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Writing 101

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Pens, pencils and keyboards ready! We've compiled some of the best resources to make the ideas of young writers flow.

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Pinterest selection of writing tools!

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Pinterest selection of writing tools!

Scriveners' Trappings
Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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 Links for Teaching Language with Films

 Links for Teaching Language with Films | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Until quite recently it was difficult to find pedagogically sound film material to help students improve their language through watching film, and teachers had to spend many hours creating their own materials. However, with the advent of the Internet there are now a wealth of online resources for both language teachers and their students. With so many resources it’s sometimes difficult for teachers to see the wood for the trees. Here I’m going to recommend the sites and resources that from my own experience I have found most useful and engaging.
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Excellent collection of resources for educators who wish to use film for teaching language skills

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Free Technology for Teachers: Scribeasy Offers Great Visual Prompts for Creating Short Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Scribeasy Offers Great Visual Prompts for Creating Short Stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Scribeasy is a free iPad app that offers a fun environment in which students can write short stories. Students create stories on Scribeasy by first selecting a background image then dragging and dropping additional pictures onto their chosen background images. When students select objects to add to their backgrounds, a narrator reads the name of the object aloud. Students can move and resize all images to create a visual story in Scribeasy.
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Innovation Excellence | 30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators

Innovation Excellence | 30 Academic Resources on Learning – for Educators and Innovators | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Many of us read blogs about learning and discuss the learning process with our colleagues, but few of us actually bother keeping up with the latest science. Maybe it’s because, if we do manage to identify a source or two, we are immediately turned off by all the dense scientific jargon. Or maybe it’s not always clear which resources provide information specifically on learning and not just education in general.
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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.

Via Jeff Domansky, Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D., Jennifer Gandarias, Lynnette Van Dyke
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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.

 

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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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Instructional Technology at ESU 8: "Stepping" through Story Arcs with Shoe Stories

Instructional Technology at ESU 8: "Stepping" through Story Arcs with Shoe Stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learning about story arc and then applying each story element to our own writing.   
This was the goal for a recent technology-infused creative writing lesson with 4th graders.  This lesson is simple to replicate and adapt to a variety of educational purposes.  Here is how we worked through the process:
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10 Steps to Writing an Explainer Video [INFOGRAPHIC]

10 Steps to Writing an Explainer Video [INFOGRAPHIC] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Sometimes you just need someone to explain to you how to write an explainer video. It's not circular logic, it's a great new infographic. Starting with the planning and detailing the writing process, this infographic will have you ready with a script in no time. Clarify your objects and identify your audience and start writing!
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 3, 9:14 AM

Obviously, this infographic is for a business setting. But, as they say, a little thought will enable the process to be transposed to education.

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Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought

Review: When the Digital World Is Judging Your Every Thought | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
This is a shaggy and quite entertaining novel of ideas. The two most prominent of these are: Why are humans so eager, on sites like Twitter and Facebook, to give away their intellectual property to wealthy white men? And: What has happened to political activism? Do people think typing 140-character morality lectures is pushing society forward?
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A fictionalized, blistering indictment of the thumb-driven "activism" of contemporary political discourse.

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07 - Talk #4 Teaching Writing to Think and Learn

A Digital Creative Writing Project • Presenters: Amalia Zavacopoulou and Stavi Dimas • Coach: Steve Medeiros.
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Story planning game | Character and setting

Story planning game | Character and setting | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Posted October 6, 2014 | by Kim Kautzer | in Writing Games & Activities
Story planning game | Character and setting

“Where in the World?” is a fun activity that teaches kids how to plan characters and setting. This is an oral story planning game you and your child can play together.
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How one year of daily blogging changed my life — Higher Thoughts — Medium

How one year of daily blogging changed my life - Higher Thoughts - Medium
Blogging every day forces you to notice the details of your life. You need fodder for the day’s post. And you’ll scour your world to get it. You become hyper-aware. You find ways to turn little subtleties into big ideas. You start writing with questions only to be faced with answers by the time you reach the end of the post. Your headspace literally becomes transformed.
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Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Most of the time, however, the student work we're looking at is not important in and of itself, but rather for what it can tell us about students—what they can do now, what they might be able to do in the future, or what they need to do next. Looking at student work is essentially an assessment process. We give our students tasks, and from their responses we draw conclusions about the students and their learning needs.
When we realize that most of the time the focus of feedback should be on changing the student rather than changing the work, we can give much more purposeful feedback. If our feedback doesn't change the student in some way, it has probably been a waste of time.
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Very thoughtful and instructive article, with numerous examples from a variety of disciplines. Well worth reading.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 28, 12:19 PM
There is a bit of an over-simplified definition of feedback at times, as if it is always external. What if an objective is to help students and teachers (for that matter) to learn how to use internal feedback along with external feedback?
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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.
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The Other Pair

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This ELT lesson plan is designed around a short film by Sarah Zorik titled The Other Pair and the themes of altruism and empathy. Students watch a short film, write a story, and speak about a story.
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Writing lesson for ELA, world language, or ESL educators. Nicely designed integration of a number of language skills.

