myStoryMaker, (requires flash) is a free interactive program for writing short stories hosted by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Through visuals, the author selects the characters, items, objects and settings. By selecting feelings, actions, and interactions, the author guides the characters. The program fills in sentences based on the feeling, action, or interaction selected. The… [Read more…] myStorymaker
When students know that their writing matters, they are more likely to produce better writing samples. Perhaps the best way to let students know that their writing is important is to have them publish! Publishing can be a class experience that creates excitement and can build confidence in writers. Confident writers will want to write… [Read more…] Let’s Get Published!
The benefits of writing instruction for students with intellectual disabilities are numerous. Consider the following suggestions for writing instruction. Each will encourage students to write. None of these tips require students to use a pencil, use immaculate grammar, or perfectly spell. Research The benefits of writing instruction for students with intellectual disabilities are numerous.… [Read more…] Write On! Writing Instruction Strategies for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
ALL student writing can proceed through these steps that lead to a published product. This includes the works of students who scribble, use alternative pencils, or dictate their work to a scribe. Here are a few ideas for fun, and to reinforce publishing. Research The writing process features a number of steps beginning with… [Read more…] Publishing: A Great Way to Make Writing Exciting