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Creating Historians: Giving Scholars the Answers | Lesson Planet

Creating Historians: Giving Scholars the Answers | Lesson Planet | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
How allowing index cards on tests can empower critical thinking; part one of a series on approaching social studies as a group of historians.
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Thought bubbles on photos

Thought bubbles on photos | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
Several of us were talking a few days ago about different ways to design hook activities that would engage kids while also encourage writing skills. My favorite is to use thought bubbles on paintin...

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, July 19, 2013 9:45 AM

I really love this idea, and think it could be easily done via PowerPoint or a lot of the other ways mentioned in the blog post.

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In on a secret? That’s dramatic irony - Christopher Warner

In on a secret? That’s dramatic irony - Christopher Warner | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

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"Preposition" by The Bazillions

NEW BAZILLIONS VIDEO "Similes and Metaphors" -- http://youtu.be/uoSBVNUO2LU NEW BAZILLIONS ALBUM "Heads or Tales" on sale now at http://www.thebazillions.com...
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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 6:06 PM
Unlike some other grammar tunes, this one is pretty catchy.
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The Ricebowl Challenge | Freerice.com

The Ricebowl Challenge | Freerice.com | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 7:51 AM
Have extra time in the classroom but not enough time to start a lesson? Have your students play "Freerice." Freerice tests their vocabulary knowledge while feeding the poor.
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Editable PowerPoint Newspapers PowerPoint Template

Editable PowerPoint Newspapers PowerPoint Template | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

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Janet Ilko's curator insight, June 11, 2013 9:28 AM

 

easy to use templates for powerpoint!

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Writing & Composition / Middle School

Writing & Composition / Middle School | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
The best Writing & Composition apps handpicked by educational professionals. (@derheckser Did you see Chronicle featured on appoLearning top 5 for Middle School Writing/Comp?

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9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again -- THE Journal

9 Creative Storytelling Tools That Will Make You Wish You Were A Student Again -- THE Journal | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

For many students, writing a novel summary is not exactly a glamorous assignment. But writing a novel summary using a timeline-based storytelling platform with embedded original content, hyperlinks, videos, and pictures might just make developing re-cap of A Christmas Carol interesting, argues Lake Geneva Middle School language arts teacher Rob Granger.
In lieu of standard re-caps, Granger asks his students to create Meographs, four-dimensional narratives that contextualize stories using maps to provide time and place references to original content. A part of the growing BYOD initiative in schools, Meograph is just one of the hundreds of apps designed to reshape storytelling.
T.H.E. Journal asked eduTecher founder and FETC speaker Adam Bellow and Donna Criswell, an instructional integration specialist at the Sudbury (MA) Public School District, for the most creative storytelling apps available, and we did a little digging on our own, too. The results, listed below, turn students into novelists, artists, and moviemakers, with each tool bringing its own powerful mechanism for transforming the traditional narrative--both inside and outside the classroom.
According to Bellow, students can share these stories with, at the very least, their peers, but also with friends and family and on social networks, “So there’s a real audience out there who can find their stories as well.”


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Writing a Precis

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A précis is a brief summary. Writing a précis is valuable training in composition. Since the writing requires you to be clear and concise, you must choose your words carefully and arrange them skillfully so you get the maximum amount of meaning into the minimum space.
In addition to its value as a writing exercise, précis work is excellent reading practice. In order to summarize another's ideas in your own words, you must understand the idea thoroughly.


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Grammar Quizzes & English Grammar Tests at Grammar Revolution

Grammar Quizzes & English Grammar Tests at Grammar Revolution | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

Check out these grammar quizzes as a way to test your own knowledge.


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Tom March :: Thesis Builders

Tom March :: Thesis Builders | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

Online tools for creating thesis statements and outlines.


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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 4, 2013 9:27 AM

Looks like a great self help tool for students and from a trusted educator. Link to your Virtual Learning Commons and then invite a class to experiment. Document results and share findings.

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How to write a simple essay | Essay writing help

Do you know how to write a simple essay? Here we show you how to write a simple essay and explain the best way to do this. The 5 Paragraph Essay format is used so you need to brush up on this but as there are many different formats of essay, this one is the most simple.


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10 Quick Writing Tips For Students

10 Quick Writing Tips For Students | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
Staring at a blank Word document can be downright terrifying. So here are some quick writing tips for students looking to get the mind ready to write.

