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Fantastic resource for writing found on pinterest

Found this useful ‘Plot skeleton’ on Pinterest,

write-to-learn:

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I really like this lesson idea, shared by Joselyn Anglin, in which students look beyond classroom walls to find inspiration. Check it out:

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Students would be invited to study outside and interact with a student/class in another geographic locale: 1st-Observing their…

The art of enforceable statements - teaching #ukedchat #edchat

(via classroomcollective)

I used this reflection tool as an end of year evaluation. Pupils discussed in pairs/ groups and then put their answers in on their own copy :)

amandaonwriting:

Tengwar (Elvish) alphabet — J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

I think you could have some fun with this alphabet - getting pupils to write in code etc.

kateann6:

Challenge capsules for students who finish early. After finishing their daily work the students can pick one of the capsules and then complete the task inside. I think it would be a cool idea to color code activities by the lids. That way the students knew that if they picked a capsule with a yellow lid they would be doing a writing activity, a blue lid for vocabulary, a red lid for reading, and so on. 

psychjournalism:

Common Characteristics of Natural Born, Freelance, or Career Writers


  • An “odd ball” childhood.

Writers tend to start off as peculiar kids. They never quite fit in with their classmates. Their abstract thinking begins early on, and it causes them to struggle to relate to other children and elementary interests. Future writers commonly start off as either lonesome or socially inept kids.

  • They were handed books as toys.

Naturally gifted writers are almost always reading enthusiasts. They have a further developed vocabulary and stronger syntax abilities because their scholastic experience goes beyond traditional curriculum. 

  • They believe in the “All or nothing” policy. 

Writers are often perfectionists that will edit until their eyes bleed or completely scratch an idea off the table. They tend to carry that trait into their other projects as well. The writer will either create something complete or nothing at all.

  • They take pride in their work.

Even if they need help, writers like doing their work 100% themselves without contribution. This is seen often in college, when the self-proclaimed writers don’t show up to office hours or ask for tutoring. Writers tend to treat even essays as a personal work of art. It’s their work, and it matters that it’s only theirs.

  • They are equally organized and disorganized.

A writer’s mind works in choreographed chaos. With too much chaos comes no productivity. With too much organization comes no passion. The writer has learned how to have the perfect combination of both.

  • They have both an ego and self-doubt.

-Enough ego to invest in one’s own thoughts, enough doubt to revise and rethink continuously. 

  • They enjoy simplicity.

Hot coffee, music, and a sunrise could make their morning flawless.

  • They are observant. 
Writers tend to learn about things from as many angles as they can. They’ll see the same sign for ten years and connect ten-thousand other separate things to the sign in that amount of time. They take in what they can and make a mental map of how things co-exist. 
  • They  recognize the importance of memories.
Writers learn how to utilize past moments as criteria for their work. A writer will not forget their first love, or heartache. 

(via katsprad)

What an excellent idea - these would be very useful when studying a novel as a class/ guided reading etc.

On street corners everywhere, people are looking at their cell phones, and it’s easy to dismiss this as some sort of bad trend in human culture. But the truth is life is being lived there.