A Writer’s Guide To Free Apps For Inspiration & Organization Any creative writer should have three main aims: write, stay organized and get published. The following list of free websites and apps for writers aims to help you do just that. Get Inspired Sometimes inspiration hits and you know exactly what your next story, poem, or dare I say it, novel, is going to be about. Other times, it’s not that simple. Using online idea generators is a good way to get the creative juices flowing, if only as a writing exercise.
I Keep a Writer's Notebook alongside my Students. Do you? I began requiring journal writing way back in 1990--my first year of teaching. I had taken a methods class at my university that stressed the importance of having students keep journals to record daily responses to topics. I said, "Why not?" Kid’s Poems Of all the writing I have done with students in elementary school, teaching poetry writing has been the most exhilarating and successful. Kids love it; they are energized by the myriad of possibilities and the total writing freedom. Teachers love it too; it's fun and easy to teach, and all kids thrive. Several years ago, when I began teaching young children how to write free-verse poetry, I was amazed at how creative and insightful all kids became.
Writing To Learn: 3 Tips to Get Started When we give students writing assignments, the purpose is often to share ideas and demonstrate understanding. We have students write persuasive essays to demonstrate their ability to make and support arguments, or write answers to questions that we use to assess their understanding. But, as Joan Didion explains, writing can also be a way to develop understanding. Homework Help - Writing Sentences and parahgraphs Posted by Crystal on Wednesday, February 18, 2009 at 11:55pm. You’ve applied for a specific job in your field of study. The Human Resources Department arranges an interview and tells you to bring with you a polished piece of writing for them to evaluate your writing skills. The paragraph must describe one particular experience you’ve had that inspired you or guided you to choose the type of position for which you applied. Your audience is your potential employer and your purpose is to show you have thought carefully about what and/or who has motivated you toward this career choice and why.
The Elements Of A Literacy-Rich Classroom Environment by Kimberly Tyson, Ph. D. of learningunlimitedllc.com Literacy-rich environments, as endorsed by the International Reading Association, have a significant impact on what goes on in the classroom and set the stage for interactions with a wide variety of genres. In the past several years, I’ve supported many teachers and administrators as they work toward creating literacy-rich classrooms across schools and districts that allow for increased interaction with print and literacy learning for students. Much attention is being spent preparing for the Common Core standards and the call for increasing the amount of nonfiction and informational text in classrooms. Perhaps we should begin by focusing attention on the classroom environment and making certain that it is a place that supports and encourages literacy learning.
Help a Child Write a Story Learn All Year Long Kids and teens should read and write even when they are out of school. Why is this so important? College Readiness: Writing to Learn The controversial author Norman Mailer said, "I don't know what I think until I write it down." Joan Didion perhaps said it better in this way, "I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear." Donald Murray, a pioneer of the writing process, stated, "...all writers 'are compelled to write to see what their words tell them." There is an amazing power to learn when you read what you have written. When we write to learn, we analyze, we revise, we organize, we rewrite, we evaluate and so on until what is written is what we want to communicate.
Digital Storytelling: Extending the Potential for Struggling Writers By: Ruth Sylvester and Wendy-lou Greenidge While some young writers may struggle with traditional literacy, tapping into new literacies like digital storytelling may boost motivation and scaffold understanding of traditional literacies. Three types of struggling writers are introduced followed by descriptions of ways digital storytelling can support their development. What it means to be literate has broadened to not only include traditional literacies, reading and writing print text for example, but also to reflect the needs of students living and learning in a digital world. The subsuming technologies of the computer — CD and DVD players, wordprocessing functions, Internet access, and other new digital technologies such as Web 2.0 applications (e.g., blogs, wikis, and RSS aggregators) — require the user to have new literacies not necessary for traditional literacies. Technological literacy refers to the skills needed to adequately use computers.
iPad and Guided Reading Many teachers have been using iPads to develop reading in the classroom. This post looks at how they can be integrated into guided reading, however the apps we recommend are versatile enough to be used across many teaching reading contexts. For grouped reading: Ideally the teacher and the iPads would be in different groups – iPads are brilliant for encouraging independent reading, and activities which allow the children to explore books, character, plot and so on by themselves. Producing at the end of the 20min / 30min session something which can be saved either to a webdav or dropbox or which can be shared to the rest of the class. It is important that texts chosen and activities selected are appropriate to the level of the children, and usually when reading something new the teacher should introduce an unfamiliar text to the children first. For this reason the iPads and activities are often used on a two week rotation.
How To Teach Children To Write A Story Whether you are a teacher or a parent, teaching children to write a story is one of the most important tools you can give them. Once your child is comfortable with writing phrases and sentences, Scholastic suggests using exercises to show your child how to start writing a story, create main characters and use correct vocabulary while writing a story. Although not all children will be a master storytellers right away, encouraging the child to have fun and write about anything will help develop his writing skills through creativity. Read three well-known fairy tales aloud. The ideal fairy tales for this exercise are short stories that the children already know, like "Little Red Riding Hood," the "Three Little Pigs" and "Jack and the Beanstalk." Ask the children to identify all of the characters in each story.
25 Ways to Get Kids Writing From mad libs to story maps, everything you need to make writing fun. 1. Online Mad Libs Nothing teaches parts of speech with as much laugh-out-loud joy as a good game of Mad Libs. With the Wacky Tales link at funbrain.com, students can choose from a variety of already selected words or use that list to inspire them to come up with their own descriptions.
English Language Arts: Writing Prompts/Journal Topics What is... What is something you dislike about yourself? What is something you do well? What is your favourite room in your home and why? What is a good neighbour? What is the worst thing parents can do to their children?