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JustTheWord

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This is a great tool for researching collocations. Just type in the word you want and it will show you a range of words that commonly collocate with it. You can also click through to examples.


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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Plot Diagram

The Plot Diagram is an organizational tool focusing on a pyramid or triangular shape, which is used to map the events in a story.


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Good way to help students think through plot.


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Good way to help students think through plot.

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How to Structure A Story: The Eight-Point Arc

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One of my favourite “how to write” books is Nigel Watts’ Writing A Novel and Getting Published. My battered, torn and heavily-pencil-marked copy is a testament to how useful I’ve found it over the years.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 26, 2:03 PM

Nigel Watts' 8 point story arc as a way to structure a story.

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The 7 Story Archetypes, and How They Can Dramatically Improve Your Marketing. | Social Media Today

The 7 Story Archetypes, and How They Can Dramatically Improve Your Marketing. | Social Media Today | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Did you know that there are only 7 basic plotlines throughout all story telling? 

Christopher Booker author of The 7 basic plots distills all of story telling to 7 basic archetypes that make up all of storytelling throughout history.


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Written for marketing -- helpful for writers of all sorts.

 


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 26, 2:10 PM

Written for marketing -- helpful for writers of all sorts.

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Mozilla Webmaker's Thimble: A "Gamechanger"—An Educator Innovator Webinar

Mozilla Webmaker's Thimble: A "Gamechanger"—An Educator Innovator Webinar | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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What's It Like?

"Thimble is an online webpage editor and set of remixable projects designed to help kids learn how to write the Web. As part of Mozilla's Webmaker project, Thimble displays two windows at once to show kids how the code they write creates the webpage they see on a browser. As kids edit code in the left-side window, the changes they make to things like color, font, and images immediately take effect on the right. Thimble projects featured on the Webmaker homepage are great for beginners and experienced programmers alike. Comments included in each project explain its code and how to change it. Thimble also lets kids compose their own webpages from scratch when they're ready to work independently. Using Thimble lets kids experience the joy of discovering that they, too, can create and publish webpages using authentic code.


Is It Good For Learning?

"Because it's designed to show kids how what they do changes how their webpages look, Thimble a great way to learn code, web design, and problem-solving skills. Thimble gives kids immediate feedback about personally meaningful work. Alerts about "bugs" in the code help kids easily find and fix any errors that keep their webpages from looking just right. Once students get some experience coding, they'll be ready and eager to see how they can use Thimble to publish their classwork and projects online using text and multimedia. The comments in each project and the online community of volunteer Webmaker mentors provide immediate support as students remix projects and begin making their own webpages. As a free, open, and well-supported platform, Thimble, like Scratch, provides one of the most inviting and supportive environments available for kids who want to code and feel like they're a part of the current learn-to-code and social coding movements."

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Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter ~ Mashable

Literary Tweets: 100+ of the Best Authors on Twitter ~ Mashable | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Cameron Chapman


"Twitter is a great way to connect with others who share your interests or offer information you value. There are Twitter users covering virtually every niche out there. Writers and authors are no exception. Below you'll find a listing of more than 100 authors active onTwitter.


"One very apparent trend is that some authors only plug their books or related products in their tweets and never provide any other information. These authors were culled from the list in favor of those writers who are trying to carry on a conversation with their followers and present information they might find valuable, whether it directly benefits them or not. After all, why would I want to follow someone who only tries to sell me something?"

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Writing in the Other Core Content Areas ~ ASCD Express

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by Gerry Petersen-Incorvaia


"The writing process is similar to many of the processes, practices, and thinking found in content areas other than math or ELA. Knowing this helps a teacher assist students in transferring their learning from one content area to another. For example, as an arts teacher who sees students for about 40 minutes once a week, I know I cover the artistic practices listed in the Figure 1. However, I know arts teachers may not have time to do full writing lessons that include all of the writing process steps. By substituting imagination for prewriting; investigation for drafting; and the construction and reflection process for the rough draft, proofreading, revising, and publishing steps in writing, I have linked the writing process with artistic practices. I can easily have students draft a brief reflection to showcase writing during the artistic process. Figure 1 links you to resources for teaching your subject area's specific writing processes and serves as a reference guide to the steps within each subject area's specific approaches to writing."

