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AdviceToWriters - Advice to Writers - Margaret Atwood's Ten Rules for Writing... - 2 views

  • 1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.
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6 Traits of Writing - Professional Development - Yearlong 6-Traits Bulletin Boards - 1 views

  • Teachers have been introducing the trait language to students in a variety of ways. Here are some of my favorite 6-Traits introduction strategies. Thanks to all of you who have sent in new pictures! If you would like to email digital photos of how you have introduced the traits into your environment, we'll post them on our website for all to see. Click on some of the photos below for a larger view of the bulletin board.
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ELA-BMS - Diddorol - 0 views

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    Game Based learning with the 6 traits
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Figment: Write yourself in. - 1 views

  • What is figment?

    Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you're into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.

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Thinking about Common Core Standards for Writing? « Six Trait Gurus - 1 views

  • Nowadays, the BIG question is this: “Do the traits connect to the Common Core Standards for Writing–and if so, how?” The answer in a nutshell is yes they do indeed–in many ways.
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The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Lea... - 0 views

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      I'm struck by the concept of a hybrid book. It seems to be a natural for e-books, but why not for traditionally printed materials as well?
  • transmedia work
  • “We tell our kids we want them to know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the main character,” Flemming said. “I’ve had more than one child tell me that before they read ‘Inanimate Alice,’ they didn’t know what that felt like.”
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  • Stein says it’s better to take advantage of new technologies to push the culture in the direction you want it to go. Stein is fully aware of the political and cultural implications of his vision of the future of reading and writing, which shifts the emphasis away from the individual and onto the community. It’s asking people to understand that authored works are part of a larger flow of ideas and information.
  • “I think the definition of writing is shifting,” Boardman said. “I don’t think writing happens with just words anymore.”
  • In his classes, Boardman teaches students how to express their ideas and how to tell stories —and he encourages them to use video, music, recorded voices and whatever other media will best allow them to communicate effectively. He is part of a vanguard of educators, technologists, intellectuals and writers who are reimagining the very meaning of writing and reading.
  • “We find when writing moves online, the connections between ideas and people are much more apparent than they are in the context of a printed book,”
  • The keys to understanding this new perspective on writing and reading lie in notions of collaboration and being social. More specifically, it’s believing that collaboration and increased socialization around activities like reading and writing is a good idea.
  • The MIT Media Lab tagged collaboration as one of the key literacies of the 21st century, and it’s now so much a part of the digital learning conversation as to be nearly rote. In his new book, “Where Good Ideas Come From,” Stephen Johnson argues that ideas get better the more they’re exposed to outside influences.
  • It is not only the act of writing that is changing. It’s reading, too. Stein points to a 10-year-old he met in London recently. The boy reads for a bit, goes to Google when he wants to learn more about a particular topic, chats online with his friend who are reading the same book, and then goes back to reading.
  • Laura Flemming is an elementary school library media specialist in River Edge, N.J. About three years ago, she came across a hybrid book—half digital, half traditional—called “Skeleton Creek” by Patrick Carmen.

    “The 6th graders were running down to library class, banging down the door to get in, which you don’t often see,” Flemming said.

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EFL CLASSROOM 2.0 - 0 views

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    This is a Ning network for EFL/ELL teachers.  23,000 members
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Writing for the Web - 0 views

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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?
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ALA | Big Six Information Skills Research Study - 0 views

  • Several information problem-solving models exist for teaching and reinforcing the research, problem-solving, and writing processes. The Big Six information skills model (Big6) is one that is primarily aimed at kindergarten through twelfth-grade students. This model is intended to foster the acquisition of research, problem-solving, and metacognitive skills through the cooperation of both school library media specialists and classroom teachers. While a strong anecdotal record exists supporting the use of Big6, empirical research support is less evident in library and education literature. This study examines the effect of Big6 on a class of eighth-grade students asked to research and write about events surrounding the African-American Civil Rights movement.
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oneword.com - 0 views

  • simple. you’ll see one word at the top of the following screen.

    you have sixty seconds to write about it.

    click ‘go’ and the page will load with the cursor in place.

    don’t think. just write.

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    Looks like a fun way to spark journal writing.  Fit's Natalie Goldberg's great advice about first draft writing: Just keep your hand moving!
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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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6 + 1 Traits - Real Classroom Ideas - 0 views

  • 6 + 1 traits is a great way to help focus your writing program, even if you are using another program as a primary tool.  The following links will give you mini-posters, rubrics and activities for the general traits to help your students strengthen their writing in each area.  For more specific lessons and templates, visit the links on the left.
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    Posters and other useful downloadable content
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The Writing Assignment Framework and Overview - National Writing Project - 0 views

  • Summary: Developing creative and rigorous writing assignments can be challenging. To support teachers in planning and reflecting on writing assignments in all content areas, a group of teacher-consultants and Writing Project site directors collaborated to create this new framework for writing assignments.
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