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Instructions: How to Write Guides for Busy, Grouchy People — Jerz's Literacy Weblog

Instructions: How to Write Guides for Busy, Grouchy People — Jerz's Literacy Weblog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Dennis G. Jerz

 

"People hate reading instructions, and will only glance at them when they are hopelessly lost. By then, they will already be frustrated and behind schedule. For this reason, you should organize your instructions carefully, phrase them clearly, and make them as brief as you possibly can.

 

"This document introduces five basic principles about writing instructions. Any professional writing textbook will have a long section on writing instructions and manuals, but the basics are as follows:


Know your audience.

Provide a brief introduction.

Write each step as a command.

Use numbers for commands, bullets for options.

Plan to test and revise."

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Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers — Jerz's Literacy Weblog

Short Stories: 10 Tips for Creative Writers — Jerz's Literacy Weblog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Kathy kennedy and Dennis G. Jerz

 

"Writing short stories means beginning as close to the conclusion as possible, and grabbing the reader in the very first moments. Conserve characters and scenes, typically by focusing on just one conflict. Drive towards a sudden, unexpected revelation."

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Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil? | Edutopia

Is the Cell Phone the New Pencil? | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Jeff Grabill (@grabill on Twitter) 

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A recent study of students' writing habits found that while writing is important to college students, they are increasingly doing so using digital platforms, such as texting, Facebook and e-mail. Jeff Grabill, a professor at Michigan State University, writes in a blog post that the findings signal a shift in student writing, but he adds it is unclear what the results mean for teachers."

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WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron

WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I'm predicting Wired for Story as the Next Big Thing in writers' guides. Not exaggerating, it will change the way you approach your storytelling. In fact, it has already helped me improve my own stories. I plan on reading it again and again. It's one of the few books I keep within easy reach in my writing space, stacked with other go-to greats such as Save the Cat!, Plot & Structure, and The Breakout Novelist.

 

My honest opinion-- I have not been paid in any way, monetary or otherwise, to endorse this book-- is that anyone who has a career in storytelling, whether they be a novelist, short story author, screenwriter or playwright, would be doing themselves a great disservice if they didn't read this book.


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StoryJumper: publish your own children's book.

StoryJumper: publish your own children's book. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description by edtechteacher

 

"The FREE classroom edition provides templates to use with students to support the writing process as well as an easy system for managing student work. The StoryJumper creator lets students create their own books, including their own artwork. Completed books can be shared online, or even ordered as printed hard copies. The sharing options allow teachers to also control who has access to completed projects that are published to the web."

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Breaking Barriers eZine | HASTAC

Breaking Barriers eZine | HASTAC | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Seventh graders at Haverford Middle School in Havertown, PA have created a new ezine--not for class or a grade, but for the world!123456 The latest ssue can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/htownbreakingbarriers. Words, music, images, and artwork are all done by the students!

 

"The Breaking Barriers eZine is divided up into five departments: Merging Lanes, Detour, Rain on the Asphalt, Beyond the Limit, and Fork in the Road. Each department has 5-8 submissions for viewing. To get from one department to another department click on the BREAKING BARRIERS (in all caps) link on the far left. This gets you back to the Homepage and then you can click to other departments."

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Review: Developing Writers: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

Review: Developing Writers: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"What does it mean to learn and develop as a writer? What is a multimodal text? How is writing different in the age of the internet and mobile phone, particularly in relation to teaching, assessing and researching writing?
Drawing on UK and US research and case studies, Richard Andrews and Anna Smith set out to explore these questions and to develop a new model of writing development that is relevant for the digital age. This is a bold enterprise indeed and, although some chapters present complex arguments in their overview of existing research and theories (for example, those exploring distinctions between product-related and process-related models), the authors are largely successful in this aim....
And as befits a book about writing in the digital age we are invited to continue the conversation at www.developingwriters.org. I have a feeling this book will become a key text for those wishing to reflect on their practice as teachers of writing or as teachers as writers."


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Writing Kit Improves Note Export And Introduces Custom URL Support

Writing Kit Improves Note Export And Introduces Custom URL Support | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Writing Kit, one of the contenders in our App Showdown of writing apps, has just been updated with a host of improvements.
Writing Kit is one of those apps that have subtitles describing what you can do with them.

