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Dennis OConnor

How Shakespearean are you? | OxfordWords blog - 0 views

  • The words of Shakespeare are still held, nearly 400 years after his death, to be some of the most poetic ever written and his influence on modern English is indisputable. Contributions such as pound of flesh (Merchant of Venice) and green-eyed monster (Othello) are fairly well-known, but did you know that he was the first person to use the adjectives misplaced (from King Lear) or neighbouring (Henry IV, Part 1); or the adverbs obscenely (Love’s Labour’s Lost)  or out of work (Henry V)?
  • Enter some English text in the box below and click the button. Your words will be compared with all the words used by Shakespeare in his plays and our verdict will be delivered on its Shakespearean content. Why not paste song lyrics or dialogue from your favourite television show into the box to see how much overlap there is with Shakespeare’s English?
Dennis OConnor

ThumbScribes - Collaborative Writing Community - 0 views

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    ThumbScribes is a platform for creating collaborative content.Co+Create haiku, poems, short stories, flash fiction, novellas, exquisite corpse and songs, real time or asynchronously with your computer, tablet, cell phone or even IM.
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A Writer's Background - 0 views

  • I like to begin the term in any class that I'm teaching by asking my students some questions about themselves as writers so that I can better understand their learning style. After a while, I developed a variety of writing assignments around the questions that I tend to ask. I usually use one of these writing assignments very early in the term, so that I can learn something about the students' backgrounds. We might discuss all the questions underlying these assignments, but they'd only write an extended piece on one of the questions. In a composition class, the question would be the basis of an essay.
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Designing an Image to Represent a Character - 0 views

  • The activity, inspired by a similar task described by Shelbie Witte, asks students to design and explain a tattoo for a character from Romeo and Juliet.
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Haiku training? - 0 views

  • This is a training exercise.  It helps condition the muscles necessary for making haiku.
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Tech Therapy - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

  • In what could be considered a model of using off-the-shelf tech tools for a high-impact class project, a writing class spent the fall semester creating resources to help victims of online bullies. The Tech Therapy team talks with Mark Marino, an assistant professor of writing at University of Southern California who led the effort, and one of his students about their online campaign.
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The Best Websites For English Language Learner Students - 2010 | Larry Ferlazzo's Websi... - 0 views

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Lesson Plan | Figuratively Speaking: Exploring How Metaphors Make Meaning - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • Overview | How are metaphors used in both writing and everyday life? What is the role of metaphors in shaping our reality? In this lesson, students raise their awareness of the prevalence and function of metaphors in our everyday language by investigating common metaphors in poetry and song, analyzing the use of metaphors in a variety of short texts and exploring the metaphors in use throughout their daily life.
Dennis OConnor

Teaching to the Text Message - NYTimes.com - 0 views

  • So a few years ago, I started slipping my classes short writing assignments alongside the required papers. Once, I asked them, “Come up with two lines of copy to sell something you’re wearing now on eBay.” The mix of commerce and fashion stirred interest, and despite having 30 students in each class, I could give everyone serious individual attention. For another project, I asked them to describe the essence of the chalkboard in one or two sentences. One student wrote, “A chalkboard is a lot like memory: often jumbled, unorganized and sloppy. Even after it’s erased, there are traces of everything that’s been written on it.”
  • My ideal composition class would include assignments like “Write coherent and original comments for five YouTube videos, quickly telling us why surprised kittens or unconventional wedding dances resonate with millions,” and “Write Amazon reviews, including a bit of summary, insight and analysis, for three canonical works we read this semester (points off for gratuitous modern argot and emoticons).”
  • And short isn’t necessarily a shortcut. When you have only a sentence or two, there’s nowhere to hide.
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  • Rewarding concision first will encourage students to be economical and innovative with language.
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Favorite Poem Project - 0 views

  • Poetry Lesson Plans
    The Favorite Poem Project seeks to improve poetry's place in American classrooms by encouraging active, engaging poetry lessons that emphasize a direct, vocal connection to poems. The lessons below were developed by teachers as part of their participation in the Favorite Poem Project summer poetry institutes hosted by Boston University.
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BBC - Arts - Poetry - 0 views

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    Great poetry read aloud by professionals! Sentence Fluency examples
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KidWrite: Fun for the right side of the brains... - 0 views

  • Writing is an essential skill for this generation.  It should also be fun!  

    Gina Hagler

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Jim Burke: The English Teacher's Companion - 0 views

  • thoughts about teaching teens, literacy, and literature in our brave new world
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    Jim Burke is always worth reading.  
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BrainPOP | English | Writing - 0 views

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    An English teacher's tool box!
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Helpful Resources for Writing Teachers - 0 views

  • Writing Teacher Resources

    Links helpful in planning your next writing class

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