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Log In - New York Times. Control Alt Achieve: Self-Editing Tools for Student Writing in Google Docs. One of the best features of Google Docs is the ability to share your work with others so they can offer comments and suggestions.

Control Alt Achieve: Self-Editing Tools for Student Writing in Google Docs

As awesome as that is, sometimes a student may not have another person available to provide feedback, and will need to do the editing on their own. Thankfully there are loads of useful tools that can help students to self-edit their writing, including text-to-speech, grammar checkers, dictionaries, and more. With these resources students can take ownership of the editing process to improve their writing. An Editing Checklist For Writers. Are you thinking about editing your own copy?

An Editing Checklist For Writers

At Writers Write, we give our students a Rewriting Checklist as part of our Writers Write course. This helps to correct any obvious errors the writer may have made. There are four types of book editing - developmental, substantive, line, and proofreading. Unfortunately, we aren't all able to afford the services of professionals who could do this for us. Made Not Only in Words: Composition in a New Key. Are you thinking of writing and publishing a book? Chances are, yes you are.

Are you thinking of writing and publishing a book?

I can say that because most of my blog readers come from Twitter, and Twitter is really the perfect tool for aspiring or published writers. Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing. By Maria Popova In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in The New York Times nearly a decade earlier, The Guardian reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments.

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come 8 from the one and only Neil Gaiman: WritePut one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.Put it aside. This Simple Writing Habit Changed My Life. It's Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom. It’s Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom by Terry Heick Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy.

It's Time To Think Differently About Writing In The Classroom

Rather than only “writing teachers,” teaching reading and writing, now all teachers across all content areas are being asked to do so (something we’ve talked about before). In the past, literacy—the ability to read, write, and understand—has been the domain of the English-Language Arts teachers (and elsewhere in the world, Literature and Composition teachers). And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. Nine Secrets to Successfully Completing That Elusive First Draft. At 1:04am, on the 20th of August, after exactly 292 days or 41 weeks and 5 days of writing my first draft of my novel, I wrote those two long awaited words… ‘The End’.

Nine Secrets to Successfully Completing That Elusive First Draft

I was in bed, in the dark, laptop on my knees, with my sleeping beauty of a wife next to me. I stared at the screen, the cursor still blinking… and the first word that came into my mind was, “oh.” I stared around our darkened room and my gaze fell upon my wife. I searched for signs she was stirring… I had just finished my novel, of course she would just wake up… wouldn’t she? This was a momentous occasion… But her light sleepy snuffles continued. I turned back to the screen. Nope. How to get started with the Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs - Pathfinders. The Writing Reviser add-on in Google Docs.

How to get started with the Writing Reviser Add-on for Google Docs - Pathfinders

I’m sure most students would agree that writing well—especially writing well for a variety of purposes—is not easy. On any given school day, a student might be asked to analyze a poem by Emily Dickinson, to construct a lab report following a science experiment, or to explain the historical importance of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. Regardless of the task, student writers face the daily challenge of expressing themselves clearly and forcefully. Let yourself cry: Jennifer Niven's inspirational top writing tips. I was lucky enough to grow up with a writer mom, who taught me that I could be or do anything I wanted to be or do, and for as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

Let yourself cry: Jennifer Niven's inspirational top writing tips

This was in spite of the fact that I saw first hand how hard it could be. Even during the toughest, saddest times of her life, my mother wrote. In so many ways, she was my hero. The 8 Minutes That Matter Most. I am an English teacher, so my ears perk up when writers talk about their process.

The 8 Minutes That Matter Most

I've found the advice handy for lesson planning, too. That's because both writing and planning deal with craft. In writing, you want your audience to be absorbed. You want them to care about your characters. You want them be delighted by the suspense. John Irving, the author of The Cider House Rules, begins with his last sentence: I write the last line, and then I write the line before that. That is the crux of lesson planning right there -- endings and beginnings.

The eight minutes that matter most are the beginning and endings. Here are eight ways to make those eight minutes magical. Two Excellent Apps for Creative Writers. June 13, 2015 For serious writers looking for some very good apps to help them with their everyday writing, the two apps below are definitely what you are looking for.

Two Excellent Apps for Creative Writers

Both of these apps are available for Mac users at a reasonable price. Some of the features provided by these apps include: clutter and distraction free writing environment, simple yet powerful formatting options necessary for pure writing and a bunch of focus-enhancing functionalities to help you get your ideas on paper. Typed Typed provides writers with a powerful set of tools and features to enhance their writing experience and help them stay focused on the task at hand. It offer a clutter-free writing environment and embeds a wide variety of features that include: word count, automatically saves work, supports retrieve and edits, provides 8 calming soundtracks to help you concentrate on your writing and many more. 7 free tools for anyone who wants to become a better writer.

The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve. It’s why people can sit on a draft for weeks—every time they take “one more look,” they can find a way to make it better. While it’s definitely a fun challenge to see how long you can keep finessing your work, it’s not always practical. After all, your boss usually doesn’t want you working on that press release for weeks on end while you try to brainstorm the perfect opening line. Thankfully, there are plenty of resources out there that can speed the editing process up and make you more confident about the work you’re submitting.

For today, I went though Product Hunt’s newest Tools for Writers collection and chose my seven favorites. Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide. Adam Foster, the teacher behind @iPadTeachers, has written an excellent guide to Book Creator. The book contains 47 pages of lesson ideas for using Book Creator for iPad, divided into 8 subject categories. Dan Amos, founder of Book Creator, said: “We are delighted that someone of Adam’s experience and knowledge of Book Creator has published a guide like this – it should prove an invaluable resource for teachers across the world”. Adam Foster is an experienced Primary School Teacher who teaches across Key Stage 1 and 2, as well as co-ordinating ICT at a Preparatory School in Wolverhampton, UK.

Adam provides iPad teacher training through iLearn2 and is also the brains behind the popular Teacher Guide to iPad app. How to Develop an Unforgettable Voice in Your Writing. To be a successful writer, you must possess an unforgettable voice. This is the mysterious “knack for writing” that people talk about. How to Put Your Writing in Public. Where do you find refuge? EmailShare 0EmailShare. Math-response-writing. ~ Stephen's Web. 7 Tenets of Creative Thinking.