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Another Idea for Writing Teachers

I stumbled upon another website that gave me an idea for my middle school English class - Newspaper Blackout PoemsBasically, the blog writer uses the text from newspaper articles - creating free-verse poetry by blacking-out all the words he doesn't wish to use. I'm not sure everything on the website is school appropriate, however the concept is great, easy, and fun for any teacher of creative writing or poetry, grades…See More
Mar 8, 2009
Eve Heaton replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"Also love it. Thank you for sharing."
Feb 27, 2009
Bajang replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"How about this site: Student Community Resources What do you think of the writing skills? Is it okay?"
Feb 26, 2009
Barbara replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"You could also assign different story elements based on the prompt to different students or groups: 1. describe the setting 2.who is the character and what is his/her background? 3. write some dialogue between this character and someone else 4.…"
Feb 23, 2009
Barbara replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"I am SO using this ... love it."
Feb 23, 2009
Brian Carmichael replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"This looks really good! Thanks for the suggestion! Brian"
Feb 22, 2009
Jennifer Perino replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"Thanks for the link Chris...great idea!"
Feb 22, 2009
Kathy Cook replied to Chris's discussion Idea for writing teachers
"Chris, Thanks for sharing the website and the ideas. It would make a great lesson! Kathy"
Feb 22, 2009

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I'm a middle school English teacher - improving minds since 1999.

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At 4:30pm on January 16, 2009, Steve Hargadon said…
Thanks for your note on the essay-writing spammer. I end up having to ban two or three of those guys/gals a week. What a pain. I missed that you, but have banned it now.
At 2:56am on December 27, 2008, Evan Morikawa said…

I'm sending out messages to everyone I know right now, and this virtual Ning network is no exception. My name is Evan Morikawa. I am a 20 year old student from Olin College of Engineering (near Boston). I am a part of a group of six Olin students who are taking a year off to pursue interests in education, entrepreneurship, design and technology, which brought us to the logical project of a business that designs collaborative software for schools! I found you in a search for "middle school" on Classroom2.0, and since our project is specific to middle schools and uses new learning technology, I thought you might be interested. Our company is called AlightLearning, and this is our "short" project description:

We are working under the assumption that within ten years, the landscape of modern education will have fully integrated what we now define as new classroom media and tools: video, online collaboration, open source curriculum, and internet-based software. We hope to pioneer a web software tool that acts as a platform for this new media, bringing the power of the web and its tools to students, teachers and parents in a secure, comfortable and innovative environment. More importantly, and unlike many of our competitors, our software will empower teachers to better integrate higher level thinking skills, individualized learning, goal setting, reflection, and effective feedback and evaluation. Our goal is to have our free software at a pilot middle school by April 15th, 2008, continuing to develop and coordinate with our users to create a product that other schools and individual teachers will want to use to improve their students' learning in and out of the classroom.

Our team is currently trying to win an idea competition on You can find us at We would love your support in the form of a vote within the next couple days, but more importantly we'd love your feedback and comments. Our description on Ideablob is short, and even the one above hardly gets at many of the issues we would like to take a stab at solving, but at least it's a start. Note that winning this contest will raise $10,000, a large and useful sum of money for a web-based company running on “sweat equity” and minimal costs.

Feel free to email me back, post on my profile, check out, or do anything you like!

Evan Morikawa
At 6:27pm on December 22, 2008, Larry Ferlazzo said…

Thanks for the kind words! How should I describe you when I list your choice in my blog?


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