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Propaganda Posters and the Common Core

Propaganda Posters and the Common Core | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
I don’t know if it says something about me, but I have always been fascinated with propaganda posters.  When I was in the classroom, I probably spent more time than I had to focusing on the various...

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Heather Ramsey's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:34 PM

I absolutely love the idea of this. Like the author of the page, I am fascinated by modern and war-era propaganda (both domestic and international) and love teaching about it. The subject presents a great opportunity for students to make claims and use evidence to back them up.

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What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler

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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 6:03 PM
Great video to introduce the concept of the Hero's Journey.
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Purdue OWL

The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue.

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Helene Redmond's curator insight, June 26, 2013 2:23 PM

A great resource for writing! I refer to it often.

Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 7:52 AM
I also use Purdue when I need clarification for a writing assignment.
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12 Totally Readable Titles for Your Middle School Class Library–Reluctant Readers Beware! | Writing is Immortality

12 Totally Readable Titles for Your Middle School Class Library–Reluctant Readers Beware! | Writing is Immortality | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it

It is nearing the end of the 2010-2011 school year (how can that be???) and I have my list for the best read, most asked for, and favorite books from my class


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Teaching Writing with a Peer Editing Co-op

Teaching Writing with a Peer Editing Co-op | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
At my local homeschool group's October meeting, we divided up into grade levels with the middle school moms (6th - 8th) all meeting together. Our topic was writing, and some common trouble spots em...

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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 7:55 AM
Peer editing can also work in small groups- like literature circles where each participant has a role. For example, one student edits spelling; another edits for clarity, and another edits for grammar and punctuation.
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Middle School Writing Prompts

Middle School Writing Prompts | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
These middle school writing prompts will give your middle school students many essay writing ideas. These writing prompts are for students in 6th through 8th grade and are organized by the various writing styles.

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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 7:58 AM
I have looked through a significant amount of sites that claim to have great writing prompts for middle school students. This one actually does. The ideas are thoughtful and require reflection and organization.
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Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing

Less is More? How to Teach Summary Writing | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
Teachers at times tend to believe that summary writing is easy, and students should be able to do it without being taught; teachers will sometimes make an assignment to “read and summa...

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Laura Graham Fetters's comment, June 27, 2013 8:00 AM
Good breakdown of summary steps.
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5 Tools For Making Custom Timelines - Edudemic

5 Tools For Making Custom Timelines - Edudemic | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
You can use custom timelines in book reports, projects, and just about every other piece of coursework in K-12. These tools will help.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 3, 2013 9:28 PM

Five timeline tools are discussed in this post. Learn more about:
* Timetoast

* Meograph

* Capzles

* Dipity

* XTimeline

There is a small description of each timeline as well as a screenshot.  

Anne Sturgess's curator insight, May 4, 2013 9:00 PM

Useful for project-based learning.

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English Grammar Revolution: Grammar Made Easy

English Grammar Revolution: Grammar Made Easy | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
The best way to teach and learn English grammar. Lessons and exercises teaching grammar with sentence diagramming. Confident teachers, engaged students, joyful learning.

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5 Paragraph Essay - What Is It?

Here we explain what a 5 paragraph essay is and also we give you some handy hints and tips on how to write a 5 paragraph essay. The five paragraph essay is a useful because it helps students get a good grasp on how to organise an argumentative essay, so they are able to write longer and more sophisticated essays.


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Valerie Nguefack's comment, July 8, 2013 6:45 AM
I am happy to read this.i had a discussion about how to write an argumentative essay with my colleagues. i was in your line while they were saying that a student should discuss on the 2 sides of the topic and state his or her position in the conclusion. I was against this metholodogy. Thanks
Valerie Nguefack's comment, July 8, 2013 6:47 AM
state your position in the introduction
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25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers for You and Your Kids

25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers for You and Your Kids | Middle School Readers & Writers' Circle | Scoop.it
Language arts graphic organizers: story maps, double entry diary, concept wheel, 5 paragraph essay planner, think-pair-share chart, Venn diagrams for 2 or 3 topics, . . .

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Connie Wise's curator insight, December 31, 2012 12:49 AM

easy-to-access graphic organizers