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Finding a Form seminar Slideshow
So you’ve got a handful of short stories, all nearly finished. How do you decide how to order them in a collection, and how do you approach revising individual pieces with the big picture in mind? Do you go with your gut or tinker with links? How do you develop cohesion across a collection whose stories are not explicitly interrelated?
In this seminar we’ll look at ways a variety of authors have explored (or ignored) these questions.
Introduction to Literature Course Guide
“By excluding almost everything, [the short story] can give perfect shape to what remains.”
–Steven Millhauser in “The Ambition of the Short Story.”
“A short story is a love affair, a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.” –Lorrie Moore
This week we will focus on the short story, identifying the elements unique to this form, and investigating critical approaches to short sto
Introduction to Creative Writing Course Guide
A Note on Terminology: Works of creative nonfiction are called essays, so refer to them as such.
Curriculum Writing, Design, Product Description & Social Content
Multimedia ELA & STEM lessons | Study Guides | Explainer Videos | Slideshows | Infographics Online Learning Opportunities | Printed Student Anthologies
Professional Development for Educators
Multimedia Middle-Grade Novel Studies | STEM & History Extensions
The Thief Lord Film/Novel Study Super Bundle
Ghosts STEM-Extension: Cystic Fibrosis
Journey to Topaz, Yoshiko Uchida/Dorothea Lange Historical Fiction Bundle
The Thief Lord STEM Extension: Acqua Alta & Climate Change
When Stars Are Scattered: A Literature Study Unit
The Birmingham Children's March | The Watsons Go to Birmingham History Extension
• Links to video clips about the
URIEL is not a real planet, and Malak, the star it orbits in A Wrinkle in Time, is not real either, but the “home” of this fictional planet and star in space is real. Mrs Whatsit calls this place the spiral nebula Messier 101. Since this book was written, though, astronomers have reclassified (changed its category or group) MESSIER 101. Now it’s called the MESSIER 101 GALAXY, or THE PINWHEEL GALAXY.
Symbols & Motifs in The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963
The Last Cuentista STEM-extension Activity: Halley's Comet
Multimedia Mentor Author Studies
Like This & Like That: Simile Writing with Mentor Authors Gloria Whelan & Thanhha Lai
The Color of Paradise: Writing the Rainbow| A Mentor Text Study Featuring The Thief Lord & So B. It
Poetry of Prepositions with Mentor Authors Robert Burleigh & Jewell Parker Rhodes
The Invention of Hugo Cabret | Brian Selznick Mentor Author Study
Revision Workshop|Writing Sound|Mentor Author Tracey Baptiste
Revision Workshop|Synecdoche|Mentor Author Tracey Baptiste
• Pebble Eyes & Flaky Skin: Playing Name Games with Synecdoche
Designed to integrate into a writing workshop, this mentor text study asks students to read as writers—to pay close attention to elements of craft—and apply Tracey Baptiste's writing techniques to their own works in progress. Mentor sentences from The Jumbies serve as springboards for a deep dive into an exploration of synecdoche.
• Graphic organizers and sentence-frames to scaffold new drafts or revisions to
Revision strategy explainer videos I scripted, produced, and integrated into a series of multimedia writing units for middle grade students. Click the video's YouTube link to get to my channel.
Writing Workshop Infographics & Slideshows
A new Sentence-Smoother for your Writing Toolkit: Cutting Repetition with Comma + ing
The Rule of the Story Infographic/Slideshow/Game
Traits & Tone: A Moody Word Bank (editable)
Simile Writing Guide
Writing Workshop Intensive: Dialog
• Comic-style explainer sequences that cover the role of dialog in story-telling and offer easy-to-understand definitions and examples of several aspects of “dialog anatomy,” including punctuation and paragraphing, dialog tags, and dialog beats.
• Videos and editable Kahoots that reinforce concepts introduced in the slides. Look for Kahoot links in the speaker notes section beneath the slides where Kahoots appear.
• Questions for discussion.
• Editable formatting. Change any element of the slideshow to fit your own needs. Customize and differentiate by skipping or modifying.
Exploding the Moment w/ Part Charts: A Show-Don’t-Tell Scaffold for the Revision Workshop
Introducing PART CHARTS, graphic organizers that transform instructions like "Show, don't tell" into concrete steps students can grasp.
• A close look at three example student drafts and their part chart-guided revisions.
Revision Strategy Infographic/Poster/Game • Sensory Details: Writing Sound
Maximize Your Metaphor Mojo Infographic/Poster/Game
A colorful infographic with 3 "Don'ts” to avoid for writing metaphors that work.
Links to video explainer versions of each "Don't."
An editable Google table version of the infographic.
Links to 4 Quizizz games that reinforce concepts introduced in the infographic.
A link to download the infographic formatted for printing as a poster/anchor chart.
Writing Workshop Resource: 3 Keys to Strong Writing Infographic/Poster
• A link to a JPG version of the infographic as a 12 x 18 inch classroom wall poster/anchor chart, you can upload to an office product store for printing.
Here's what the text says:
1. SENSORY DETAILS. Descriptions that show your readers the images, sounds, smells, tastes, temperatures & textures in the world of your story or poem.
TIP- ZOOM IN & FOCUS. Describe with nouns an
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