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Writing 25 Word Stories [Handout] - The Tempered Radical

Writing 25 Word Stories [Handout] - The Tempered Radical | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

So what's a 25 word story -- and more importantly, why would you want your kids to write them?

Well, a 25 word story is exactly what it sounds like:

A 25 word story. It's a writing style that I first discovered by following Kevin Hogdson -- a really remarkable sixth grade language arts teacher -- in Twitter.

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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Make Beliefs Comix – Create Your Own Comix!

Make Beliefs Comix – Create Your Own Comix! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Select a character to represent you and speak for you as you talk about yourself, your life story and your interests. Introduce yourself, talk about who you are, what you do, what you're interested in, what you like or don't like.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 16, 1:05 AM

This is a great resource with some great ideas to get students writing comics.

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Here is a creative way for students to practice writing, grammar, vocabulary.  
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New Strategies to Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It | Common Sense Media

New Strategies to Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It | Common Sense Media | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As soon as kids start talking, it's great to get them to tell stories. For younger kids, encourage them to narrate their activities as they build, climb, and pretend by asking questions such as, "What are you building? Who will use it? Tell me about your adventure!" There are also apps that let kids record their stories as they play. With older kids, some will naturally put pencil to paper, but others take a bit more prodding. For those kids, digital book creation can make their writing process feel more grown-up and tangible. Having a real audience also shows kids that their writing can matter, so tweens and teens can use sites and apps where they can share creations, and they can even riff off their obsessions in the form of fan fiction. Finally, if your tween or teen has strong opinions about issues or interesting people in their lives, they can use tools to document and share those stories, too.

 

Lots of great tools in this article. -JL

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EdVisto - Create Stories. Learn Together.

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Finnish teaching method through online video storytelling, for active learning, creativity, co-creation and international collaboration

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Leena's comment, July 26, 2017 12:43 AM
Amazing
Amreet Kaur Sandhu's curator insight, August 19, 2017 8:05 PM
Storytelling with a sound structure to implement in class
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 7, 2017 4:20 AM
EdVisto - Create Stories. Learn Together.
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What’s Going On in This Picture? | Feb. 12, 2018 - The New York Times

What’s Going On in This Picture? | Feb. 12, 2018 - The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
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1. After looking closely at the image above (or at the full-size image), think about these three questions:

• What is going on in this picture?

• What do you see that makes you say that?

• What more can you find?

2. Next, join the conversation by clicking on the comment button and posting in the box that opens on the right. (Students 13 and older are invited to comment, although teachers of younger students are welcome to post what their students have to say.)

3. After you have posted, try reading back to see what others have said, then respond to someone else by posting another comment. Use the “Reply” button or the @ symbol to address that student directly.
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What's Sir Ken Robinson Talking About These Days?

To my mind, Robinson is one of the great educationists of our day. He speaks with brilliance, wit, and remarkable clarity regarding the most essential of topics related to education and schools. The evolution of his expressed thinking has been a wonderful gift to follow. This presentation at UCLA was made on January 28, 2018; I believe it is the most recent long form (about an hour) video of him currently available. He addresses what is required for us to create the schools we so urgently need to save the earth and humanity. -JL

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Jean-Michel CONSEIL's curator insight, February 18, 11:36 AM
Une récente intervention de Sir Ken Robinson à l'UCLA : brio et humour au service d'une grande idée pour l'éducation.
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Mentor Texts for Teaching Argument Writing

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"...we’ve compiled educators’ favorite mentor texts for teaching argument writing."

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Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Writing: Picture Books, Short Stories, and More

Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Writing: Picture Books, Short Stories, and More | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In the second part of this blog on mentor texts for narrative writing, we’ll be focusing on picture books, short stories, and more. To see the original messages this list is based on, click here.
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Imagine Forest | Creative Writing Community for Kids

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Imagine Forest makes writing stories easy and fun. Never again will you be lost for inspiration or story ideas. Improve your creative writing skills and imagination through completing quick and fun activities.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 13, 1:20 AM

This looks like a great site to get young learners writing. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for this one.  http://larryferlazzo.edublogs.org/

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, February 14, 8:45 AM
Nice tool for primary students that lets them create nice stories incorporating their own pictures or using those form the library
Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, February 14, 12:50 PM
Lots of writing inspiration, activities, lessons and a cute game to get the creative juices flowing.
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195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing

195 Powerful Verbs That'll Instantly Spice Up Your Writing | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
“ Good writing is about well-chosen nouns and powerful verbs, not adjectives and adverbs. What constitutes a tired verb? Here’s what to look for:”
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Penelope's curator insight, May 31, 2017 11:50 AM
Dynamic tips to metamorphose your writing from meh to meow! 

