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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing
Summary: Few sources available today offer writing teachers such succinct, practice-based help—which is one reason why 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing was the winner of the Association of Education Publishers 2005 Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Materials. The National Writing Project's 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques. These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications (a link to the full article accompanies each idea below). Table of Contents: 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing 1. Debbie Rotkow, a co-director of the Coastal Georgia Writing Project, makes use of the real-life circumstances of her first grade students to help them compose writing that, in Frank Smith's words, is "natural and purposeful." ROTKOW, DEBBIE. 2003. Back to top 2. 3. 4.

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10 Ways to Develop Expository Writing Skills With The New York Times Have you been knocking your head against the proverbial wall trying to teach – or learn – expository writing skills? New York Times models can help writers learn how to write an expository essay that is compelling, convincing and authoritative as well as engaging to read – not to mention authentic. Try a fresh approach with these 10 tips. Institute for Writing and Rhetoric Though the connection between reading and writing seems to be a "given," reading was not always a dominant force in writing classrooms. In the nineteenth century, students did not typically write analyses of what they read, but instead wrote themes on prescribed topics, such as Vanity, Democracy, Ethics, and so on. Reading and writing became curricularly linked at the turn of the century, when Harvard and other universities decided that reading literature was essential to learning to write. The reasons for this curricular link are the same today as they were one hundred years ago. Those who argue in favor of reading in the writing classroom claim that reading inspires students, introducing them to great ideas and improving their ability to think critically and analytically.

Commas You Can Choose And Commas You Can Use Four pixels of ink stand between every writer and complete mastery of his or her craft. Who among us has not wrestled with that most dreaded of punctuation marks, the comma? Not quite a full stop, something light as a breath of air; neither attribution, coordination, nor interjection; yet shun it we dare not, for we are haunted by its ubiquity. Once again, I step into the fray, certain that mine will not be the last, well aware that it is not the first, but hoping that this word will help some writer attain, if not mastery, at least some greater measure of skill. And what better place to begin than with a parsing of the rules themselves?

iMovies in Education iMovie has made a surge into classroom instruction, in part because of the rapid growth in the field of digital video and partly because of Apple's superior software design that offers tremendous ease for the user. Like all educational technology, desktop video editing is not a ubiquitous solution for all of the challenges teachers face in today's classroom. Teachers using digital video, in particular iMovie, have provided an abundance of anecdotal evidence for encouraging individual expression, spawning creativity, revitalizing content, promoting collective knowledge construction and individual reflection, and offering students of a variety of backgrounds and experiences to engage in authentic learning. Top Math Game Websites for Kids Children love using the computer, so what better way to help them practice math concepts than with a variety of math sites? Try these 20 websites for a variety of fun games, information for parents, and links to other resources that will help your student excel at math. Don’t forget to try word games, too. Start with free math games like Alien Addition, Math Pacman or Ratio Martian and then check out these 20 other great sites for kids: 1. Cool Math Games – Silly pictures, silly game titles, fun graphics, all kinds of topics, and educationally-sound content makes this website tons of fun for kids who want to learn and have fun at the same time.

STUDENT JOURNALISM - The Learning Network Blog Courtesy of Blue Devil HUB Video taken by Anna Sturla, a high school journalist, of the U.C. Davis chancellor’s “silent walk” amid student protesters in the aftermath of the pepper spray incident. Dec. 6 1:05 p.m. | Updated Readers learned of the pepper-spraying incident at the University of California-Davis by reading coverage on The Lede, The Times’s breaking news blog, in a post by Brian Stelter. Five Ideas for Connecting Reading and Writing in the ESL Classroom By Sylvia G. Ramirez There has been a great deal of research around the value of integrating reading and writing skills. Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… - The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience” I’ve been spending time over this past year reflecting and evaluating on how I can be more effective in teaching writing — both to English Language Learners and my mainstream ninth-grade students. In fact, all the English teachers at our school have been doing the same thing. Our school got a grant that enabled us to contract with the California Writing Project to do ongoing teacher development. In addition to that work, those of us who teach English Language Development (which is what most others call ESL) classes have been refining our work with the extraordinary The Write Institute curriculum.

Writing in College - 1. Some crucial differences between high school and college writing From high school to college Some students make very smooth transitions from writing in high school to writing in college, and we heartily wish all of you an easy passage. But other students are puzzled and frustrated by their experiences in writing for college classes. Only months earlier your writing was winning praise; now your instructors are dissatisfied, saying that the writing isn't quite "there" yet, saying that the writing is "lacking something."

25 Activities for Reading and Writing Fun These activities have been developed by national reading experts for you to use with children, ages birth to Grade 6. The activities are meant to be used in addition to reading with children every day. In using these activities, your main goal will be to develop great enthusiasm in the reader for reading and writing. You are the child's cheerleader. It is less important for the reader to get every word exactly right. It is more important for the child to learn to love reading itself. The Eyes of a Writer: A Strategy for Improving Students’ Writing Skills April 5, 2012 By: Kristin M. Gehsmann, EdD in Teaching and Learning How many times have you provided feedback in the margins of students’ papers, only to find that you’re providing the very same feedback on the next set of papers? As a new faculty member, I was left dumbfounded by this experience.

The Writing Process Helps Students Become More Confident Writers November 28, 2011 By: Carmen Hamlin in Effective Teaching Strategies I’ve long been an advocate of student-centered learning and approaching material from a variety of perspectives. We hear so many buzzwords describing the ways we should teach or the ways our students learn, and we deal increasingly with issues of plagiarism and academic dishonesty. In a classroom of adult learners who frequently view themselves as consumers, we balance the need to meet their demands with the need for them to meet ours.

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