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Writing Exercise: How to Start Loving Your Characters

As you probably are aware by now, story is what drives a reader to the end of a book, but characters are what readers fall in love with. The Greeks referred to this tension with the terms Thanos and Eros. Thanos, which refers to death, is t...

Left Turn

Writing Prompt: Left Turn Complete the following sentence and write a scene or story that begins with it: “It’s strange to think that I never would have known about ____________ if I hadn’t taken that left turn.” Join us for our 5t...

Three Good Mobile Blogging Activities for Students

One of my favorite uses of iPads, Android tablets, and cell phones is mobile blogging. Blogging apps make it possible for students to record their observations and those of others from almost… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teachers...

The Science of Surfing

The Physics of Surfing is a new TED-Ed lesson that was released this morning. The short lesson explains how waves are formed, why they get bigger as they approach shore, and the geological influences… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4...

A Great Series of Cyber Safety Videos for Students

This morning someone asked me for a recommendation for some good resources to help students learn cyber safety lessons. The first thing that came to mind was Planet Nutshell’s Net Safe series. … Read the whole entry at FreeTech4...

Nature Sound Map – Explore the Sounds of Nature

Nature Sound Map provides a neat way to explore the soundscape of the natural world. On the Nature Sound Map you will find placemarks containing recordings of nature. The recordings have been added… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Te...

More Than 3500 Free Civics Lessons

60 Second Civics has long been one of my go-to resources for lessons on U.S. civics and government. 60 Second Civics is a daily podcast produced by the Center for Civic Education. Each 60 Second… Read the whole entry at FreeTech4Teach...

A Lesson About Milk

With two growing toddlers we go through a lot of milk at my house. Whole milk for my daughters and 1% or skim for me. That’s my lead in to a little lesson that students can take with them to the… Read the whole entry at FreeTech...

News and Add-ons – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it’s not quite as frosty as it has been the last few weeks. According to the calendar spring is only a couple of weeks away. The many feet of snow in my backyard disguise… Read the whole entry at Fr...

Digital Repository Limbo: How Can MFA Students Protect Their Work?

Many MFA programs require students to submit an electronic thesis into their library’s digital repository, where it’s available online. How can these students protect their work? Like many graduate students in creative writing, Carlee...

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