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Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 419

For today’s prompt, write a “made sense at the time” poem. Historically, people have done a lot of things that made sense at the time that upon further reflection don’t make sense now. This is true in general (all humankind) and spe...

Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos

This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated.  Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report as...

Facilitating a Class Twitter Chat

There are many advantages to using Twitter chats in class. Teachers can use them to encourage digital literacy, offer immediate feedback on students’ ideas, and track participation via the chat hashtag. The format allows a large number of...

3 ways to be a tourist in your hometown this Christmas

December 17, 2017, by Susan 3 ways to be a tourist in your hometown this Christmas The holidays are finally here! And I don’t know about you but I haven’t been home since September and have missed my hometown, Brighton, a LOT. Nottingha...

Websites for Writers: 20 Sites with Great Writing Advice

This post covers some of our 101 websites for writers selected in 2017. Now, we’re hunting for our top 101 websites for writers in 2018. Hit us with your best recommenations in the comments below. For 19 years now, we’ve been doing the ...

Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

In the glittery bustle of the holidays, teachers often scramble to fit in last-minute lessons and refocus students dreaming of vacation excitement. It’s worthwhile to pause in the middle of all that excitement to build in reflective momen...

Fun & Educational Activities In the Snow

We have just had our second snowstorm of the year here in Maine. It is around this time every year that I share some educational activities that you and your students can do in the snow. Some of these activities have connections with math a...

Rethinking Protagonists and Antagonists: Parallel and Perpendicular Character Perspectives in Star Wars

[The Writer’s Digest Annual Conference offers everything you need to advance your writing career creatively and professionally. Register by 2/6 to get your best rate!] Editor’s Note: The following article on character perspective is exc...

Based On A True Story: 4 Advantages to Fictionalizing the Truth

[Call for Entries: The Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition | Deadline Dec. 15] Photo by Ryan Graybill on Unsplash by Joan Jackson My brother had his first psychotic break at the age of twenty. In and out of institutions most ...

Making Failure Harder Work Than Passing

Chemistry seems to inspire a D mentality: A significant number of students just want to pass the class to meet their graduation requirement, and do it with as little effort as possible. Take Evelyn, for example. A junior in my chemistry cla...

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