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Finish Your Novel Finishing Your Novel “A writer is someone who finishes.” -- Thomas Farber This section is for you if: You’ve started a novel but are having trouble finishing it, or You want to start a novel but aren’t sure you’ll be able to finish it. I’ve been writing novels (and teaching about writing novels) for twenty years, and one thing I’ve learned is how to finish. This section is about how to handle those things. Finishing a novel (or any kind of writing project) is a transformational experience. A long time ago, something funny happened to me. I thought I was a writer. And then my house burned down. So I made some notes on the book I remembered best, flew to Thailand, and wrote the whole thing in seven weeks. This area of the site is based on what I've learned since then.

Digital Storytelling Teaching Guide Storytelling is an ancient art that is undergoing a renaissance with modern technology. By incorporating digital storytelling projects into classroom learning you can reach today’s students and at the same time help them develop the skills needed to be successful in our complex, technology rich world. Creating digital stories engages and inspires students, ignites a love for learning, and creates more teaching stories for others to share and enjoy. Learning becomes personal when students tell the story Microsoft's Digital Storytelling Teaching Guide offers countless ideas on digital storytelling techniques for teachers, points to valuable digital storytelling resources for educators, and tips on using the Microsoft software products most commonly found in digital storytelling projects. With these tools, you can make a project of any length, topic, or scope. Digital storytelling can help students: System requirements:

MINI BOOK TEMPLATE - FREE CENTER! Pages This Blog Linked From Here The Web March 30, 2012 Word peeps . . . my Earth Day unit still in the works, but here's a little something to tide you over. On Mondays my kids were given an overall mini book topic and a basic cloze sentence to copy and finish. Labels: freebie, mini book template, writing 7 comments: Mrs. Load more... Newer PostOlder PostHome Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Visit My Store! Grab My Button! Blog Archive Follow Me @ Bloglovin' Followers A Few Favorites Labels Follow by Email Search This Blog Website Design By | Sour Apple Studio | All Rights Reserved

TEN SIMPLE KEYS TO PLOT STRUCTURE Structure is something that every agent and executive in Hollywood talks about, and that all of us teachers/authors/consultants/gurus/whatever go on and on about, to the point that it can seem complicated, intricate, mysterious and hard to master. So I want present plot structure in a way that simplifies it – that will at least give you a starting point for properly structuring your screenplay without overwhelming you with rules and details and jargon. Here are what I consider ten key elements of structure – ten ways of looking at structure that will immediately improve the emotional impact – and commercial potential – of your script. THE SINGLE RULE OF STRUCTURE I once got to work with long time television writer Doug Heyes, who used to say that there is only one rule for achieving proper plot structure: What’s happening now must be inherently more interesting than what just happened.

Science fair, journals, and experiments. Oh my! I l.o.v.e to teach science! I hate the mess I sometimes make with my experiments, but it's well worth it in the end. We've posted a couple science experiments {here}. We also participate in a science fair. What works for you when teaching science? Math After our unit on Fractions, Decimals is going smoothly. We are working on writing, comparing, ordering, adding/subtracting and converting decimals. I need to create a few new center activities(maybe next year) . We use Everyday Math as a resource to the Common Core. A student woking independently We use "Guided Math" two times a week. Games during "Guided Math", playing Decimal War Using slates to practice decimal skills. This summer I plan on organzing my math materials, resources and games to align with the Common Core Domains and Standards. How do keep your math materials and resources organized?

``How To Speak and Write Postmodern'' Posted to by Andrew C Bulhak on 20 June 1995, found in alt.postmodern. by Stephen Katz, Associate Professor, Sociology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Postmodernism has been the buzzword in academia for the last decade. However, I think the real gulf is not so much positional as linguistic. First, you need to remember that plainly expressed language is out of the question. Sometimes you might be in a hurry and won't have the time to muster even the minimum number of postmodern synonyms and neologisms needed to avoid public disgrace. Now for the test. At some point someone may actually ask you what you're talking about. A Dozen Activities to Promote Parent Involvement Research shows that children are more likely to succeed academically and are less likely to engage in violent behavior if their families are involved in their education. Many parents say, however, that they feel unwelcome or uncomfortable in their children's schools. Teachers often feel under attack by parents who are highly involved. Learn how to bridge the gap. The following quote comes from Fathers' Involvement in Their Children's Schools, a report from the National Center for Education Statistics. Additional studies have found that parental involvement is more important to student success, at every grade level, than family income or education. Build a bridge "Educators need to be willing to recognize the extent of this disconnection as a precondition for involving families in their children's education," the report continued, offering the following suggestions for reducing that feeling of disconnection: Be sure the first contact with parents is a positive one. Additional resources