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The Learning Revolution Conference ~ ISTE and Steve Hargadon || FREE

The Learning Revolution Conference ~ ISTE and Steve Hargadon || FREE | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"We are pleased to announce the Learning Revolution Conference, online and free, April 21 - 25, 2014. Our goal is to bring together people who are thinking about learning from our important learning places: the school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home learning worlds.

"We want to explore and bridge the conversations about learning that are common to these worlds, including: learning theory, learning practice, learning science, learning space design, and technology for learning. The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds and we believe that they will increasingly overlap and integrate. We also believe that conversations across these boundaries are critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place.

"The first three days of the event will have evening (US Time) keynote speakers. The final two days of the conference will include as well a full set of traditional conference sessions during the day.


"The conference will be held in multiple languages and time zones. Everyone is invited to participate in this FREE event designed to foster conversations about learning from often-separate fields: school, library, museum, work, adult, online, non-traditional, and home education.


"To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Learning Revolution network. You do not need to join this network to attend, but doing so will also allow you to correspond with the presenters and other members, and to comment on sessions and discussions."

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Everhour | Painless Online Time Tracking

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Fabulously simple and handy time management and reporting tool.


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Notice, Think, and Wonder: A "Close Reading" Upgrade ~ ASCD

Notice, Think, and Wonder: A "Close Reading" Upgrade ~ ASCD | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Michael Fisher


"I’ve been teaching different versions of “Close Reading” to teachers, evolving over time as I strengthen my relationship with Common Core Reading for Literacy/Informational Text Standard 1: “Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and make inferences from it.” What started out as teaching teachers to write text dependent questions evolved into setting strong purposes for reading, understanding text complexity, relating the close reading to personal experiences and world events, and now, coming full circle back to Notice, Think, and Wonder."

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Dictation - Online Speech Recognition

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Dictation is a free online speech recognition software powered by Google Chrome. You can use Dictation to write emails and documents in the browser with your voice


"Speech Recognition in the Browser

With Dictation, you can use the magic of speech recognition to write emails, narrate essays and long documents in the browser without touching the keyboard.

To get started, just connect the microphone to your computer and click the Start Dictation button.

Dictation uses your browser's local Storage to save all the transcribed text automatically as you speak. That means you can close the browser and it will resume from where you left off.

The app internally uses the built-in speech recognition engine of Google Chrome to transform your voice into digital text.

Speak in your Native Language

You don't have to speak in English as Chrome's engine can recognize quite a few languages including Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Malay, Indonesian and more. Dictation will automatically determine your browser's default launguage and uses it for subsequent transcriptions.

Hindi and other Indian languages aren't supported at this time.

Written by Amit Agarwal for Digital Inspiration."


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This app works very well. It's not quite up to the standards of Dragon Naturally Speaking, but then again, it is free.

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 27, 8:34 AM

Seems to work OK - talk to you computer and watch the words appear on the screen.  And when it's wrong, it's easy to edit manually.  Pedagogical applications, anyone?

Luz Marina Martínez Peña's curator insight, March 31, 5:27 PM

Esta herramienta es muy útil, cuando se está escribiendo un texto científico, pues nos permite ir desarrollando una idea de manera muy rápida, sin preocuparnos por tener que escribir.

Thierry Ruissy's curator insight, April 11, 10:17 AM

Marche correctement et permet de dialoguer en français

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At Local Libraries, Teens Pursue – and Publish – Their Passions ~ Educator Innovator

At Local Libraries, Teens Pursue – and Publish – Their Passions ~ Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Maureen Kelleher


"Rachel Kaplan, a 16-year-old from Northbrook, Ill., a Chicago suburb, started plotting mysteries almost as soon as she could hold a pencil. Her short stories have won regional awards in Scholastic’s annual art and writingcompetition. Last week, she became an e-author, published on Scribd and in the iBooks store.


