Okay Glen, we science teachers have to share the wealth. We can not forget about the other subjects out there!
I tried to find a discussion regarding Language Arts resources, but did not find one, so hopefully this can be a starting point.
I recently found a site outlining The Amanda Project. This is a site geared for girls 13 and up that allows them to create a character and participate in a collaborative writing project. I am still researching it, but am trying to get my collaborative 5th grade project teachers to participate in it. I have also sent the information to the "Great Smoke" in hopes that she will jump on it as well.
The first book is entitled The Amanda Project:
Callie Leary has exactly one thing, and one thing only, in common with Nia Rivera and Hal Bennett: They were each chosen by Amanda to be her guide. When Amanda arrived at Endeavor High, she told Callie she moves around a lot and always picks one person to help her navigate the choppy waters of a new school. Why did Amanda lie?
Following a course that they suspect Amanda deliberately plotted, Callie, Nia, and Hal piece together some cryptic clues. But they find more questions that answers and quickly realize that before they can figure out what happened to Amanda—the girl who changed their lives—they'll need to solve the most important mystery of all: WHO IS AMANDA VALENTINO?
Has anyone heard of this project? The project is based on a series of novels which will total 8 all together. This looks like an excellent way to get girls interested in reading and writing. There is a teacher/librarian kit that contains discussion questions, activities, downloads etc. (it would not let me attach it, sorry)
Please add to this list of Language Arts resources as you find them.
Primary source is facilitating a worldwide online book discussion followed by a live web based session and live chat with the author. Primary sources provides everything free of charge with the exception of the book. The author chat is scheduled for January 19. The novel is the young adult novel, Bamboo People, by Mitali Perkins. You can register at http://globaleducation.ning.com/events/free-worldwide-book-discussion
ReadWriteThink, a part of Thinkfinity, offers high quality resources for reading and language arts instruction. Teachers really like the interactive student materials. The Strategy Guides provide examples of effective teaching and learning strategies. Note the guide on Teaching with Technology.
Scholastic's Writing with Writers provides an overview of selected writers' favorite books and guides to help students improve writing skills. It is a good resource for students having difficulty writing or who need help improving their writing skills. Additional information can be found at http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/index.htm.
A site that could be used to focus on plagiarism, improve writing and help students to assess their own work is http://www.paperrater.com/. In addition, it provides suggestions on word choice, grammar, style and vocabulary. When using it, I have students copy their text from a word document, drop it in the paper rate and allow the paper rater to analyze the document. They then make corrections according to the analysis shared. Students can make many of the corrections prior to submitting the final paper to the teacher.
I came across this contest today. This is a great instructional activity that could be used to discuss and examine the format of a newspaper article in addition to creative writing. Students without pets can be paired up with students who have pets. The contest runs from January 15 - February 28.
DC Super-Pets Chapter Book!
Use this contest to connect reading and writing in your school! To enter, kids should create an imaginary newspaper article about their Super-Pet and how he/she did something extraordinary. The Super-Pet from the winning entry will be drawn by Eisner award-winner Art Baltazar and will appear in a DC Super-Pets book.
|Official contest rules at www.capstonekids.com.|
I just came across the site OneWord. It flashes a word on the top of the screen, and students have 60 seconds to write about that topic. I think this would be great to use as a bellringer for any class, not just Language Arts.
Check it out and let me know your thoughts and how you could incorporate it into your curriculum.
Here is a site that would be useful to teachers of writing (aren't we all?). The National Writing Project's Digital Is is a "collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world. Read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing today." Be sure to read the Resource Creation section in the About Us.