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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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The Heart Work of Persuasive Writing

The Heart Work of Persuasive Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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

SAS Writing Reviser - Google Docs add-on | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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

The Ultimate List of Websites Every Blogger Should Bookmark | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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

We Used To Have 6 More Letters In Our Alphabet – OMGFacts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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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10 Questions for Fake News Detection

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A worksheet to help students detect fake news.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 2:01 AM

A useful worksheet from the News Literacy Project.

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8 Techniques That Helped Me Improve My Writing During Ten Years of Blogging

8 Techniques That Helped Me Improve My Writing During Ten Years of Blogging | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Epic copywriting is an integral part of driving traffic and making conversions. Smashing Magazine even states that “it’s not how can you become a world-class copywriter in a short period of time if you have only minimal experience?It took me 10 years to improve, figuring out these techniques. By practicing them, you’ll be able to improve a lot faster....
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, January 7, 10:50 AM

Neil Patel shares epic copywriting tips. Basics nicely captured for newbies.

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Neil Patel shares epic copywriting tips. Basics nicely captured for newbies.

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The struggle to adapt storytelling for virtual reality

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"Storytelling in virtual reality has yet to take shape. While the simulated world of gaming has proved the visual capabilities of the medium, few have taken a crack at the art of building a compelling narrative.
"But now that the battle of the VR headsets is fully under way, a shift is evident. Content studios seem to be getting ready for the next wave of virtual reality. Over the past week alone, major VR studios have announced investments from Hollywood studios that seem indicative of the cinematic experiences to come. Within, formerly known as VRSE, has raised $12.56 million from investors including Andreessen Horowitz and 21st Century Fox, Felix & Paul Studios has seen $6.8 million in a round led by Comcast, and Virtual Reality Company (VRC) got $23 million from Beijing's Hengxin Mobile Business in exchange for exclusive distribution rights in China."

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2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - via  EdTechTeacher

2 Ways to Publish eBooks from G Suite - via  EdTechTeacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In this post EdTechTeacher Instructor Greg Kulowiec demonstrates how to publish eBooks from G Suite like Google Docs using ePub and Issuu.

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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, January 6, 8:45 AM
I have to get more proficient at this stuff....
MFaculty's curator insight, January 7, 8:34 AM
Give your students the opportunity to publish their work to a larger audience, and ignight their interest in writing well! Particularly in genre such as fiction, poetry, and areas of self expression, students need more than their audience of one (you). 
Here is a simple means for sharing beyond you; and if they solicit feedback, they can improve their writing and perhaps find an untapped outlet for self expression!
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LitLift - A FREE online novel and story writing application

LitLift - A FREE online novel and story writing application | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 19, 2016 4:43 AM
One more attempt to foster creativity through collaborative storytelling... it looks good... worth a try!
Bart van Maanen's curator insight, December 19, 2016 9:54 AM
Ziet er veelbelovend uit, deze gratis online editor. Je zou hem kunnen gebruiken om een serie blogs te maken die uiteindelijk in een e-book terecht moeten komen. Dat geeft overzicht.
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Writing Lesson of the Month Network!

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Every month from 2007 to 2017, Corbett Harrison posts a writing lesson. You're sure to find something here to spark an idea. -JL

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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

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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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An Interesting Infographic Featuring 16 Great Writing Guides for Teachers and Students

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Tell Stories to Write a Successful College Entrance Essay - Carol Barash

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Carol Barash, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Story2, a web platform that helps students tap into the power of storytelling by using a step-by-step process to transform spoken stories into authentic college admission essays. Story2 wonGoldman Sachs’ 10,000 Small Businesses competition, completed the Kaplan TechStars accelerator, was included in Forbes 10 EdTech Companies You Need to Know About in 2015 and 14 NY Tech Companies to Watch in 2016. Barash has taught at Princeton University, the University of Michigan, and Rutgers University, where she served as faculty advisor to the admissions committee. She graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, completed her M.A. at the University of Virginia, and Ph.D. at Princeton University.
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6 Reasons (and Nifty Tools) for Exploring Digital Storytelling

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Lee Watanabe-Crockett writes: "Here are 6 great reasons to begin exploring digital storytelling in your classroom along with some suggestions for tools to get you started."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, December 8, 2016 10:18 PM

Wouldn't it be fun to create a challenge for students using digital storytelling tools? How about a book trailer contest, and for each different tool a student uses she gets an entry? Or what about using one tool in different ways? For example, challenge students to use only Storybird to create book trailers for various genres? (Can you make a horror book trailer in Storybird?) Additional tools that would be great for this: Animoto, Powtoon, WeVideo...but the idea is to have them try several concurrently. Get them thinking: which ones were best for the task? Which did they struggle with? Which would they use again? This is all part of developing that digital tool box we want them to have handy for any projects teachers assign, or for exploring their own creativity!

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Digital Storytelling Wheel- Apps and Tools for Teachers

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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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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 8, 8:12 PM

Apps and Tools for Ipad, Android devices and the web

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A Good Infographic Featuring Some of The Best iPad Apps for Writers (2017 Version)

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Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Writing on iPad? Here's a useful collection of apps to help you.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 9, 6:20 PM
Il manque des outils aux étudiants pour écrire des textes. Voici une sélection.
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Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays

Ron Martinez, PhD: Screencasting Feedback on Student Essays | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Students can hear me explain what I am doing and why I am doing it as I provide feedback on how they can improve their written assignments.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 20, 2016 2:19 PM

This article may open your eyes to the power of time-shifting your writing conferences using technology.  I regularly use screencasting to provide in context feedback on student portfolios. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 21, 2016 11:10 PM

Online or face to face or online... screencasting is a skill to develop!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, August 29, 2016 4:31 PM
Often, you can do this right in your learning management system.