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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. PDF to Flash page flip - flipping book software. Myths and Legends from E2BN. Instant Grammar Check - Plagiarism Checker - Online Proofreader.

Inklewriter. Write as you play The inklewriter lets you write as you play, branching the story with choices, and then linking those branches back together again.

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It keeps track of which paths you’ve finished, and which still need to be written. 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. 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. Creative Writing Prompts.

You’re sitting at the breakfast table one morning, looking at the top news stories while drinking your coffee.

Creative Writing Prompts

The top story this morning is a crazy fan who was arrested for breaking into a local bookstore and stealing all of YOUR books! He’s quoted as saying “I just want to be their best friend!”... You hide in the museum bathrooms until the building is closed and everyone is gone. 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

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. 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. 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. Random House published the first, “The Faithful Spy,” in 2006. 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. Writing prompts. I’ve been asked this question or some variation of it more than a few times in the last few weeks. I’ll make you a deal and tell you a quick story. Here’s the quick story … I’d love to keep updating this site, but I’m really, really busy.

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. Widbook - Write, read and share. Story Starters. StoryKeepers - VideoMaking ToolKits. Meograph: Four-dimensional storytelling. Four Web 2.0 Collaborative-Writing Tools.