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Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story

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"When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt Vonnegut was never dull. He once tried to warn people away from using semicolons by characterizing them as “transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing.” In this brief video, Vonnegut offers eight tips on how to write a short story:"

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Aids and resources for creators and teachers of writing, interactive fiction, digital stories, and transmedia
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The Writing Box: Inspiration for Kids

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Keep a writing box for kids, full of playful materials to encourage reluctant writers to stretch their creative play and write! Great for literacy.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 1:51 PM

The post is geared for homeschoolers, but I like the idea of a writing box. Maybe not for individual students, though it might be possible. Or it could be for a station so the contents in the writing box changes. Maybe kids write something using sticky notes so they can illustrate. (I have lots of thoughts but will try to hold those for a blog post.) Maybe a comic strip or some images or some quotes or some excerpts of a text. Whatever is in the box could be dependent on the objective for that writing station, but the end results could be really amazingly cool!

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Getting Started with Book Creator on Chrome via Monica Burns 

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Follow these steps to getting started with Book Creator on Chrome in their classroom. This post includes a webinar recording with strategies, lesson ideas, and answers to your frequently asked questions!

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Open Collections Program: Reading - Harvard Views of Readers, Readership, and Reading History

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"This new online exhibit from the Harvard University Library Open Collections Program investigates "the intellectual, cultural, and political history of reading as reflected in the historical holdings of the Harvard Libraries." Curated by a team of librarians, archivists, and other Harvard University staff, this collection features a number of interesting items that illustrate the history of education and print culture, including early textbooks and books annotated by famous authors. Visitors may want to start by peaking at the collection highlights section. Highlighted works include a text from 1878 entitled A Fonetic Furst Reader by T.R. Vickroy; a copy of the The Life of Samuel Johnson, LLD., annotated by Hester Lynch Piozzi; and a 1697 "commonplace book" authored by John Hancock. Commonplace books were scrap-book type manuscripts that featured "short quotes, longer passages and transcriptions, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, and legal formulas." From here, visitors can explore additional items, which are arranged into three sections: Learning to read, featuring textbooks and books pertaining to the "science of reading"; Reading collectively, which includes items that illuminate the history of libraries and book clubs; and Reading on one's own, which contains several commonplace books as well as annotated texts."

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Indigenous Cinema - National Film Board of Canada

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"The National Film Board (NFB) of Canada recently released Indigenous Cinema, an online collection of films directed by indigenous Canadian filmmakers. Indigenous Cinema currently contains over 200 films, which visitors can browse by year (as of this write-up, the collection features films made between 1968 and 2017), director, nation, or by subject (including education, nature and ecological knowledge, and indigenous language). This collection includes animated shorts, feature-length documentaries, and a wide variety of short films. Some of these short films are part of Vistas, a 2009 series of 13 short films sponsored by NFB and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN). Students and educators may want to navigate to the education tab, which highlights cinematic works by indigenous filmmakers and includes an array of educational materials. Visitors have the option to select highlighted works toward the top of the page, but scrolling down will uncover a large number of teacher resources. Available items include study guides, webinars, learning bundles, and interactive productions and apps. [MMB]"

 
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Just Write!

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This is that rarest of things—a high-quality, free, online resource made specifically for adult educators. Although the “Just Write!” Guide is mainly about writing instruction, there is a lot of material here regarding pedagogy in the adult ed classroom in general. What’s satisfying is that it is research-based (the fancy term is “meta-analysis) and that most of us who have worked in adult ed for any length of time will find our own understanding of how to teach adults validated in these pages.
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WeNeedDiverseBooks Campaign

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"We dedicated our Fall 2017 special issue of The Scout Report to the topic of banned and challenged books, in honor of the American Library Association's 35th annual Banned Books Week. Our special issue was a reader favorite on social media and no website was more popular than the fabulous blog We Need Diverse Books. Why did we feature this resource in our Banned Books Week issue? As writer Malinda Lo noted in 2014, books that feature diverse characters and tackle issues such as disability, racism, and sexuality are more likely to be challenged than other fiction titles. We Need Diverse Books offers a wonderful way for readers to learn about new books for teen readers that address these issues.

