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  Langston Hughes said it best when he expressed his feelings in the masterpiece, “I, too”: Tomorrow,  I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then.   Besides, They’ll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed—   I, too, am America. Too many of our children (and many people in our society) feel that they don’t have a place at the table. The...
This weekend I delivered a session on flash fiction at the Write Eastern Kentucky Conference on the campus of Morehead State University and decided to share some of my plans here. While the length of most fiction is determined by the guidelines of the journal or magazine to which you plan to submit your work, a generally accepted word count for a traditional short story is 2000-8000 words while a...
photo (4).JPG                                  This lesson takes about 30 minutes to complete, and it has three parts: visualizing, listing, and writing.  The objective is to generate memories from a specific place.   In E.B. White’s luminous essay “Once More to the Lake,” White writes about taking his son on a vacation to a lake in Maine that he visited with...
                 This lesson takes about 45-60 minutes to complete, and it has three parts: listening, listing, and writing.  The objective is to generate the first draft of a sharp and vivid vignette.   Writing about parents can be difficult for teenagers.  Students don’t know whether they should mythologize mom and dad with sugary platitudes or murder them in their sleep.  Whether or not a...
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(This is adapted from a blog post at Kevin's Meandering Mind) The other day, I read about how the new TED-Ed site was experimenting with ways to remix, flip and otherwise redo their own lessons and video content, and since I am curious about new tools, I dove in and gave it a try. The tool is set up around a video, but you have quiz questions that are set up (with video helpers if you get stuck...
Screen shot 2011-08-17 at 1.06.56 PM.png The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers, the AMD Foundation, and Scholastic collaborated in the creation and release of Level UP!, an online teaching resource that employs video game design as a teaching and learning tool. Level UP! offers STEM and language arts lessons for middle and high school students. Using the free...
Learning a new genre—whatever the form—can remind us of what it means to learn to write. In February 2009, I created a Twitter account. As Director of the Ozarks Writing Project at Missouri State University, a site of the National Writing Project, I imagined using Twitter to provide updates about events at our site. Twitter seemed like an enormous bulletin board. The first times I tweeted, I...