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50 Beautifully Designed Book Covers for Inspiration

50 Beautifully Designed Book Covers for Inspiration | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
Books displayed on a shelf in a shop need to attract prospective buyers, and the first and most important way that can be done is with an eye-catching cover design.

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Improving Written Feedback - HuntingEnglish

Improving Written Feedback - HuntingEnglish | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

by Alex Quigley

 

"This week I gave a seminar at TeachMeet Clevedon. I am going to post more fully on my topic of teachers getting better by undertaking ‘deliberate practice‘ sometime soon. One smaller aspect of my presentation was how teachers can improve written feedback, both to improve learning and to marginally reduce the time taken to give written feedback. With the gift of more time we can free ourselves to pursue becoming a better teacher more deliberately: with reflection, planning and deliberate practice. Of course, written feedback is so crucial that it can improve teaching and learning significantly, therefore it deserves our attention in its own right.

 

"The following list of tips is a synthesis of my experience and that of my English department (see our policy for feedback here). It also draws upon many excellent teachers and their cumulative experience of effective written feedback."

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Penny Kittle - Workshop Handouts

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Handouts from 20 workshops conducted by Penny Kittle, a very accomplished speacialist in teaching reading and writing P-12. A great deal of wonderful material here; some of it is very clear without explanation, some of it makes you wish you understood the context -JL

 

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11 Grammar Tips For Teachers And Students - Edudemic

11 Grammar Tips For Teachers And Students - Edudemic | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
It’s grammar time! The following grammar tips are all about good grammar, and the things that make me cringe. It’s a subject so dear to my heart that I snuck in an extra board.

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The 15 Most Ridiculous College Application Questions

The 15 Most Ridiculous College Application Questions | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
While Tufts and the University of Chicago may be the two schools most well known for their unorthodox essays, many colleges have slipped in quirky questions to shake up potential applicants.

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John Jung's comment, July 24, 2013 10:58 AM
Don't think I could get into some of these colleges, and maybe not even want to get accepted by them, If I did get accepted
Sharon Bakar's curator insight, August 6, 2013 7:26 AM

American universities throw some quirky questions at students applying to them.  Why not pick up a writing prompt from these and run?

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Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts | 5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules

Mother Lode of Creative Writing Prompts | 5th Grade Rocks, 5th Grade Rules | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

by Mimi

 

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  I spent the day yesterday procrastinating from unpacking, painting, and cleaning.  The good news?  I found some incredible sites for writing!  My kids in the past have always been more interested in my writing lessons that have been centered around images.  I decided to do a google search to find some interesting pictures that they could write from and I came across the mother lode!!!


"If you don't know about Luke Neff already, you MUST click here.  His writing prompts are A-mazing!  They are geared to the upper grades, but I can completely see some higher fourth graders or any fifth graders digging these prompts. For you younger grade teachers, I can see you getting some good ideas and adapting them to meet the needs of your kids.  I spent hours yesterday going through his archived prompts.  Again...A-mazing!  I will definitely be using some of them next year in my writing block!  If you are overwhelmed by the amount of writing prompts at my link above, here is a list of Luke's "most tried and true" writing prompts he uses.  If you have the time though, it's worth going through the others as well.  Of course, some of the prompts are way too difficult and/or not appropriate for the younger students, so use your best judgment! :) "


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 7, 2013 8:51 PM

Definitely NOT just for 5th grades.

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Create a PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com

Create a PicLit | Inspired Picture Writing | PicLits.com | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
PicLits.com is a creative writing and e-learning site that matches beautiful images with carefully selected keywords in order to inspire you. It is a forum for creative writing, social interaction, and can also be used as a teaching tool.

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Gayla Keesee's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:22 AM

An interesting tool that can be used for a variety of age levels to encourage brainstorming and creative writing. Similar to found poetry. Drag and drop words from those listed below to create a short phrase or sentence.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 2, 2013 4:35 PM

Quite a useful and original site.

Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:15 AM

Possible resource for dual language and immersion schools as well as traditional language activites.

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 22, 2013 4:21 AM

The act of writing is in of itself a reflective and creative journey.

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 7:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 8:24 PM

Massage your brain....

