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Education Week Teacher: Writing: Not Just for Language Arts

Education Week Teacher: Writing: Not Just for Language Arts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Marsha Ratzel

 

I wanted my 6th graders to write in science class. My goal was to inspire them to demonstrate their understanding of the properties of minerals as well as the elements of good writing. I realized it would be no easy task. After all, minerals are not a topic high on the interest list of any 12-year-old I know.

 

Yet I found myself in a computer lab full of students who were happily typing their hearts out, writing about minerals. And later, I commented on one well-written essay after another. Was I surprised? Yes. Was I satisfied? Absolutely. All my scheming had paid off.

 

Let me tell you how my students and I did it.

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6 Traits of Writing – Professional Development - Voice Lesson Plans

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Voice Lessons:  Here's an archive of lesson plans designed to teach voice in writing!


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WritingFix: The Writing Process...Revision Resources

WritingFix: The Writing Process...Revision Resources | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"I try to teach revision but I always seem to run out of time. It takes my students so long just to write rough drafts that I can't help but move straight to editing. Help me find ways to make more time for revision."

 

This page of resources for revision create the heart of any writing workshop classroom.


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Free Technology for Teachers: Web 2.0 Collaborative Projects in the Middle School

Free Technology for Teachers: Web 2.0 Collaborative Projects in the Middle School | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Denise Borck

 

I am the library media specialist for my school and part of my job is to assist my faculty with the integration of technology in the curriculum. As such, I am always searching for new ideas to use in collaborating with my classroom teachers. Showcased below are a few of the Web 2.0 tools I have used with classes along with details of specific projects I have helped students to produce.

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“Write what you know” – the most misunderstood piece of good advice, ever. | Think Tank | Big Think

“Write what you know” – the most misunderstood piece of good advice, ever.  | Think Tank | Big Think | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

For Nathan Englander, it’s exactly the same with writing. The critically acclaimed author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank says that “write what you know” is one of the best and most misunderstood pieces of advice, ever. It paralyzes aspiring authors into thinking that authenticity in fiction means thinly veiled autobiography. If you’re a drunken, brawling adventurer, like Hemingway, no problem. But Englander, who grew up in the Orthodox Jewish community of West Hempstead, New York, says he spent a lot of his childhood watching TV, playing videogames, and dreaming about being a writer. Was he required to write about the Atari 2600?

 

“Write what you know” isn’t about events, says Englander. It’s about emotions. Have you known love? jealousy? longing? loss? Did you want that Atari 2600 so bad you might have killed for it? If so, it doesn't matter whether your story takes place in Long Island or on Mars – if you’re writing what you know, readers will feel it.

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The Write Way: Building Fluency with Students | Edutopia

The Write Way: Building Fluency with Students | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Elena Aguilar shares how one Oakland teacher inspires her eighth grade students to write.

 

Students in Ms. K's class were not only getting time to write (something that we don't see frequently in middle school) but they were loving it. They were sharing their writing. They were increasing their fluency. And they were listening to music as a regular part of their school day. I left feeling inspired and hopeful.

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25 Questions To Ask When You're Stuck | Accidental Creative

25 Questions To Ask When You're Stuck | Accidental Creative | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Todd Henry

 

It’s bound to happen sooner or later. No matter how skilled you are and no matter how well you’ve prepared, you’re inevitably going to find yourself stuck on a tough problem without a clear path forward.

 

It’s tempting in these circumstances to keep your nose down and continue cranking on the problem. The problem with this method is that you may be digging yourself deeper into an existing rut.

 

Sometimes it’s valuable to have a set of questions at the ready to help you re-frame, shift, or view the problem through a different window.

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Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Websites to Know - Language Arts

Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: Websites to Know - Language Arts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
There are many websites designed to help educators teach reading and writing in the classroom, and this article lists some of them. Students can build their own comic strips with the help of Comic Creator, while Essay Map helps students structure their writing with outlines. Another site, Fun English Games, features tongue-twisters that help students master the parts of speech, among other activities.
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5 Ways Writers Can Break Out of the Tired Old Social Media Box

5 Ways Writers Can Break Out of the Tired Old Social Media Box | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

The social media world is changing daily. In other words, we must be alert and aware of the new tools that could support us in our approach. This interesting article speaks about some "new" tools that can also help us to go towards to success. [note Martin Gysler]

 

It’s time to teach that old dog some new tricks.

