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How to Write - Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing

How to Write - Colson Whitehead’s Rules for Writing | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it
Simple rules for becoming a better writer, from the author of “Zone One.”...

The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now.
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Rule No. 1: Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. “And what do you have for us today, Marcy?” “A penetrating psychological study of a young med student who receives disturbing news from a former lover.” “How marvelous! Timmy, what are you holding there?” “It’s a Calvinoesque romp through an unnamed metropolis much like New York, narrated by an armadillo.” “Such imagination!” Show and Tell, followed by a good nap.

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What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

What are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them? | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it
The Common Core emphasizes close reading and text-dependent questions. So what are text-dependent questions, and how can teachers develop them?

 

Text-dependent questions direct students’ inquiry into the text, rather than outside of it, and can only be answered with evidence from the text.

 

A strong text-dependent question should invite students to interpret theme, analyze syntax and text structure, support students’ understanding of vocabulary, and analyze the effects of specific word choice.

 

A high-quality summative assessment will involve writing and should allow students individually to demonstrate mastery of one or more of the standards.

 

Text-dependent questions will specifically target (Tier 2 Vocabulary) words that might otherwise be a barrier to their comprehension.

 

Identify what makes the text difficult (Quantitative, Qualitative, Reader and Task)

 

Rather than present them randomly, teachers can sequence text-dependent questions to help students gradually unfold their understanding and perform rigorous analysis, learning to stay focused inside of the text to construct meaning.

 

Any good instructional planning begins and ends with standards.

 

Note: When you are working with text-dependent questions to establish rigorous classroom discourse and providing students with routine writing tasks to support comprehension and analysis, you are activating most of the standards for Reading, Writing, and Speaking & Listening most of the time.

 

Assessment: Ensure "that the culminating activity fully aligns with the text-dependent questions and focus standards that you have identified."


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6 persuasive writing prompts

6 persuasive writing prompts | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it
Smart vs. Swag
I deserve a day off
Hospitals or phones?
IQ vs. EI
Persuade the aliens to let us keep earth.

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How to Design Text-Based Questions (and Teach Students to Answer Them!)

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Eye on Education

Lauren Davis

 

When I was a teacher, it was common practice to ask students for their personal responses to literature. I did that a lot in my classroom as a way t...


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Tales of a 6th Grade Classroom: Integrating Tech: Debate and Persuasive Writing

#CCSS aligned debate and persuasive writing unit with Edmodo, Scholastic http://t.co/q7MckWbL #edtech #engchat #ccchat #educhat

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 11, 2013 10:51 PM

Using Edmodo for debate gives more introverted students a voice.

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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology

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I had never been to an "unconference" before, but when I heard the organizer of SocialEdCon Unconference introduce the event, I knew I was in for something new: "Write your ideas that you wan...

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Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style!

Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style! | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it

Great Ideas! Love the idea of uploading newspaper to Youblisher. Turns it into a flippable page newspaper.


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Miles McGeehan's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:42 AM

Great application for third graders!

Rachel Marker's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:30 PM

Could replace monthly newsletter. Student written!

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6 persuasive writing prompts

6 persuasive writing prompts | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it
Smart vs. Swag
I deserve a day off
Hospitals or phones?
IQ vs. EI
Persuade the aliens to let us keep earth.

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Simple Rubrics for Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards | Teaching the Core

Simple Rubrics for Common Core Speaking and Listening Standards | Teaching the Core | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it
The CCSS Speaking and Listening standards are awesome for promoting better writing, reading, and engagement in your classroom -- here are some ways I grade them.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 30, 2013 12:09 PM

As always, Dave Stuart breaks down the CCSS in an engaging way, and even provides a rubric! 

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Aligning nonfiction reading with the CCSS: Topic based book clubs

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Aligning nonfiction reading with the CCSS: Topic based book clubs. We are deep into our nonfiction unit study in Reading Workshop. Here is the way in which I've experimented with weaving the CCSS into this unit through ...

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Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies

Students Must Learn More Words, Say Studies | Big Ideas about Education | Scoop.it
Without better instruction, children starting school with small vocabularies will struggle with common standards, scholars say.

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