25 Things I Want To Say To So-Called “Aspiring” Writers Seen a lot of folks giving advice to so-called “aspiring” writers these days, so, I figured what the hell? Might as well throw my dubious nuggets of wisdom into the stew. See if any of this tastes right to you. 1. Here are the two states in which you may exist: person who writes, or person who does not. 2. You can aspire to be a lot of other things within the writing realm, and that’s okay. 3. Nobody respects writers, yet everybody wants to be one (probably because everybody wants to be one). 4. There exists no one way toward becoming a professional writer. 5. Point is, fuck the One True Way. 6. You will always have days when you feel like an amateur. 7. You learn early on how to write. 8. I’m just going to type this out a dozen times so it’s clear: finish your shit. 9. …in order to know when they must be broken. 10. … in order to know why they matter. 11. Writing is a technical skill. 12. Why are the days of our youth known as “salad days?” 13. That’s the old piece of advice, isn’t it?

Dave's ESL Cafe fifteen credibility street Rules for Poets, Now That Anyone Can Write If you use the word 'soul,' you will be shot. Rhymes are appropriate to children's books and high school creative writing assignments. Formulae are beautiful only in mathematics. Repeat after me: "Revolutionary content, revolutionary form." All nights are not endless; all rains not gentle; all skies not azure; &c. It is not a poem just because the line ends before the punctuation. Some writers toss down whatever words come to mind. No wonder we are not all poets. If it hasn't been edited, it is not a poem. It is as difficult to write a poem as it is to write a symphony. Don't kid yourself. The importance of a private memory doesn't justify art. Have you ever torn up a sheet of paper into small pieces, so bad was the poem written on it? If the artist doesn't distinguish between good and bad work, someone else will. Remember: even a monkey can mimic an artist. The world does not need another poem about a bad relationship. Poetry is about words, not ideas.

Phonological Awareness Skills Test (PAST) | Ms. Jocelyn Speech A quick, easy, and comprehensive tool! I LOVE using the PAST with my students as a baseline and progress reporting assessment. The worksheets are great for storing data. I’ve attached my favorite here. Click to download: PAST Assessment PAST Individual Sheet PAST Data Progress Sheet Enjoy! Creative Writing Exercises 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. A Day Without Modifiers While modifiers -- adjectives and adverbs -- can add to a story, too many, or the wrong ones, can bog down your prose and lead to weaker nouns and verbs. Avoid Back Story Unlike the other creative writing exercises on this list, this one asks you to work in another genre. Listening for Dialogue Not everyone starts out with an ear for dialogue, but fortunately it can be developed, like any other skill. Description Creative Writing Exercise Who's the most memorable person you've ever met?

T is for Teaching: Desk Fairy, Princess, Duke. Prince, and Frog In response to questions about my Whole Brain Teaching scoreboard from my WBT update yesterday, here is the scoreboard: Unfortunately I can't tell you where to buy this little whiteboard with the handle, it comes with our math curriculum. Everyone has a class set, I use Go Math if your curious. Like I said before, it goes EVERYWHERE with me. On another note... My students are allowed in their desks this year. Yes, last year my first graders desks were turned around so they couldn't put anything in there. But I figured I needed to teach my 2nd graders some independence and organization skills so students have access to their desks. In order to bribe motivate them to keep desks neat, spotless, OCD organized I have created some mythological creatures named the Desk Fairy, Desk Princess, Desk Prince, Desk Duke, and the frog. Check them out: I personally think they're ADORABLE! They will be placing them in this little pocket on my lamp so everyone is clear where they are and where they go.