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August 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write”

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KQED Mindshift hosted a Facebook Live session with me this afternoon on “10 Strategies to Help Students Develop Intrinsic Motivation to Write.”

I’ve embedded the forty-minute video below. It seemed to go well and received quite a few positive comments. I kept it very practical. Feedback is welcome!

I’m adding this to The Best Posts on Writing Instruction.

August 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Important NY Times Column On Separating “Art & Artist” – Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using With It

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Roxane Gay has written a powerful essay in today’s New York Times headlined Nate Parker and the Limits of Empathy.

It’s about the recent media attention paid to past rape charges against the actor and director, whose movie, “The Birth Of A Nation,” is coming out soon.

It raises important points related to ethics and the arts.

I’m going to have my IB Theory of Knowledge students read it when we are in our Arts unit and have them respond to this prompt:

What does Roxane Gay say about separating “the art and the artist”? To what extent do you agree with what she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction, where I keep links to multiple prompts.

August 1, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Write The World” Provides An Authentic Audience & A Space For Peer Review

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The great Vicki Davis just shared a link to a new resource, Write The World, on Twitter.

Write The World lets teachers set-up virtual classrooms for free where they can monitor student writing progress and, if they wish, let classmates use it for a peer review process. They can be private or public groups.

In addition, the site has writing contests, provides prompts, and encourages students to view each other’s work from around the world.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Places Where Students Can Write For An “Authentic Audience”

The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay

July 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Transcript Of President Obama’s Speech – Plus Writing Prompt on “Making Mistakes”

I’ve previously shared Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic Convention and a writing prompt to use with it (see Video & Transcript: Michelle Obama’s Speech To The Democratic Convention (Plus Writing Prompt!) ).

You can read the transcript to President Obama’s speech here, and I’ve embedded the video at the bottom of this post.

I thought what he said about making mistakes could be particularly useful in the classroom.

Here’s that excerpt, followed by a writing prompt:

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Writing Prompt:

What does President Obama (and former President Roosevelt) think about making mistakes and those who make them? To what extent do you agree with what she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Posts on Writing Instruction

The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures

July 25, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video & Transcript: Michelle Obama’s Speech To The Democratic Convention (Plus Writing Prompt!)

Michelle Obama gave a terrific speech to the Democratic Convention tonight.

You can read the entire transcript here and watch it on the video embedded below.

Here’s a great excerpt, along with a writing prompt that I might use with it:

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How does Michelle Obama suggest we handle bullies? To what extent do you agree with what she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Posts on Writing Instruction

A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More

June 21, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Week Publishes Special Report: “Changing Practices In Writing Instruction”

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Education Week has just published one of their typically excellent special reports, and the title of this one is Next Draft: Changing Practices In Writing Instruction.

It’s composed of eight separate articles, including “As Teachers Tackle New Student-Writing Expectations, Support Is Lacking,” “Remodeling the Workshop: Lucy Calkins on Writing Instruction Today,” and “Students in My Math Classes Next Year Will Do a Lot of Writing. Here’s Why.”

I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

May 31, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“FoxType” Looks Like A Very Versatile Writing Site

Daniel Willingham sent a tweet this morning about a site called FoxType Sentence Tree that would automatically diagram sentences.

I guess if you’re really into grammar – as fan who is proficient in English or as an advanced English Language Learner who thinks it could be helpful – it’s a site to bookmark. For someone who is definitely not into sentence diagramming, I nevertheless thought it was pretty cool and found it to be very accurate the several times I tried it out:

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I also noticed the site had a number of other features, and some of them seemed particularly interesting to me.

One was a visual thesaurus. It seemed a little less “busy” than others I have on The Best Reference Websites For English Language Learners list, but I have to say that in testing it out not all of the displays looked as attractive or as accurate as this one:

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They also have a text editor that seems to provide decent feedback on writing that’s submitted, and I’m adding that resource to The Best Online Tools That Can Help Students Write An Essay:

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You get to use all the tools for free during an extended period, and then they just ask you to pay what you think it’s worth.

All in all, it’s a very intriguing site.

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