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7 Pinterest Ideas for High School Writing ~ In Our Write Minds

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by Kim Kautzer


Some time ago, I posted 8 writing ideas from Pinterest. Most of those ideas were directed at elementary grades, so today I’d like to point you toward some terrific Pinterest ideas for high school writing.

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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, November 12, 2013 6:30 PM

Love these ideas--and their links

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The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know

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 A good story does have to abide by certain rules and these rules are learned through practice. Andrew Stanton, the Pixar writer and director behind both Toy Story and WALL-E, talks some of these rules  in his popular TED Talk, The clues to a great story.


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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, November 11, 2013 3:30 PM

Story telling is a key to helping students remember facts and engage the imagination.

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Google Lat Long: Tour Builder: Tell your stories with Google Earth

Google Lat Long: Tour Builder: Tell your stories with Google Earth | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Tony Buzan (Mind Mapping) - How To Make the Most of Your Creative Mind : Learning Technologies 2013

How to make the most of your creative mind Tony Buzan, Author, educationalist and the creator of Mind Mapping (R) Very few people can claim to have invented ...


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I used to teach Tony Buzan's techniques to my 8th graders (way back before the turn of the century).  Great ideas for idea generation during the writing process, and for researching  and notetaking. 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:18 PM

I used to teach Tony Buzan's techniques to my 8th graders (way back before the turn of the century).  Great ideas for idea generation during the writing process, and for researching  and notetaking. 

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Literacy in the digital world of the 21st century: Learning from computer games

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"Literacy remains one of the central aims of schooling but the ways in which it is understood are changing. The growth of the networked society and the spread of information and communications technology has brought significant changes to traditional literacy. This project aims to improve understandings about new forms of literacy as they appear in digital popular culture (computer games); and about the ways in which young people engage with them. It aims to find ways to use this knowledge to strengthen the teaching of print and multimodal literacies and will provide theoretical models and practical resources to do so.

"The project is investigating the ways in which English and literacy education might benefit from examining popular digital culture, and the ways in which young people make use of it, to improve the teaching of print and multimodal forms of literacy. It takes computer games as examples of global, ICT-based popular culture, where meaning is built from multimodal elements, and where young players have to be actively learning and involved in order to play. Working with English teachers and secondary students who are computer games players, the project addresses five main questions:"


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Alex Wade's curator insight, November 11, 2013 5:17 AM

With the recent fervour surrounding the positives and negatives of videogames and literacy, it is useful to see that videogames are seen to have a positive impact on this area of work.  There's a lot in this, from learning through the subtitles in Mass Effect, to the 'convergence culture' surrounding fan fictions and user generated content.

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Marvel at Netflix: Intersecting Comics and Transmedia ~ The Nerd Machine

Marvel at Netflix: Intersecting Comics and Transmedia ~ The Nerd Machine | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Not content with ruling the big screen when it comes to comic book movies, Disney/Marvel has inked a rather epic deal with Netflix: four series with 13 episodes each, all leading up to a final team-up miniseries. The subjects of those series: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. And if that wasn’t a sweet enough deal for fans, the deal is also part of a broader arrangement between the two that grants Netflix exclusive, first-run subscription rights to Disney and Marvel films. Any number of comic book sound effects would be appropriate in response, but President of Marvel Entertainment


"Alan Fine has a slightly more measured response. “This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Fine. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”


"Once you get over the initial shock of it all, the reality settles in that this is a very, very awesome and groundbreaking deal. That Marvel continues to delve into its wealthy library of characters is great. Fans have long been clamoring for a movie about Luke Cage, but a series will gladly be accepted as well. The fact that both Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are also getting the Netflix treatment is an added bonus, giving fans even more Marvel characters that the everyday fan may not be too aware of. These three characters actually have quite a storied history in the Marvel universe, often playing an integral part in many storylines and team-ups."


- See more at: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/marvel-at-netflix-intersecting-comics-and-transmedia/#sthash.X1FVtP65.dpuf


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malek's curator insight, November 9, 2013 10:53 AM

a great strategic move: 2nd tier heroes who won't make it to big screen deployed for TV shows. Spinning an old asset is always one of the best marketing decisions you can make.

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, November 9, 2013 5:36 PM

Disney/Marvel has inked a rather epic deal with Netflix: four series with 13 episodes each, all leading up to a final team-up miniseries. The subjects of those series: Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones. And if that wasn’t a sweet enough deal for fans, the deal is also part of a broader arrangement between the two that grants Netflix exclusive, first-run subscription rights to Disney and Marvel films - See more at: http://www.thenerdmachine.com/marvel-at-netflix-intersecting-comics-and-transmedia/#sthash.VrVc0Tpb.dpuf

Asil's curator insight, November 9, 2013 6:13 PM
This is pretty amazing news. Disney has always been a leader in expanding its product into new markets.
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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Ali Parrish


"How is it that some students have so much to say when talking out loud, but when a pencil is put into their hand they suddenly hesitate, struggle and have nothing to say? How can you help those hesitant writers eliminate the "handicap" or barrier that suddenly appears when asked to write?


