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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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A Literate Life - Anchor Charts

A Literate Life - Anchor Charts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Julie Ballew

 

"These charts are posted here because I’ve received countless requests for them. Please note - the point of an anchor chart is to anchor the teaching and learning that is happening in your classroom, so they should be reflective of the work that you and your students are doing. Don’t feel obligated to use the same wording or even the same charts that I’ve shown here - these are just examples of charts that I’ve used and/or seen. Also, these charts come from a number of sources - professional books, workshops, curriculum documents, fellow teachers, and the need to solve a problem in the classroom! They will be updated as fast as I can get pictures taken and uploaded. With that said, please enjoy! :)"


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Write a letter to the future | FutureMe.org

Write a letter to the future | FutureMe.org | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Write a letter to your future self and have it delivered on a specific date; or read the public (anonymous) letters of others. Young writers can get really creative with this. -JL

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6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits

6-Traits Resources: Online Class: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Learn to teach and assess writing with the 6-Traits of writing:


(voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions). Learn to use the 6-Traits with the writing process to teach revision strategies. Help learners meet higher standards and improve test scores.


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Caroline's favorite fifteen prompts | Luke Neff

Caroline's favorite fifteen prompts | Luke Neff | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Caroline, who is just about to finish sixth grade, looked through all the writing prompts and picked out her favorite fifteen. I was super impressed with the list and asked her permission to share it. So what follows are Caroline’s favorite fifteen prompts, in no particular order. Most of the words are her descriptions of the prompts. Thanks, Caroline."

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The Twitter Essay | Digital Pedagogy

The Twitter Essay | Digital Pedagogy | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I’ve recently experimented in my composition classes with an assignment I call the Twitter-essay, in which students condense an argument with evidential support into 140 characters, which they unleash upon a hashtag (or trending topic) in the Twitter-verse. Tweets often attempt to convey as much information in as few words as possible. A tweet could be seen, then, not as a paragon of the many potential horrors of student writing, but as a model of writerly concision. In composing their Twitter-essay, I have students proceed through all the steps I would have them take in writing a traditional academic essay, including brainstorming, composing, workshopping, and revising. I also have them consider and research their audience, the Twitter members engaged in discussion around a particular hashtag. Finally, I have them work dynamically with the Tweets of their peers, responding to them on Twitter and close-analyzing them in class. I ask the students to consider their word-choice, use of abbreviation, punctuation, etc. To model the activity for them and to give them a sense for the shape of a Twitter-essay, I compose my instructions for the assignment in exactly 140 characters and post them to Twitter."  Jesse Stommel

 

A beautifully written post in which Jesse shares details and illustrations of the assignment she set for her students. Worksheet provided.


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Story Starters | Scholastic.com

Story Starters | Scholastic.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Description by EducationWorld Site Reviews:

 

"The story generator is a one-trick pony, but that trick is a very good one. How else would kids come up with an assignment where they compose a camping story about a sad pirate who is from Mars?

 

"The buttons all function flawlessly, and the actual story starters are entertaining. Students would have a good time just endlessly spinning the dials and reading what the machine comes up with. When students are finished writing and electronically illustrating their stories, they can print them in an appealing format."

 

for K-6 -JL

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10 Free Text to Speech Tools for Educators

10 Free Text to Speech Tools for Educators | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"Today I am introducing you to a set of awesome tools that allow users to easily select any part of a text and hear it in the voice and accent they want. These tools can be very helpful for language teachers. Students can use them to impprove their pronunciation and develop their reading skills. All these tools are easy to use and above all free of charge. Most of these tools are extensions that you can install on your browser."

 

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5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success

5½ Timeless Commencement Speeches to Teach You to Define Your Own Success | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria Popova

 

"It’s that time of year again, the time when cultural icons and luminaries of various stripes flock to podiums around the world to impart their wisdom on a fresh crop of graduating seniors hungry to take on the world. After last year’s omnibus of timeless commencement addresses by J. K. Rowling (“Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts, that is something on which to pride yourself. But poverty itself is romanticized only by fools.”), Steve Jobs (“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.”), Robert Krulwich (“You will build a body of work, but you will also build a body of affection, with the people you’ve helped who’ve helped you back. This is the era of Friends in Low Places.”), Meryl Streep (“This is your time, and it feels normal to you. But, really, there is no ‘normal.’ There’s only change, and resistance to it, and then more change.”), and Jeff Bezos (“Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice.”), here are five-ish more packets of timeless wisdom."

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My daughter in the Huffington Post!

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By Constance Valis Hill

 

"Tap dance, our first American vernacular dance form, is an intricate musical and dance exchange that evolved Afro-Irish percussive step dances like the jig, gioube, buck-and-wing, and juba to the work of such contemporary low-heeled tap luminaries as Gregory Hines, Brenda Bufalino, Dianne Walker, Jason Samuels Smith, and such hard-hitting high-heeled women as Chloe Arnold, Michela Marino Lerman, Michelle Dorrance, and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards."