 

"In 2014, young adult fiction writer Malinda Lo penned an essay called "Book Challenges Suppress Diversity." Drawing on the ALA's annual list of the most frequently challenged books, Lo demonstrated that "over half of the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books from 2000-2009 addressed issues about race, sexuality and/or disability; or were about non-white, LGBTQ and/or disabled characters." We Need Diverse Books, part of the Banned Books Week Coalition, is a grassroots organization that aims to promote diversity and representation in young adult literature. The group defines diversity as "including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities." The organization's tumblr, which collects articles and reviews from around the web, provides an excellent way for readers, educators, librarians, youth workers, and caretakers to find books that are by diverse authors or feature diverse characters and topics. Recent posts include a profile of author Linda Sue Park for Kirkus Reviews; a story about the the first ever Well-Read Black Girl Festival that originally appeared in Electric Lit; and a story from Indian Country Today about Kinsale Hueston, a Navajo high school student who was recently named one of five National Student Poets."

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7 Things We Can Do Right Now for Our ELL Writers by VALENTINA GONZALEZ

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BY VALENTINA GONZALEZ

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From Superheroes to Syrian Refugees: Teaching Comics and Graphic Novels With Resources From The New York Times - The New York Times

From Superheroes to Syrian Refugees: Teaching Comics and Graphic Novels With Resources From The New York Times - The New York Times | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
On this site, we’re all about visual literacy, and some of our most popular features — from our Monday What’s Going On in This Picture? photojournalism exercise to our Friday Film Club to our daily Picture Prompts — were invented to use great New York Times multimedia storytelling to help students better understand the news, our culture and how current events can relate to their lives.

But as more and more schools are teaching with graphic novels, as a superhero movie has become such a hit that educators on Twitter are collaborating on a #WakandaCurriculum, and as our own newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting done in the form of a comic strip, we decided it was time for the comics genre to get its own lesson plan.

Below, we’ve brought together a wealth of Times resources and suggested ways to teach and learn with them. We’ve also posed a related Student Opinion question, “What Have You Learned From Comics?” that is based on an essay we asked George Gene Gustines, the Times comic-book-industry reporter, to write for us. Please invite your students to weigh in.
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Brain Waves Instruction

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Scroll down on the page to locate this post. -JL

 

"Did you know that researchers have found that children's persuasive writing abilities develop more slowly than any other genre (Applebee, Langer, & Mullins, 1986)?  That means that it is essential that we get students writing persuasively as often as possible. One of the best ways to motivate students to write persuasively is with really fun and engaging writing topics.  In addition, when we give students different types of ways to write persuasively from speeches to critical reviews, we can really engage students.  

"In the spirit of getting students writing, I've compiled 15 of my favorite topics and styles of persuasive writing. These ideas are sure to get your students excited about writing persuasively!"

 

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Nine Teaching Ideas for Using Music to Inspire Student Writing - The New York Times

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In this teaching resource, we suggest nine exercises to use music to inspire student writing — from creating annotated playlists and critical reviews to music-inspired poetry and personal narratives. Each idea pulls from Times reporting, Opinion pieces and multimedia on music to give students a place to start. The activities are categorized according to three genres: creative and narrative writing; informative and explanatory writing; and persuasive and argumentative writing.
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SOAPSTone Strategy for Written Analysis –

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SOAPSTone is an analytical strategy that you can use when reading texts, writing about texts and planning original writing. There are 6 steps that make up the analytical process of the strategy (and the acronym).
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DIDLS Strategy for Analyzing Tone

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DIDLS is a strategy for analyzing tone. It usually applies to a written or oral text. . It's an acronym that stands for diction, imagery, details, language and structure. To begin your analysis, it helps to have

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5 Chrome Extensions to Help You Write :: David Lockhart

5 Chrome Extensions to Help You Write :: David Lockhart | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
No matter what happens writing is a skill we will always need. It's one of the only skills that the need for it has gone unchanged in the age of technology. In fact, it's almost more needed because of online writing! Remember, when you post on social media you are writing!
      While writing is a must, it's also HARD! Thankfully, Google has given us the power of Chrome Extensions, and developers have given us writing help! 
              Here are five chrome extensions that will help you (and your students) improve your writing!
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How Important Is Writing by Hand in This Digital Age?

