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Jane Friedman Newsletter Archive

Jane Friedman Newsletter Archive | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Jane Friedman writes an award-winning blog named after herself, located at janefriedman.com. It contains thoughts, advice, and coaching for writers.


This page is the archive of her occasional newsletters, each devoted to 3 writer's resources on a particular topic. Examples include: One-Step Websites, Indispensible Software, Storytelling, and Curation Tools. Very practical sources for writers. -JL

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life

What Makes a Person: The Seven Layers of Identity in Literature and Life | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
"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

4 Benefits Of Teaching Writing With Online Tools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"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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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 3, 12:11 PM
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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Editing Tips That Will Improve The Quality Of Your Writing

Editing Tips That Will Improve The Quality Of Your Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Careful editing can make such a difference to your writing, as there is so much more to think about than just spelling, grammar and sentence construction.

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This is the last of a series, but there are links to the others so you can read those too. 
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From curator~ " Elliott explains the process of how to edit your articles and improve your writing at the same time. Here's what caught my attention: It's important to first do planning and research before the writing begins. Use an outline of the structure with a beginning, middle, and end. After writing a post give yourself some time to process it. Save the editing process after you have completed your article. Read your completed work out loud to yourself. Notice the flow of the piece, and whether there were any mistakes you may have missed.
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Behind the Camera, Students Document Life and Learning | Educator Innovator

Behind the Camera, Students Document Life and Learning | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Workshop School received a 2015 LRNG Innovation Challenge grant to train students to create multimedia stories about their own lives, including their experience at the Workshop school in support of future incoming students. The LRNG Innovation Challenge grants stem from a partnership between the National Writing Project and John Legend’s Show Me Campaign to help educators extend time and space for connected learning.

This year with LRNG support, students at the workshop school participated in summer internships through partnerships with local media production organizations. Students attended workshops at Scribe Video Center, a nonprofit in West Philadelphia that supports local media artists in making documentaries, and at PhillyCAM, the city’s Public access media group. Students worked with experts at both organizations to create multimedia projects to tell their own stories, some of which even ended up being shared online and broadcast locally.

Then, in the fall, students took what they’d learned back to their school community—leading workshops for students and staff on how to incorporate digital media into their coursework.
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22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times

22 Ways to Teach and Learn About Poetry With The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
We go hard for National Poetry Month here on The Learning Network, so you may already be familiar with an earlier version of this piece we started way back in 2010.

But, as The Times kept publishing news and features about poetry and poets, we kept adding more and more ways to teach it, until that old piece started to look downright overstuffed.

Below is a fresh version for 2017, with over 20 ideas for helping even the most verse averse find something to enjoy.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 7, 7:13 PM

Poetry!

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Inma Contreras's curator insight, April 26, 5:18 PM
Brilliant way of learning literature. Education that brings the beauty to theeducational process.
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Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand Plot

Story Arc | A Simple Way to Understand Plot | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
What I’m going to share are some simple concepts about story arc. Although I am pretty much a seat-of-the-pants writer, I’ve discovered a simple way to weave plot into the disorganized mess that is always my first draft. I begin by asking myself this question: Because of what happens in the novel, what is my character capable of becoming?

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Five tips for becoming a better public storyteller

Five tips for becoming a better public storyteller | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The STAGE System is a method of speech craft I created that puts your personal stamp on every presentation you give. It’s an acronym for style, truth, art, group, and energy and it serves as a checklist for every speech you give, whether it’s your first or your 500th. The STAGE System gives you a chance to pause and ask yourself who you want to be on stage. If you are naturally funny, how can you incorporate some humor into your talk? If you went through a life-changing experience, how can you tie that into your subject? If you love interacting with the audience, how can you make that a big part of your speech? By using the STAGE System as your guide, you build your talk so you are in your element and really shining on stage.

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How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist

How To Write An Amazing Plot Twist | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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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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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Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator | Educator Innovator

Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Educator Innovator is very excited to announce a new partnership with Marginal Syllabus. Starting in April, Educator Innovator will host a dynamic opportunity for open learning via author partnerships, annotathons (more on these below!), and webinars—all in conjunction with Marginal Syllabus, a multi-stakeholder collaboration between Hypothesis, a non-profit organization building an open platform for discussion on the web, Aurora Public Schools in Aurora, CO, and Researchers and teacher educators from the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development in Denver, CO. The founders of Marginal Syllabus aim to advance educator professional development about education in/equity through the use of participatory learning technologies. You can learn more at the Marginal Syllabus website.

By partnering with Marginal Syllabus, Educator Innovator seeks to facilitate open learning for educators in all kinds of spaces (in schools, libraries, and afterschool programs to name a few). We are enthusiastic about the potential for collaborative learning, exploration, and dialogue brought about by “social reading” and the online tools like Hypothesis that make it possible. We already know there is tremendous power in reading, writing and discussing together, and this collaboration makes it even easier, extending the conversation across space and time.
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In East L.A., Teenagers Tell New Stories About Their Neighborhood and Make Plans for Change | Educator Innovator

In East L.A., Teenagers Tell New Stories About Their Neighborhood and Make Plans for Change | Educator Innovator | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing is just one tool the ELARA students use throughout the project.

In addition to the journalism and urban planning exercises, students complete photography and public speaking assignments. That interdisciplinary approach suits the subject matter, Blockstein said, and embraces students’ varied interests and strengths.

“To me it’s really important, as we look at neighborhoods and place,” Blockstein said, “to recognize that they’re all rich and complex, so there’s no single best way to describe or examine a place.”

The educators are conscious of leaving the students with real-world skills and a portfolio of work—publication in the LA Times can’t hurt—that will help them when they apply to college or jobs. A younger cohort of ELARA students will take part in a short urban planning program at USC this summer, and the hope is that some will end up attending that school themselves later on.

If they do, they will arrive on campus aware that they have the power to shape their communities.
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How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write (EdSurge News)

How to Get Engagement, Growth and Stickiness When Teaching Kids to Write (EdSurge News) | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As an English teacher with 24 years of experience, I often feel I’ve explored every possible avenue to help my students grow as writers. That is truer today than ever as new technology has increased the instructional possibilities, and evidence-based, on-demand testing has forced me to get creative. But while the educational landscape has shifted, my core values as a teacher have remained the same: to ensure engagement, growth and the retention of learning— “stickiness”—for each student. 

In order to meet these goals while also responding to testing demands, I needed a new resource: one that would provide my students with a strong framework for writing and use technology as the primary composing tool. Fortunately, I found everything I was looking for (and more) in the online reading and writing program ThinkCERCA.

The letters in ThinkCERCA represent the building blocks of an essay: claim, evidence, reasoning, counter argument, and audience. But ThinkCERCA is more than just a traditional framework; the online program provides a lesson library with texts related to literature, math, science, and social studies. Once teachers choose a lesson, the program provides a six-step process to help students analyze the readings and produce a cohesive essay. Best of all, it assists me in meeting my own criteria for effective writing instruction, ensuring all students are engaged, growing, and that the learning sticks.
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50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad -

50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad - | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
50 Of The Best Writing Apps For The iPad by Ashley McCann The best writing apps for iPad, like any concept of ‘best,’ is subjective and further based on need and circumstance. Are you a poet drafting when inspiration strikes? A student taking notes and writing essays?

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