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Creative Writing: The Fundamentals of Great Writing | UBC Continuing Studies

Creative Writing: The Fundamentals of Great Writing | UBC Continuing Studies | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the University of British Columbia

 

"In all of writing’s different genres, there are certain fundamental principles that must be present and must be in balance for the work to sing. This eight-week experiential course develops skills that you can apply now, to any form, and that can guide your writing for decades to come. You surprise yourself, connect with others, and care more about what you do. Through giving and receiving structured non-judgmental feedback, you develop and improve your ability to read and edit your own work."

 

This page leads to registration for this 100% online course, which runs from Sep 24 to Nov 30. Cost is $450. Course was mentioned online by Howard Rheingold, a noted ed tech thought leader, so there is probably something pretty special about it. -JL

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Tap Dance Jams at Smalls, Led by Michela Marino Lerman | NY Times

Tap Dance Jams at Smalls, Led by Michela Marino Lerman | NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In the tradition of Buster Brown, Michela Marino Lerman hosts a tap jam session every Wednesday evening at Smalls jazz club in the West Village.

 

By Brian Seibert

 

“Who’s got their shoes on?”

 

"It’s a question I still hear in the high, amiable voice of Buster Brown, a beloved tap dancer who spoke it often during the weekly tap dance jam sessions he hosted from 1997 until his death, at 88, in 2002. The supple bounce of Brown’s expert tapping was an extension of his easygoing personality, and the question was indicative of the loose structure and open format he preferred. Anyone who wanted to dance could have a turn. The shoes didn’t even need to be tied...

 

"Back when Brown was hosting, you could count on his question’s being answered, week after week, by a prodigy in her early teens named Michela Marino Lerman. These days it’s Ms. Lerman, now 26, who is doing the asking, as the host of her own session every Wednesday evening at Smalls in the West Village, the only weekly jam in town. She’s been at it for three years, but it wasn’t until August — a slow month for dance critics — that I dropped by a few times."

 

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That's my pride and joy--and daughter! -JL

 

Article is online now (Aug. 31). Will appear in printed issue of paper on Sept. 1. Jam is every Wed. 5:30-8:30 pm at Smalls, 183 West 10th Street (at 7th Ave.) New York, NY

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Grandview Offers Multiple Methods of Distraction-Free Writing | LifeHacker

Grandview Offers Multiple Methods of Distraction-Free Writing | LifeHacker | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Adam Dachis

 

"OS X: There are numerous distractions on your computer and none of them make it easy to write. Like many distraction-free writing apps, Grandview takes over the entire screen to block them all out. The difference is that in addition to being able to see all the text you write, it can also show you one word at a time so you're simply writing in free-form and not worrying about anything you said before."

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Wikipedia:Your first article - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wikipedia:Your first article - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Here's an article on how to create a Wikipedia article, from, where else...Wikipedia.

 

Writing an article for Wikipedia is a great experience for students; it gives them experience in research, writing for an audience, understanding why citation is important, and in most cases, a great deal of motivation to do an excellent job (becuase their work will be public).

 

I think some students may find these guidelines a bit intimidating, so my might want to summarize them rather than have students read them directly. You be the judge of that. -JL

 

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Simplenote: Beyond the Basics | iPhone.AppStorm

Simplenote: Beyond the Basics | iPhone.AppStorm | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Kevin Whipps

 

"The idea behind Simplenote is, well, simple: give users a quick way to jot something down, then sync it across every platform, everywhere. To do this, you can use the web app, a variety of different desktop apps for your Mac including Notational Velocity and nvALT, or the iOS app which works on both your iPhone and iPad.

