Saturday, May 28, 2011

Help Kids Write! Animated posters

Help Kids Write is a wonderful resource!

This site is from LaRae Kendrick, a veteran teacher and nationally know presenter on 6-Tratis.  She's created some very clever posters to help kids remember the traits.

Each page features a character who embodies the trait. Included are essential ideas about each trait. This would make a great smart-board intro to each trait!

Here's a link to Ida Ideas! You can click through all of the traits from this page.

tags: "6-traits training 6-traits"

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC)!

Twitter for K-3? Think about it!

    • I have been itching to write this Teachers Guide to Twitter for a while now - hoping to encourage K-3 Teachers and others, to give Twitter a try. Many of our visitors have expressed that it is all too confusing - so - I will do my best to unravel the 'mystery' behind Twitter - it is worth hang in there with me...
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Best websites: Working With English Language Learners

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Writing Tips, Tech Tips, English Ideas

    • I like to begin the term in any class that I'm teaching by asking my students some questions about themselves as writers so that I can better understand their learning style. After a while, I developed a variety of writing assignments around the questions that I tend to ask. I usually use one of these writing assignments very early in the term, so that I can learn something about the students' backgrounds. We might discuss all the questions underlying these assignments, but they'd only write an extended piece on one of the questions. In a composition class, the question would be the basis of an essay.

    • These audience analysis techniques ask students to think about their readers from a slightly different point of view (as an opponent in a soccer game, for instance), or to think about the similarities and differences that they have to their readers. The exercises lean more toward persuasive and informative writing assignments. Though they could be rephrased or adapted for other uses.
    • The activity, inspired by a similar task described by Shelbie Witte, asks students to design and explain a tattoo for a character from Romeo and Juliet.
    • This is a training exercise.  It helps condition the muscles necessary for making haiku.

    • In what could be considered a model of using off-the-shelf tech tools for a high-impact class project, a writing class spent the fall semester creating resources to help victims of online bullies. The Tech Therapy team talks with Mark Marino, an assistant professor of writing at University of Southern California who led the effort, and one of his students about their online campaign.
Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Grammar Lover? Three Books to consider.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.