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33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History

33 Of The Most Hilariously Terrible First Sentences In Literature History | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

Every year, the announcement of Bulwer-Lytton Prize is a gift from bad writing heaven. Inspired by novelist and playwright Edward George Bulwer-Lytton’s famous “it was a dark and stormy night” opener, the contest asks writers to submit an opening sentence for the “worst of all possible novels” — although Fifty Shades of Grey has already been written. The results are perennially astounding

 


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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!
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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Make it Interesting for the Reader: A Simple Writing Strategy {Week 4}

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Welcome back to Simple Writing Lessons for the Primary Grades, a 12-week collaborative writing series, hosted by The Measured Mom and This Reading Mama (that’s me)! If you have missed any of the lessons we’ve covered so far, click here to see the introduction and links to the lessons (scroll down).
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Bobby Dillard's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:55 PM

Great advice for writers of any age!

Jane Logan's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:48 AM

Some good strategies for writing lessons

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Process writing: Allowing students to enjoy the skill they love to hate ~ blog-efl

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Graham Stanley gives a detailed account of a process writing presentation given by Alistair Grant at the 10th annual Anglo conference in Motvideo, Uruguay. Many great suggestions, links, and strategies here.


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Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:57 PM

Thank you, Graham Stanley, for this post which includes several fine ways to involve children with writing.

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Rebekah Caplan: Writers in Training

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From an Amazon Review: 


I've been using this book in various teaching situations ranging from one-on-one tutoring to mini-courses to classroom situations for over 15 years. PUT IT BACK IN PRINT. PROMOTE IT. It is the single best book on the teaching of writing I've ever seen. It gets right to the heart of what good writing is, shows how to give writers lots of practice in mastering the skill, shows how to give them practice in evaluating their own and others' work and builds real writing skills without the artificial exercises found in so many other books. There's nothing else like it around.

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I worked with Rebekah Caplan when I was a School District Language Arts coordinator in Northern Nevada back in the 1980's.  She was a remarkable writing teacher.  

Scoop up this book for a few dollars!  It's a gem. 

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Corbett Harrison's 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson

Corbett Harrison's 7 Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
These are links to the lessons and materials I use when I perform my "Seven Elements of a Differentiated Writing Lesson" teacher workshops.
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Corbett Harrison is the webmaster for the WritingFix. His knowledge about writing instruction makes him a great resource for any teacher looking for inspiration.

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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic]

How Does Writing Affect Your Brain? [infographic] | 6-Traits Resources | 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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Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 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, 2014 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

Chris Shern's curator insight, February 1, 2015 5:39 AM

The power of putting pen to paper helps to make sense of a world increasingly filled with noise.

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Writing To Think: When a Student Can't Write It, Can She Think It?

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In 2008, Fran Simmons, an English teacher at NewDorpHigh School in New York—at that time one of the lowest-performing secondary institutions in the nation— devised a simple test for her students in an effort to keep district officials from pulling the plug. First, she asked her freshman class to read Of Mice and Men. Then, using information from the novel, she asked them to answer the following prompt in a single sentence:

“Although George …”

She was looking for a sentence like: Although George worked very hard, he could not attain the American Dream.

What Simmons received was alarming in the truest sense of the word. Some students wrote passable sentences, but many could not manage to finish the line. More than a few wrote the following:

“Although George and Lenny were friends.”


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 16, 2013 10:49 PM

This in-depth post explores the issue of language impacts our ability to think. After an introduction the post is split into three sections.

The first section explores "the psycholingusitic case for writing education." It is noted that the Common Core states that students in grades 6-12 "should demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas, and they should address increasingly demanding content and sources.” 
And following this raised a different question:
"If a student can’t write it, however, why should we assume that she can think it?"

What follows is a look at language, where we see that the language we learn impacts us in many ways, that some cultures have many words for a word like snow while others do not, that cultures whom have language that have "gendered objects" impacts how people view the objects. 

The second section explores "Can you teach better math and science be teaching writing?" Information is provided about New Dorp High School (in New York). The school implemented a program that included "writing-to-learn" across the curriculum (except for math) and discovered that major gains in writing were apparent by the second year. 

The third section "highlights ten features of writing education that can be used to enhance student learning across all subject areas, ultimately resulting in higher academic performance."

The first two suggestions are below (all are quoted from the post).