 

"What makes Simplenote so awesome is the Simperium syncing service. This allows users to quickly transfer data across multiple machines, and it’s at the core of the Simplenote system. When I say it’s fast, I mean it’s fast. While typing this very sentence, I had Simplenote running on the web in the background. By the time I finished this next sentence, the previous one was already on the web — as was most of this one."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Zopler - Collaborative Storytelling

Free Technology for Teachers: Zopler - Collaborative Storytelling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne - Free Technology for Teachers

 

"Zopler is an interesting free service for collaboratively writing stories. The basic idea behind Zopler is to enable the creation of community-crafted stories. Here's how it works; as a member of Zopler you can start a story with as little as one sentence or as much as 1000 words. Your story starter can include images too. Then you can make your story starter public or private. If you make it public, any Zopler member can add to it. If you make it private, only those people that you approve can add to your story. Contributions to stories can be voted up or down by other contributors to the same story."

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YES! National Student Writing Competition

YES! National Student Writing Competition | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"This fall, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “Living Large in a Tiny House,” by Dee Williams. Dee’s story is about why she chose to move from her 3-bedroom bungalow to an 84-square-foot house—a place where she keeps no more than 300 items and has never been happier.

 

"Your students should write an essay of up to 700 words answering the question, “If you had the choice, what size house would you live in? What are important features your house would have, and what would you intentionally avoid?”

 

"The deadline for registration is October 19, 2012. Essays must be submitted no later than November 21, 2012"

 

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10 iPad apps for the writer - ZDNet

10 iPad apps for the writer - ZDNet | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Contrary to popular belief tablets can be quite capable tools for writers. Whether used with an external keyboard or by tapping on the onscreen keys, with the right apps the writer can work when the muse dictates with the iPad using these 10 apps."


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5 Tips for Better Storytelling: A Jeff Gomez Recap by Ian Klein

5 Tips for Better Storytelling: A Jeff Gomez Recap by Ian Klein | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Ian Klein: "At a recent conference on transmedia, or multiplatform storytelling, Starlight Runner Entertainment CEO Jeff Gomez said that stories help us commune with things greater than ourselves."


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Meacham Writer's Workshop Mini Lessons

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A great collection of minlessons - Greg McVerry

 

"My beliefs about writing, stem from the books that I have read about emergent writers. Visit the F.A.Q. section of my web site for answers to common questions that I have received about my approach to Writer's Workshop. The lessons on this page reflect the lessons that I've used with Kindergarteners and First Graders. They are presented in no particular order. If you wish to see the progression of minilessons from last year (2008-2009), check out my Planning Guides page. Each year is different, and I change things up based on student needs. Therefore, the order of lessons is not what counts, but rather if I am I delivering lessons my students need, prompting them to grow as writers." - Mrs. Meacham

 

Excellent collection of resources and lessons for K-1 writing. -JL


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Teaching the Core: Blogging through the Common Core State Standards and Beyond..

Teaching the Core: Blogging through the Common Core State Standards and Beyond.. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

 The intentions of this website are:

To motivate me to learn and apply the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), particularly in my teaching of high school English and World History.
To serve as a useful online resource for me and anyone else interested in the CCSS and how to apply them to teaching.
To force me to explain the CCSS standards in practical, understandable terms, rather than vaguely referring to them (e.g., “Well, I’m teaching the way the Common Core says to teach! I just can’t prove why! But I am!”)
To practice commitment. It is going to take a lot of work to discuss and learn all of these standards.
To face my twin demons of standards and curriculum-writing.
To provide reliable, informative, and organized information about the CCSS.

 

The goals of this website are:
Study the CCSS to the extent that I can help my peers with understanding them.
Do my best to answer every comment and question that is asked of me as soon as I can.
Find out the best resources for implementing the CCSS and share them with you,.
Be a place where teachers can go to find support, encouragement, and equipment.

 

This website is NOT:
An official Common Core State Standards, National Governor’s Association, or Council of Chief State School Officers website or an affiliate thereof. I am in no way endorsed by any of these groups or organizations. I’m just a teacher trying to learn and teach.


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Writing Now: An NCTE Policy Research Brief

Writing Now: An NCTE Policy Research Brief | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Free download from National Council of Teachers of English.

 

"This NCTE Policy Research Brief offers updates on research with implications for policy decisions that affect the teaching and learning of writing."

 

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Spotflux - A more secure, private, and open internet experience.

