Teaching above the test: Thinking app Please wait for a few moments while it loads. My idea for creating this "app" came while observing my students. I only need to say "Compare" for them to start drawing circles in their notebooks. I figured that, if they have several strategies and organizers available to them I would get the same result when I mention any of the other thinking skills. I added the CCSS correlation in order to have a quick reference while planning. All strategies are taken from How to Teach Reading Skills Within The Common Core, where they are explained in depth.
Pixar’s 22 Golden Rules of Storytelling Back in 2011, then Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats (now freelancing) tweeted 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar. Coats learned the ‘guidelines’ from senior colleagues on how to create appealing stories, tweeting the nuggets of wisdom over a 6 week period. Last week, artist and User Experience Director at Visceral Games (a subsidiary of Electronic Arts), Dino Ignacio, created a series of image macros of the 22 rules and posted them to Imgur and Reddit. Below you will find the list of image macros along with a text summary of Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling at the end of the post. Enjoy! [Sources: Emma Coats, Dino Ignacio, The Pixar Touch]
Thirteen Writing Prompts. [Originally published May 4, 2006.] Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man’s friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument. Write a short scene set at a lake, with trees and shit. Fortune Cookies Stories For you hardy souls who have time to spare, here's a recipe for making the cookies, so you can put your own messages in them. Prepare fortunes by writing messages on about 20 strips of paper. TIPS: -- These cookies cool very quickly and get stiffer as they cool, so only bake two or three at a time, since you want to bend them into shape around the message while they're still warm. -- and because of the heat of the half-baked cookies, it's best to use white cotton gloves, to have protection and still have dexterity.
Dragon Writing Prompts As of today, that’s how many posts there are at Dragon Writing Prompts :-) I had vague thoughts of a prompt inspired by 1000 as I saw the number approaching. Well, no great original ideas popped into my head. No not-great original ones, either. ;-) So, since a picture’s worth 1000 words, I browsed through the writing area of Worth1000.com for a picture prompt.
ActiveGrade - Getting Started - What Is Standards Based Grading? ActiveGrade relies heavily on Standards-Based Grading (SBG)--a system of reporting student proficiency in a number of specific learning goals (or standards). Rather than give students one grade on a test that assessed multiple skills, this system gives students a number of scores that represent their proficiency in each of the skills assessed. The idea is that at the end of the class a student has mastered the essential content necessary for the next level. You are focused on knowledge, not on points. Use the Starter Kit Workbook to follow along with this introduction to Standards-Based Grading.
What Are My Writing Tips? It pays to read through your spam filter, sometimes. You will be amazed by what you may find. Along with the usual spams, you could either find a legit comment or a piece of inspiration. I have found such comments. The other day, I found a curious message, in my spam filter. An apparent new blogger asked a question. Breezy Friendship Bracelets The best summer project around? Friendship bracelets... So portable, so cute and so easy! And you don’t need to be intimidatingly crafty to make them. Creative Writing Exercises for Craft No matter what stage you're at with your writing, it's always beneficial to work on craft and technique. These creative writing exercises target common problems and weaknesses. Switch Point of View Both first person and third person have their strengths and weaknesses; what works for one story may not work for another. This creative writing exercise will help you observe the effect of writing in the point of view that's less familiar to you. A Day Without Modifiers
Miss Giraffe's Class: Short A Activities and Resources (including freebies!) Short A is usually the first phonics sound you teach in kindergarten and first grade so I figured it'd be a great sound to show you teaching ideas and resources for! I constantly get asked, "What do you have for [insert phonics sound here]??" in emails and questions on my TpT store so I thought it'd be fun to SHOW you! Searching for New Writing Markets? Try These Tips and Journals (kathysteinemann.com) Are you a writer or a poet? Have you considered publishing in literary journals? Here are tips for finding markets, and a section with links to four paying journals. The Basics DIY – Cress cups with a face Cress is a lovely herb that tastes great on a sandwich with cheese or cream cheese. It’s also a herb that is really easy to grow at home. Within days you can harvest from your own little window garden. When I found these little sake cups at the thrift store I immediately saw some great looking cress planters in them. Because what looks better then a cute little face with some green hair? This is also a great little project to do with kids.
Fifteen Writing Exercises Writing exercises are a great way to increase your writing skills and generate new ideas. They give you perspective and help you break free from old patterns and crutches. To grow as a writer, you need to sometimes write without the expectation of publication or worry about who will read your work. Don’t fear imperfection. That is what practice is for. Pick ten people you know and write a one-sentence description for each of them.