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ISTE 2012: Flattening Classroom Walls with Blogging and Global Collaboration | The Edublogger

ISTE 2012: Flattening Classroom Walls with Blogging and Global Collaboration | The Edublogger | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"This is a guest post by educational bloggers, Linda Yollis (Los Angeles, USA) and Kathleen Morris (Geelong, Australia).

 

"The long-time blogging buddies met face to face for the first time before the ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego. They presented together on educational blogging and global collaboration. This post summarizes their presentation.

 

"Linda and Kathleen are both passionate about integrating technology in the classroom and have been heavily involved in educational blogging since 2008.

 

"In early 2009, Linda came across Kathleen’s class blog and from just one comment a rewarding friendship and collaborative adventure began.

 

"The unique relationship has now spanned over three years and connected eight different cohorts of students. Throughout this time, the classes have moved from isolated to integrated, irregular to frequent, and from the superficial to rich global collaboration.

 

"Despite being physically positioned in opposite hemispheres, Mrs. Yollis’ class and 4KM (formerly 2KM) connect each week via blogs, Skype, and other online tools. The two classes have worked on many collaborative projects together, some of which have included other classes around the world."

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How to get kids reading and writing over the summer

How to get kids reading and writing over the summer | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Anindita Basu Sempere

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Schools often provide students with summer reading lists, says Anindita Basu Sempere, executive director of TheWritingFaculty.com, but students need to practice writing during the summer, too. Sempere offers eight summer writing activities to help build students' critical-thinking and writing skills. The exercises include writing essays, blogs, screenplays, journals and reviews. "Through writing, children and adolescents can develop their unique voices while working through questions that interest them," Sempere writes."

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Writing with Google Docs: Foster Collaboration & Creation

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At ISTE, I had the pleasure of presenting in the Google theatre on Writing with Google Docs. It was a short presentation aimed at demonstrating how educators can use Google Docs to foster writing in its various stages.

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Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public

Why Students Should Learn to Write for the Public | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

Video interview

 

"Writing is a public act,” says New York teacher Ileana Jimenez, who encourages her students to blog. Rather than having them write a paper and hand it in only for the teacher to read, waiting for some kind of assessment, Jimenez offers a different perspective in this interview with the Atlantic at the Aspen Ideas Festival: “Writing should be public, it should give a sense of urgency and visibility… for students to feel that their writing has a voice in the world.”

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Why I Write: George Orwell’s Four Motives for Creation

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by Maria Popova

 

"Orwell begins with some details about his less than idyllic childhood — complete with absentee father, school mockery and bullying, and a profound sense of loneliness — and traces how those experiences steered him towards writing, proposing that such early micro-traumas are essential for any writer’s drive. He then lays out what he believes to be the four main motives for writing, most of which extrapolate to just about any domain of creative output."

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Navigation in Hypertext: 10 Writing Tips for Web Authors — Jerz's Literacy Weblog

Navigation in Hypertext: 10 Writing Tips for Web Authors — Jerz's Literacy Weblog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Dennis G. Jerz

 

"We only notice navigation when it doesn’t work. Web authors should follow web design conventions that account for the variety of ways users will try to navigate through their pages. While usability testing is the best way to ensure your site is really operating as you intend it to, this page offers a basic overview of basic navigation principles that most visitors will expect on most pages that they visit."

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Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC]

Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC] | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

We've said it before: we love Pixar. Their stories are original, funny, and appeal to all audiences. They're masters. That's why Jess and I got excited when we saw Pixar's 22 rules to storytelling.


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Stu, PB&J Publishing's comment, July 13, 2012 2:41 PM
Jekaterina, thanks so much for scooping! We hope it inspired you. We're going to be making a few more as we gear up to launch our Hansel and Gretel app, so please keep in touch with us at pbjpublishing.com!
Xavier Schreder's comment, July 13, 2012 4:00 PM
Thanks to you guys, for your efforts and the great work :)
Also i'm a big Pixar's fan,
i'm thrilled to try the french version of the app !
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Thanks Xavier! We'll let you know when it comes out. Please keep in touch in the meantime.
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Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing

Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - Integrating New Literacies into the Teaching of Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Troy Hicks

 

The author's deatailed notes and reflections on his co-leaderhip of a 3-day workshop on Historical Thinking and Argumentative Writing, in which his focus was the argumentative writing. Zotero was used as the multimedia tool.-JL

 

"Beckie and Tim asked me to bring a focus on argument writing, with the clear goal of integrating credible, web-based sources and, to the extent possible, digital writing with multimedia tools beyond slideware. When we first met, we immediately began constructing a working agenda via a wiki, and I knew that Zotero would be a key component of our teaching and learning. While somewhat fearful that the topic would be one that teachers would find mundane, Tim helped guide us through thinking about Truman’s decision to drop the bomb as a time-period appropriate dilemma that we could use to teach historical empathy and argumentative writing.