Spotflux - A more secure, private, and open internet experience. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description from Internet Scout Project

 

"Spotflux uses the power of the cloud "to conduct millions of real-time checks for invasive tracking, advertisements, malware, and other bugs that pose a threat to your identity or your data." The application helps scan and protect users' connections from malware and other viruses, along with concealing the identity and location of users' devices. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

 

After last week's epically disastrous hack of Mat Honan, a senior staffer at Wired, I became a lot more security conscious. It seemed like a wise step to install Spotflux, and I consider the Internet Scout Project quite a reliable source, so I installed it today. -JL

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Analyzing Texts: 3 Common Core Lessons | Teaching Channel

Analyzing Texts: 3 Common Core Lessons | Teaching Channel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are with us this year as never before; and will assume greater and greater importance in the life of public schools as we move toward the advent of nationwide online testing based on the CCSS next school year (2013-2014).

 

One the organizations that has devoted significant energy to supporting teachers in this effort is The Teaching Channel. I like their approach and materials and will highlight many going forward on my Scoop.it sites.

 

This collection of 3 videos centers on one of the most essential of the CCSS - Analyzing Texts. Taken together, they demonstrate building an bridge between reading analytically in order to write more effectively.

 

The videos are 5-7 minutes long and feature Ms. Stacy Brewer, a 5th grade teacher. Please note the supplemental materials and available discussion area in the window housing each video.

 

Hope you find this useful. -JL

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Writing in the Digital Age | TurnItIn

Writing in the Digital Age | TurnItIn | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

Thursday, September 6: Hurry to Register!

Partners in Education:
Creating Common Core Rubrics

Featuring Dawn Lewis, Co-Chair of the English Professional Learning Council

Learn the process taken by the EPLC when they partnered with secondary and higher ed communities to develop Common Core-aligned rubrics for English Language Arts. Attendees are eligible to receive a free copy of the CCSS-aligned rubrics.

 

Free 30-minute webinar.

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Michele Weldon: Capturing authentic narratives

Michele Weldon: Capturing authentic narratives | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

A very good primer or reminder for student reporters

Ken

 

Journalism can be much more than reporting. An authentic, human narrative touches audiences and keeps them reading. Learn how to shape a human-centered news story, and the importance of facts, context and heart.

 


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Turnitin's Free Webcast Series Helps Educators Improve Student Writing | AvatarGeneration

Turnitin's Free Webcast Series Helps Educators Improve Student Writing | AvatarGeneration | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Silvia Gallagher

 

"Turnitin, the leader in originality checking and online grading, today announced its new schedule of 30-minute webcasts to help secondary and higher education institutions advance student writing skills. The new weekly series is a continuation of the popular spring webcast series, which attracted more than 3,000 attendees.

 

"To register for the webcasts, please visit: http://pages.turnitin.com/WebcastSchedule.html.

 

“This webcast series is a fast, informative way for educators to learn about recent trends and best practices for integrating technology and pedagogy to improve student writing,” said Jason Chu, senior education manager at Turnitin. “We’ve assembled a terrific team of thought leaders and visionaries to share how we can teach better writing in the digital age.”

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Hyperlinked Writing in the Classroom- From Theory to Practice | Langwitches Blog

Hyperlinked Writing in the Classroom- From Theory to Practice | Langwitches Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano

 

"This is the follow up post to the theoretical Wondering About Hyperlinked Writing. The post ended with

Now…on from the wondering, theory and resources…to the practice in the classroom.

 

"Iam ready to bring hyperlinked writing (and reading) as an important genre into the classroom!

 

"Can one just start “throwing” hyperlinked writing” at our students (or teaches for that matter) at any time, at any age? Is hyperlinked writing part of a process? A process that starts with reading digitally, reading quality and poor samples of digital writing? Students then progress to writing comments, learning how to comment on the writing of others to learning how to write for an audience on their own blog posts. Hyperlinked writing is that next step up in writing for a an audience.

 

"Hyperlinked writing is more than citing your sources, it is a direct manifestation of writing for an audience."

