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Considering Mentor Texts: Teachers as Explorers and Creators

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Kevin Hodgson's thoughts on development and sharing of mentor texts by teachers for students, particularly in the English classroom. Kevin focuses here on mentor texts in stop-motion animation and video game design, reflecting on their purposes and uses.


Don't miss his links at the bottom of the entry that take readers to other bloggers who write about mentor texts and digital compostion -JL

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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1000 Resources on Teaching Writing K-12, National Council of Teachers of English

1000 Resources on Teaching Writing K-12, National Council of Teachers of English | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A thousand lesson plans, unit plans, and additional resources all focused on teaching writing. -JL

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3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Young writers often feel blocked by the act of writing itself. Use these ideas to help get their thoughts flowing.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 7, 9:28 PM

It's not just "young" writers, unless by young we mean "inexperienced." No matter. Back in the dark ages, before we had recorder apps and smartphones, I'd tell students to record themselves just talking about the subject and then transcribe themselves. I reminded them they could edit along the way or just transcribe and then edit. A few of them thought it was a dumb idea. But after a few tried it, they realized it was a good option.

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Free Images for Blogs and Marketing (38 sites)

Free Images for Blogs and Marketing (38 sites) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Free images for blogs and marketers. I have collected a bunch of sites that give you free images for commercial use. Check it out!

 

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Free for commercial use certainly means free for educational use?


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Interactive Video – Key Tools For an Immersive Learning Experience

Interactive Video – Key Tools For an Immersive Learning Experience | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Post walks you through the features of some of the interactive video tools that can take learning experience to a different level.

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Want to learn more about interactive videos? Check out this article!!
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15 Social Media Tools That Will Instantly Increase Your Engagement

15 Social Media Tools That Will Instantly Increase Your Engagement | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Nothing could be more demanding and time-consuming than manually running a business. When you keep having to do everything manually, you will often spend lots of time without achieving very much. Blogging has many branches, and I bet you already know that all of these branches take time to perfect, especially if you're someone who values quality (like me). The primary reason people succeed at internet marketing is that they have all of their tedious tasks systemized with tools. Social media marketing, for example, takes up a hell of a lot of time. How can you possibly do all of it manually? You

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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

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I love a good page turner. There are few things more satisfying to me then starting a book and not physically being able to put it down. So much so that you look up from said book only to realize that you've been in your pajamas all day, and now it's nighttime. Such was the wonderful…

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Penelope's curator insight, February 15, 10:17 PM
I absolutely love stories that stand up the hair on your arms--those rare plots where you never know what's lurking around each corner and senses are firing on all cylinders.

Want to know how to write your own creeper? This article gives us some really great ideas for a whiplash of a ride sure to thrill the reader.

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

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 12:39 PM
I like the idea of starting with something that you never pull off. Students could buy into that.
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Conquer Your Writing Insecurities With an Editing Tool

Conquer Your Writing Insecurities With an Editing Tool | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing is not easy. We so often hear from creative, innovative people that they find it incredibly frustrating to try and clearly communicate their ideas on paper. If you are naturally more right-brained (imaginative), and you find the left-brain (analytical) process of writing and editing difficult, you are not alone.


"I hate to imagine how many beautiful stories and ground-breaking insights are stuck in the heads of insecure writers. But help is at hand. We’ve developed an editing tool to help you conquer your worries and strengthen your writing.


"Upload your text into the ProWritingAid editing tool and it will run 25 different technical writing reports, identifying where your writing sounds amateurish, wordy, vague, overly-complicated and much more."

 

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This appears to be quite a helpful and powerful writing aid. I will check it out for sure.

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3 Tips for Teaching Informative or Explanatory Writing

3 Tips for Teaching Informative or Explanatory Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing a clear and accurate informative text is a foundational skill in writing. People in all walks of life constantly need to write to explain ideas and information to others. These skills aren’t only important for success on state and college entrance assessments; they will also serve students well throughout their education, careers, and civic life. Here are three best practices to try with your students as you work with them on their informative writing skills.
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Nando Castellanos's curator insight, May 15, 12:50 PM
Since developing writing skills in our students is one of the most relevant elements for us as teachers, this article guides and proposes  the most important aspects to take into consideration in order to carry out a successful teaching process of writing.
What it is important to mention is that the three steps presented in this article are the essential to bear in mind at the moment of teaching writing. For intance, we have to be aware that students will always feel motivated if they are given texts of their interests. Also, to allow students to have pre-writing tasks and also give them the apportunity to check and correct their final products. These steps are fundamental to have successful writing lessons.
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The Power of Digital Storytelling to Support Teaching and Learning

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This paper presents an overview of how digital storytelling has and continues to be used to support teaching and learning activities. In addition, recommendations and guidelines are presented for educators who would like to teach students to use digital storytelling as an educational endeavor.


