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Using Technology For Writing Projects

From comics to poems, this website will give you several links to build and develop your projects. It is quite exciting to play with these websites. I never even thought I could build a comic strip, and now I have. Use "cube creator" to write the narrative about the old lady with 20 cats who lives next door.

Analyze Significant Documents (Common Core Standard 9-10.RI.9)

Another important historical text you should be able to read and comprehend is President George Washington's Farewell address, delivered in 1796. He advised Americans to see themselves as a cohesive unit and avoid political parties. He issued a special warning to be wary of relationships and entanglements with other countries.

Analyze Text and Cite Evidence to Determine Meaning (Common Core Standard 11-12.RI.1)

Use strong and thorough textual evidence to bolster analysis of what the text states explicitly and draw inferences, including determining where the text invites ambiguity.

Strengthen Writing Through Planning, Revising, Editing, and Rewriting

Planning or pre-writing is the 1st step of the writing process. However, many people, including adult writers, skip this process. They think it is a waste of time. The big question then remains. "How often have you spent an hour or hours writing a draft and you run out of information to talk about?"

Foundational Documents (Common Core Standards 11-12.RI.9)

Assess seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century U.S. documents of historical and literary importance for their main ideas, purposes, and rhetorical aspects.

Non-Fiction Sources and Media (Common Core Standard 11-12.RI.7)

This PDF offers 29 pages of graphic organizers and tables to help you organize visually what you read on the page. The ultimate goal is to be able to synthesize and summarize non-fiction text from multiple sources, so you may find some of these organizers helpful to help you "extract" the important facts/details.

Plan, Revise, Edit, and Rewrite

Brainstorming is something you've probably done since kindergarten, but there's a reason teachers have you do it. It generates ideas. Brainstorming helps you find ideas for a topic, develop an approach to a topic, and lets you see how far you can go with a topic. This guide shares some terrific brainstorming techniques.

Gather Relevant Information (Common Core Standard 9-10.WHST.8)

This 73-page file contains a lot of FAQ about annotation, sources, quotations, etc. If you have ever had a question about the how-to's of research writing, chances are the answer is here! Don't print the entire thing (and use up all your printer's ink!), but use it as a reference if you need clarification on any aspect of research once you've completed this board.

Using Technology to Produce, Publish, and Update Writing (Common Core Standard 9-10.WHST.6)

Scholastic's free online workshops are hosted by name authors on genres such as book reviews, speeches, news, biographies, descriptive writing, folk tales, myths, mysteries, and poetry. Young writers can follow the author's or editor's tips for writing and revision, listen to the audio files, and read published work by other students.

Determining Conclusions, Summarizing, and Paraphrasing (Common Core Standard 11-12.RST.2)

What is an implied main idea ? The reader supplies the main idea from what is suggested amongst the supporting details. Practice exercises for finding implied main ideas in paragraphs along with three tests, three mastery tests, and a reading with cumulative review questions all on this site!

27 Argumentative and Persuasive writing prompts

In keeping with my recent post on evaluative writing prompts I have made another infographic to support literacy in my classroom that I would like to share. This one features words to develop argumentative or persuasive language designed to improve literacy skills. Please feel free to use it yourselves should you wish ensuring CC is ...

Google is helping James Frey build a multimedia sci-fi juggernaut

On October 7th, author James Frey will release a novel about the apocalypse. It will hold an elaborate code, directing readers towards a key hidden somewhere in the real world. That key will open a case containing $500,000 in gold.

27 academic writing resources for students | eSchool News | eSchool News

Reasons why young people consider academic writing their worst nightmare vary, but often it is just a lack of information and inspiration All teachers and educators are familiar with such a problem of every student as writing. Often, it appears to be very difficult for them to write an essay, accomplish a writing task, come up with a great book/article review, etc.

[Infographic] Banned Books Week

Started in 1982, Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read and calls attention to the wealth of creative expression that is stifled when books can be forbidden from library shelves....

Teaching Literary Analysis

Literary analysis is a vital stage in the development of students' critical thinking skills. Bloom's Taxonomy illustrates that analysis should come at the fourth level, right after comprehension and application. What this means is that students must be able to understand and describe the text before they are able to analyze its elements.

When High School Students Struggle with Textbook Reading

Sheila Valencia Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle Many reports and research studies have documented the adolescent reading challenge -- too many students are unable to learn and build new knowledge from the texts used in their subject matter classrooms. In addition to the challenges of general comprehension, reading in a subject area presents additional challenges that many students are unable to tackle on their own.

Strengthen Writing Through Planning, Revising, Editing, and Rewriting | Learnist

This is a great video that does cover strategies in writing, but It gives you other ideas that may help you such as "word to text" or "word prediction". Plus, this gives you some excellent tips for editing your final work.

Death to high school English

Like so many depressive, creative, extremely lazy high-school students, I was saved by English class. I struggled with math and had no interest in sports. Science I found interesting, but it required studying. I attended a middling high school in central Virginia in the mid-'90s, so there were no lofty electives to stoke my artistic sensibility - no A.P.

Fun Assessment for Silent Sustained Reading

My 90 minute English class begins with 15 minutes of silent sustained reading every day. I prioritize this time because I know students won't love every book we read as part of our curriculum. I want to give them the opportunity and time to read anything that interests them.

Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam

In the months leading up to the final exam, 10 th grade teacher Alexa Schlechter struggled. She's an English teacher - an educator of stories told through the written word.

A group of Mississippi teachers just turned a boring high school hallway into a work of art

The teachers at Biloxi Jr. High decided to paint the lockers as books. Once they started, they knew they were onto something. So they shared their idea on the Biloxi Junior High Facebook page to see if anyone wanted to join them in painting book upon book on the remaining unused lockers.

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The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders."

Teaching Students to Craft Engaging Introductory Paragraphs

Early in their educational careers, students are taught to write introductory paragraphs that start by them introducing themselves and then merely spelling out what they mean to suggest quite explicitly. Over time, the writing matures and most students grow out of this very formulaic approach to writing.

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

I am a freak for the American road trip. And I'm not alone, as some of this country's best writers have taken a shot at describing that quintessentially American experience.

For Digital Natives, Appreciating Shakespeare’s Words with Performances

WordPlay Shakespeare presents the bard's words alongside stripped down performances in an ebook to help students with comprehension.