 

That old dog I’m referring to is social media.

 

Sure, you’re already blogging, and on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, and more. Great.

 

But I’m telling you — there’s more to social media than meets the eye. The final chapter on social media hasn’t been written.

 

When I kicked off my writing business in April, I decided to use social media my way.

 

I approached these overused networks as if I’d never heard of them. I made my own rules. I set different expectations. You could say I wrote my own chapter on social media marketing.

 

Read more: http://www.copyblogger.com/creative-social-media/


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AWP -- A creative community for writers

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The mission of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is to foster literary talent & achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, & to serve the makers, teachers, students, & readers of contemporary literature.

 

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) is a national, nonprofit literary organization for teachers and writers. Founded in 1967, AWP is dedicated to serving writers, teachers, and writing programs. Our core services include publication of The Writer's Chronicle, the AWP Job List, and the AWP Official Guide to Creative Writing Programs. Our Career Services, are available for members only. AWP also sponsors an annual conference & a number of annual writing competitions.

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Kids News and News Articles for Kids - GoGoNews -

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From Education World

 

GoGo News’s tagline is “Big News for Little People,” and the site delivers on this with short posts on current events as well as some longer, more in-depth posts. Readers can respond to the articles in moderated comments, ensuring that any discussion on the site is kid-appropriate. The content is broken up into several areas: Planet, Cool, Fun, Picks, In-Depth and Teach, allowing users to easily find content that interests them.

 

The site’s design is clean and easy to navigate, with an airy look and three-color scheme giving it a modern feel. The photos accompanying articles add visual appeal, and some articles also include videos. Each piece lists a date, so users can instantly judge whether the material is fresh.

 

This site offers a lot in a small package. Kids can learn about a variety of current events from short, succinct posts. The longer, more in-depth posts are broken up into pithy facts arranged under headings, so that the material is easily digestible and offers many possibilities for classroom use.

 

In my opinion, this site would be good for Language Arts for students aged about 8-11. -JL

 

 

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Easy Street Prompts

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Easy Street Prompts provides inspiring visual ideas for writing and the arts. Use one of the prompts to get you started. Make something. A new idea will post every day. All you have to do is respond to it, so write, photograph, draw, paint, sew, paste, or whistle a happy tune. After you create, share it in the comments or post a link. We want to see. Tell us which prompts helped you get started, or restarted, or made you shake hands with the infinite. We want to know that, too.

 

Easy Street Prompts began as a daily prompt site for my creative writing students. It still is. I believe that the more open the prompt, the more likely you'll be to shake the cobwebs off of your creativity. That's why what you'll find here are random words, thought-provoking pictures, and an occasional video. Everyone is welcome to stop by and be inspired.


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Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers - ReadWriteThink

Ghosts and Fear in Language Arts: Exploring the Ways Writers Scare Readers - ReadWriteThink | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Students analyze scary stories to 'break the code...


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Write Source - Student Writing Models

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Sample papers for grades 1 - 12.  Dozens of samples!


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KmSoul - 7th & 8th Writing From Kingsbury Middle School

KmSoul - 7th & 8th Writing From Kingsbury Middle School | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

7 -8 Writing Samples.  Personal Narratives and poetry from teens who are now adults.  I've used these stories for scoring samples when teaching 6-Trait writing. 


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Unwrapping the 6-Traits with Primary Writers: Organization | Scholastic.com

Unwrapping the 6-Traits with Primary Writers: Organization | Scholastic.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

This week, I will focus on the writing trait of organization. I love to teach about organization this time of the year. My students have been writing for six months (at different stages and levels of course), and many are ready to work on organizing their writing. Here are are some lesson ideas that can help get your students writing more organized!


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Free Mac Tools That Make Writing Easier

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By Clay Johnson

 

Some tools have been making it easier for me to write lately, and I thought I'd share them with you. Over the course of the last three weeks, I've found them indispensable. They're all free, and all worthwhile.