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"Given the opportunity to take notes by hand or on the computer, most students choose the latter. After all, modern technology offers plenty of benefits for writers.... Convenience, however, doesn’t trump old-fashioned writing by hand when it comes to learning. Writing by hand has benefits that technology has not been able to reproduce – yet."


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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 5, 9:26 PM

I'm guilty of this.

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This is interesting. 

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Le premier outil de l'homme, c'est sa main.
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Science News Videos - AMNH.tv American Museum of Natural History

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Over 700 original science news videos. Featuring series on scientists in the field, behind-the-scenes tours, new research, and more!

 

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"Why did astronomers decide to designate Pluto as a dwarf planet in 2006? What did dinosaurs really look like? What can we learn from Vladimir Nabokov's extensive collection of butterflies? If these questions pique your interest, check out AMNH.tv: a collection of videos created by experts at the American Museum of Natural History that address a wide range of scientific questions. These videos are arranged into browsable sections on the left-hand side of the homepage. Shelf life, hosted by AMNH curators, highlights a variety of interesting collections in the museum (including the aforementioned Nabokov butterfly collection), allowing scientifically-minded individuals around the globe to learn more about the museum's offerings. Dinosaurs and fossils, which features a number of AMNH paleontologists, illuminates how some dinosaurs evolved into modern-day birds. Other collections in ANHM.tv include space, science bulletins, and kid science. "

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Black New Yorkers

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"From the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library comes Black New Yorkers - an interactive timeline that traces the history of black individuals in New York City from 1613 through 2000. Black New Yorkers incorporates a number of thoughtful essays and primary source documents that illuminate this history. The timeline consists of five essays, each of which addresses a specific historical era. In the first essay, "Slavery and Freedom: 1613- 1865," readers can learn about the lives of free and enslaved black individuals during this period and view legal papers, illustrated portraits, and an 1841 issue of African Methodist Episcopal Church Magazine. This essay also highlights the stories of a number of important black New Yorkers from this period. The other four essays address the experiences of black New Yorkers during the Reconstruction, the first World War, the Great Depression, World War II and the 1950s, and between 1960-2000, respectively. Another highlight of this project is the resources page, which features two digitized NYPL collections. The first is "Negroes of New York," a Works Project Administration survey that documented the lives of black New Yorkers throughout history. Project writers included Ralph Ellison and Claude McKay. The second is a collection of issues of The Negro World, the newspaper of Marcus Garvey's Universal Negro Improvement Association. [MMB]"

 
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The Science of Well-Being [for free! - starts 6/11/18]

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"Last January, 1,200 undergraduate students at Yale University signed up for Professor Laurie Santos's seminar about positive psychology entitled "Psychology and the Good Life," making the seminar the most popular class in the history of the university. For those interested in learning more about positive psychology, Santos is teaching a course on Coursera called "The Science of Well-Being." This ten-week course, which begins on June 11th, is based on a spring 2018 semester Yale seminar and addresses topics such as meditation, growth mindset, and gratitude. As noted in the introduction to this course, "[t]he purpose of the course is to not only learn what psychological research says about what makes us happy but also to put those strategies into practice." In keeping with this goal, the course incorporates a number of weekly "rewirement" activities designed to help participants practice different positive psychology techniques. To take this course, visitors will have to create a free Coursera account. Interested individuals can audit this course for free."

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See book availability from your local library

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"Of all the network tools we featured in the past year, Library Extension stood out as the clear reader favorite. We're also fans of this simple chrome extension that makes it easy to find and request books at your local public library. Best of all, Library Extension is continuing to grow, allowing readers to find books at libraries across the United States, Canada, and Australia. Library Extension also makes it easy for users to request new or additional libraries.