1. Vocabulary Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that the concept of a word may change depending on the context in which it is used.
2. Syntax Across The Disciplines: Emphasize that every math problem and essay prompt has a hierarchical structure. 
Click through to the post to learn more about these two features of writing and about eight additional features.

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 2014 11:23 PM

This article gives compelling evidence that the ability to write effectively is closely linked to the ability to think coherently. The author writes, "Students’ inability to write was contributing to their inability to think, severely impeding intellectual growth across many subjects."



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Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom

Blogging in the 21st-Century Classroom | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it

 

This year, I admitted a hard truth to myself. I wasn't having my students write enough. In an attempt to follow Kelly Gallagher’s advice that students should write more than we can assess, I decided to have them blog weekly.

One Assignment, Many Objectives

After giving students some practice and solidifying my ideas by talking to a colleague and past student, I developed this assignment. I tried to ensure that the assignment would:

Address multiple Common Core standardsHold students accountable while minimizing stressBe structured enough to provide clarity while giving freedom to experimentBe varied enough to keep students engagedGet students to write for multiple purposes


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I find it hard to believe that blogging isn't part of every classroom wriitng workshop.  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 7, 2013 12:38 PM

I love blogging and getting my students blogging too!  I have seen their writing flourish,  when they realise they are writing for a larger audience!  Their sense of humour, style and unique opinion comes to the fore!  Blogs are a wonderful way for young people to share their worldview!

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Write Away - Learn how to become a better writer

Write Away - Learn how to become a better writer | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
eFuse.com is a virtual primer for creating great web sites-offering information, inspiration, assistance and entertainment.

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This is an archive edition of the great writing website created by Christopher Meeks. The writing advice is superb.  A must for any writing teache; especially appropriate for HS and College teachers. 

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Ann Kenady's curator insight, March 19, 2013 1:35 PM

Chrisopher Meeks is engaging and informative in his discussions about what makes good writing and why.

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Writing with 6 + 1 Traits in Real Classrooms: Memoir writing encourages self-awareness among students - courtesy of SmartBrief

Writing with 6 + 1 Traits in Real Classrooms: Memoir writing encourages self-awareness among students - courtesy of SmartBrief | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
The most meaningful writing students can do is to write their memoirs, notes Greg Graham, who teaches writing at the University of Central Arkansas. "Putting a narrative frame on our past -- especially our struggles -- promotes perspective and self-awareness that are otherwise out of reach for most people," he writes. The benefits of memoir writing are demonstrated through the movie "Precious," Graham writes, in which an abused teenage girl is able to make headway in life through writing. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org) (1/29) 
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Writing from personal experience is something we can all do. Treasure your small stories, they are the minutes of your life. 

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6-Traits Resources: Academic Writing

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Sometimes Calvin really gets to the heart of the matter. 

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Watterson, B. (1994). Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat. Kansas City, MO: Andrews and McMeel.
Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 24, 2013 1:45 AM
6-Traits Ressources: rédaction des travaux universitaires.

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6-Traits Resources: Academic Writing via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/...

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I LOVE Calvin & Hobbes!!!!!
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10 Rules for Writing First Drafts [Poster]

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Forgive me, for I am here to destroy your insecurities. Your excuses. The lie that suggests your first draft must be perfect. The illusion that great copy i (Great copy not always born in moment of inspiration.
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Nicholas Rowe's curator insight, October 1, 2013 1:14 AM

Just do it !

 

Poster on writing technique with no pictures or imagery - Title says there are 'rules', so we tend to check these out as we write first drafts & don't want to break the law! 1-10 points, straight forward info .... job done  ;-)

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The Impact of Writing on Our Brain ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Here is an interesting infographic from the Daily Inforgraphic.This graphic features some scientific facts about the impact of the act of writing on our brain. These facts and stats very enlightening.

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Dream Big…Read Big…Write Big

Each year Deb Gaby helps select a reading theme for the school year at Milford Elementary School. This year, to kick off the BIG reading year, we hosted a carnival. Kids made book… Read More →
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Approaches to process writing ~ British Council and BBC

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"It is a myth that all it takes to write is to sit down in front of a blank page, to begin at the beginning and write through to the end, with no planning, break, editing, or changes in between. And yet, this is sometimes what we ask our students to do. Good writers plan and revise, rearrange and delete text, re-reading and producing multiple drafts before they produce their finished document. This is what a process writing approach is about."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 18, 2013 1:35 PM

Good overview and refresher.

