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Friday, March 29, 2013

Review: Sentence Structure

Review: Sentence Structure: "Review: Sentence Structure You will not become a better writer simply by learning to name the different types of sentences, but you will develop a more sophisticated understanding of how language works. If you would like to make certain that you understand how to identify a simple sentence, compound sentence, complex sentence, or a compound-complex sentence, you may try this simple exercise."

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Sentence Structure

Sentence Structure:

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English-Zone.Com - the BEST English-Learner's site on the 'Net!

English-Zone.Com - the BEST English-Learner's site on the 'Net!:

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Grammar and Punctuation | The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation

Grammar and Punctuation | The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation:

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Grammar Slammer--English Grammar Resource

Grammar Slammer--English Grammar Resource:

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Vocabulary Games, English Vocabulary Word Games

Vocabulary Games, English Vocabulary Word Games:

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Vocabulary, Vocabulary Games - www.myvocabulary.com

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The Learning Toolbox - Cornell Notes

The Learning Toolbox - Cornell Notes:  Here is a sample and example of how to take Cornell Notes in case you need a refresher!

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Pics4Learning | Free photos for education

Pics4Learning | Free photos for educationPics4Learning is a safe, free image library for education. Teachers and students can use the copyright-friendly photos and images for classrooms, multimedia projects, web sites, videos, portfolios, or any other project in an educational setting.

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Combining Sentences for Variety and Clarity

Combining Sentences for Variety and Clarity: 'via Blog this'  Tips for combining sentences to improve your writing!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Writing Tips: Essay Builder - WritingDEN

Writing Tips: Essay Builder - WritingDEN:
Here is a helpful website with essay writing tips!
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2012 TIME 100: The Most Influential People in the World - TIME

2012 TIME 100: The Most Influential People in the World - TIME:

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Anne Greenwood Brown Visits Random Buzzers

Anne Greenwood Brown Visits Random Buzzers: "Next week Anne Greenwood Brown joins us to tell us all about her book, Deep Betrayal! Have a question for Anne? Post it here! About the Author: Anne Greenwood Brown grew up sailing the Apostle Islands on Lake Superior, leaning over the rail and wondering, with a lake that big, that ancient, what amazing thing might flash by. She now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their three children. Her debut YA series began with Lies Beneath. Deep Betrayal is the sequel. Read Anne's full bio here!" 'via Blog this'

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Common Core and Educational Technology: Keyboarding tools on the web to support CC stds!

Common Core and Educational Technology: Keyboarding tools on the web to support CC stds!: 'via Blog this'

Keyboarding is specifically referenced (often) in the CC standards. Here are a few standards where it's called out:

W.3.6. With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others. 

W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting. W.4.6. W.5.6. are similar - one page (4th) , and two pages (5th) in a single sitting.

This website gives a list of keyboarding practice sites to try.

Citebite - Link directly to specific quotes in web pages

Citebite - Link directly to specific quotes in web pages:

Paste a chunk of text and the URL of the page containing the text and in return get a link that opens directly to your selection and highlights it.

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Great Source iwrite - Students: Grammar Handbook

Great Source iwrite - Students: Grammar Handbook:

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Great Source iwrite - Students: Narrative writing

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Narrative writing is writing that tells a story, whether true or fictional. Here you'll find help for writing a variety of narrative essays.

Great Source iwrite - Students: Narrative writing

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Narrative writing is writing that tells a story, whether true or fictional. Here you'll find help for writing a variety of narrative essays.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Big6 Writing Process (grades 7 – 12) - Big6

Big6 Writing Process (grades 7 – 12) - Big6: 'via Blog this' "This feature section will help you get organized and complete an assigned written paper or report. Writing can be a lot of fun if you approach it in an organized way. Here you will find links to the writing process and some great tools."

The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base:  Check out this game and learn how to do research!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Breaking Barriers | Scholastic

Breaking Barriers | Scholastic: 'via Blog this'  The deadline for this essay contest is March 14th and it is open to students in grades 4-8.  You can send in your entry by mail or get an electronic copy to me and I can email it to Scholastic.

1. Write an essay about a barrier that you have faced. Explain
how you used one or more of Jackie Robinson’s nine values
(listed below) to face this barrier.
• courage • persistence • justice
• determination • integrity • commitment
• teamwork • citizenship • excellence

2. On each entry, include the following information:
• student’s name • school name
• student’s grade • school city/state
• teacher’s name

3. Submit your essay in one of two ways:
Mail your entry to: Give it to your teacher
Breaking Barriers Contest to enter for you online.
Scholastic Inc.
P.O. Box 713
New York, NY 10013-0713

• All entries must be submitted by March 14, 2013.
• Each essay must be between 200 and 700 words.
• All essays must be factual and based on the student’s
real-life experience. Fictional stories will be disqualified.

You Could Win:
A trip to the 2013 
Major League Baseball
®
All-Star Game®
A laptop computer for you 
and one for your teacher
A class visit from 
Sharon Robinson, daughter 
of Jackie Robinson
A class set of books on 
Jackie Robinson
A class set of 
Breaking Barriers T-shirts

Essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
• How well does the essay express the student’s barrier?
• How well does the essay express how one or more of the values—courage,
determination, teamwork, persistence, integrity, citizenship, justice,
commitment, and excellence—is used to face and/or overcome the barrier?
• How well is the essay organized to express what the writer wants to say?
• How effective is the essay in expressing the writer’s point of view?
• Correct grammar and spelling will also be considered.