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THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*'s curator insight, March 4, 5:28 AM

Digital storytelling is a powerful tool for educators which is vastly used by now. This paper provides with an overview of how digital storytelling could be integrated using different approaches and educational activities. The author proposes also recommendations and guidelines for how educators can implement digital storytelling in their daily teaching since the software available is now cheaper and user-friendly.

 

If you are interested in this article, you might also like this:
https://officialandreascy.blogspot.com/2015/09/8-ways-digital-storytelling-transforms.html

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Stop Worrying About What People Think and Create Anyway

Stop Worrying About What People Think and Create Anyway | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“One of the surest ways to find unhappiness and to limit your creativity is worrying about what others think of you. Here's one way to solve this problem.”
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18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers And Students 

18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools For Teachers And Students  | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Interested in some great Free Digital Storytelling Tools for teachers and students? Check 18 Free Digital Storytelling Tools for teachers and students.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, April 28, 9:21 AM

Looks fun!

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 2, 2:43 AM
Une bonne liste pour faire de votre cours une histoire à raconter.
Lorena Lepe's curator insight, May 7, 10:37 PM
Digital tools and education go hand it hand. I think that using comics and story telling in history classes would truly benefit the learning experience. 
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Free and Easy Storytelling Tools for Educators to Leverage

Free and Easy Storytelling Tools for Educators to Leverage | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"As a journalism student who loved to code, I found my home at Northwestern University’s Knight Lab. Knight Lab brings together a community of folks invested in using technology to enhance storytelling, and over the past few years has produced a number of simple and open-source tools to aid reporters in crafting digital stories.

"...the tools, which give any user the ability to design a timeline, compare two images, or build a geographic-based story, are free, easy-to-use, fast, and adaptable for the classroom.

"Check out the examples below for ideas on how to explain school lessons with Knight Lab’s interactive tools, or start building a project at knightlab.northwestern.edu. Each tool has straightforward instructions on how to get started."

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Wonderful collection of writing prompts by Luke Neff. I'd say most of them would be appropriate for secondary level students.

 

Here's part of something Neff has written that describes how he uses the prompts in his classes:

 

"I use them this way: I do some sort of five or ten minute writing lesson with my students. They learn some style activities and grammar tricks and things like that. Then we do a writing prompt, in which they attempt to implement the writing lesson. They have a little less than ten minutes, and their goal is to write at least half of a page, depending on the handwriting (mine are freshmen and most have no problem with this). After they’re done writing, they go immediately into a time of reading for twenty minutes. During this reading time, I collect their writing work (both the lesson activity and the prompt are on the sheet), and I read it. When they are done with reading time, I then give feedback to the whole class about what they wrote about, and I read a few of them out loud that I really liked and then explain what I liked about them. I try to connect this to the Six Traits or to our standards. Sometimes if I notice a mistake that is being made by a few them, I’ll do a quick bit of instruction on that. But these are not graded for grammar at all. These are a chance to practice the process of moving thoughts from their heads to the paper. They do get a grade in the gradebook on these, but the grade has to do with the standards that are about matching audience to purpose and writing routinely over time. Basically, if they are in the ballpark and gave it a good attempt, then they get a proficient score on their writing prompts."

 

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13 Apps and Websites to Upgrade Grammar Skills | graphite Blog

13 Apps and Websites to Upgrade Grammar Skills | graphite Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Everyone makes mistakes when writing. Sometimes, those mistakes are just simple typos; other times, they're the result of grammar skills that need polishing or updating. The more writers -- and emerging writers -- know about how grammar works, the more clear, concise, and effective communicators...

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 12, 2015 8:35 AM

Just FYI: in my opinion, the comma after "Sometimes" in the second sentence does not belong there. One of the challenges and dangers of writing about writing is that others will take potshots at your skills. 


These are apps and sites mostly for kids, but that does not diminish how useful they might be for adults who are developing language and literacy skills, especially English language learners.