"The answer is to simply have them produce "writing" without technically "writing" at all. That's right, the way to get hesitant writers to produce as much "writing" as they do "talking" is to have them do exactly that -- talk."

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Handouts ~ huffenglish.com

Handouts ~ huffenglish.com | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Dana Huff


"Before my site went kaput thanks to my former host, I had all of these handouts organized on a page entitled “Lesson Plans.” I decided not to be misleading. They aren’t lesson plans, but they are handouts I have created for assignments. They are organized by the grade level in which I teach them. Most handouts are available in two formats—Rich Text Format (RTF) or Portable Document Format (PDF)."


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A great collection of "handouts created for assignments", intended for secondary English teachers.


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Welcome to Teaching That Makes Sense!

Welcome to Teaching That Makes Sense! | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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Be sure to check the green Downloads section on the left of lthe start page. It contains numerous resources for teaching writing including:


The Writing Teacher's Strategy Guide

Prompted Writing

Welcome to Writer's Workshop

What Is Good Writing?

You Want Me to Teach Writing Now, Too?

Assessing Writers, Assessing Writers

K-12 Student Writing Samples

An Introduction to the Writing Process


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A Tour of High-Quality Open Education Resources (OER) for Writing ~ Edutopia

A Tour of High-Quality Open Education Resources (OER) for Writing ~ Edutopia | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Todd Finley


"I spent a couple days throwing keywords into OER (open education resources are digital materials freely available through open licenses) search engines to assess the quality of secondary and higher education writing curricula.


"About 10% of the lessons and/or courses met my criteria, which meant the writing courses and lessons had to:

  • Be free, permanent and public
  • Support the writing process and involve students in the application of multiple literacies: reading, writing, speaking listening and visualizing
  • Be take-and-bake, with activities intuitive and/or simple enough to teach next period
  • Encourage student inquiry, autonomy and high expectations
  • Prompt me to wonder, "Why didn't I think of that?"
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StudySync - Public Radio Listen Edition Blasts! ~ Caitlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

StudySync - Public Radio Listen Edition Blasts! ~ Caitlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Caitlin Tucker


"Last Thursday, my students engaged in a Listen Edition Blast. I love public radio and was super excited to try it out. “Blasts” are Twitter-like engagements limited to 140 characters. They invite students to participate in a larger conversation with other StudySync students to discuss real world issues or topics.


"I selected an public radio Listen Edition titled “Creep. Crawly. Dinner?” This Blast presented the question, “What do you think of insects as the next food craze?” which I thought would be a light hearted complement to our Lord of the Flies unit.


"My students began their Blast assignment, and my room erupted in the sound of crickets. I had 32 students with a hodgepodge of devices listening to a public radio clip about eating insects. Their eyes lit up when they heard the sounds and their noses wrinkled as they imagined dining on creepy crawly insects! It was fun to just observe their reactions. They respond instantly to media!"


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Tucker comes up with so many creative ideas. It must be great to be a student in her classes.

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Writing journals with students

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When I was working at IH Newcastle, I taught the same group for 20 hours a week, four hours a day, divided into two two-hour lessons. That's quite a lot of time with the same group, and yet I somet...

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Google Scholar Alerts

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Google Scholar Alerts | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

Google Scholar, like Google Books, is one of the research tools that high school students often overlook. Searching on Google Scholar is not like searching on Google.com or searching in any other public search engine.


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nihal abitiu's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:18 AM

Comment créer les alertes en Google Scholar

Nancy E Radler's curator insight, November 4, 2013 1:24 PM

Great tool!

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Immersive Storytelling and Presentation Tools for Journalists

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Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.


My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.


Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10


Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ 


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Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 15, 2013 10:21 PM

Watch this video to help the special needs in Africa this thanks giving holiday http://www.africatube.net/video/932/Neglected-people-of-Africa-need-your-help ;

Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, November 17, 2013 1:21 PM

Da http://www.journalism.co.uk 9 strumenti web based per lo storytelling. Si tratta di strumenti che consentono di realizzare storie visuali con elementi multimediali e interattivi.

 

Utili per la content curation e per realizzare presentazioni.

 

Possono essere utilizzati senza problemi nelal didattica per realizzare raccolte e/o narrazioni di eventi e/o problemi di carattere disciplinare e interdisciplinare.

Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, March 28, 2016 11:35 PM



Here is a good collection of nine web tools that allow you to create multimedia-rich, visual story-telling, immersive stories and reports alongside some impressive examples.


My comments: Great tools list showcasing a nice array of visual presentation tools that can be effectively for journalistic reporting.


Useful. Resourceful. Great examples. 8/10


Original article: http://www.journalism.co.uk/news/9-tools-for-journalists-to-produce-immersive-stories/s2/a554425/ ;







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You Can’t Teach the Writing Process: How to Make Writers by Showing Not Telling

You Can’t Teach the Writing Process: How to Make Writers by Showing Not Telling | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Dean Namascle


"The students of NWP teachers write a lot. They write often and they write in a variety of forms and for many reasons. They write in short sprints and lengthy marathons. They write creative and pragmatic prose. They write poetry about math and arguments about literature. They use writing to inquire and to investigate and to think. They write. They write because we are helping them become writers and they become writers because our only formula for making writers is to make them write. That is why so many of the sessions at our conference were about writing in a variety of forms and finding inspiration for writing in a variety of ways from games to television to drawing to music. We make writing fun and challenging and exciting so our students protest only when we tell them it is time to put their writing journals away."


- See more at: http://metawriting.deannamascle.com/you-cant-teach-the-writing-process-how-to-make-writers-by-showing-not-telling/#sthash.MeECAoDH.dpuf


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To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story

To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

"Paul Smith had 20 minutes to sell the CEO of Procter & Gamble, and his team of managers, on new market-research techniques for which Mr. Smith's department wanted funding. As associate director of P&G's PG -0.39% market research, Mr. Smith had spent three weeks assembling a concise pitch with more than 30 PowerPoint slides.

 

On the day of the meeting, CEO A.G. Lafley entered the room, greeted everybody and turned his back to the screen. He then stared intently at Mr. Smith throughout the entire presentation, not once turning to look at a slide.

 

"I felt like maybe I hadn't done a very good job because he wasn't looking at my slides like everyone else," says Mr. Smith, who also noticed that the other managers didn't seem very engaged. "It didn't occur to me until later that he did that because he was more interested in what I had to say than in what my slides looked like."

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Richard Baxter's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:21 AM

Less is more........engaging!

Bad Spoon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:57 AM

Un excellent exemple de l'impact du storytelling dans les présentations business

Gavin Keeble's curator insight, November 25, 2013 6:47 PM

At best, your PPT slides can only SUPPORT your message. The more refined or rarified your audiences get, the more refined or rarified your slide deck needs to get. They're 'paying' for your professional advice/opinion, not your PPT ability.

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Shadow Puppet: Digital Storytelling for iOS Devices

Shadow Puppet: Digital Storytelling for iOS Devices | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

review by Michael Karlin...rated Outstanding


And that's the app!  Yes, it's incredibly simple, but I think that's perfect for this application because it can be used at all ages without much difficulty.  It takes less than 30 seconds to figure out how the application works and it can be integrated in a huge variety of subjects.  

Students can narrate their understanding of virtually any topic and then share those narrations with the class or the teacher.  It's an excellent, easy way to get students talking and sharing what they understand about a particular idea.


My only suggestion would be for them to include a drawing tool (sort of like VoiceThread offers) so that students could add lines or shapes to the images as well.  

Other than that, I love the simplicity, I think it's an excellent app for the classroom, it could be used in all subjects and grade levels, and to top it all off, it's completely free!


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Chrystine Cooper Mitchell's curator insight, February 14, 2016 8:48 PM

It is an easy tool to help students create quick digital stories or informational videos to illustrate concepts and topics. 

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The 10 best writing apps on the iPad

The 10 best writing apps on the iPad | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
As we gradually get faster at typing on touchscreens, extended writing sessions on the iPad have become much more viable. Meanwhile, developers of writing apps have made significant ...

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Using Writing to Combat Bullying and Cliques ~ Education Week Teacher

Using Writing to Combat Bullying and Cliques ~ Education Week Teacher | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

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"Former sixth-grade teacher David Rockower shares in this commentary how he used a letter-writing exercise to raise awareness and combat bullying and exclusion among students. Rockower first wrote his own letter to students expressing his concerns about such behavior -- and sharing his own middle-school experiences -- then invited students to write letters to him about their experiences with cliques, bullying and exclusion. "After this writing experience, there was a noticeable lifting of tension," he writes."

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Lisa Catania, LCSW's curator insight, November 16, 2013 4:09 PM

Excellent activity for middle school years.  The teacher's decision to keep the student's responses confidential allows honesty and relection.  A good follow up activity would be activities directed at upstanding, compassion, and education about social pecking order and the costs of concession to fit in.