 

"Thus, we decided on two main tasks for the teachers to complete over the three days by engaging in a digital writing workshop that would involve lots of research, collaboration, and development of both a written individual essay and a group multimedia presentation from one of three perspectives: Truman’s advisors who supported the bomb, those in his cabinet who were against it, and the scientific community. As Tim led the group through many exercises on historical thinking, DBQ (document-based questioning), and historical empathy, I took the lead on teaching the argument writing."

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Students learn to value the writing process | Opinion | CentreDaily.com

Students learn to value the writing process | Opinion | CentreDaily.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By David Rockower

Summary by Accomplished Teacher SmartBrief

 

"Giving students face-to-face feedback on their writing assignments can instill confidence in their writing and critical-thinking skills. Pennsylvania middle-school teacher David Rockower writes that former students recall the private feedback sessions as the most helpful part of the class. "There is a point each year when students begin to see writing as an opportunity instead of an assignment. As their pride and confidence grow, they want to share their work," Rockower writes."

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Italo Calvino’s 14 Definitions of What Makes a Classic

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By Maria Popova

 

"...perhaps the most essential question is why the classics should be read. That’s exactly what beloved Italian writer Italo Calvino addresses in his 1991 book Why Read the Classics? (public library) — a sort of “classic” in its own right. In this collection of essays on classical literature, Calvino also produces these 14 definitions of a “classic”:

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Brevity: the only journal devoted exclusively to concise literary nonfiction.

Brevity: the only journal devoted exclusively to concise literary nonfiction. | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Fascinating resource for teachers looking to integrate so-called "nonfiction*" into their writing instruction. (CCSS)


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Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning (IT4ALL): Login to the site

Integrating Technology for Active Life-long Learning (IT4ALL): Login to the site | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Dr. Nellie Deutsch will be giving a 2-week fully online introductory workshop on Moodle starting August 19: http://www.integrating-technology.org/course/view.php?id=409


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Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

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From Mindshift By Shelley Wright:

BLOGGING AS A SKILL

Students definitely need to understand how and why the mechanics (and style) of blogging are different. The solution? Blogging needs to start earlier, much earlier. I read recently of a kindergarten teacher who blogs with her students. Great idea. There’s a teacher in my division who does amazing things with her grade one class.


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Isaac Asimov 4 Tips for Your Next Presentation

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By Artur Ferreira

 

"Most of us had to deal with years of grammar and composition lessons and never really understood why we had to read books and write short stories, essays, and poems. And, today, with school long-gone, some of us still don’t like to read, and we rarely write anything other than business reports and emails.

 

"Going even further, most of us have no idea how to tell a story. We know we enjoy good stories (the movie theaters are filled with viewers night after night all over the world). But we have no idea how a good story happens.

 

"According to Isaac Asimov, one of the world’s great science fiction writers, there are no real ‘suggestions’ as to how to tell stories, but he does provide four key tips to help a young writer":

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Creativity 2.0: Structuring Creativity: The Literature Lens

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By David Sebek

 

"Students I taught were very productive using the Osborn Model. But you can structure your students creativity in other ways. By changing your academic lens or perspective you can take your content area objectives and revise student output using the structures of literature.

 

"My sixth graders work on a lengthy creative writing project. Before we start I give them a map to help them find their way; avoiding the pitfall of "I don't know what to write next." The structure of the Hero's Journey allows students to remain productive while creating."

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Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World

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By Susan Lucille Davis

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"What we teach our students should be authentic and purposeful, writes veteran English/language arts teacher Susan Lucille Davis. In this blog post, Davis shares a list of 16 contemporary writing forms she believes need to be addressed by today's writing teachers. That list includes professional texts, photo captions, reviews, collaborative documents and citizen journalism."

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Visual Learning: Boom!

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How to read a picture; lesson plan and protocol. -JL

 

"Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages.

 

"Most often, newspaper and magazine readers take a quick glance at photos and their captions. With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not)."

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