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Samples of persuasive writing. Cure writer's block with writing prompts, exercises, generators & gizmos. The Character Name Generator: Generate a Character Name and Personality. The Great Animations Shed. Gone Google Story Builder. Read, Write, Compete... And Get Published! A Handy Interactive Visual on The Digital Storytelling Process. June 24, 2014 Here is a great interactive Thinglink image on the process of digital storytelling I want to share with you today.

A Handy Interactive Visual on The Digital Storytelling Process

This graphic is created by Tonia and features a wide variety of iPad apps that go with each of the stages of the digital storytelling process. Tonia used the concept of process writing (popularized by Donal Murray) to design this digital storytelling process visual. This process is made up of 7 stages namely :prewriting, drafting, editing, conferencing, revising, publishing, and sharing. If you hover your mouse over any of these stages you will be able to see a clickable button that you can use to access the list of iPad apps for that stage. I have spent sometime going through the different app suggestions included in this visual and I find them really interesting. Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Road to Grammar - Your Road to Better Grammar. Go for Grammar Gold. Grammar videos.

English Grammar Rules. Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories. Poetica: Make words easy. StoryJumper: Publish and read children's story books. Narrable. Docs Templates. Printing Press. The interactive Printing Press is designed to assist students in creating newspapers, brochures, and flyers.

Printing Press

Teachers and students can choose from several templates to publish class newspapers, informational brochures, and flyers announcing class events. Text added to the templates can be modified using a simple WYSIWYG editor, which allows students to choose text features, such as font size and color. Creative Writing Prompts. [description]Get daily creative writing prompts for your short story, fiction or nonfiction novel, essay and more at WritersDigest.com.

Creative Writing Prompts

[/description] [keywords]writing prompts, creative writing prompts, expository writing prompts, writing prompt[/keywords] Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout. Pre-writing with Dr. Seuss. 5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports. This afternoon someone emailed me asking for some suggestions for tools for creating book trailer videos.

5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports

It has been two years since I last wrote about the topic so I created a new list of tools for creating book trailers. Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer's interest in a book. Having students create book trailers is an excellent alternative to traditional book report projects. Activeprompt. 8 Excellent Rules to Improve your Writing Style. From the same wonderful anthology of How to Use the Power of the Printed Word , I am sharing with you some great strategies to improve your writing style advocated by the popular writer Kurt Vonnegut and featured in Brainpickings.

8 Excellent Rules to Improve your Writing Style

Everyone of us is a struggling writer no matter how skilled we are at writing. This is the case even with the well-known authors because writing is an " unfinished ongoing and developing craft ". Batalugu. Meograph – 4 Dimensional Story Telling Web 2.0 Style. What I love about Web 2.0 apps is the simplicity.

Meograph – 4 Dimensional Story Telling Web 2.0 Style

Bloated desktop apps like Office and Photoshop, with their hundreds of menu items and toolbars, are powerful tools but become difficult for non techies to handle. Web 2.o tools, on the other hand, are focused on specific purposes, allowing them to be streamlined and simple enough for anyone to use. Cube Creator. Esltevfikileri - home. StoryKeepers - home. The Original Fantasy: Beginnings Part 1: Cast The Spell In The First Line. Beginnings are important.

The Original Fantasy: Beginnings Part 1: Cast The Spell In The First Line

They are your fishing lure, your bling, your spider’s web, your black hole from which there is no return until series end. It is what a new reader will judge you on, an editor will judge you on, an agent will judge you on. Frankly anyone who can read, and is looking at your book will judge you on it. No pressure. Writing Rules! Advice From The Times on Writing Well.

The Times has recently published a few features that we consider gifts to English teachers everywhere, including a summer “How To” section of the Sunday Book Review, and a new series, called “Draft,” on the art of writing, which features essays by grammarians, historians, linguists, journalists, novelists and others.

Writing Rules! Advice From The Times on Writing Well

Below, we collect some “rules” we’ve derived from these features and from other pieces on the Times site, along with links and related activities we hope writers at any stage will find fun or useful — or both. Before you go, please note Rule 10, in which we ask for your writing advice. Rule 1: Listen to the Voice Inside Your Head. DRAFT - Opinionator. John Wells and I have been together a very long time.

DRAFT - Opinionator

If you haven’t heard of Wells, he’s a C.I.A. operative who plays the starring role in a series of espionage thrillers that I started writing a decade ago. Random House published the first, “The Faithful Spy,” in 2006. Flash Fiction Online. Create a PicLit. ACMI Story Monster. Children's Books: Story Scrapbook. New Web-Based Version of Story Scrapbook Coming Early 2014!!

Children's Books: Story Scrapbook

Greater shareability, easier embedding of content and fixes for bugs in current app version. This free contemporary storytelling tool for Mac and PC lets you bring together images, video, music, text and web grabs on virtual pages, making creative writing interactive and fun. It is based on my own multimedia-fuelled writing process, bringing the writing process alive for people who think visually, interactively and aurally, as well as textually. Story Scrapbook lets you tell stories your way. A Simple Guide for Teachers to Create eBooks on iPad using iBook Author. With the start of this new year Apple launched two major products namely iBook app and iBooks Author. These two releases have caught the attention of media and Educational Technology and Mobile Learning was no exception. We posted two detailed articles about the potential of these new products in education.

Writing prompts. FREE Graphic Organizers for CSI. These FREE CSI Graphic Organizers go with the Cooperative Activities for each grade level kit of CSI. The Graphic Organizers are Open PDFs, which means you can also enable the Typewriter function and type directly onto the page. Learn more about Open PDFs. Grade 3 – Download All Grade 3 Graphic Organizers or choose individual ones below.Grade 4 – Download All Grade 4 Graphic Organizers or choose individual ones below.Grade 5 – Download All Grade 5 Graphic Organizers or choose individual ones below.

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers. Digital storytelling, the practice of combining narrative with digital content, is gaining more ground in the educational field.Many schools and educational centres all around the globe are including learning method in their curriculums and the results are really promising : more of students engagement and a bigger degree of motivation. Telling a story is a powerful way to communicate with others.

Think about those moments when you would share a story about yourself with your students and how everyone of them is dailed in waiting on the next word to come out of your mouth. And when this storytelling is combined with a set of powerful digital tools it becomes a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills. Here some of the pluses of digital storytelling in education : Widbook - Write, read and share. Story Starters. StoryKeepers - VideoMaking ToolKits. Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling.

Four Web 2.0 Collaborative-Writing Tools. 6/1/2008 By: Julia VanderMolen from Educators' eZine According to Wikipedia, the term collaborative writing refers to work created by a group collaboratively rather than by one person individually. Collaborative writing is useful for projects, for peer-editing, and for many other writing tasks limited only by teacher/student imagination. Web-based collaborative writing tools may be used by teachers to provide feedback on student assignments, to make suggestions and comments on a projects and highlighting required changes to a member of the project.