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VIRTUAL LIBRARY OF INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS: Secondary English

VIRTUAL LIBRARY OF INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS: Secondary English | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Peter Smagorinsky


"The units in this library contain the following elements:

  • A rationale that provides a justification for teaching the unit to appropriate classes of students.
  • A set of goals that provide direction and purpose for the unit. These goals serve as the major assessments for the unit and are accompanied by a rubric that guides assessment.
  • A list of materials that serve as the primary texts for considering the unit theme or focus.
  • Daily lessons and activities that enable students to work successfully toward rewarding performances on the unit assessments.


"In designing the units, the teachers are urged to prepare them as though they suddenly might take an extended leave from their teaching and leave instruction in the hands of a substitute. The units therefore need to be written in sufficient detail that someone else could come in and teach them. The rubric for grading the units is available elsewhere on this website.


"The Virtual Library of Conceptual Units appears next. Each unit is available for downloading. To download, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. You are welcome to borrow from these units; we only ask that you respect each unit's authors and credit their work if you borrow it for your own teaching or unit design. 


"Units listed in red have been identified as good models to follow. Most units are of high quality; those marked in red have been singled out because they model all aspects of unit design unusually well. All units in the Virtual Library, whether marked in red or not, are worth consideration for teaching."


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traci's lists of ten ~ aids for teachers of writing

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by Traci Gardner


The Lists of Ten are writing assignments, classroom activities, and teaching strategies for middle, secondary, and college teachers. In addition to classroom-ready assignments and activities, you'll find teaching tips, pedagogical guidelines, administrative pointers "


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A wonderful compilation of 51 lists of 10 items each on topics sure to be of interest to any teacher of writing from middle grades through college. Updated occasionally.


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Writing what you know - OpenLearn - Open University (short writing course)

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"This unit includes reading and writing activities that are geared to developing the use of memory, observation and the senses. The aim is to develop your perceptual abilities, honing your capacity to see detail in the world. You will be encouraged to start seeing the familiar in a new way and to make good use of your own personal history.


"This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course Creative writing (A215)."


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Selected by Todd Finley as the best Open Education Resource on teaching writing.

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: 4 Speech/Voice to Text #iPad Apps

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: 4 Speech/Voice to Text #iPad Apps | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it

by Miguel Guhlin


Wondering about speech to text iPad apps? That's a bit different than text to speech or OCR to speech solutions previously featured in this blog.

For now, these are the options I've seen that are focused on speech to text:

  1. Dragon Dictation (Free) - "Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages"
  2. Voice Texting Pro (Free) - "...Speak into the microphone and convert your speech into text. Then directly send your message to e-mail, sms, Twitter or Facebook. You can also send it to your clipboard (copy) and paste the dictated text in any other application."
  3. Speech Notes (Free) - "Speech Notes is a note taking app that can convert speech with the help of internet connection. Just tap on mic button and once done hit again to start converting voice to text." 
  4. Voice Assistant ($1.99) -  "Voice Assistant Translates Your Voice into Text and Sends It to Virtually Any Other iPhone/iPad App" via LifeHacker


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I think this is just such a powerful technology. I'm constantly amazed at how few people use it. I wrote most of my last book using speech-to text-software. It is such a timesaver!

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Heiko Idensen's curator insight, November 4, 2013 3:53 PM

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Dragon Dictation (Free) - "Dragon Dictation is an easy-to-use voice recognition application powered by Dragon® NaturallySpeaking® that allows you to easily speak and instantly see your text or email messages"Voice Texting Pro (Free) - "...Speak into the microphone and convert your speech into text. Then directly send your message to e-mail, sms, Twitter or Facebook. You can also send it to your clipboard (copy) and paste the dictated text in any other application."Speech Notes (Free) - "Speech Notes is a note taking app that can convert speech with the help of internet connection. Just tap on mic button and once done hit again to start converting voice to text." Voice Assistant ($1.99) -  "Voice Assistant Translates Your Voice into Text and Sends It to Virtually Any Other iPhone/iPad App" via LifeHackerAn interesting note: Evernote on Android allows for speech/voice to text using Google's text transcription service. Read more about it here."
http://www.mobileburn.com/21397/news/how-to-automatically-transcribe-voice-notes-for-evernote-catch-and-other-apps-on-android";
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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling - Imgur

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Quite a wonderful list. I don't know if these really are Pixar's rules, but I've seen them in several places, so they probably are. These rules sell the movies.

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Figurative Language | Articles

Figurative Language | Articles | Scriveners' Trappings | Scoop.it
Reinforce your students' understanding of figurative language metaphors, definitions, worksheets, lists, lessons, and games.

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