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Quill - Packs of Interactive Writing Lessons. Quill is a free service that puts a new spin on the old writing worksheets that most of us used in middle school.

Quill - Packs of Interactive Writing Lessons

The service offers more than just the writing practice activities, but that is its core feature. There are three activity categories within Quill. Those activities are Quill Proofreader, Quill Grammar, and Quill Writer. In Quill Proofreader students are shown students passages that have grammatical errors placed in them. Students have to identify and correct the errors in the passages that they read. Quill Grammar requires students to complete short exercises in which they finish the construction of sentences by inserting the correct words and or punctuation marks. In Quill Writer activities students work together to construct sentences from a shared word bank. Hemingway Editor. Create a Book - It's Simple, Free and Fun.

Something Sketchy: A Beginner’s Guide to Storyboarding.

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Imagination Prompt Generator: Random Writing Blog Prompts, Writer's Prompt Tool / Creativity-Portal.com. Writing prompts. Creative Writing Activities. I've had several requests to write a page outlining creative writing activities or creative writing exercises for use in a classroom or workshop situation, so this area is for teachers and others who need new challenges and inspiration for their students or workshop participants.

Creative Writing Activities

Some of them may be adapted for use as online exercises. I hope the creative writing ideas here can also be of use to writers looking for warm up exercises or story starters. You'll find many more ideas under two separate but related pages: story starters and writing prompts. Here, I have divided the creative writing activities into groupings according to the elements of fiction they address. Color Coded. Creative Writing Activities That Put the Focus on Diction Consider the extraordinary sentence below, by Vladimir Nabokov, from his novel Pnin. PDF to Flash page flip - flipping book software. Myths and Legends from E2BN.

Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader. Inklewriter. Writing Guides. 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. Grammar Bytes! Grammar Instruction with Attitude. Grammar Instruction with Attitude Home • Terms • Exercises • MOOC • Handouts • Presentations • Videos • Rules • About • Shop • Feedback ©1997 - 2016 by Robin L. SimmonsAll Rights Reserved. valid html. 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. Documentation for the Printing Press includes instructions for using the tool. Customized versions of the tool, which include additional instructions and more focused choices, are included with some lessons. A basic planning sheet is available to help students gather ideas before working on this interactive tool. Grades 3 – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Flip Book The Flip Book is designed to allow users to type and illustrate tabbed flip books up to ten pages long.

Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Stapleless Book Shared Writing. Creative Writing Prompts. After weeks of secret detective work, partners Barbara and Nolan are on the verge of cracking the case.

Creative Writing Prompts

They’ve been posing as employees at a high-profile financial firm named MoneyMakers LLC., trying to prove that the CEO named (fill in the blank) has been ripping customers off. After hearing him say incriminating things into... You’ve been an extreme coupon cutter for years, to the point where you have gained national recognition for it. 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. Batalugu. Create Your Own Don't just buy books at a store, write your own and personalize it. 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. Meograph, a relatively new tool ( released in July, 2012 and still in Beta form) is one such simple to use but still powerful web app. It sells itself as a “4 Dimensional Story telling” app. 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. In fantasy I would break beginnings up into two areas, your first lines and the meddlesome backstory in your first chapters. First lines seem like they wouldn’t be a problem, I mean you have to write at least 20,000 sentences when writing your novel. 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. 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. Flash Fiction Online. Create a PicLit.

ACMI Story Monster. Children's Books: Story Scrapbook. Story Scrapbook is a transmedia story brainstorming tool. It lets you bring together images, video, music, text and web grabs, making creative writing interactive and fun. 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. Today we are adding a follow up to those articles. Below are some of the best tutorials to get teachers and educators acquainted with the iBook Author.

Just a reminder, iBook Author allows users to easily create ebooks. Writing prompts. FREE Graphic Organizers for CSI. A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers. Widbook - Write, read and share. Story Starters. StoryKeepers - VideoMaking ToolKits. Four Web 2.0 Collaborative-Writing Tools.