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Beyond standard search tips

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Carolyn Foote live blogs Gary Price's preso at Computers in Libraries conf in DC in March 2012.

Wonderful list of sites of interest, most of which I had not heard of. -JL

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346 creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers

346 creative writing prompts . com ideas for writers | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Use the creative writing prompts and creative writing ideas to create stories, poems and other creative pieces from your imagination. The writing prompts can even help you come up with creative content for blogs and blog stories."

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108 Ways to Use Word Clouds

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By Michael Gorman

 

"I am amazed every time I talk to groups and find out so many educators have not used word clouds with their students. In fact I am so sure that you will enjoy this topic I have come up with 108 ways to use word clouds in the classroom. I have tried to include almost every subject. These are a collection of ideas shared with me, various readings, and a lot of my own brainstorming. I know this will be an article you wish to share with others. In order to better understand some of the advanced uses I suggest you may wish to read Part One of this series entitled, 12 Valuable Wordle Tips You Must Read. I am certain you will find at least one new idea… and again please give a retweet. By the way… have an idea I have not listed? Then just take a moment and leave a comment…. I thank you in advance. Let’s explore those word clouds!"

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36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk | LitReactor

36 Writing Essays by Chuck Palahniuk | LitReactor | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In 2005 Chuck Palahniuk began submitting original writing essays on craft to his official fan site ChuckPalahniuk.net.  36 essays later and Chuck had amassed a wealth of knowledge on his readers; tools and writing tenants that could fill a book!

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Telescopic Text © Joe Davis 2008

Telescopic Text © Joe Davis 2008 | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
An exploration of scale and levels of detail. How much or little is contained within the tiniest, most ordinary of moments.

 

 

@richardanderson writes:

 

"Telescopic Text (telescopictext.com) is a fabulous demonstration to children of how to extend their creative writing. From the simple starting text "I made tea", the writing unfolds with each click on one of the "greyed" words to insert new details, adjectives and emotions.

 

"At telescopictext.org, you can register and make your own unfolding texts."

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Students will get the hang of telescopictext.com quite rapidly...in which a simple 3-word sentence is expanded by clicking on "greyed out" words. Once they understand the concept, they can move on to telescopictext.org. Here students can completely control the process and rapidly and easily develop quite sophisticated writing samples. -JL

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Down the Rabbit Hole Part II: Building Memories Day By Day

Down the Rabbit Hole Part II: Building Memories Day By Day | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Here’s where we left off (way back in March) at the end of Down the Rabbit Hole—Part I: Now, I’ve also heard teachers tell me this (“…to help students conceptualize the trait of ideas is to think of ideas as memories.”) is all great for students whose lives outside of school are filled with activities, friends, and meaningful interactions with parents. What about the students whose lives, at least in terms of experiences, happen mainly while they are at school?

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my 28 most tried and true writing prompts | Luke Neff

my 28 most tried and true writing prompts | Luke Neff | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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Playfic: A free tool for creating text-based, choose your own adventure stories

Playfic: A free tool for creating text-based, choose your own adventure stories | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Playfic is a tool for creating text-based, choose your own adventure stories. Playfic is based on Inform7 which use "if, then" logic to allow anyone to create their stories. When authors plan and write their stories they can include multiple paths for readers to pursue as they progress through their stories. Readers navigate through the stories by entering directional commands such as "go north" and "go south."


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Podcasting To Personalize Feedback | Teaching Channel

Podcasting To Personalize Feedback | Teaching Channel | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Teacher Sarah Wessling in a 2 min.  video talking about and demonstrating giving audio feedback to writing students using a podcast (dictating into an iPod and then sending to students). Well done video and excellent demonstrtion by Wessling. -JL

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Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students | Penn State University

Writing Guidelines for Engineering and Science Students | Penn State University | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"These guidelines for engineering writing and scientific writing are designed to help students communicate their technical work. To that end, these guidelines contain advice, models, and exercises for common writing and speaking assignments in engineering and science."

 

Be sure to use the arrows at the bottom right of the page to access more helpful resources. -JL

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Teaching English through Film and Screenwriting… | Langwitches Blog

Teaching English through Film and Screenwriting… | Langwitches Blog | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Stephen Wilmarth on Silvia Tolisano's blog, Langwitches.

 

Wilmarth describes (and provides ample video samples of) a very rich project in which students at his middle school in Wuhan China exchange videos with an all-girls Catholic high school in Liverpool, Australia.

 

The basic idea of the project is that students at one school create a video with images and audio and prepare to send it to their partner school. Before doing so, however, the audio track is stripped out. Then the students at the receiving school create their own audio track. Then students are asked to analyze both versions of the films for cultural, language, and creative differences and similarities.