"Serena Dinh, an 18-year-old college freshman in Albany, N.Y., started playing violin at age 9. A few months ago, she taught herself a little guitar. But it wasn’t until this month that she wrote her first complete, original song.


"Both teens followed their passions at the library, during Teen Tech Week 2014."

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 21, 7:49 AM

School libraries need to work hard to have the policies, resources, staffing, and setting to encourage this type of independent learning.

For many of us, at least some of those things are lacking.

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Who Gets To Write Fiction? A Response to Walter Dean Myers & Chris Myers ~ Center for Teaching Quality

Who Gets To Write Fiction? A Response to Walter Dean Myers & Chris Myers ~ Center for Teaching Quality | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Ariel Sacks

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"Learning to write fiction is a valuable skill especially for students of color, for whom children's literature offers few nonwhite characters for them to identify with and whose language-arts classes often are focused on test preparation, middle-grades educator Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. Along with empowering students, Sacks argues that fiction writing often is a better vehicle for teaching writing skills, such as style and voice, which also are needed for writing nonfiction works."

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Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Teachers

Digital Storytelling Evaluation Rubrics for Teachers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Amanda Smith's curator insight, January 24, 9:04 AM

Great tool for digital storyingtelling projects!

Judith Morais's curator insight, January 24, 8:06 PM

While I never use rubrics found online wholesale, they certainly give good ideas for creating units and our own rubrics.

Kerri Schaub's curator insight, February 2, 7:54 AM

Useful!

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TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE

TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The official website of best-selling author and story consultant Michael Hauge.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 26, 1:54 PM

These are great points to consider wherever you are at in the writing process, but I think they are especially helpful if you get stuck.

 

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The 12 Common Archetypes

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"Although there are many different archetypes, Jung defined twelve primary types that symbolize basic human motivations. Each type has its own set of values, meanings and personality traits. Also, the twelve types are divided into three sets of four, namely Ego, Soul and Self. The types in each set share a common driving source, for example types within the Ego set are driven to fulfill ego-defined agendas."


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Good list to help writers with character development.


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 26, 2:07 PM

Good list to help writers with character development.

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Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads

Social emotional learning lessons - free ebook downloads | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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A high quality archive of ebooks, monographs, chapters, brochures, and articles on social emotional learning from a variety of sources. A great deal of first-rate resources here.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 18, 7:44 AM

This site even includes popular titles -- such as Divergent--although to get the whole download, you need to pay. Could be helpful for "selling" the book to students. Read the first few chapters to hook them.

Patrice McDonough's curator insight, April 18, 8:23 AM

I agree with Jim's insight...check this out teachers and parents. A wonderful way to engage learners for any subject.  This is teaching of the heart!

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Assignments Matter. Help Students Become Better Writers

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In this video, Eleanor Dougherty, author of the ASCD book Assignments Matter, tells how to help students become better writers.

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Close Reading Relief: Re-engage Students with Digital Microstories ~ MiddleWeb

Close Reading Relief: Re-engage Students with Digital Microstories ~  MiddleWeb | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Mike Fisher


"Too much close reading is boring, say these ELA experts. Invite students to read & write digital microstories. It's fun and they'll strengthen key CCSS skills."


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Good strategies here along with excellent resources as well as samples demonstrating useful apps.


Thanks to Sarah Tantillo

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, April 18, 7:49 AM

Love this idea! Especially in the middle grades, short attention spans make it difficult to do longer pieces again and again. Poor readers are also helped by working with microstories. Even slow readers see the piece as "readable" and reading and writing it several times does improve their skills.

