Opening Doors to Quality Writing 6-9

Ideas for writing inspired by great writers

Author: Bob Cox

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785831232

Category: Education

Page: 300

View: 9233

In Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose, Bob Cox introduced teachers to engaging strategies which use literary heritage texts as the stimulus for excellent learning. This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 6 to 9, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing – developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process. In the course of his educational consultancy work, Bob has seen many teachers successfully use the scope and depth which literature can offer to inspire high standards, mastery learning and, above all, a love of language in its many forms. Schools using the ‘opening doors’ strategies told Bob they led to: more teacher empowerment and confidence; more knowledge building for pupils and teachers; a growing confidence with literature, including poetry; planning from the top becoming a norm; planning for mastery learning becoming a norm; improved comprehension skills; improved quality writing and associated excitement. They also asked Bob for further examples of inspiring, quality texts, and more ways in which pupils of all abilities can access them. Bob was only too happy to oblige. These 15 units of work cover poetry and prose: each unit provides exciting stimulus material, creative ideas for writing projects, and differentiation and support strategies, meaning all pupils can achieve the quality writing objectives. All the units should help teachers facilitate understanding of the challenging texts and maximise the huge potential for quality writing. Discover a multitude of ready-to-use ideas, inspired by classic literature and great writers’ works, along with plenty of new strategies and advice. Units include: Part 1: Opening doors to poetry 1. His Waistcoat and Trousers Were Made of Pork Chops – ‘The New Vestments’ by Edward Lear 2. Prefabulous Animiles – ‘The Hippocrump’ by James Reeves 3. Slowly the Tide Creeps Up the Sand – ‘Slowly’ by James Reeves 4. Colour Your World – ‘What is Pink?’ by Christina Rossetti 5. The Nymph and the Goblin – ‘Overheard on a Saltmarsh’ by Harold Monro 6. Pictures in My Head – ‘A Child’s Thought’ by Robert Louis Stevenson 7. He’s Behind You! – ‘The Elf Singing’ by William Allingham 8. The Sounds of Silence – ‘Lonely Street’ by Francisco López Merino 9. Pond Dipping – ‘Daddy Fell into the Pond’ by Alfred Noyes Part 2: Opening doors to prose 10. The Making of World-pap – The Water Babies: A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby by Charles 11. Master No-book and the Fairy Teach-all – Uncle David’s Nonsensical Story about Giants and Fairies by Catherine Sinclair 12. Turning the Key – The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. The Old Oak Chest – The Riddle by Walter de la Mare 14. The Winking Scarecrow – The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum 15. The Psammead – Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
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Opening Doors to Quality Writing 10-13

Ideas for writing inspired by great writers

Author: Bob Cox

Publisher: Crown House Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785831267

Category: Education

Page: 300

View: 7889

In Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose, Bob Cox introduced teachers to engaging strategies which use literary heritage texts as the stimulus for excellent learning. This new companion book, Opening Doors to Quality Writing, for ages 10 to 13, puts the focus on pupils producing quality writing – developing their literacy skills and a love of reading in the process. In the course of his educational consultancy work, Bob has seen many teachers successfully use the scope and depth which literature can offer to inspire high standards, mastery learning and, above all, a love of language in its many forms. Schools using the ‘opening doors’ strategies told Bob they led to: more teacher empowerment and confidence; more knowledge building for pupils and teachers; a growing confidence with literature, including poetry; planning from the top becoming a norm; planning for mastery learning becoming a norm; improved comprehension skills; improved quality writing and associated excitement. They also asked Bob for further examples of inspiring, quality texts, and more ways in which all abilities can access them. Bob was only too happy to oblige. These 15 units of work cover poetry and prose: each unit provides exciting stimulus material, creative ideas for writing projects, and differentiation and support strategies, meaning all pupils can achieve the quality writing objectives. All the units should help teachers facilitate understanding of the challenging texts and maximise the huge potential for quality writing. Discover a multitude of ready-to-use ideas, inspired by classic literature and great writers’ works, along with plenty of new strategies and advice. Units include: Part 1: Opening doors to prose 1. Night Encounter – The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 2. Spooky Scientists! – The Phantom Coach by Amelia B. Edwards 3. The Strongest Looking Brute in Alaska – That Spot by Jack London 4. Mr Knickerbocker’s Notes – Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving 5. The Portrait of Doom – Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy 6. The Hell Hound – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 7. Sinister Spaces – Metamorphosis and The Castle by Franz Kafka 8. The Mirror and the Window – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë Part 2: Opening doors to poetry 9. All in This House is Mossing Over – From ‘Mementos’ by Charlotte Brontë 10. Dancing the Skies – ‘High Flight’ by John Gillespie Magee, Jr 11. The Mystery of the Lonely Merman – ‘The Forsaken Merman’ by Matthew Arnold 12. Making Magic Talk – ‘The Magnifying Glass’ by Walter de la Mare 13. The Spirit in the Garden – ‘A Garden at Night’ by James Reeves 14. A Shropshire Lad – ‘Blue Remembered Hills’ by A. E. Housman 15. The Silver Heel – ‘I Started Early – Took My Dog’ by Emily Dickinson
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Opening Doors to Famous Poetry and Prose