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 31, 2017 12:03 PM
When I wrote and re-wrote my rubrics, I used verbs to create an action for students. It was also a great grammar lesson when we went over the rubrics. Verbs and action drive good writing.
Agi Anderson's curator insight, June 15, 2017 6:16 AM
Worthy read about the Power of verbs!
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How To Say Everything

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"Do not miss this deal: cartoonist Tom Hart, author of the incredible and heartbreaking Rosalie Lightning, is offering a free download of his guide to creativity and visual storytelling, How To Say Everything."

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2018 Inventor’s Challenge Invites Youth Creativity and Problem-Solving

2018 Inventor’s Challenge Invites Youth Creativity and Problem-Solving | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Do you know a budding young builder, maker or scientist? Encourage them to submit their best and brightest ideas for this year’s Inventor’s Challenge. The month-long challenge is underway and closes February 28.

The Inventor’s Challenge is designed to provide an opportunity for kids, both in and outside of school, to engage in a creative process that both fosters 21st century skills and is rewarding and fun.

Through the Inventor’s Challenge, we’ve watched children make their vision come to life and embrace their entrepreneurial side. Kids are challenged to find a problem they want to solve in their home, school, or community, invent something to solve it, and make a video sharing their invention with the world!

Students can submit videos demonstrating and explaining their invention for the contest portion of the Challenge, which will award prizes in four age categories to the inventions demonstrating the most originality, usefulness, and creativity of design and presentation."


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Teachers' Activity Guide to Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales (k-12) :: Scholastic

Teachers' Activity Guide to Myths, Folktales, and Fairy Tales (k-12) :: Scholastic | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Hosted by Scholastic, this project is dedicated to the world of folklore and fairy tales and would be a valuable resource for teachers of creative writing or those who want to implement this genre into their lesson plans for grades K-12. Myths, Folktales & Fairy Tales contains sections dedicated to each of the three categories and provides advice by and online workshops with published writers. For example, the myth section offers "Myth writing with Jane Yolen," which explores the path of writing one's own myth story in addition to Yolen's biography. Users have the option to explore folklore from around the world and the site contains a wealth of material with a heavy emphasis on strategies for students who are writing their own stories. The homepage contains a link to a teacher's guide and a related booklist, which provides teachers with additional book titles to supplement subject-specific lessons."

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The Best Podcasts for Middle Schoolers

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"It is not uncommon to see Middle Schoolers with earbuds in their ears, but how many of them have been encouraged to explore the podcasting genre?

"For the past few years, teachers Ceci Gomez-Galvez and Nathan Lill at Shekou International School in China, have implemented a podcast project with their Grade 8 students based on the popular NPR podcast series “This I Believe.”

"Students listen and respond to a range of “This I believe” examples – both from the original podcast and samples from previous students – and then undertake the process of creating their own.

"Attending a workshop with the pair last year, I couldn’t help but feed off their passion and excitement for the project. Listening to some of the finished student samples gave me chills. What phenomenal work students produce when given a platform to (literally!) share their own voice with the world.

"Ceci and Nathan have shared all of their resources (linked here with permission), so I encourage you to check out the vast array of material they have shared and get this project started in your school community.

"In addition, why not incorporate podcasts into your regular literacy programme? Below are a few of my favourites, which I hope you will explore with your Middle Schoolers."


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5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices

5 Apps for Making Movies on Mobile Devices | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices. With these tools, your children can take videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets.