 

Great posts, filled with resources and strategies. Tolisano is a wonderful thought leader. -JL

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10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning

10 Types Of Writing For eLearning: The eLearning Coach: Instructional Design and eLearning | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Not only do we need skills for expository, creative, persuasive and technical writing, but we often write about topics for which we know very little at first. Furthermore, our writing is expected to be motivating while clearly delivering concepts, procedures and facts.
Here you’ll find some brief guidelines that focus on each type of writing. Much of this writing is done in storyboards, so I didn’t include writing for storyboards as a separate type. What other types of writing for eLearning can you think of?


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Louise Robinson-Lay's comment, August 17, 2012 8:42 AM
Thanks Ken, I'm glad you find it useful. Please feel free to recommend good sites.
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I see great resources on your site.
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Thank you for the rescoop. I like what I see on your topic!
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The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists | Edutopia

The NaNoWriMo Project: The Birth of Student Novelists | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Laura Bradley

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Middle-school English teacher Laura Bradley in this blog post offers five tips for helping students succeed in the upcoming National Novel Writing Month -- or NaNoWriMo -- Young Writers' Program. Facilitate lots of planning and brainstorming before the writing begins, Bradley writes. Learn the technology, schedule time for students to write and write along with them, she suggests, to turn the activity into a community of writers working toward a common goal, rather than just a writing assignment."

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Significant Objects: How Stories Confer Value Upon the Vacant | Brain Pickings

Significant Objects: How Stories Confer Value Upon the Vacant | Brain Pickings | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova.

 

 “The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser famously remarked. Hardly anyone can back this bombastic proclamation with more empirical conviction than Rob Walker and Joshua Glenn. In 2009, the duo embarked upon a curious experiment: They would purchase cheap trinkets, ask some of today’s most exciting creative writers to invent stories about them, then post the stories and the objects on eBay to see whether the invented story enhanced the value of the object. Which it did: The tchotchkes, originally purchased for a total of $128.74, sold for a whopping total of $3,612.51 — a 2,700% markup. (The most highly valued pairing in the entire project, bought for $1.49 and sold for $197.50, was a globe paperweight with a moving handwritten story by the magnificent Debbie Millman, with proceeds benefiting 826 National.)"

 

I think this is actually a great way to get young people writing, perhaps minus the Ebay part. But giving them objects to write about can be remarkably liberating and the purposes of the writing can be varied while the objects don't have to change. -JL

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21st Century Skills Must Include Ability to Ask Written Questions | You Can Teach Writing

21st Century Skills Must Include Ability to Ask Written Questions | You Can Teach Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Writing teachers must teach questioning to develop communication and collaboration, two 21st century skills students all must have.


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NewLits.org

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"NewLits.org is a wiki space created to collaboratively develop a rich range of specialist resources for middle school language arts/literacy educators (typically Grades 5 to 8). These resources focus variously and broadly on new literacies and digital technologies.

“'New literacies' in the sense used here are literacy practices mediated by digital technologies (e.g., blogging, gaming, social networking), or that are newly recognized as literacies due to their increased ubiquity as a practice (e.g., fanfiction writing, live action role-plays)" More...


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Chippewa River Writing Project - 2012_Open_Institute

Chippewa River Writing Project - 2012_Open_Institute | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

In this course, consultants from CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project will lead participants through a one-week open institute focused on the integration of a genre-based, technology-rich approach to [[#|teaching writing]] in an era of the Common Core Standards. During the week of June 25-29, 2012 -- with additional interactions online both before and after the institute -- participants will [[#|work]] with CRWP [[#|teacher]] consultants to better understand the expectations in the CCSS, explore useful digital writing tools, and engage in their own personal writing.

 

~Great stuff! [klbz]

-A lot of excellent resources -JL


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Free Technology for Teachers: Story Map - An Interactive Story Planner

Free Technology for Teachers: Story Map - An Interactive Story Planner | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Story Map is a free interactive story planning tool from Read Write Think. Story Maps provides four templates for outlining stories. To use the templates students title their stories then choose one of four templates to outline their stories. The four template choices are conflict, setting, character, and resolution. Students can print their completed templates."

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