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Amy Erin Borovoy

#WhatIWrite - National Day on Writing

The 2012 National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Writing Project, the National Council of Teachers of English, and a whole host of other great organizations (full disclosure, Edutopia is one of them!) is being celebrated on October 19th and 20th. Here's a playlist of videos to inspire students to write and inform teachers about great organizations that promote writing skills. More resources at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/film-festival-national-day-o...
The 2012 National Day on Writing, sponsored by the National Writing Project, the National Council of Teachers of English, and a whole host of other great organizations (full disclosure, Edutopia is one of them!) is being celebrated on October 19th...
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  • Mysteries of Vernacular: Clue
    The first thing that comes to mind when I think of #WhatIWrite? Words, of course! This delightful series called Mysteries of Vernacular takes one word and explores its origins with a stop-motion tale in the pages of a book.
    1:42
    Vonnegut Advice: Short Stories
    Engage students by finding writing advice from their favorite authors -- in this video, Kurt Vonnegut dispenses a rather poetic list of eight pieces of advice for writing.
    1:29
    What is the Office of Letters and Light?
    The whimsically named Office of Letters and Light sponsors NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month, in November) and the Young Writer's Program.
    2:00
    826 National & Jossey-Bass present: Don't Forget to Write
    Another fantastic program that encourages students to write is 826 Valencia, co-founded in San Francisco by educator Ninive Calegari and author Dave Eggers to provide under-resourced kids with a chance to get creative and hone their skills.
    3:59
    The power of simple words - Terin Izil
    by TED-Ed
    TED-Ed's website allows you to create lessons around videos. In this one, a teacher makes an impassioned plea for writers to stop using $10 words to spice up their writing.
    2:02
    Teaching Writing in the Digital Age
    National Writing Project teacher-consultant Joel Malley makes the case that writing is more important than ever in our digital world, as he describes the many ways writing is critical in the collaborative learning processes in his classroom.
    4:20
    Ms. Noonan: Making Students into Better Writers
    The Teaching Channel (TCH) offers videos with practical examples of real teachers in the classroom. This video profiles a 5th grade teacher who meets with each student individually during "Writer's Workshop."
    4:44
    National Day on Writing 2011
    This fun student-produced video was filmed on last year's National Day on Writing at Lennard High School in Ruskin, Florida, for their morning news show, the Roundup Report. Teachers around the campus offer writing advice.
    1:04
    Creative Writing Prompt
    PostSecret is an amazing ongoing community project where people write their secrets on postcards and mail them in. Of course, some are racier than others, so you'll have to preview for age-appropriateness.
    6:21
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