mind work through it in the background. When inspiration finally strikes again, take hold, and feel yourself get pulled from your mental rut.

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The Heart Work of Persuasive Writing

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Third grade teachers at my school recently launched an opinion/ persuasive writing unit, and before long we were having the same conversation we have every year as this unit gets underway. What to do about the writers who say they can’t think of anything they feel strongly about? Or those who believe they don’t know any problems that they could solve, or situations they could improve? And what about the writers who choose topics we teachers know are going to be difficult to write about with conviction because the topics are, well, a little thin?

We’ve discovered (the hard way) that it’s hard to teach minlessons about the craft of persuasive writing before writers have solid topics. So this year, one teacher and I put the brakes on studying, teaching, and experimenting with craft moves, and spent one whole workshop class on ways to discover and develop meaningful and workable  topics.

We began by gathering third grade writers for a quick minilesson about how to take an idea and grow it a bit.
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SAS Writing Reviser - Google Docs add-on

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Revise your writing with precision and power using SAS Writing Reviser add-on, free from SAS Curriculum Pathways.

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Writer’s Block Breakthrough

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There comes a time after a lesson when the students are directed to write on a topic. An enlightened teacher will give students choices or let the learners choose their own topic. But often times, there are students, sometimes most, who can’t seem to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

"The reasons for this block varies. It might be that the student has so many ideas in their head that it’s difficult to choose a start. Brain freezes occur, or the voices in the student’s head may tell them they have nothing “worthy” to contribute. I’ve witnessed this in students with the writing task of a major paper or journal, to drafting for a 6 word story. I previously blogged about the Window Activity, and here is another effective protocol.


"Fastwrite – Quickwrite Protocol
This protocol helped my students find their writing voice and built their stamina to write. It’s simplicity makes the results so amazing."

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Seven Steps to the Perfect Story ~ Journaling, Writing

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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY

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The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark

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Check out this list of the best websites bloggers should bookmark for everyday use.

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The neuroscience of imagination - Andrey Vyshedskiy

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Imagine, for a second, a duck teaching a French class. A ping-pong match in orbit around a black hole. A dolphin balancing a pineapple. You probably haven’t actually seen any of these things. But you could imagine them instantly. How does your brain produce an image of something you’ve never seen? Andrey Vyshedskiy details the neuroscience of imagination.


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We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet – OMGFacts

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English has always been a living language, changing and evolving with use. But before our modern alphabet was established, the language used many more characters we’ve since removed from our 26-letter lineup. The six that most recently got axed are:
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Digital Storytelling Wheel- Apps and Tools for Teachers

Digital Storytelling Wheel- Apps and Tools for Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The digital storytelling wheel is a graphic we created a few months ago-with links to the apps provided as well


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Apps and Tools for Ipad, Android devices and the web

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101 Writing Prompts

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"These free writing prompts will help you get over writer's block and start writing your book today.
My name is Bryan Collins, and I'm an author and writing coach from Ireland."

 

Free registration required -JL

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Introducing Top Writers in Tags – 3 min read

Introducing Top Writers in Tags – 3 min read | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Sundance Film Festival starts today, and you don’t want to miss what has top movie experts buzzing. The Super Bowl is coming up, and you want to find the best sports writers on Medium for analysis from all sides. Tag pages already show you trending stories about any topic on Medium, but not the writers shaping those trends. Today, we’re launching a new feature to spotlight the most popular voices on any topic — top writers in tags.
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How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes

How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

We're already more than a week into January, but I'm still slowly working my way through all the "best of" year-end lists out there (there are so many of them!). Combing through these recommendations may be time-consuming, but it's worth the commitment, I've found, as sometimes you turn up an absolute gem you missed earlier in the year.

 

Take the post titled "The Two Minutes It Takes to Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever," by marketer Josh Spector, for example. As short as it is useful, the piece is one of the most recommended posts of 2016, Medium informs me. It's not hard to see why.

 

Spector offers five dead-simple changes you can make to basically any piece of writing in a matter of seconds that will make it more forceful and compelling. We'd all enjoy reading a bit more if more writers followed his tips.


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Super quick changes, outsize impact.

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Simplify, get to the point, eliminate unnecessary wording.

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11 Inspirational Writing Tips For New Writers

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Writing is all about inspiration. Of course, it is a matter of discipline to a certain point. However, most of the process requires inspiration.

All the qualified writers with years of experience face the same thing: they feel stuck at a certain point having no ideas or insights on what to write about, how to create a piece which would inspire others, etc.

So, if you are new to writing and experience the same thing, don’t worry: it happens to all of us.

Nevertheless, what you might not know is that there are things most writers use to get back their desire to write. And in this article, we will introduce you to them.