One good thing about this easy-to-use technology is that students can still use important English language arts skills like writing a narrative, planning a sequential story, and including key details when getting ready to make a movie. These apps can enhance the work that you are doing with children in the classroom and give them room to be creative storytellers.
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What Kids Eat Around the World

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In the face of global obesity, photographer Gregg Segal traveled around the world to photograph kids alongside the food they eat.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 17, 3:07 AM
A beautiful page where children from different countries are photographed from above with all the food they eat in a week. Nice source of speaking activities with young students and early teens!
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Cube Creator - writing prompts and story generator

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This interactive cube creator will help your students to start their own story writing. It breaks the writing process into six distinct parts which will guide students to write their own  biographies, mystery stories, short stories, and free planning of story, a blank  template that they can customize.


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Rhonda Kay's curator insight, June 18, 2013 3:44 PM

Must check this out...wonder if it's too K-12.

 

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, June 19, 2013 4:46 PM

Lots of awesome uses for this.  Added to my CCSS resources. 

Donna Mingrone's curator insight, July 31, 2016 5:14 PM

Must check this out...wonder if it's too K-12.

 

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Text to Text | ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband’ - The New York Times

Text to Text | ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘You May Want to Marry My Husband’ - The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
In our Text to Text lesson plans, we match an often-taught literary or historical work with a New York Times article that echoes, extends or challenges its themes or ideas.

In this edition, we pair a scene from John Green’s best-selling young-adult novel “The Fault in Our Stars” with Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s now-famous Modern Love essay, “You May Want to Marry My Husband,” published in 2017, just 10 days before she died of cancer. Together, the two examine relationships and mortality, and suggest ways to navigate life’s most profound challenges with grace and humor.
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10 of the Best Grammar and Writing Apps for Middle School Students

10 of the Best Grammar and Writing Apps for Middle School Students | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"-Write the World–Boundless site that helps young writers write, revise, think, and evolve.


-NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program- Wildly engaging contest turns students into novelists in 30 days,


-Penzu Classroom– This journaling platform motivates student writers, and also has strong teacher tools.


-Educreations– This neat app records student’s voice and writing.


-Writing Prompts– This app generates fiction, and nonfiction writing prompts, helping students master the skill of the short write.


-Flocabulary: Language Arts– Adds hip hop music to students’ language arts learning.

 

-com– Provides students with engaging parts-of-speech instruction and assessment.


-Youth Voices– Popular online community hosts authentic student writing.


-Storyrobe– Storyrobe allows writers to write, share their work, and receive feedback from


-Google Docs– Google Docs has all the traditional functionality of Microsoft Word but allows for collaboration between students and for easy-to-give and easy-to-receive feedback from teachers through the commenting and suggesting functions.

 

Hyperlinks to each of the apps are available by clicking the headline or image above. -JL

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Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Writing: Chapter Books

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"...we’ve compiled educators’ favorite resources for teaching narrative writing. We received SO many fantastic suggestions, we had to break them into two posts! In this first post, we will be focusing on chapter books that were recommended to teach narrative writing."

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Writing Our Future: American Creed and a New Youth Publishing Opportunity

Writing Our Future: American Creed and a New Youth Publishing Opportunity | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Now in 2018, NWP is getting ready to launch a new youth publishing opportunity connected to the PBS documentary American Creed (broadcast nationally February 27 and streaming free of charge starting February 28 at www.pbs.org/americancreed). Through stories set in big cities, small towns, and rural areas around the country, American Creed wrestles with key challenges facing American youth today, including creating economic opportunity and finding ways to meaningfully participate in civic life. The film encourages youth to explore questions like “What should America’s national ideals be?” and “How do we close the gap between ideals and reality?” American Creed is co-produced by Citizen Film and WTTW.

"You and the youth you work with are invited to add your voice to the conversation about American Creed. Bring the film to your classroom or learning center, and support young people in responding through writing, art, and media. Teens (13+) and young adults are invited to share their responses on the National Writing Project’s American Creed youth publishing site (also coming February 27).

"How to Get Involved:" ...go to website

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How To Teach Digital Citizenship Through Blogging –

How To Teach Digital Citizenship Through Blogging – | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"There are many benefits to having a blogging program in your classroom. One advantage is that blogging can be the perfect avenue to teach digital citizenship.

