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50 of the Best Websites for Writers

50 of the Best Websites for Writers | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 2, 2017 2:04 PM

Lots of resources! 

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Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project

Prestigious Milken Award Goes to Writing Project Teacher-Consultant - National Writing Project | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 Type: In the News Lauren Jensen, who attended summer institutes at the Long Island and Northern Virginia Writing Projects, was named this year's Milken Educator Award recipient for New York.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 15, 2016 8:13 PM

Congratulations Lauren Jensen!  A Milken Award changed my life back in 1995.  May many doors open for you and your students!


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Reflective practice goes digital

Reflective practice goes digital | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Reflective practice for academics in Higher Education is not a new idea, in fact reflection is encouraged in most professional fields and is a habit that students should be developing as part of th...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 8, 2015 6:35 PM

Writing and Reflection: part of every writing class.

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College-Ready Writers Program Live from St. Louis - National Writing Project

College-Ready Writers Program Live from St. Louis - National Writing Project | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it

Summary: The National Writing Project's College-Ready Writers Program Leadership Team gathered in St. Louis for the group's Summer Partnership Institute. Live from the institute, they share resources for teaching argument writing from non-fiction texts that have engaged secondary students across the country in considering multiple perspectives as they craft thoughtful arguments.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 9, 2015 5:03 PM

Listen to the podcast

Nice list of resources

Intro Unit Available


Good ideas are where you find them!

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17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers

17 Excellent Writing Guides for Academics and Student Researchers | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
October 10, 2014
This post is born out of a writing assignment for my PhD course 'Focused Educational Studies". The assignment was a reflective piece on chapter 4 of Jesson et al.'s book " Doing A...

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Setting up for the middle school writing workshop - Two Writing Teachers

Setting up for the middle school writing workshop - Two Writing Teachers | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Teaching writing workshop at the middle school level can be an extraordinarily satisfying experience: middle schoolers are ready and willing to think deeply about issues, they understand more, they...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 9, 2015 5:00 PM

Solid advice from working teachers who answer the bell everyday.


If they can do it, so can you!

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Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis

Free Graphic Organizers for Teaching Writing ^ Daily Teaching Tools ^ by Chad Manis | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
I dug into my own archives that I've accumulated over my 33 year career in search of organizers that focus on writing.  Although I found quite a few, I felt that my collection could be more complete.

With that in mind, I searched thoroughly for graphic organizer ideas wherever I could find them.  Although many of the organizers I found were specifically for reading, I adapted and redesigned them to better suit teachers of writing.

The result is what you will see on this page--a collection of 50 graphic organizers designed specifically for teaching writing.

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Adobe Slate | Make a beautiful visual story. In minutes.

Put a unique twist on anything you want to communicate — a book report, weekly customer newsletter or your latest travel adventure. Slate automatically adapts to any device, creating a delightful read on tablets, phones or computers.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 2015 1:35 AM

This looks like an awsome free tool for anyone who wants to do some project work with their students.

flea palmer's curator insight, June 1, 2015 7:29 AM

This could be a stylish alternative to PowerPoint-based Pitch Presentations...

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Story Generator

Story Generator | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Hilarious short story generator. Write your own story in thirty seconds by entering some keywords or letting our automated system choose some for you. Story writing has never been so quick and easy.

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cioccas's curator insight, June 20, 2015 7:30 PM

Looks very useful for getting students started on writing narratives. After they generate a story, they could then copy the text and work on it to craft their own story.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, June 21, 2015 3:32 PM

#StoryTelling #ELA #CommonCore #STEM #STEAM #Education #Literature #Drama

Alexandre Silva's curator insight, July 23, 2015 2:22 PM

English

Classes

Students

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Writing Exercise: Supernatural Traits - Write Divas

Writing Exercise: Supernatural Traits - Write Divas | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
“Weekly writing exercises to for aspiring authors.”
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How to Stick to a Writing Schedule - Lifehacker

How to Stick to a Writing Schedule - Lifehacker | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Practice makes perfect, the old adage goes, and the more you write the better you get at it.
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Are you writing your first book and do you plan to make it a bestseller?

Are you writing your first book and do you plan to make it a bestseller? | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Have you written a book? Do you want to make it a bestseller? Or do you have a story you want to tell? Perhaps you have a business and want to get credibility through writing your very own book? Do you have expert knowledge to share with others?
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How to Foster Creativity in Writing

How to Foster Creativity in Writing | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Find out how blending learned skills with artistic thinking fosters creativity in writing. (Thanks for tweeting!

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Comic Creator - ReadWriteThink

Comic Creator - ReadWriteThink | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
The Comic Creator invites students to compose their own comic strips for a variety of contexts (prewriting, pre- and postreading activities, response to literature, and so on). The organizers focus on the key elements of comic strips by allowing students to choose backgrounds, characters, and props, as well as to compose related dialogue (shown at left). This versatile tool can be used by students from kindergarten through high school, for purposes ranging from learning to write dialogue to an in-depth study of a formerly neglected genre. The tool is easy to use, made even easier with the Comic Strip Planning Sheet, a printable PDF that comic creators can use to draft and revise their work before creating and printing their final comics. After completing their comic, students have the ability to print out and illustrate their final versions for feedback and assessment.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 21, 2017 12:04 PM

The writing process comes in many shapes and colors. 

