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AP: Resources. : PBS LearningMedia. The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative. Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

The Sentence as a Miniature Narrative

I like to imagine a sentence as a boat. Each sentence, after all, has a distinct shape, and it comes with something that makes it move forward or stay still — whether a sail, a motor or a pair of oars. There are as many kinds of sentences as there are seaworthy vessels: canoes and sloops, barges and battleships, Mississippi riverboats and dinghies all-too-prone to leaks. And then there are the impostors, flotsam and jetsam — a log heading downstream, say, or a coconut bobbing in the waves without a particular destination. My analogy seems simple, but it’s not always easy to craft a sentence that makes heads turn with its sleekness and grace. Over the course of several articles, I will give you the tools to become a sentence connoisseur as well as a sentence artisan.

Library of Congress But that definition misses the essence of sentencehood. For a sentence to be a sentence we need a What (the subject) and a So What (the predicate). Free Puzzlemaker. Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents.

Free Puzzlemaker

Create and print customized word search, criss-cross, math puzzles, and more-using your own word lists. Get the Puzzlemaker CD-ROM for your classroom with lots of extra features, including: • Searchable Merriam-Webster dictionaries • Over 350 clip-art images Choose a type of puzzle from the list below and make your own puzzle online for classroom or home use. Sites for Teachers.


Using Technology. Model Learning: Graphic Organisers. BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers Like YOU! Graphic Organisers. From 2013, the AusVELS website will provide the curriculum for Victorian government and Catholic schools.

Graphic Organisers

AusVELS - For previous Victorian Curricula, including the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS), please click here. Information about the development of the national curriculum in Victoria is available from the VCAA website and from the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) website. Web English Teacher. Think.com, Oracle Education Foundation, Projects. Homepage. The Standards. Building on the best of existing state standards, the Common Core State Standards provide clear and consistent learning goals to help prepare students for college, career, and life.

The Standards

The standards clearly demonstrate what students are expected to learn at each grade level, so that every parent and teacher can understand and support their learning. The standards are: Research and evidence basedClear, understandable, and consistentAligned with college and career expectationsBased on rigorous content and the application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skillsBuilt upon the strengths and lessons of current state standardsInformed by other top-performing countries to prepare all students for success in our global economy and society According to the best available evidence, the mastery of each standard is essential for success in college, career, and life in today’s global economy. For grades K-8, grade-by-grade standards exist in English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Curriki.

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Balancing Fun and Learning in Educational Games - Digital Education

The Best Language Tools for Geeks. SExpand No matter your command of the English language, we all have trouble defining, pronouncing, or even remembering certain words, which makes writing tough.

The Best Language Tools for Geeks

Here are some of the best tools to help you out.P We talked about online language tools for nerds a couple years ago, and today we're revisiting it with newer and better options. This list isn't exhaustive, but it's some of our favorite tools we've found—and even make use of on a daily basis—to help in our writing.P DefinitionsP By far the easiest way to define a word quickly is to look it up in Google, using the define operator. If you want something a little more detailed, you can hit up Google Dictionary and search for your word there. If you're looking up several words at a time, previously mentioned Ninjawords is a pretty awesome tool, as it doesn't refresh after each new word lookup, it just adds it to an ever-growing list.

Spelling and GrammarP Lastly, a neat crowdsourcing grammar tool called Phras.in deserves mention. English Grammar Resource. Welcome to Grammar Slammer, the help file that goes beyond a grammar checker.

English Grammar Resource

Use it as you would any help file. For more on how to use Grammar Slammer Deluxe and Grammar Slammer, click the "How To" on the contents below. Getting Your Own Copy of the Latest Grammar SlammerFind out how to get your own copy to use on your own PC. You don't have to wait to get online and you can get all the graphics, speed, and search capabilities of your own computer. The Registered Version of Grammar Slammer can be purchased and received immediately on the Internet at Albert's Ambry or from the English Plus Secure Order Page.

Type is Art : An Interactive Exploration of the Typographic Form. Eight habits of highly effective 21st ce. We hear a lot about the 21st century learner – but what about the 21st century teacher?

Eight habits of highly effective 21st ce

Andrew Churches investigates what makes them succeed. What are the characteristics we would expect to see in a successful 21st century educator? Well, we know they are student-centric, holistic, and they’re teaching about how to learn as much as teaching about the subject area. We know, too, that they must be 21st century learners as well. But highly effective teachers in today’s classrooms are more than this – much more. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.