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Brevity Is Bliss: The Best Short Story Collections to Read Now - Signature

Brevity Is Bliss: The Best Short Story Collections to Read Now - Signature | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
May is all about celebrating short stories, and Signature wants to take part in the fun. Here are 17 short story collections to read right now.
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What to Look for in a Professional Content Writer - Copyblogger

What to Look for in a Professional Content Writer - Copyblogger | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Learn how to find a serious content professional -- the perfect writer for your business who would love to make your content program more successful."

 

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If you are trying to sell your skills as a writer, here is a guide for your potential customers. It should help you find new ones.


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Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted - Duarte

Improve Your Storytelling Presentation Skills and Get Your Ideas Adopted - Duarte | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Learn to improve your storytelling presentation skills and engage and move your audience using contrast, the hero's journey, and a gripping narrative.

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What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

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"It is the intentions, the capacities for choice rather than the total configuration of traits which defines the person."

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The Shapes of Stories, a Kurt Vonnegut Infographic

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Maya Eilam is a freelance New York City graphic designer making digital and printed works that bring creativity to communication. Including websites, logos, social media graphics, custom lettering, illustration, photography, infographics, and more.


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Penelope's curator insight, April 21, 10:19 AM
Visuals are wonderful learning tools, and this beautiful infographic is a keeper. Created by an artist to depict "The Shapes of Stories" by Kurt Vonnegut, the pictures are worth a thousand words.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 20, 12:38 PM
This would be an interesting way to teach writing in school. There are certain basic literary archetypes that teachers could focus on. this is not an exhaustive list, but is a great place to begin
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4 Benefits Of Teaching Writing With Online Tools

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"Using online tools to support writing instruction can have significant benefits for both students and teachers."


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The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics

The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of Digital Storytelling (DST) on the (a) academic achievement, (b) attitude towards physics and (c) self efficacy perception of secondary school students.

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Digital storytelling is incredibly popular given the proliferation of new technologies. This paper discusses its use from the perspective of secondary students’ academic achievement, attitudes towards physics and self-efficacy perception. The findings from the experimental pretest and posttest design elicited important insights. DST participants seemed to benefit in terms of their physics performance. Students’ self-efficacy perceptions and attitudes towards physics did not show alteration for the experimental group.

 

Overall it appears that digital storytelling has a positive effect on learning and therefore more research is needed to explore and contribute to the field specifically in relation to critical, reflective and creative thinking and learning motivation and students’ engagement.

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Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement
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Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read

Advice from Kurt Vonnegut that Every Writer Needs to Read | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Kurt Vonnegut, author of such classics as Slaughterhouse Five and Breakfast of Champions, stands today as one of the 20th century’s most important American writers. I can’t think of anyone better placed to give literary advice, and, thankfully, he agreed with me.


These eight tips were originally written by Vonnegut to apply exclusively to writers of short stories, but I reckon they’re just as useful for writers of longer fiction. Here they are:"

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The post provided eight tips from Vonnegut to help aspiring writers.
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How to finish a novel: tracking a book's progress from idea to completion

How to finish a novel: tracking a book's progress from idea to completion | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“ Data from an app Wyl Menmuir used to help him write his Booker-longlisted debut gives insights into how it was done”
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In the Borderlands, Connecting Writing and STEM Learning | Educator Innovator

In the Borderlands, Connecting Writing and STEM Learning | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Ink Spilling and Girlhood Remixed started in 2013 on a shoestring budget. When a waiting list emerged, the organizers decided to expand the camps. The LRNG grants supported the camps’ growth, as well as the follow-up sessions later in the year where students discussed how their takeaways from the camp have impacted their in-school learning. The Borderlands Writing Project is sharing these lessons with their local community of teachers in New Mexico. The takeaways (gleaned from both the students and the camp facilitators) have become a part of a set of teacher resources and related curriculum used for professional development support.

Most importantly, many of the students have continued writing or are now taking their new skills into personal projects of their own making. That includes Lina and Maya, the twin sisters who fundraise for people who are homeless. After Girlhood Remixed, they started planning how they could create a website or a video for the following winter, and use their new-found tech skills out in their own community.
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ALL WRITING CAN BE BETTER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY

ALL WRITING CAN BE BETTER THROUGH TECHNOLOGY | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Picture this: you assign student writing, provide time for work and revision, and dedicate hours to feedback for growth. Yet students are still making the same mistakes. Sound familiar?
With collaborative, real-time, and cloud-based technology tools, teachers can go beyond traditional teaching methods with new ways to help students improve their writing.
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