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The Case for Debate: Intrinsic Motivation for Critical Thinking and Writing ~ ASCD Express

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by Jon Kendall


"From the oration that convinced the Athenians to spare the rebellious people of Mytilene, to this month's oral arguments before the Supreme Court, debate has proven itself an indispensable form of truth-seeking and discernment. Liberal democracies worldwide have consistently turned to the intellectual rigor of debate to make decisions that affect the lives of their citizens.


"But debate is not just for discerning policy or settling legal disputes. It can be just as powerful in the classroom for exploring controversies and experimenting with logic and rhetoric. Perhaps most of all, however, debate is highly valuable in preparing students for the kind of writing and research they can expect at the university level."

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Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets ~ Edutopia

Barbaric Yawp in the 21st Century: Using Tech to Engage Budding Poets ~ Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Beth Holland

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"Teachers can inspire young poets by incorporating multimedia presentations, popular music and student artwork into poetry assignments, former teacher Beth Holland writes. In this blog post, Holland describes a number of ideas for engaging and tech-infused poetry assignments, including creating short films that accompany an original poem, or empowering students to share their poetry with a wider audience by creating an e-book and publishing it to the iTunes Bookstore."

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Writing to Support the Theory of Plate Tectonics ~ National Science Foundation

Writing to Support the Theory of Plate Tectonics ~ National Science Foundation | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"In this activity, using images that depict earthquakes, seafloor ages, topography, and volcanoes, you will make a scientific argument that supports the Theory of Plate Tectonics. You will explore an area that contains a plate tectonic boundary and craft a paper using scientific-discourse categories. The introductory activity uses images captured from the Learning With Data CD-ROM. "

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Crafting Interesting Characters

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No one wants to write boring characters, but what qualities do interesting characters have? In this article I explore five qualities that can make your characters jump off the page: exaggeration, exotic setting, active introduction, truth-likeness and empathy.

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KindredReaders's curator insight, March 31, 11:33 AM

Karen includes lots of good examples to illustrate her points. I second her recommendation to read the posts on scenes and sequels.

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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

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"The National Writing Project (NWP) does a spot-on job of bringing together a raft of resources for those teaching writing at all levels of interest and instruction. These thirty ideas are a great way to get started, and include tips that originated as full-length articles in various NWP publications. As suggested on its site, "readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques." The complete list of ideas is offered here, along with links to the aforementioned articles which often include suggestions about classroom implementation. First-time visitors should take a look at tips like "Use the shared events of students’ lives to inspire writing" and "Pair students with adult reading/writing buddies."

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 22, 5:24 AM

Writing is crucial for self expression, thinking and connecting. The more tips writing teachers can get the better. There are many here.

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A Powerful Guide to Building Literacy Independence | MiddleWeb

A Powerful Guide to Building Literacy Independence | MiddleWeb | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Review of "The Daily 5: Fostering Literacy Independence in the Middle Grades" by Gail Boushey and Joann Moser. Reviewed by Linda Biondi


"The Daily Five (highlighted at the authors’ website) was created from literacy classroom experiences and motivational research by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser, affectionately called “The Two Sisters” (which they are). Simply put, it is a series of five daily literacy tasks that students complete as the teacher meets and confers with small groups or individuals.

The 5 components are:

  • Read to Self (reading self selected materials independently)
  • Read to someone (reading aloud with a partner while practicing strategies and fluency)
  • Listen to Reading (hearing good models of fluent reading)
  • Work on writing (practicing writing fluency)
  • Word Work (phonics and spelling/vocabulary practice)"
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SummarizeThis™

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I tried this out on some longish pieces...1000 words or more. The tool did a very good job of reducing several articles by about 50-60% in size, while preserving very well the meaning of the selection. I did this about 4 times and was quite impressed with the quality of the summaries. This could prove quite useful for students of all ages, as well as busy educators.

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Asil's curator insight, March 8, 6:27 PM

This is so full of win ... great tool if you're having trouble editing yourself!