 

"Library Extension detects when you're viewing a book or ebook on a site like Amazon or Goodreads and adds a box showing the availability of that item in your local library. If you have access to more than one local library, it is able to check all of them. When an item is available from your library, Library Extension will also include a link allowing you to reserve it. Library Extension currently integrates with over 4,000 local libraries. Users can request support for additional libraries with a simple contact form. Users do not need to register for any additional accounts to use Library Extension. Currently, Library Extension is available for Google Chrome. A version for Mozilla Firefox is under development."

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9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines – Teacher Reboot Camp :: Shelly Terrell

9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines – Teacher Reboot Camp :: Shelly Terrell | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Now, creating a digital magazine is much easier. With web tools, students can layout their writings, pick from hundreds of cool fonts, and add their own images or choose from a library of stock images. Some web tools allow students to embed video and audio. Below I’ve listed some free educational web tools for creating a class ezine.
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Robot-Enhanced Creative Writing and Storytelling (featuring Ozobot and Wonder’s Dot)

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There have been complaints leveraged against out of the box robots like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Hummingbird, Sphero. The complaints usually revolve around the canned and prescriptive nature of their uses and programs, that they lack creative engagement by the younger users. I personally love the excitement my learners have using these robots. As with…

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7 Great Ways to Encourage Your Grade-Schooler’s Writing

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Does your child struggle with writing? From Journal Jars to scrapbooks, here are creative and fun ways to encourage her to write!

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Writing a Main Character: Definitions, Tips and Examples

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The main characters in a story drive plot, attract readers’ empathy (or loathing) and carry your story along. Understanding how to write a lovable, loathsome, or otherwise engaging main character is a vital skill to develop. Read on for definitions, examples and tips to make your primary characters memorable:
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Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future :: John Spencer

Why Journalism Might Actually Be the Class of the Future :: John Spencer | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"When people talk about the future of learning, they often mention technology and engineering. Things like Sphero balls and Arduino sets and coding projects. While I love the emphasis on STEM and STEAM, I can’t help but wonder if maybe we miss out on the power of journalism because it isn’t shiny and new.

"However, if you ask people what type of technology skills students will need in the future, you’ll hear things like digital citizenship, media literacy, and creative thinking. Unfortunately, schools tend to teach these topics in isolation, as if they exist in separate little buckets.


"But journalism takes the buckets and mixes them all together. Here, these ideas overlap constantly."

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, May 10, 5:31 PM

In today's political climate one might underestimate the power and the importance of the media, but every day we are influenced by one journalistic voice or another. Journalism is changing for many reasons. It's import isn't likely to decrease though what it offers the world may continue to evolve.

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The OPTIC Strategy for Visual Analysis –

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The OPTIC Strategy is a 5-step method used to analyze visuals. The strategy can be used to analyze any visual work.

Using the OPTIC Strategy can help you to prepare for the AP exam, but it can also provide you with a framework of analysis to be used in a wide variety of situations: tell your boss if the new billboard will get the right message across, analyze a website for a little extra money on the side, or impress a date with an intellectual analysis of a painting at the museum.

Now that you know when to use it, it’s time to get to how. The five steps are (1) overview, (2) parts, (3) title, (4) interrelationships, and (5) conclusion. Now for a more useful study guide, check out the infographic below.
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Maddison Louise Pomeroy's comment, May 31, 12:38 AM
This is great, it's easy and I think the steps will make it easy for students to follow. It could also be used in other areas such as photography and design. Do you think there's anyways you could simplify this for a younger year group?
Whitney Jane's comment, May 31, 12:45 AM
Thanks Maddy, I am keen to try this with the music video of This is America for my year ten learners. I think I may scaffold this into less words and try with Coke advertisements for the year 7s....
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Write to learn, not just to communicate –

Writing can be an incredible tool for learning and understanding complex ideas. Writing can help you organize your thoughts, ascribe meaning to new concepts and see your own misconceptions about a topic. When you write, you connect ideas in ways you wouldn’t by just thinking about them.
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