Ideas and resources for accessing literary heritage works

Author: Bob Cox

Publisher: Crown House Publishing

ISBN: 1845909208

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 8130

Opening Doors provides 20 units of work which includes poetry and prose from our literary heritage. Each unit of work has exciting stimulus material with creative suggestions for ways in which the material can be used for outstanding learning possibilities. Visuals and innovative ideas to help pupils' access the meaning and wonder of the text which will add to the appeal. Pupils are encouraged, throughout the units of work, to engage with language, invent questions and write with flair and accuracy, bringing literature from the past alive for them and opening doors to further reading and exploration. Also included is an introduction to the concepts used in the book and suggestions about a range of methods and pathways which can lead to language development and literary appreciation. Although the units are all different and have a range of poetry and prose for teachers to use, each unit will have some common sections to give a coherent and ambitious approach. Opening Doors both informs and excites, it gives fresh resources and suggests new ways of going on the journey to outstanding literacy achievement. For 7-11 year olds.
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Essential Questions

Opening Doors to Student Understanding

Author: Jay McTighe,Grant Wiggins

Publisher: ASCD

ISBN: 1416615709

Category: Education

Page: 119

View: 1544

What are "essential questions," and how do they differ from other kinds of questions? What's so great about them? Why should you design and use essential questions in your classroom? Essential questions (EQs) help target standards as you organize curriculum content into coherent units that yield focused and thoughtful learning. In the classroom, EQs are used to stimulate students' discussions and promote a deeper understanding of the content. Whether you are an Understanding by Design (UbD) devotee or are searching for ways to address standards--local or Common Core State Standards--in an engaging way, Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins provide practical guidance on how to design, initiate, and embed inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom. Offering dozens of examples, the authors explore the usefulness of EQs in all K-12 content areas, including skill-based areas such as math, PE, language instruction, and arts education. As an important element of their backward design approach to designing curriculum, instruction, and assessment, the authors *Give a comprehensive explanation of why EQs are so important; *Explore seven defining characteristics of EQs; *Distinguish between topical and overarching questions and their uses; *Outline the rationale for using EQs as the focal point in creating units of study; and *Show how to create effective EQs, working from sources including standards, desired understandings, and student misconceptions. Using essential questions can be challenging--for both teachers and students--and this book provides guidance through practical and proven processes, as well as suggested "response strategies" to encourage student engagement. Finally, you will learn how to create a culture of inquiry so that all members of the educational community--students, teachers, and administrators--benefit from the increased rigor and deepened understanding that emerge when essential questions become a guiding force for learners of all ages.
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Opening Doors

An Implementation Template for Cultural Proficiency

Author: Trudy T. Arriaga,Randall B. Lindsey

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 1506301444

Category: Education

Page: 152

View: 4600

See how one school district made cultural proficiency real—and how you can too! This book tells the story of Ventura Unified School District's successful implementation of cultural proficiency, which opened long-closed doors for marginalized students and returned gains on every key success metric. Most importantly, it will empower you to do the same for your school or district. Resources include: A method for evaluating the impact of educational decisions on students' access to learning A clearly outlined three-year implementation plan for making your school culturally proficient A content-rich companion website that includes templates and forms for implementing the book’s suggestions
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On Writing

Author: Stephen King

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743455967

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 297

View: 4278

The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.
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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

Author: Chris Van Allsburg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547794088

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 5198

Fourteen black-and-white drawings, each accompanied by a title and a caption, entice readers to make up his or her own story.
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Between the World and Me

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

ISBN: 0679645985

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 2658

Hailed by Toni Morrison as “required reading,” a bold and personal literary exploration of America’s racial history by “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (The New York Observer) #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER | NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER | NAACP IMAGE AWARD WINNER | PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST | NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST | NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Washington Post • People • Entertainment Weekly • Vogue • Los Angeles Times • San Francisco Chronicle • Chicago Tribune • New York • Newsday • Library Journal • Publishers Weekly In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Praise for Between the World and Me “Powerful . . . a searing meditation on what it means to be black in America today.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “Eloquent . . . in the tradition of James Baldwin with echoes of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man . . . an autobiography of the black body in America.”—The Boston Globe “Brilliant . . . [Coates] is firing on all cylinders.”—The Washington Post “Urgent, lyrical, and devastating . . . a new classic of our time.”—Vogue “A crucial book during this moment of generational awakening.”—The New Yorker “Titanic and timely . . . essential reading.”—Entertainment Weekly
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The Writing Life

Author: Annie Dillard

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061863820

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 128

View: 6775

Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Ideas, Influence, and Income

