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Creative Writing Prompts For High School Students

Whether you're a student or a teacher, these writing prompts for high school students are going to come in handy if you're looking to inspire better …

Writing

Response: 'Writing in Math Class Is a Win-Win for Students Teachers'

« How Do You Integrate Writing in Math Classes? | Main | How Will ESSA Affect English Language Learners? »<p>Response: 'Writing in Math Class Is a …

Teaching

Alternatives to the 5 Paragraph Essay

There are benefits to assigning a five-paragraph essay.<p>Its sturdy structure provides students with a safe and organized way to express their …

Writing

Recapturing the Magic of Stories – Practical Ideas for Better Creative Writing

“Do we have to write?” He looks at me and awaits my answer. I know he wants me to say no, but instead, I nod. Every day. Just try. It’ll get better. …

Authors

Write Like a Girl

Photo by Thomas WolterMy original intention this month was to write about some of the common challenges people have when writing across gender …

Feminism

Assessing Creative Writing Is Hard, So Here Are Three Ways To Avoid It

Everyone knows that outside of the school building, creative writing workshops aren’t graded. Whether it’s a group of retirees who cluster in the …

Teaching

Kazuo Ishiguro Is Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

The English novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, known for his spare, elliptical prose style and his inventive subversion of literary genres, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday.<p>Mr. Ishiguro, 62, is best known for his novels “The Remains of the Day,” about a butler serving an English lord in …

Literature

How Teachers And Schools Can Help When Bad Stuff Happens

Fred Rogers, the beloved children’s television host, used to tell a story about when he would see scary things in the news as a child. His mother …

Louisiana State University

To Reflect or Not to Reflect?

By learning how to reflect with meaning, it opened my world to increased learner empathy and decreased stress, to the renewed realization that the …

Professional Development
Text Messaging

Lessons from Little Rock:T.G.I. "Feedback" Friday

To receive feedback on my practice (especially feedback for growth), I placed a folder inside my classroom with forms asking for one positive comment …

6 vital reasons you should write a horrible first draft

Writing flawed copy can be freeing.<p>My library of books about writing expands every year, but no author has shaped and affirmed my writing process …

Writing

Got Writer’s Block? 23 Creative Writing Activities That Don’t Involve Writing

Creative writing activities – no writing required!Writer’s block happens. And let me be clear: I don’t believe in writer’s block as an excuse for not …

Writing

Ditch These 28 Boring Words and Use These Instead (Infographic)

Make your writing more exciting by putting a little creativity into it.<p>Whether you’re composing a cover letter or drafting an email, it’s important to keep it catchy and lively. Because who wants to read something boring? To make sure your readers don’t start yawning while reading your message, …

Writing

Giving Peer Feedback Helps Writers Grow

I recently participated in a two-session writing class, and at the end of the first session, we were tasked with writing a short scene that we would …

Kevin Kelly Writes To Find Out What He Doesn’t Know

Steven Johnson talks with the Wired co-founder and bestselling technology theorist about writing in public and strange power of music on…Continue …

NASA

The Mechanics of Developing a Writer’s Voice

Writing is a muscle that requires frequent practice to build stamina and hone the many tools of the craft. If one can talk and form a written …

How to Write a Paragraph in 2017 (Yes, the Rules Have Changed)

You want people to read your content, right?That’s why you wrote it in the first place.But getting people to read your content in today’s world of …

Writing

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking

<b>By Beth Holland</b>As digital devices become more common in classrooms, teachers and students are discovering that what worked in the analog world may …

Pedagogy

Why Kids Can’t Write

On a bright July morning in a windowless conference room in a Manhattan bookstore, several dozen elementary school teachers were learning how to create worksheets that would help children learn to write.<p>Judith C. Hochman, founder of an organization called the Writing Revolution, displayed examples …

Education

Small Groups: Writing Workshop Fundamentals

Our blog series on writing workshop fundamentals continues through the weekend. Take a look at how you can benefit from incorporating small groups …

Teaching

What Parents Can Do to Nurture Good Writers

Steve Graham, a professor at Arizona State University’s Teachers College, has been researching how young people learn to write for more than 30 years. He is a co-author of numerous books on writing instruction, including “Powerful Writing Strategies for All Students.”<p><b>How does reading at home help</b> …

Writing

Can Poetry Change Your Life?

The first eight pages of Michael Robbins’s new book, “Equipment for Living: On Poetry and Pop Music” (Simon & Schuster), make reference to Annie Dillard, Harold Bloom, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Kenneth Burke, Geoffrey Hill, Kenneth Koch, Adam Phillips, Frank O’Hara, Emerson, …

Poetry

Top 10 opening scenes in books

From Kazuo Ishiguro’s laconic intimations to Mark Twain’s garrulous energy, these are masterclasses in the difficult art of beginning<p>Sometimes I want an opening to slap me in the face; other times I’d rather it come on like a creepy hand across my shoulder. There are millions of ways a voice can …

Literature

Fans, Fiction, And Fan Fiction

In 2008, when Chris Colfer was offered a part written specifically for him—that of openly-gay teen Kurt Hummel on the FOX series <i>Glee</i> — there were very few characters like his on network television. It was a risky role to take. "I was terrified, I was very, very scared," Colfer told host Ophira …

Fanfiction

I was so anxious, but then I started a gratitude journal

CHICAGO — Two years ago, anxiety was keeping me up at night, threatening to spiral out of control. Meanwhile, my husband with his easy confidence — never seeing a rain cloud without a silver lining, always constructing the best possible scenario when confronted with a set of hazy details — slept …

Education

Creating Teaching Tools for Picture Books

Summer is the perfect time to seek out new mentor texts for your writing workshop. This post contains 20+ new picture book -- fiction and nonfiction …

Kids