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Storyboard That – online storyboard creator for schools

Storyboard That – online storyboard creator for schools | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
Storyboard That is a cutting edge Web 2.0 tool for rapidly creating amazing storyboards, no art skills needed. Great for business meetings and in the classroom for students to express their creativity.

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Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 2:51 AM

struggled to use in school (internet issues) but seems a good way to go.

Venkatesh Surya's comment, March 16, 11:53 PM
that is a great innovation in studying
Venkatesh Surya's comment, March 16, 11:53 PM
that is a great innovation in studying
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22 Rules of Story Telling every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

22 Rules of Story Telling every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 10, 2013 7:50 PM

Sme great tips on teaching writing.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 8, 2013 12:58 PM

Encouraging writing through storytelling.  Everyone has a story!

Ann Vega's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:58 AM

Love this!

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Great "Slide Shows" on The Use of iPad in Education

Great "Slide Shows" on The Use of iPad in Education | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

Are you planning to use iPad in your teaching this year ? Are you still looking for resources to help you with the implementation of this mobile device in your classroom? I know those first steps can sometimes be extremely hard particulalry in regard to a piece of technology that is still relatively new in education. You might also have problems convincing your school staff about the importance of iPad in yur teaching. You need to have solid ground to stand on and to do this you  need to have recourse to the different educational resources you can put your hands on. Fortunately this modest blog can provide you with a head start into the world of' ' iPadology '.


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Electronic Books/Writing Tools - Web 2.0 in Education (UK)

Electronic Books/Writing Tools - Web 2.0 in Education (UK) | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

By Darren Walker

 

"The tools on this page make use of traditional book elements (text and photos) to create electronic books. In many cases the books can also be printed if desired but having them published online gives them an immediate audience."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 11:20 AM

This is a wonderful collection of writing tools (and multimedia tools for writing) as well as for publishing. Don't be deceived by the seeming elementary-level look of these tools. Many of them are quite sophisticated and can by used by and for writers/readers of all ages. Do spend time going through Walker's entire wiki; this is clearly a labor of love from an accomplished educator.

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Get Visual: A Technique for Improving Student Writing | Faculty Focus

Get Visual: A Technique for Improving Student Writing | Faculty Focus | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

By Deborah Miller Fox

 

"One of the ongoing challenges for my composition students is the task of narrowing a broad, generalized topic into a more particular, focused topic for a short research essay. To help them develop this skill, I now prescribe a broad topic for everyone to use in the first research essay. Over several class sessions, we work collaboratively to explore the general topic, identify more particular subtopics, and develop research strategies to investigate these subtopics as possible subject matter.

 

"This semester I required all of the students to write about our city, Anderson, Indiana. In addition to all of the other “process” assignments I use to teach my students inquiry, research strategies and drafting techniques, I recently added an art project to the mix. The assignment was simple: create a poster that gives a “face” to the city of Anderson. I told the students to be creative in their design and to represent visually the key discoveries they’ve made about their specialized topics. I also encouraged them to suggest the focus and purpose for their essay through the content or design of the poster. I promised to give each student 30 seconds to offer comments about his or her poster to the class...."

 

"The posters students created in response to the assignment were impressive—not in their artistic design but in their clarity. Nearly every student was able to articulate an appropriately narrow focus AND a specific purpose for the essay project. Making the poster seemed to help them identify the key ideas or categories of information they would include in the paper."

 


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The Joy Is In the Struggle of Making: How Writers Get Their Ideas

The Joy Is In the Struggle of Making: How Writers Get Their Ideas | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
In its most woo-woo use, “writer's block” promotes the impractical and cosmic idea that something is blocking the transmission of magical creativity particles from entering our brains and delivering our “inspiration,” that ...

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How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive

How To Organize Your Research With The Power Of Google Drive | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
Google Docs has made its home on Google Drive. So after one year, it’s high time to get used to calling it by the new account name.

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María Asunción Martínez Mayoral's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:58 PM

Google no deja de sorprender; interesantes herramientas para investigación dentro de Google drive.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 14, 2013 10:55 AM

Amazing

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Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. If you can get rid of these common offenders on your own, then good editors can focus on the deeper aspects of your fiction.

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Analyze and Improve Your Writing Skills Online With Slick Write

Analyze and Improve Your Writing Skills Online With Slick Write | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

"Even the best writers from among us are prone to the odd mistake. Slick Write is an online tool which helps to correct and even improve your writing on a number of levels.

