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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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About WritingFix: Our Bibliography of Mentor Texts in the "Going Deep with 6 Trait Language" Guide

About WritingFix: Our Bibliography of Mentor Texts in the "Going Deep with 6 Trait Language" Guide | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 16, 2013 3:33 PM

Mentor texts are the natural way to combine reding and writing instruction. Here are recommendations, classified by trait, for wonderful mentor texts suitable for elementary/middle school. 

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Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer | creativewriting-prompts.com

Persuasive Essay Graphic Organizer | creativewriting-prompts.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Pick a free persuasive essay graphic organizer to plan and prepare the content of your essay. |Different formats to choose from.|
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A survey of 2,462 Advanced Placement (AP) and National Writing Project (NWP) teachers finds that digital technologies are shaping student writing in myriad ways and have also become helpful tools for teaching writing to middle and high school students.  These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 17, 2013 5:08 PM

The findings will encourage us to consider what the students write and how greater engagement in the writing process can be encouraged.

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Analyzing Literature (Common Core Standard 6.W.9) | Learnist

Analyzing Literature (Common Core Standard 6.W.9) | Learnist | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Extract evidence from literature or informative texts to analyze, reflect, and assist your research. Use other reading standards for 6th grade for both fiction and non-fiction.
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 17, 2013 1:06 PM

Learnist board produced by Vivian Kerr

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Teaching 7th and 8th Graders to Paraphrase - Step 1 | Running on Fumes

Teaching 7th and 8th Graders to Paraphrase - Step 1 | Running on Fumes | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The first step in teaching your junior high / middle school students to paraphrase text is to learn what is plagiarism and what is paraphrasing.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, July 17, 2013 12:03 PM

The highlighters make the point! 

Catalina Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, July 23, 2013 1:51 PM
excellent,thank you.
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Teaching Low-Achieving Student to Self-Regulate Persuasive Quick Write Responses


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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow."


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Forks and Pull Requests in GitHub - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Forks and Pull Requests in GitHub - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

" GitHub allows a form of collaboration without collaborating. If Facebook and Twitter are social networks based upon mutual or asymmetrical relationships between users (“those you went to school with” and “those you wish you went to school with” as the two networks are occasionally described), then GitHub is a social network which allows the creation of relationships between texts through a process of replication. While users on GitHub can “follow” each other, as you would on Twitter, you can “star” projects that you interested in or “watch” their progress over time. Any public repository can also be very easily “cloned,” which downloads the project to your computer, complete with the hidden “.git” directory that contains its full history."


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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, May 10, 2013 8:07 PM

Github takes collaborative writing beyond the initial stage of multi-authored, commented texts by enabling anybody to make copies of other texts, propose ("commit") changes, and either fork the original text into a new version or request that changes be folded back in.

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How to Foster Creativity in Writing

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Find out how blending learned skills with artistic thinking fosters creativity in writing. (Thanks for tweeting!

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Teaching Persuasive Writing through Art-Education Closet

Teaching Persuasive Writing through Art-Education Closet | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Susan Riley


"Our main focal point for this lesson lands with the artwork of Norman Rockwell.  I started to piece this lesson together from a couple of different source inspirations.  The first was as I was working on our upcoming STEAM Ed app (more coming on this exciting project in the next few weeks) and putting in our aligned standards to the Common Core.  As soon as I saw this one, I knew I wanted to write a lesson seed for it to put up on EducationCloset.  The second was as I was reading this fascinating article: Norman Rockwell shares 8 marketing lessons from art and advertising.  It truly got me thinking about how art can be used to persuade people and more importantly, how it persuades people.  When you see an advertisement, you are truly reading a persuasive writing piece – the writing is just being represented through the visual art.  In essence, a print ad is an arts integration idea come to life.  Our minds feast on the visual representation of an idea, which persuades us to find out more information about that product or thought.  And today, we’re passing this lesson seed on to you.  And keep an eye on our lesson page – we’re preparing to launch an updated look to make finding and downloading the right lesson seed for you easier than ever."

 

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Teacher Helpline: What Are Some Fun Ways to Inspire Student Writers?

Teacher Helpline: What Are Some Fun Ways to Inspire Student Writers? | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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7 Content Writing Skills from a Creative Writer’s Perspective

7 Content Writing Skills from a Creative Writer’s Perspective | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

It is important as a content marketer to apply creative writing skills to content writing. Learn the best skills from a creative writer's perspective.Truth be told, I kind of fell into content writing. After being crazy about literature my whole life I went to university to study creative writing, a course I adored and that gave me invaluable experiences in not just fiction and poetry, but scriptwriting and journalism too. Then came graduation, and after that… nothing.Then came content marketing...


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David M. Daniel's curator insight, June 23, 2013 3:32 PM

I'm thinking about this a lot as I move into a robust writing career, but from the starting point of a creative writer.  What other skills did this article miss?  What can we in the "creative sector" offer the corporate content juggernauts?

