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Six-Word Stories: Versatile Comprehension Tools

  Although the six-word memoir began as a narrative platform for telling a personal story in only six words, it serves as a versatile analysis and comprehension tool for multiple content areas. According to literary legend, the six-word story was born when someone challenged novelist Ernest Hemingway to write a story using only six words;…
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To Be Extraordinary

Etymology, the study of word origins, can be an interesting topic.  Take the word extraordinary, which derives from the Latin extraordinarius, for example.  The prefix extra means "out," and when combined with ordinem, "row, rank, series, or arrangement," the word extraordinary essentially means "out of the common order" or “outside the perimeter of the norm.”  This word…
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The Value in Failure

For too long, educators have been known as graders and judges, but they are also nurturers and igniters.  Teachers comfortable in those encouraging roles have also likely grown comfortable with the idea of failure as part of the achievement cycle.  Because making mistakes is an inevitable part of learning a new skill, such errors should…
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Writing Under the Influence of Inquiry

Idea #7 This is the final installment of a seven-part series of ideas intended to nurture critical, creative, and curious thinking while also supporting composition development.  With these ideas, writers of all ages can develop understandings about texts and their characteristics, the writing process, and what it means to be a writer.  Combine parts of…
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