 

As Wilmarth describes the project further, "I’m interested in finding “evidence” of learning. How does making a movie, including storyboarding, scripting, filming, directing, and producing help to improve language and communication skills? Is there evidence here that language teaching objectives are being met?"

 

This is a great project and the videos Wilmarth provides are wonderful resources to be considered from numerous perspectives. While the project was designed originally as an ESL project, certainly native speakers can benefit significantly from the analytical and communcation skills the exchanges incorporate.  -JL

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The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning

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By Maria Popova

 

"The poet John Keats once described the ideal state of the psyche as negative capability — the ability “of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.” “The truth of life is its mystery,” echoed Joyce Carol Oates. This comfort with mystery and the unknown, indeed, is at the heart not only of poetic existence but also of the most rational of human intellectual endeavors, as many of history’s greatest scientific minds have attested. And yet, caught between the opinion culture we live in and our deathly fear of being wrong, we long desperately for absolutism, certitude, and perfect truth.

 

"Originally published in 1993, The Spirituality of Imperfection: Storytelling and the Search for Meaning (public library) explores what’s arguably the most important dimension of what it means to be human — our inherent imperfection — and the many ways in which we violate it daily, delivering a constellation of wisdom and practical insight on how to live in a way that enables, rather than disempowers, our humanity."

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Ken Burns on Storytelling: 'All Story is Manipulation'

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By Joe Marine

 

"Speaking of making storytelling a priority over camera tests, Ken Burns is in a league of his own when it comes to filmmaking. His documentaries are widely known and his visual techniques have been adopted by countless productions, so much so that panning and zooming into a still image has been dubbed the “Ken Burns Effect.” For once, however, the lens is turned the other way, and filmmakers Sarah Klein and Tom Mason have produced a short documentary called Ken Burns: On Story. In the film embedded below, Burns talks about good storytelling and the ways in which we manipulate audiences."

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The World Is My School: Welcome to the Era of Personalized Learning | World Future Society

The World Is My School: Welcome to the Era of Personalized Learning | World Future Society | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Maria H. Anderson

 

"Mass education is adequate, as long as students are highly motivated to learn and get ahead of their peers. In developing countries, a student who is successful in education will be able to climb the ladder of personal economic prosperity faster than those who are not successful. But in industrialized countries, where prosperity is the norm, an education does not necessarily translate into a significantly higher standard of living. In these countries, there is no longer a large economic incentive to learn, so the motivation to learn must become intrinsic. As we redesign en masse education, we must address learners’ intrinsic motivations, which means that education must circle back to being personal again.

 

"The vision of a modern education built around personalized learning is not new, but it is definitely tantalizing. Neal Stephenson’s novel The Diamond Age (Spectra, 1995) shares a vision of personalized learning in the future via an interactive book that possesses a conversational interface (CI) and “pseudo-intelligence,” a kind of artificial intelligence (AI) that is inferior to human intelligence. It’s likely that we’ll see decent conversational interfaces within the next decade, and certainly applications like Google Voice are moving us much closer to this reality. AI that is capable of directing the learning needs of a human will take much longer, developing in the next 20–50 years, but we can’t wait that long for the technology to catch up with education. The need for personalized learning exists in the here and now. So how does one bridge this vision of the future with the realities of the present?

 

"...A system for personalized learning will not grow from inside formal education. Education is like a field that’s been overplanted with only small patches of fertile soil. Too many stakeholders (parents, unions, administration, faculty, etc.) compete to promote various ideas about how to change, acting like weeds or plagues that choke off plant growth. The fresh and fertile soil of the open Web can foster the quick growth of a personalized learning system. Then, like a good fertilizer, it can be used to replenish the soil of formal education and help us to reach that “Holy Grail” of education: personalized learning for all."

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Author, Jody Hedlund: 7 Setting Basics That Can Bring a Story to Life

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By Jody Hedlund

 

"I love judging contests. I always appreciate the way reading entries forces me to evaluate the basics of good fiction writing. I come away from the experience working all the harder to apply the basics to my own stories.

I recently did a post about 7 dialog basics after noticing that some of the entrants were struggling to craft dialog. Since I seemed to be making a lot of comments in the entries regarding setting, I thought perhaps I’d do a refresher post on some setting basics as well."

 

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A letter to my seniors (updated) « NeverEndingSearch

A letter to my seniors (updated) « NeverEndingSearch | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Joyce Valenza is one of my favorite librarians. Her high school library's website (mentioned here before) is just terrific (Springfield Township, PA)...and she presents and blogs all over.

 

This particular post is a sweet missive addressed to the graduating seniors in her school detailing how they can maximize their resarch searches when they go off to their respective colleges in the fall.

 

Lots of good advice here for all of us. -JL

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