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500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing

500 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing
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10 Personal Writing Ideas Stuck for an idea? Use the suggestions below to spark personal writing with help from New York Times features. Illustration by Jeffrey Fisher 1. Teaching: Creative Writing Warm-ups Hello again – hope the term is treating you well. If, like mine, your school has dedicated writing lessons, you may want to use these creative writing warm-up activities to avoid agonising ‘pulling teeth’ sessions where kids procrastinate before churning out unfocussed drivel. Have a look through the list below and experiment with a few in the coming weeks. You’ll be surprised at how much good writing will come from your kids once they’re warmed up.

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Four Free Assessment Apps for 1:1 Classrooms One-to-one technology can transform a classroom. When implemented correctly, students are engaged and excited to learn, and teachers can assess their progress in real-time. The amount of technology resources available for educators can be overwhelming. Whether your students regularly visit a computer lab, borrow a cart of laptops, or have access to a class set of iPads, there are a variety of assessment tools that are free and customizable. These online resources can be used before, during, and after a daily lesson or semester-long unit. Here’s a list of free assessment tools that I love and use in my own classroom: student example personal narrative Note: This is an essay I wrote for and submitted to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The prompt was to pick a photograph of something or someone that is important to you and explain why. The mornings begin on an A. Out of the confusion—the cold fingers and the visible breath, the hurried breakfast and the cacophony of ninety instruments being tuned and prepared all at once—comes an echoing silence, and then the single oboe’s crystalline A.

Creative Writing Prompts for Teens Invite your students to choose one of these creative writing prompts for teens. Options include describing a personal experience as if it were a movie, developing fun poems or stories, writing about their first name, creating a story using only one-syllable words, or exploring point of view. 1. Lights, Camera, Action! What kind of year has it been for you? Common Core Standards for Close Reading Core Clicks is a powerful yearlong ELA program from the creators of Scholastic News® and Weekly Reader®. Completely online, Core Clicks allows teachers to use their existing classroom technology to build the close reading skills required by the Common Core Standards. Designed for Grades K–5, Core Clicks combines highly engaging nonfiction texts, interactive instruction of core skills, and performance-based assessment in one easy-to-use program.

Navigating Text Complexity Understanding text complexity is essential to implementing the Common Core State Standards in ELA & Literacy. But what makes a text complex and how will it help prepare my students for college and career? What tools can I use to select rich, worthy texts for instruction in my classroom? How can analyzing the qualitative characteristics of a text inform my instruction of a text?

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