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NCDPI Adopts New ELA Standards

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recently announced that the State Board has adopted new ELA Standards to be implemented during the 2018-19 school year.  This wikispace provides a great deal of information about the new standards, which provide much more specific guidance into the specific skills and understandings students should acquire particularly in the Language and Writing strands. ... Read More »

Argument Writing Components

The first standard of the Common Core Writing Standards is devoted to argument writing. Sometimes argument writing seems very similar to informational writing (Common Core Writing Standard #2). They both incorporate information, and they have similar basic text structures: They must begin with an introduction that states the topic and end with a conclusion. However, their aims are different and ... Read More »

Letter to Self

Letter writing

When I was a classroom teacher (oh so many years ago), one of my favorite things was to have students craft a letter to their future selves.  I asked them to share what their favorite memories of ninth grade were and to also share what they hoped to accomplish by the time they were seniors.  I asked them to set ... Read More »

Let Anyone in Your Classroom Make Gorgeous, Art Inspired Stories in Minutes

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Teachers are always looking for ways to challenge students to be creative in writing.  Try using www.storybird.com.  This is a free website where students can create visual stories.  The most important piece about this website is that it encourages your students to work together in collaborative groups to create a story surrounding a specific topic.  This is an awesome way ... Read More »

National Writing Project Offers 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing

Student writing

The National Writing Project’s 30 Ideas for Teaching Writing offers successful strategies contributed by experienced Writing Project teachers. Since NWP does not promote a single approach to teaching writing, readers will benefit from a variety of eclectic, classroom-tested techniques. These ideas originated as full-length articles in NWP publications. Click here to access the ideas! Read More »

The Frame Routine

The Frame Routine is a strategy designed to assist students as they organize topics, main ideas and details about reading assignments. This technique includes a basic hierarchic graphic organizer called a “Frame” that can be used to help students think and talk about the key topic and essential related information. Frames allow students to identify the main ideas and supporting ... Read More »

February Edition of ELA Scoop Now Available

The English Language Arts consultants at NCDPI have released their February edition of ELA Scoop.  Check out this “all about love” edition. Read More »

The Snowball Technique

The purpose of the snowball fight strategy is to predict, summarize, justify, and think critically.  Teachers can adapt the strategy to their own purposes. First, have students write the answer to a poignant content-related question on a piece of paper.  Students then crumple their paper into a “snowball.”  Then, students throw their “snowballs” across the room and retrieve one that ... Read More »

NCETA Announces Writing Contests for Students

NCETA invites your students to enter these contests:  Amy Charles Writing Competition   (Grades 6-8 and 9-12) Amy Charles Short Prose Contest     The Wade Edwards Short Fiction Awards  (Grade 11)  Information about the life of Wade Edwards Press Release Guidelines Entry Form The North Carolina Poet Laureate Awards  (Grades 6-8 and 9-12) Guidelines Entry Form Winners and their ... Read More »

Visual Literacy and the Common Core Workshop at the North Carolina Museum of Art

How is a work of art a text? Explore strategies for using the visual arts to support the Common Core Anchor Standards for Reading and Writing. Earns 0.5 CEU in Literacy. Registration required. *Pairs of teachers from the same school representing different subject areas who register together receive a discounted rate of $15 per person. For more information, to register ... Read More »