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Warning! to Writers by Natalie Goldberg (Thunder and Lightning Excerpt) · Creativity-Portal.com

Warning! to Writers by Natalie Goldberg (Thunder and Lightning Excerpt) · Creativity-Portal.com | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Thunder and Lightning: Cracking Open the Writer's Craft. Published by arragement with Open Road Media.


"I HAVE NOT SEEN WRITING lead to happiness in my friends' lives. I'm sorry to say this, I, who just fifteen years ago published a book telling everyone to grab their notebooks and write their asses off. No high like it, I said. I meant it — and it was true. Now I'm past fifty, and I have given everything to writing, the way a Zen master watches her breath and burns through distraction. Was I a fool to do this? Did I choose the wrong path?"

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As a student I wrote a lot of poetry.   I kept at it.  I found that pain was the best source of inspiration.  And eventually I got tired of the pain.  I remember the day I decided, if I have to suffer to be a poet, I won't be a poet.


I still write verse, but I fully acknowedge I'm no poet. (However I'm as happy as I've every been... and that's happy indeed.)

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Beth Panitz, Ed.D.'s comment, August 3, 2013 3:54 PM
The Bhagavad-gita teaches that happiness and distress come and go like the winter and summer seasons. Whether you write or not.
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 21, 2013 11:45 PM

Insight into writing in the 21 century and how digital tools are changing the game. 

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Class of 2013: Learn To Write Code, Sure. But Really, Learn to Write.

Class of 2013: Learn To Write Code, Sure. But Really, Learn to Write. | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Computer programming gets great press. Because software engineering is a prosperous, growing field—and because, even beyond the tech industry, everything will soon be run on code—young


And how, in a large software company, do top coders convey their ideas? The same way people communicate at small, spread-out software start-ups—or, for that matter, in economic endeavors far beyond tech, including medicine, finance, academia, and a million office jobs: They write.

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Learn to write.  Be a communicator.

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Writer's Notebook Bingo Card Set: Now there's an August Card! - Writing Lesson of the Month Network

Writer's Notebook Bingo Card Set: Now there's an August Card! - Writing Lesson of the Month Network | 6-Traits Resources | Scoop.it
Because we have to be back at school this summer during the second week of August this upcoming year, Dena and I created/finalized an August Writer's Notebook…
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More good ideas from Corbett Harrison!

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Writing Matters

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Today Deb Gaby and I finished leading the third day of a three-day Foundations of Writing Workshop training. At the end, we asked for reflections.
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Wordplay: Helping Writers Become Authors: 8 Tips for Awesome Dialogue

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Eight tips to make your dialogue writing successful.
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Meditation and The Art of Writing

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I want to tell you about an invaluable writing asset.

 

It’s become a non-negotiable element of my writing process, and I hope it becomes the same for you.

 

Writing is hard work. It’s not hard like electrical engineering (a chapter in my past life), which was a mind-numbing, sleep-depriving, hair-pulling kind of hard.

 

Writing is more a sweet torture, soreness-post-crazy-workout kind of hard.

 

You know the routine: The words get stuck. The ideas get jammed. The mind gets cluttered, and you get discouraged.


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Advice on Writing from Modernity’s Greatest Writers

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I recently stumbled upon a delightful little book calledAdvice to Writers, “a compendium of quotes, anecdotes, and writerly wisdom from a dazzling array of literary lights,” originally published in 1999. From how to find a good agent to what makes characters compelling, it spans the entire spectrum of the aspirational and the utilitarian, covering grammar, genres, material, money, plot, plagiarism, and, of course, encouragement.


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Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 21, 2013 2:59 AM
Conseils de rédaction de plus grands écrivains de la modernité.

"Je suis récemment tombé sur un livre charmant petit personnage appeléAvis aux écrivains », un recueil de citations, d'anecdotes, d'écrivain et de la sagesse d'un éventail éblouissant de lumières littéraires», publié à l'origine en 1999. De la façon de trouver un bon agent pour ce qui le rend personnages convaincants, il couvre tout le spectre de l'aspiration et de l'utilitaire, couvrant la grammaire, les genres, le matériel, l'argent, l'intrigue, le plagiat, et, bien sûr, de l'encouragement".


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