"Slick Write enables you to evaluate the stylistic features and potential flaws of your work, as well as giving you the ability to identify spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. Interestingly, the tool gives you an insight into the structure of your content, breaking up paragraphs and sentences in a unique, informative way.

"You can analyse the flow of your work, and assess some of the statistics which Slick Write provides for you. When using all the features in unison, it becomes relatively easy to turn an average piece of text, and turn it into a literary masterpiece.


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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, July 28, 2013 9:35 AM

Lijkt een mooie tool te ziijn, helaas alleen beschikbaar voor Engelse teksten en voor WordPress.

Krysta Hammond's curator insight, September 19, 2013 1:35 PM

Will be a great addition to my lower level writing class who struggle with grammar or ideas. Passing this on to other Writing teachers in my division as well, thank you!

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Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and write.

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Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB

Featured Video Writing Prompts | TeachHUB | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, April 30, 2013 1:45 PM

Lots of vids to use as writing prompts with kids. Many are movie trailers. They are accompanied by questions to tease out kids' thoughts on topics. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 2, 2013 11:26 AM

Video prompts sound like an effective idea.  All I'd add is to make a prompt optional.  If a young writer already has a topic in mind, let them run with it. 

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6 Word Stories - 6 Shot Videos

Inspired by Ernest Hemingway, Broadcast Technology II students were challenged to tell the story of themselves in just 6 shots. No two shots could be alike, and they had to begin by creating a 6...

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8 Powerful Apps To Help You Create Books On The iPad - Edudemic

8 Powerful Apps To Help You Create Books On The iPad - Edudemic | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
It's never been easier to quickly and easily get your digital pen flowing. The following are powerful apps designed to help you create books on the iPad.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, October 11, 2013 8:13 AM

The possibilities just keep growing!

mrsjgarcia's curator insight, October 11, 2013 11:30 AM

We use Book Creator, which apps do you use?

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Creative Writing Prompts

Creative Writing Prompts | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
This page contains a list of prompts for writing classes/activities for when you need a bit of inspiration for a writing idea. I will try to update it regularly with new ideas, so keep checking bac...

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shanmughapriya's curator insight, April 18, 2013 5:08 AM

A list of effective writing prompts.

Emma Bradley's curator insight, April 20, 2013 1:29 PM

Great ideas to combat writers' block and motivate yourself to start writing instead of daydreaming about it!

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UtellStory - A Multimedia Storytelling Community To Tell Stories, Share Topics, and Make An Impact

UtellStory - A Multimedia Storytelling Community To Tell Stories, Share Topics, and Make An Impact | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

A multimedia storytelling and sharing community that let people from different age and background to easily tell stories and share topics with photo, video, voice, music and words.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 18, 2013 4:25 AM

Free and easy tool for creating multimedia stories and presentations, and sharing them with anyone. Upload your photos, add audio, video or text and publish the story.

You can sign up with your Facebook account or your email.

 

Educators have an option to pay a membership fee ($4.99 /mo. or $50 /yr.) to create 50 student accounts which are protected from the public. Before you decide on this step, there is a 30-day free trial.

This looks like an awesome student storytelling platform.

Shanika Journey's curator insight, February 18, 2013 9:26 PM

Very interesting and a very simple tool for those who just want to tell stories, alone or with a group, by quickly adding pictures, video, and voiceover to narrate through the presentation. Looks like a pretty new site and it has both free and paid accounts.

Jeannette Jackson's curator insight, February 19, 2013 4:02 PM

Has great possibilities: would need to check out the educator costs

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Grammar Girl : The Rules of Story :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™

Grammar Girl : The Rules of Story :: Quick and Dirty Tips ™ | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 23, 2013 10:01 AM

The seven things our brains look for in a story--and it isn't all about the writing.

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365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources

365 things to make you go "Hmmm..." | Thinking skills resources | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
365 things to make you go

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netquester's curator insight, February 3, 2013 9:32 AM

Excellent  way to start the day

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 3, 2013 8:22 PM

writing prompts? discussion starters? debates or research?

Tui Needham, Career Development Specialist's comment, April 20, 2013 6:01 PM
Like this a lot, some goodies when running workshops and you want get people thinking.