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Encouraging Students to Find an Audience When They Write | Edutopia

Encouraging Students to Find an Audience When They Write | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Elena Aguilar

 

This kind of writing -- personal, to an audience who might never receive their words -- became a favorite in my class and a staple in our program. "I feel like I'm getting to have a dad by writing these," Jenny told me. "Sometimes I sit outside and I read him a letter and my mom says he listens in his way. Even if he doesn't hear me, I still feel closer to him."

 

And as students shared their letters with each other they found commonalities across their languages and backgrounds that they hadn't known existed. Communities were forged through their stories.

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Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia

Do You Write with Your Students? | Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

By Rebecca Alber

 

How do we prepare our students for the critical literacy skills required in today's world? Although there's so much to say about this matter, there's one key aspect of it that's been close to my heart since I attended a National Writing Project workshop more than a dozen years ago:

 

To help our students become writers, we need to write side by side with them.

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Write Right: Using Creative Writing to Counter Gender Stereotypes in Literature | Teaching Tolerance

Write Right: Using Creative Writing to Counter Gender Stereotypes in Literature | Teaching Tolerance | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

This lesson is the second in a series on Gender Expression. The lessons do not need to be used as a series, but they are designed to complement and build on each other. The overall goal of the series is to help students understand how gender stereotypes can lead to teasing or bullying that stands in the way of building a safe classroom community.

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Teen Ink | How to Choose the Right Subject - Teen Ink Weekly

Teen Ink | How to Choose the Right Subject - Teen Ink Weekly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

I'm currently teaching an introductory creative writing class with students who are very new to the writing game. They are definitely picking up on the techniques I'm discussing in class, from vivid adjective choices to strong verbs, but there's one thing they continue to struggle with. It's something I find very difficult to teach; in fact, it's something that might not be teachable at all. It's the skill (or inborn talent, perhaps) of choosing the right subject.

 

Teen Ink, a national teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teenage writing, art, photos and forums. Students must be age 13-19 to participate, register and/or submit work.

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What Is Creative Writing Anyway?

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On February 4, 2012 in the Huffington Post, this group of six creative writers and teachers answered some basic questions about creative writing, literature, and the relationship between teaching ang learning. We felt it especially important to include multiple perspectives and welcomed the lively conversation. You can read that piece here.

 

The comments to that post, along with some other respogses online, raised additional questions that deserve answers. As we get ready for our field's upcoming annual national meeting in Chicago, the Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2012 Conference, we thought we'd share more of what we do in creative writing programs and why we think they're not the bane of contemporary literature but, rather, good for writers, higher education, and culture.

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Reading, writing, tweeting

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When Ed Knight wants to find out what his 6-year-old did in school, he can scroll the Twitter feed on his iPhone for clues to start a conversation with his quiet son, who sometimes holds back when recounting details of his day.

 

That's because Evan and others in first-grade teacher Jodi Conrad's class use Twitter to send out a weekly newsletter, update the days' activities and give parents reminders about upcoming programs.

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Teacher’s Guide Academy Award Series | The Academy

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From Education World

 

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with Young Minds Inspired, produces a series of teacher’s guides that explore motion pictures. The activities are designed to capitalize on students’ interest in current films, as well as the excitement generated by the Academy Awards, to teach valuable lessons in critical thinking, creative writing and visual literacy.

 

Movies are a huge part of American life, so tying academic lessons into filmmaking is a brilliant way to engage students.All of the teacher materials are straightforward in their presentation and anchored in a specific academic discipline. For example, the activities and lessons found in Media Literacy are all designed for students in high school English, language arts, visual arts and communications classes.

 

Teachers do not have to shoehorn these activities into the curriculum; they are already designed to fit and require no modifications to make them classroom ready.

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Script Frenzy Young Writers Program | Your ticket to creative adventure

Script Frenzy Young Writers Program | Your ticket to creative adventure | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Script Frenzy is an international writing event for students, in which participants attempt the creatively daring feat of writing an entire script in the month of April.

 

Script Frenzy is free of cost.

 

This isn’t a contest, so there are no valuable prizes awarded or "Best Of" categories. In our opinion, each writer who attempts to reach his or her goal is victorious and awe-inspiring! (And you'll get certificates and web badges proclaiming this fact.)

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