Angela Tynes's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:43 PM

Creative writing skills used in content writing...

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Teaching Writing to Diverse Student Populations | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org

Teaching Writing to Diverse Student Populations | Adolescent Literacy Topics A-Z | AdLit.org | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing is a complex operation requiring knowledge of text structure, syntax, vocabulary, and topic, and sensitivity to audience needs; so it is not surprising that many teens find writing challenging.

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How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Remember reflection? That's something we used to do occasionally before we all became addicted to checking our Web-enabled devices every few minutes for our much-needed digital data fixes. Prior to...

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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, July 11, 2013 11:32 PM

:) .. curious, does the constant burst mode style of reading we now getting acustomed to, afforded by our various mobile devices, errode our ability to stop think and reflect? ... i would like to think not.

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 13, 2013 6:03 AM
I wouldn't think os Andreas; I prefer to regard those bursts of reading as a provocation, a springboard for thinking and reflection.
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Using mind maps to develop writing

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"Making a mind map should be a spontaneous pre-writing activity. Students start with a topic at the centre and then generate a web of ideas from that, developing and relating these ideas as their mind makes associations.

 

"Mind maps work well as their visual design enables students to see the relationship between ideas, and encourages them to group certain ideas together as they proceed. Mind maps work especially well when created in groups, since the discussion this engenders aids the production of ideas, and makes the task livelier and more enjoyable."


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15 Outstanding Writing Apps for your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Outstanding Writing Apps for your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach

 

"Mobile technology has made everything easier and more enjoyable to do. Those who love writing, for instance, can now find new ways to write anywhere they are and share what they have written with all the world and again from anywhere they are with an internet connection.If you have an iPad or you use one with your students , below is a bunch of great apps that can help you pursue your writing passion on the go. You can also share these apps with your students and encourage them to develop a writing habit. Check out the updated list I have for you today and don't forget to share with us your comments and additions. Enjoy"

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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TEDxNorrkoping - Bosse Larsson - A Growth Mindset for a Creative Mind

Bosse Larsson is a Swedish educator/ teacher and a learning designer. He has a long experience of working with creative thinking with students 13-20 years ol...

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Mariette Martineau's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:20 PM

I like the creativity examples he includes in here, problems creatively addressed by ordinary people. Key word: problem - perhaps we are talking problem based inquiry explored through real life projects...

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On The Border: An interview with Emily Short |

On The Border: An interview with Emily Short | | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
  Interactive fiction author Emily Short. For this installment of On the Border, we have an interview with prolific and renowned interactive fiction

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Write Faster To Work Better: 5 Essential Tips To Improve Your Writing Speed Online | makeuseof

Write Faster To Work Better: 5 Essential Tips To Improve Your Writing Speed Online | makeuseof | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Ryan Dube

 

"How do you write things at work without wasting the entire workday doing it? How do you pump out even more articles as a freelancer, without sacrificing quality? In this article, I’m going to draw from 7 years of paid freelance writing work, and 13 years of professional engineering technical writing experience, to answer those questions."

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Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's curator insight, July 15, 2013 9:04 PM

Great tips for writing speed online..

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Free Plagiarism Poster!

Free Plagiarism Poster! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
 
I know this is a little simplistic, but I thought this flowchart from the fine folks at EasyBib was a fantastic way to drive home to students that more often than not they need to cite their sources.

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Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, July 15, 2013 2:44 PM

Paragráfe, citação, referência bibliográfica não são plágio!

There's no need to plagiarism... just quote properly!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:39 PM

Yes, simple to us, but to our kids? Probably not. Nice to have a visual for them to see just when they need to cite and add a bibliography.

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Blogging for Reluctant Writers: Have students share their ideas using sound and video - The Digital Shift

Blogging for Reluctant Writers: Have students share their ideas using sound and video - The Digital Shift | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Top 8 Apps for Teaching Creative Writing | Avatar Generation

Top 8 Apps for Teaching Creative Writing | Avatar Generation | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Teaching creative writing can be a lot fun, especially when it comes to reading the creative pieces your students write. However, getting them to come up with ideas for those pieces is often difficult.
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Pixar’s 22 Rules Of Storytelling | The Meta Picture

Pixar’s 22 Rules Of Storytelling | The Meta Picture | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Great suggestions here.

 

 

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10 Online Resources for Writers Who Want to Write Well

10 Online Resources for Writers Who Want to Write Well | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
The Internet is a big place. Fortunately for you, I've done the work of scouring this mighty big world wide web to bring you this list of the best resources for writers. These are sites I refer to ...

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:05 PM

Great and useful resources!

The Digital Aviator's curator insight, July 12, 2013 4:56 AM

Carefully crafted writing is often invisible, the reverse sticks out like the Mutt's Nuts.

Jane Steen's curator insight, July 12, 2013 1:28 PM

Not a bad starter list.