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101 Excellent Sites for English Educators

101 Excellent Sites for English Educators | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
A list of the top 101 websites for English & Language Arts (ELA) chosen by real teachers from prominent LinkedIn groups.
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WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron

WIRED FOR STORY by Lisa Cron | Writing Tools | 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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Amy Gallagher Critchett | Learnist

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Amy Gallagher Critchett is on Learnist. Join Learnist share learnings with Amy Gallagher Critchett and others.
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Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers

Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

Originally by Mohamed ( Med ) Kharbach

 

"Digital storytelling, the practice of combining narrative with digital content, is gaining more ground in the educational field.Many schools and educational centres all around the globe are including learning method in their curriculums and the results are really promising : more of students engagement and a bigger degree of motivation."


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The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

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"On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she's received working for the animation studio over the years. It's some sage stuff, although there's nothing here about defending yourself from your childhood toys when they inevitably come to life with murder in their hearts. A truly glaring omission."


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English Teacher Rethinks Grammar Lessons -- With an App

English Teacher Rethinks Grammar Lessons -- With an App | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
A high school English teacher developed an app in his spare time that takes a new, red-ink free approach to grammar lessons.

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44 Lessons that Life Teaches Us

44 Lessons that Life Teaches Us | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

A list written by 90 year-old Regina Brett in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. These brief statements make great writing prompts for either fiction or non-fiction. -JL


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The Best Sites For Grammar Practice | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Sites For Grammar Practice | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
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50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills | Smashing Magazine

50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills | Smashing Magazine | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

By Vitaly Friedman

 

"Of course, effective writing requires a good command of the language in which you write or want to write. Once you have that command, you need to learn some tips and tricks so that you can have an edge over others in this hard-to-succeed world of writers. There are some gifted writers, granted. But gifted writers also need to polish their skills frequently in order to stay ahead of competition and earn their livelihood.

 

"We collected over 50 useful and practical tools and resources that will help you to improve your writing skills. You will find copywriting blogs, dictionaries, references, teaching classes, articles, tools as well as related articles from other blogs. Something is missing? Please let us know in the comments to this post!"


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11 free tools for discovering research | Mendeley Blog

11 free tools for discovering research | Mendeley Blog | Writing Tools | Scoop.it
Finding research is often frustrating. You're always running into paywalls and the interfaces to most library databases look like they were designed sometime back in 1980.
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Lists for Writers - creative writing ideas and prompts for character, setting, plot, and brainstorming

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"Lists for Writers is a great addition to any writer’s toolbox. Helpful to both novice and expert writers alike, this app delivers list after list for your brainstorming sessions: names, character traits, plot lines, occupations, obsessions, action verbs, and much more!?


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Evidence-based practices for teaching writing

Evidence-based practices for teaching writing | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

"The list of recommendations presented below is based on scientific studies of students in grades 4–12. The strategies for teaching writing are listed according to the magnitude of their effects. Practices with the strongest effects are listed first.... All of the strategies are potentially useful, and we encourage teachers to use a combination of strategies to best meet the needs of their students."


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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 58 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 58 Sites for Digital Storytelling Tools and Information | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

Judy Greller's award-winning blog with resources galore in numerous areas. This page contains a wonderful collection of links to sites related to Digital Storytelling. -JL


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Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines

Sense, Sensibility and Sentences: Examining and Writing Memorable Lines | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

Article by Shannon Doyne and Holly Epstein Ojalvo

 

Description by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"This lesson plan is focused on the art of writing memorable sentences, and how descriptive language has been found to stimulate cognitive function. The writers of this blog post say students first should study their favorite sentences, discussing the qualities that make them great. They should then work in groups to paraphrase the sentences, comparing their new creations to the originals and discussing their own cognitive responses to each."


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The Writers

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"To write is to paint a picture in words. It can be pleasure, pain and frustration, and surprise when it works well. Writers have the power to create and transform things; they can inform, enrage, move, persuade, or seduce us by the written word. The following resources provide opportunities for your students to meet a range of writers. They can find out more about some popular authors and discover some new ones, and the references will assist you to develop writers of the future."


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Etherpad Lite

Typewithme allows class to collaborate real time with no sign up. iPad app too!
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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing - National Writing Project | Writing Tools | Scoop.it

The National Writing Project's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced writing project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques.

 

Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials.

 

These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications (a link to the full article accompanies each idea below).


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