"What is digital citizenship? 


"Digital citizenship is used as more of an umbrella term for our goals to help our students to be safe, happy, productive, and ethical online. These same goals that we have for our students’ online experiences also apply to their offline world.

"Common Sense Media’s curriculum identifies eight topics under the umbrella of digital citizenship including: internet safety, cyberbullying, copyright and more. They describe digital citizenship as, empowering your students with skills to think critically, behave safely, and participate responsibly online, allowing them to connect and collaborate in meaningful ways.

"But how do we teach digital citizenship?

"Let’s look at eight ways blogging can be used to teach digital citizenship."

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Welcome to the Post-Text Future :: Farhad Manjoo, NY Times

Welcome to the Post-Text Future :: Farhad Manjoo, NY Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

THIS MULTIMEDIA INTERNET has been gaining on the text-based internet for years. But last year, the story accelerated sharply, and now audio and video are unstoppable. The most influential communicators online once worked on web pages and blogs. They’re now making podcasts, Netflix shows, propaganda memes, Instagram and YouTube channels, and apps like HQ Trivia.

"Consider the most compelling digital innovations now emerging: the talking assistants that were the hit of the holidays, Apple’s face-reading phone, artificial intelligence to search photos or translate spoken language, and augmented reality — which inserts any digital image into a live view of your surroundings.

"These advances are all about cameras, microphones, your voice, your ears and your eyes.

"Together, they’re all sending us the same message: Welcome to the post-text future.

"It’s not that text is going away altogether. Nothing online ever really dies, and text still has its hits — from Susan Fowler’s whistle-blowing blog post last year about harassment at Uber to #MeToo, text was at the center of the most significant recent American social movement.

"Still, we have only just begun to glimpse the deeper, more kinetic possibilities of an online culture in which text recedes to the background, and sounds and images become the universal language.

"The internet was born in text because text was once the only format computers understood. Then we started giving machines eyes and ears — that is, smartphones were invented — and now we’ve provided them brains to decipher and manipulate multimedia."


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Copying is how we learn

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“You start when you’re young and you copy. You straight up copy.” 
—Shel Silverstein

"All artists begin by copying. (I wrote a book about it.) But what’s instructive about hanging out with kids all day is understanding on a day-to-day kid’s eye level just how natural copying comes to us.

"My kids (5 & 2) are gleeful, natural born copycats. Copying is how they wrap their hands and hearts and heads around the world. They not only copy drawings and music and recreate the world with blocks and play, they mimic their parents, they mimic each other, they mimic kids on the playground, etc. Copying and mimicry is as natural to them as breathing. There’s nobody around telling them they should do any differently, nobody saying something dumb like, “Don’t you want to do something original?” So they go about their mimicry, unfettered by any adult notions about originality."

 

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A rich, enjoyable rumination on some of the benefits of copying. For sensitive people, please beware of the "f" word at the end.

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8 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Animated Character Videos

8 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Animated Character Videos | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Students love creating short films where they create the dialogue and animate the characters. Not only do students learn how to write a script, but they also have to think about the props, music, background, and other elements. Creating scenes helps learners develop a critical eye when it comes to supporting writing and plot with visual and multimedia content. This is an important skill needed for our digital producers. Below are free web tools and apps students can use to create short animated films.
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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, February 7, 9:46 PM
“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.” – Walt Disney
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The Purdue OWL: Subject-Specific Writing

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"The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) offers this helpful collection of resources designed to help individuals understand the writing conventions and best practices of different professional and academic fields. These resources may be especially helpful for students as well as professionals who find themselves writing for new or specific audiences. This collection contains nine different guides - some of which include Professional, Technical Writing, Writing in the Social Sciences, Creative Writing, Writing in Engineering, and Journalism and Journalistic Writing. Many of these guides contain a number of more specific instructions for particular writing tasks. For example, the guide entitled "Healthcare Writing" contains instructions for medical journalism, SOAP notes (a kind of clinical documentation), and for writing patient education materials"

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