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6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits Online Professional Development - Enroll Immediately: Course Starts 9/28/2015

6-Traits Resources: 6-Traits Online Professional Development - Enroll Immediately: Course Starts 9/28/2015 | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it

You will work individually and as part of a community to practice and refine your assessment skills. You will score a variety of demonstration papers, discuss your rationale with online colleagues, discover a variety of classroom strategies for teaching the traits, and share your own teaching methods.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 23, 2015 8:47 PM

Great Teacher, Great Online Community, Great Concepts. 


(Do I need better word choice regarding the word great?)


If you teach writing, or want to learn how to teach and assess writing then this class can change your teaching life. 


This is the LAST CALL FOR THE FALL SECTION!  


Register now for 3 Graduate Credits from the University of Wisconsin Stout. 

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Setting up for the middle school writing workshop - Two Writing Teachers

Setting up for the middle school writing workshop - Two Writing Teachers | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Teaching writing workshop at the middle school level can be an extraordinarily satisfying experience: middle schoolers are ready and willing to think deeply about issues, they understand more, they...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 9, 2015 5:00 PM

Solid advice from working teachers who answer the bell everyday.


If they can do it, so can you!

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6 Traits of Writing- a photostory - YouTube

http://youtu.be/6QcTWAnxdGM

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 29, 2014 6:38 PM

A narrated slide show that gives a good overview.  Good for back to school night! 

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How to write fiction: Meg Rosoff on finding your voice

How to write fiction: Meg Rosoff on finding your voice | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Many would-be writers spend far too much time nervously scrabbling about for a voice, but the word itself is horribly misleading. "Voice" (unlike "power", for instance, or "presence") suggests a superficial quality, one that can be manipulated by having singing lessons, or by changing the tone, volume or accent.

There is nothing superficial, however, about voice when used in the context of writing. Your writing voice is the deepest possible reflection of who you are. The job of your voice is not to seduce or flatter or make well-shaped sentences. In your voice, your readers should be able to hear the contents of your mind, your heart, your soul.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 24, 2015 12:48 PM

When I read this description of voice I felt my writer's mind tingle down through all my limbs.  

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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing ^ Edutopia ^ by Monica Burns

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing ^ Edutopia ^ by Monica Burns | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Creative writing can be a daunting task for students who struggle to think of story ideas or who don't love the writing process. For kids who have trouble putting pen to paper, there are a handful of fantastic iPad apps that just might inspire them to tell a story. Your students will be able to gather ideas, brainstorm and publish writing straight from their tablet.

For students at all levels, creative writing is an important part of English language arts curriculum. Not only do the Common Core State Standards specifically outline the expectation that students should be able to express themselves through the written word, but this is also an essential real-world skill. Students should have the ability to write narratives that tell a story from their own life or a story that they've imagined. The following apps will inspire young writers and give them a vehicle for sharing their work.

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Home - Scrivener: How To

Home - Scrivener: How To | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
SCRIVENER Learn how to use your writing software quickly and easily Here's some help to get you started See why I highly recommend Scrivener for your writing Watch a 15 minute video showing the basics of how to use Scrivener software, including how to save yourself time and money by creating and publishing your own Read More ...

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Free Online Poster Maker

Free Online Poster Maker | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it

Lucidpress is a professional-quality poster maker for everyone. With a library of templates and a drag-and-drop interface, you'll have an attention-grabbing poster made in no time.


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José Mª Ezquerro's curator insight, October 27, 2015 7:56 AM

añada su visión ...

Craig Van Ham's curator insight, March 24, 2016 9:15 PM

This is a great tool for creating classroom materials or for getting students to show the outcomes of their projects.

Teresa Maceira's curator insight, April 8, 2016 8:34 PM
Nice tools for classroom assignments.
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GetEdFunding Is A New Way For Teachers To Find Grants and Funding | Edudemic

GetEdFunding Is A New Way For Teachers To Find Grants and Funding | Edudemic | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it

Do you have a great idea for you classroom but you need to find a grant to make it happen? If so, check out GetEdFunding, a new site sponsored by CDWG. This post states that "currently, there are more than 750 grants and rewards on the site."

The site does require registration but it is free and certainly worth checking out. To go directly to the site: http://www.getedfunding.com/.


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The 20 Best Apps For Writing On Your iPad - Online Learning Guide

The 20 Best Apps For Writing On Your iPad - Online Learning Guide | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
Twitter Here’s a terrific list of the best apps for writing on your iPad that is going to be of some great use for students of just about any age.

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3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination

3 Keys to Writing Success and Overcoming Procrastination | Writing & Strategies | Scoop.it
What does it take to be a successful writer?  As I have reflected on my own journey, I am going to share with you 3 keys to writing success.   I would love to hear your keys to success as well in t...

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