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BoomWriter lets you easily incorporate and experience the benefits of technology as your students are engaged in the following (or similar) standards-based learning activities: Grade 3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.3.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. Using BoomWriter’s feature allowing teachers to create their own story start, students collaboratively create imagined multi-paragraph personal narratives using a teacher generated prompt (e.g. “When I woke up on Saturday morning, I had no idea I was in for the craziest day of my entire life…”). Grade 5 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 - Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. Grade 6 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.6.1 - Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011 This is always one of my favorite year-end lists to do….. You might also be interested in: Part Two Of The Best Videos For Educators — 2010 The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010 And you might also want to see The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual — Part One and The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner. Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2011: The World Wildlife Fund created this amazing forty second video: The world is where we live from WWF on Vimeo. It publicizes another pretty impressive creation of theirs — My World. Here are two amazing videos taken from The International Space Station: Daniel Pink was recently interviewed on a local Washington, D.C. television show along with a local university official. Near the end of the extensive Bloom’s Taxonomy lesson I describe in my book, I show some fun videos demonstrating the thinking levels through scenes from Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Persuasive Picture Books « Read… Write… Talk… This week we have been working on persuasive writing and speaking skills. Some of the picture books I use are explained below. I read to my students are Earrings! by Judith Voirst. This is a cute book written in which a young girl tries to convince her parents to let her get her ears pierce. I read it to the students and we talk about good persuasive techniques that the girl used, and what she should have done to let her parents pierce her ears. We also read Hey Little Ant by Phillip Hoose . Another picture book that you can have students write persuasively is Old Henry. I talked about this book in an older post ( to see that click here). My student’s favorite activity we do with persuasion is I have them create a product and then create a persuasive commercial to sell it using two of the techniques we study in class. Like this: Like Loading...

Five Card Flickr Moglue - Create. Play. Share Daily Writing Prompts As always, The Teacher's Corner is looking for ways to make your life easier. We hope that our newest addition, “Daily Writing Prompts,” does just that. On as many days as possible, we have selected an event from our monthly event calendars to be the focus of the writing prompt. Daily warm-up activity Practice in prompt writing for state assessments Daily/weekly writing prompt “Anytime” activity Student work center “When You’re Done” activity Substitute teacher activity One added advantage to TTC’s “Daily Writing Prompt” is that they can easily be displayed through an LCD projector in your classroom. You will find that our prompts are written for different grade levels. One of the Writer's Digest "101 Best Websites for Writers" (2008 & 2011) January Writing Prompts - Writing Prompts include: author J.R.R. February Writing Prompts - Writing topics include: Groundhog Day, the Super Bowl, Valentine's Day, The Pony Express vs. email, and more.

Books about Books! | Children's Picture Books about Books book recommendations, books about books, children's books, library, new books | 2 comments We’ve checked out books about Christmas. Books about Snow. Valentine’s Day books. Stacks and stacks of Geography Books. Now what? After watching this video trailer for the book It’s a Book, by Lane Smith I was inspired to look for more books about books to read with the kids. We check out books from the library every week and enjoy story time every night before bed with the kids, so why not feature a book week that was all about books. Books themselves deserve to be the star once in a while! BookSpeak! By Laura Purdie Salas, Illustrated by Josee Bisaillon Find BookSpeak! BookSpeak! Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and we get a sneak peek at the raucous parties in the aisles when all the lights go out at the bookstore! The Incredible Book Eating Boy Written and Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers Find The Incredible Book-Eating Boy on Amazon. Like many children, Henry loves books.

The Best Websites For K-12 Writing Instruction/Reinforcement Here’s another one of my “Best of…” lists. This time it’s focused on websites to support writing instruction/reinforcement for grades K-12. You might also find these other writing-related “The Best…” lists useful: K-12 is a pretty wide-range, and there are some sites here that are obviously more geared towards either younger or older students. I used my usual criteria though, which is that they all need to be accessible to English Language Learners and to teachers who only know how to email and copy and paste a url address. I’m feeling a little conflicted about making this list. I believe the best way computers can help students become better writers is by their just using wordprocessing. Another reason I’m a bit conflicted is because I believe the best writing curriculum out there, by far, is the one offered by the WRITE Institute. (You can now purchase — for $20 each — the supplemental units the WRITE Institute creates and then reproduce them for a one-time classroom use. Related

Author Bill Zimmerman's Treasure Chest All you have to do to think more creatively and to imagine and dream is take a few minutes and let your heart respond to the question prompts below. They will encourage you to view your world differently, to see new possibilities, and make new choices. The first set of prompts are from my book, Make Beliefs: A Gift For Your Imagination. Please share your written Make Beliefs responses with us, some of which will be posted on this web site's BLOG With Bill Zimmerman page. To order by mail, write to:

Little Libraries have people thinking (and reading) outside the box MADISON, Wis. – Todd Bol wanted to honor his mother, a former teacher and book lover who died a decade ago. So two years ago, Bol built a miniature model of a library, filled it with books for anyone to take, and placed it outside his home in Hudson, Wis. He says people loved it. From that idea, hundreds of similar Little Free Libraries are popping up on lawns across the country. PHOTOS: Little Libraries around Wisconsin But they all hold books. "Take a book, leave a book," says Bol, explaining in a nutshell, the basic concept of these tiny libraries. After building the first library, Bol thought the idea had potential to spread. Together, they have helped launch a small, but growing movement. The men provide logistical assistance and support to people who want to become mini-librarians. Today, Little Free Libraries can be found in at least 24 states and eight countries, Brooks says. Little Libraries can now be found on lawns from Oakland, Calif., to Yarmouth, Mass.

Exit Slips Our lesson plans are written and reviewed by educators using current research and the best instructional practices and are aligned to state and national standards. Choose from hundreds of topics and strategies. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Home › Professional Development › Strategy Guides Strategy Guide Research Basis Strategy in Practice Related Resources This strategy guide introduces the concept of using Exit Slips in the classroom to help students reflect on what they have learned and express what or how they are thinking about the new information. The Exit Slip strategy is used to help students process new concepts, reflect on information learned, and express their thoughts about new information. This strategy can also be used to publish student comments, ideas, and opinions. Albers, Peggy. Wagner, Barb. Understanding Irony

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