Write a Book, Build Your Brand, and Lead Your Industry

Author: Tanya Hall

Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group

ISBN: 1626345155

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 4194

A comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and launching your book—and monetizing your content ​Are you considering writing a book to boost your visibility and credibility? Or just trying to figure out how to use the book you already have to build more influence and income? No matter where you are in the process, Ideas, Influence, and Income is your field guide to using a strategic and successful publishing experience as the groundwork for a larger plan to monetize your content. Designed for experts and thought leaders and written by Greenleaf Book Group CEO Tanya Hall, this book will teach you how to • Get clarity on your message and audience • Develop your manuscript and choose a publishing option • Build your author platform and presence through social media, publicity, influencer marketing, and partnerships • Launch your book with the bang that it deserves • Use the content you’ve developed to create new income streams beyond the book These are the tools and strategies Hall has used to launch the 1000+ titles represented by Greenleaf Book Group, an independent publishing company that has made the Inc 500/5000 Fastest Growing Companies in America list seven times. A book is the holy grail of content marketing, and approaching it strategically from the outset ensures a return on the time, energy, and money behind it. Ideas, Influence, and Income is a must-have resource for authors seeking a smarter way to get the most out of publishing.
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The Mindful Writer

Author: Dinty W. Moore

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1614293708

Category: Reference

Page: 168

View: 6411

Find inspiration and insight on writing as a spiritual practice through astute quotes, thoughtful advice, and productive excercises on both mindfulness and craft. This isn't your typical “how to write” book. Author Dinty W. Moore, a well-respected writing coach and teacher, thoughtfully illuminates the creative process: where writing and creativity originate, how mindfulness plays into work, how to cultivate good writing habits and grow as a person, and what it means to live a life dedicated to writing. The Mindful Writer features bite-sized essays that will delight and inform not only writers, but also other artists, mediators and mindfulness practitioners. Built around heartening quotes from famous writers and thinkers, it is a resource that readers will turn to again and again for guidance and encouragement. This edition includes a new introduction exploring the centrality of mindfulness in a writer's practice and craft as well as a selection of writing prompts to get you started on writing mindfully right away.
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Miss Rumphius

Author: Barbara Cooney

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0140505393

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

View: 6842

Seeking adventure in faraway places, Miss Rumphius fulfills her dream and then sets out to make the world more beautiful.
Posted in Juvenile Fiction

Anne Frank

The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

Author: Francine Prose

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 0061430803

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

View: 454

In June 1942, Anne Frank received a red-and-white-checked diary for her thirteenth birthday, just weeks before she and her family went into hiding in an Amsterdam attic to escape the Nazis. For two years, with ever-increasing maturity, Anne crafted a memoir that has become one of the most compelling documents of modern history. But Anne Frank's diary, argues Francine Prose, is as much a work of art as it is a historical record. Through close reading, she marvels at the teenage Frank's skillfully natural narrative voice, at her finely tuned dialogue and ability to turn living people into characters. Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife tells the extraordinary story of the book that became a force in the world. Along the way, Prose definitively establishes that Anne Frank was not an accidental author or a casual teenage chronicler but a writer of prodigious talent and ambition.
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Everybody Writes

Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content

Author: Ann Handley

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118905555

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 2000

Posted in Business & Economics

1 Page at a Time - Red

A Daily Creative Companion

Author: Adam J. Kurtz

Publisher: TarcherPerigee

ISBN: 0143129872

Category: Art

Page: 384

View: 4087

Things are what you make of them Every day is a chance to create something new for yourself. Put down your phone and pick up a pencil. Give yourself some space. The Internet will still be there. Start with one page at a time, and you'll be surprised at just how much you can create. Each of the 365 prompts in 1 Page at a Time will encourage you to draw, write, list, reflect, and share. This book is your new best friend. Let's get started! Now available in red, blue, and yellow!
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The Destiny Thief

Essays on Writing, Writers and Life

Author: Richard Russo

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 1524733520

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 224

View: 3049

A master of the novel, short story, and memoir, the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Everybody's Fool now gives us his very first collection of personal essays, ranging throughout writing and reading and living. In these nine essays, Richard Russo provides insight into his life as a writer, teacher, friend, and reader. From a commencement speech he gave at Colby College, to the story of how an oddly placed toilet made him reevaluate the purpose of humor in art and life, to a comprehensive analysis of Mark Twain's value, to his harrowing journey accompanying a dear friend as she pursued gender-reassignment surgery, The Destiny Thief reflects the broad interests and experiences of one of America's most beloved authors. Warm, funny, wise, and poignant, the essays included here traverse Russo's writing life, expanding our understanding of who he is and how his singular, incredibly generous mind works. An utter joy to read, they give deep insight into the creative process from the prospective of one of our greatest writers.
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Switched

Author: Amanda Hocking

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 1429956526

Category: Young Adult Fiction

Page: 336

View: 4651

Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world, and Switched is the book that started the phenomenon. Prepare to be enchanted... When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She's not the person she's always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel—all because of Finn Holmes. Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken...though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she'd ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth—and he's come to take her home. Now Wendy's about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that's both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she's meant to become... As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, "The Vittra Attacks," set in the magical world of the Trylle.
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A is for Activist

Author: Innosanto Nagara

Publisher: Seven Stories Press

ISBN: 1609805402

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 28

View: 4301

“Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds—full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike.”—Occupy Wall Street A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books. From the Board edition.
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You Are a Badass®

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Author: Jen Sincero

Publisher: Running Press Adult

ISBN: 0762448318

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

View: 6858

YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON'T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you've never made before. By the end of You Are a Badass®, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
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