Eleven tips for new writers on where to find your inspiration for writing
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¿Qué mejor manera de iniciar la aventura de escribir ficción que con unos valiosos consejos de escritores?

 

Jonathan Franzen, Joyce Carol Oates y Neil Gaiman (entre otros) tienen algunas ideas que aportar. Lo mejor de los once consejos es que son sencillos, básicos, concisos. Un abreboca que, esperamos, abra tu apetito de escritor.

 

Y sobre todo, empieza por seguir el consejo de Will Self (tip #5): saca tu libreta, esa que deberías llevar siempre contigo... la memoria de un escritor funciona mejor por escrito y nunca sabes cuándo te atacará la inspiración.

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Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency

Every Book Barack Obama Has Recommended During His Presidency | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A cohesive list of the 44th president's favorites

Whether he’s reading to kids at the White House, hitting up local bookstores on Black Friday, or giving recommendations to his daughters, President Barack Obama may as well be known as the Commander in Books.

POTUS is an avid reader and recently spoke to the New York Times about the significant, informative and inspirational role literature has played in his presidency, crediting books for allowing him to “slow down and get perspective.”

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Keeping the ‘Mini’ in Mini Lessons for the Middle School Writing Workshop

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"One of my core beliefs about the teaching of writing is that students need time and space to write. In my ideal world, I would have endless time to really get to know each one of my 7th-grade students as writers.

"But the reality of my situation (and that of many middle school teachers) is that I have 49 precious minutes with the 95 students I see over the course of four class periods each day. 49 minutes to take on the daunting task of helping shape their writing identities.

"I know that the biggest portion of class time should be protected for students to write independently. However, if I’m not smart about how I approach my 10-minute minilessons, I risk letting the teaching portion our day run too long, leaving little room for my students to practice the strategy in their own writing.

"I have learned a few moves to help me beat the clock in the four years since I’ve implemented the workshop model. These small changes to my approach have had a big payoff when it comes to giving my students meaningful time to write."

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RAFTs: Coaching Writing Tips

RAFTs: Coaching Writing Tips | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In a previous article, I talked about RAFTs as a framework for engaging students into writing for purposeful topics. Mentoring students to become better writers is an important process. RAFTs is an effective strategy that can support the coaching process. 6+1 Writing Traits by Education Northwest is the reference that I use in the following conversation. The rubrics are useful for coaching.

"Students quickly pick-up how RAFTs work. When combined with teaching the writing process, there are rich opportunities for coaching students on developing their author’s craft. Teachers facilitate feedback conversation where they can pose questions that enable students to uncover the editing needs of their writing. Let’s use a RAFTs example from the previous blog:

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Inspiring the Writer in everyone

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"The Window activity was taught to me by Sally Jessup, my close friend and colleague. She had a gift for recognizing in others a capacity that they did not always see in themselves. The Window activity, as she designed it, is a powerful tool for inspiring writing in all people. She understood that writing skills are a constant struggle that many people grapple with, primarily because of their own negative self perceptions regarding their capacity. To understand the value of the Window activity, context is needed regarding the complex challenges that remain mostly uncovered in education.


"Writing is a challenge for students. The writing process, particularly revision and reflection, is the elephant in every classroom from Kinder to college. Most teachers say that students need to use the writing process to become skillful writers, but few take the time to teach the craft, or do not know how. Through my teaching career, I’ve discovered that many students do not see themselves as good writers. For some, the fear of writing is nearly phobic.

"Sally Jessup understood the need for thoughtful practice. She also understood that writing needed to be purposeful and engaging. The Window activity provided the opportunity for all of these factors. A value added is that the Window activity opens conversations with students to mediate their negative self-perceptions as a writer."

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10 Tips For Writing Short Stories That Sell

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Short stories can be a creative exercise used to explore a new idea. They can be entered into anthologies or submitted to magazines, and they can be repackaged

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Cold Turkey: This App FORCES You to Write

Cold Turkey: This App FORCES You to Write | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Cold Turkey is a free productivity program that you can use to temporarily block distractions so that you can get your work done!

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Create a Yearbook Using G Suite by @Jentechnology - Teacher Tech

Create a Yearbook Using G Suite by @Jentechnology - Teacher Tech | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Google Yearbook, also known as Anuario Google, is my #Mex16 Innovator project. The goal of this project to lower the price of yearbooks while maintaining a high-quality product. Students are empowered to become graphic designers as they collaboratively create their yearbook. Because the project is bilingual, even more students can benefit from the project.

Make Your Own Google Yearbook

Link to Google Yearbook project

You can get started by going to my website with details about the project. Throughout the year, directions, resources, templates, and solutions will be added. Please take what you like and share the changes you make. Our students deserve high-quality low-cost yearbooks that capture their youthful memories.

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