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Wizard Tool for Searching Wizard Tool for Searching This tool is built on Google's Advanced Search and conducts a Google search with the keywords that you fill in for each field. As you type, WATCH as the Wizard builds your query in the search box above. Then click Search. Evaluate the results and revise your keywords to get the best results for your topic! This tool has been tested in the following platforms and browsers:
The C.R.A.P. Test in action: Websites
Books You can find scholarly books by looking for additional information about the book and the author. Some ways to do that include: Step 4: Evaluating Sources - Getting Started Doing Research - LibGuides at University of Maine Farmington Step 4: Evaluating Sources - Getting Started Doing Research - LibGuides at University of Maine Farmington
Developing a Search Strategy by Kelly Boivin on Prezi
Choosing a Research Topic by Kelly Boivin on Prezi
CS4HS - Pecha Kucha - Google Drive CS4HS - Pecha Kucha - Google Drive In computer science a Pecka Kucha is an interesting format to deliver short talks (typically 8 to 12) topics in rapid fire sequence. Most students in high schools and colleges have never experienced a Pecha Kucha. Often they have seen and know about TED Talks (www.ted.com), thus they are aware of the high impact a talk can potentially have to motivate and inspire.

iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo.

iPads (or other devices) and Literature Circles – co-starring Edmodo. http://www.flickr.com/photos/chowd/488098373/ CC Licensed Literature Circles have been around forever. Done well, the strategy is an effective way of engaging children in reading, while teaching them specific skills and behaviours we use when immersing ourselves in a text.
Over the past twelve years, I’ve watched my students progress from MySpace to Facebook to Twitter, not to mention the hundreds of other apps-of-the-moment. The one constancy in this trend is that students are online, interacting all day, every day. In fact, most of their social lives are now taking place digitally. To Tweet or Not to Tweet  To Tweet or Not to Tweet 
Let me say right away that this post will focus on an exercise I’ve used in my literature classes. I think (and hope) the idea could be useful to folks in other disciplines as well. If you’ve spent much time on the internet (and if you’re here at ProfHacker, I’m guessing you have), then you’re likely familiar with the mashup. A mashup usually refers to a creative work that blends two distinct works into one composition. One of the most famous mashups is Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album, which blends rapper Jay-Z’s The Black Album with The Beatles’ The White Album. The mashup isn’t only a musical genre, however. Mashups in the Literature Classroom Mashups in the Literature Classroom
Regular commenter Crystal has asked for some more details about my Personal Narrative course, in which I focus less on literary analysis and more on literary appreciation. Here’s some general info on how the course unfolds. Feel free to steal/adapt/query, etc. Module 1: Literary Analysis Review Text: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls In the first part of the course, we all read The Glass Castle and discuss the genre of the personal narrative. Literary Appreciation + Literary Analysis: A Course Plan « Classroom as Microcosm Literary Appreciation + Literary Analysis: A Course Plan « Classroom as Microcosm

Tone/Attitude Words

Tone/Attitude Words 1. accusatory-charging of wrong doing 2. apathetic-indifferent due to lack of energy or concern 3. awe-solemn wonder Tone/Attitude Words
Sorry, but the article or page you’re looking was not found. In May 2013, School Library Journal underwent a major server migration for its archived web content, which happened slightly sooner than originally expected. As a result, much of the content from 2004 to 2012 is currently unavailable to the public. However, this content has not been lost, and our web staff is in the process of converting these past articles for integration into the WordPress-based website you see here, which was launched in 2012. Many of these older articles have already been restored, and more will continue to be restored on an ongoing basis as they are cleaned up. Ultimately, this migration will allow for greater discoverability of all archived SLJ content, both on the website and across the Web in general. Why I Write Poetry: A really good poem can reach kids in wondrous and unexpected ways

Why I Write Poetry: A really good poem can reach kids in wondrous and unexpected ways

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HyperGrammar Welcome to HyperGrammar electronic grammar course at the University of Ottawa's Writing Centre. This course covers approximately the same ground as our English department's ENG 1320 Grammar course. The content of HyperGrammar is the result of the collaborative work of the four instructors who were teaching the course in Fall 1993: Heather MacFadyen, David Megginson, Frances Peck, and Dorothy Turner. David Megginson was then responsible for editing the grammar and exercises and for converting them to SGML. This package is designed to allow users a great deal of freedom and creativity as they read about grammar. HyperGrammar allows users to create and follow their own lines of thought. HyperGrammar
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