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Writing As A Meditation Practice

Writing As A Meditation Practice | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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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Lessons from the 2016 Mudpie Writing Challenge - Marcy McKay

Lessons from the 2016 Mudpie Writing Challenge - Marcy McKay | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Last week, 97 writers from all over the world came together for the Challenge I hosted right here. We had so many insightful and powerful conversations about the struggle to create, but here was the overall conclusion…

Fear sucks time, energy and joy from your life (and your writing).

There’s got to be a better way.

Fortunately, there is. Read on…

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Elegy for a Dead World -- A Game About Writing: travel to distant planets and create stories about the people who once lived there

In Elegy for a Dead World, you travel to distant planets and create stories about the people who once lived there. Elegy's a game for PC, Mac, and Linux, available on Steam. Learn more at dejobaan.com/elegy.


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How to Make an Explainer Video: Step-by-Step Instructions [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Make an Explainer Video: Step-by-Step Instructions [INFOGRAPHIC] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Whether you’re having your marketing videos made by an explainer video production company, an independent designer or simply by yourself, this neat infographic crafted by Yum Yum Videos will help you learn how the work is done, what to expect in each step, and how to check the video making process before it’s complete. Check it out:
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How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary | Educator Innovator

How Young People Are Changing Civics, by Any Media Necessary | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"...Mohammad’s video, along with stories of other young people “coming out” online as undocumented, are highlighted in an upcoming book, “By Any Media Necessary.” Co-authors and media scholars Henry Jenkins, Sangita Shresthova, Liana Gamber-Thompson, Neta Kligler-Vilenchik, and Arely M. Zimmerman explore how young people like Mohammad use media to participate in the political sphere and speak out about issues that matter to them.

"Political participation is changing, and the authors present multiple examples of young people who aren’t adhering to old definitions. In the past, participation meant volunteering for a campaign, collecting signatures, joining a protest movement, or donating to a candidate. But young people today are harnessing digital and social media tools to get their stories out to the world.


“By Any Media Necessary” will be published this summer [2016].

"The book, according to co-author Gamber-Thompson, is a compilation of several years of writing and research that included talking with hundreds of young people across the country. The project was supported by the MacArthur Foundation and was carried out through the MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics. The authors have created free, online, easy-to-implement workshops and curriculums for educators across disciplines who want to understand how young people are reshaping civic activism."

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Writing Through the Year Unit 3 {Aligned with Common Core}

Writing Through the Year Unit 3  {Aligned with Common Core} | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writer's Workshop is a wonderful way to incorporate all of the ELA standards while introducing your students to the love of writing. This best practice unit
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8 Ways Teachers Kill A Love of Writing���...And How To Fix It With Amanda Write Now ���

Recorded on 03/17/2016 11:17 PM UTC by iteachtvnetwork Live viewers: 49 Heart count: 812 https://www.periscope.tv/iteachtvnetwork
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5 Tips to Capture a Moment in Writing

5 Tips to Capture a Moment in Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
And each day there have been moments I’ve desperately wanted to capture. These are moments you know you’ll never forget. It’s walking into a refugee camp in Greece, knowing your life will never be the same. It’s holding hands for the first time in a foreign city, wondering what it all means. It’s hugging someone goodbye at the airport, not knowing the next time you will see them.

How to Capture a Moment in Writing

These moments are what make up your life. They are the moments that make up stories.

The ability to capture these moments will change your writing. So in today’s post, I want to explore just how to do that. Here are five tips to consider while trying to capture a moment.
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New SAT essay tips | Preparing for the test

New SAT essay tips | Preparing for the test | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"The idea of a timed essay can strike fear into the heart of any student. If your homeschooled teens plan to take the SAT in the next year or so, don’t wait to prepare for the essay section. Help your high schoolers become familiar with the SAT format and scoring well in advance. Then, guide them through writing lessons and extra-curricular activities that will build their skills and boost their confidence.

"...let your high schooler read the SAT essay tips below. Remind them to try a few this week!"

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The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received — Panel & Frame — Medium

The Best Piece of Writing Advice I Ever Received - Panel & Frame - Medium
To embrace You are what you do means examining whether you’re living your purpose. Is it fear that’s holding you back, much like it was for me? If it is, then it’s time to understand why and let it go. There is no reason to live a life that isn’t a reflection of your whole self. This doesn’t mean quitting your day job if it means keeping a roof over your family’s head and food on the table. Rather, it means looking at the core of how you live your life and asking yourself is everything that I do and engage in a reflection of how I love myself? If you can answer yes, then you’re living your dream.
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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.

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