Cody Smith – Annotated Bibliography

“Literacy Teaching Ideas.” Teaching Ideas. Teaching Ideas. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.This website has several useful tools. These tools include lesson ideas, worksheets, and activities, and they can be used in several different manners to inspire students and allow them to become more active in the writing process.
Thomas, Mark R. “Get Lit.” Supervisor Mark RidleyThomas. Mark Ridley Thomas, 13 Mar. 2012. Web. 19 Feb. 2013.This website takes a unique stance to get kids inspired to write. They have teenagers get up on stage and read inspiring poems that they themselves have written or have been written by others. It also teaches students about public speaking and self confidence by giving them the opportunity to share their work.
Hurley, Stephen. “The Benefits of Taking Students Outside to Inspire Writing.” Edutopia. Edutopia, 15 Sept. 2009. Web. 19 Mar. 2013.This website offers students a new perspective on what can inspire writing. It’s not just everyday situations and people, but inanimate objects can also be inspiring. An example assignment could be to have the students find something outside and create either a poem or a short story. By using this strategy, it can allow students to have more freedom within their creative writing and prepare them for more difficult writing tasks.
“Teaching and Learning Strategies.” Johns Hopkins University-Teaching and Learning Strategies. Johns Hopkins University, n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.This website offers several tools to assess the learning of different types of students. It does not focus on writing tasks, but it focuses on the type of students that different types of instruction can benefit. Not every student is the same and it will take different approaches to reach each student. By learning about the different types of learning, classrooms, and instruction, a teacher can better create activities to suit their students.
“30 Ideas for Teaching Writing.” National Writing Project. National Writing Project, 2003. Web. 15 Mar. 2013.This website source is apart of the National Writing Project, and this specific page of the website gives a teacher 30 ideas for teaching writing. These can be especially useful when a teacher is stuck on how to engage his or her students. The prompts and ideas vary from creative and constructive to unique and engaging. There are several ideas for a teacher to use to engage students and there is a large variety.

“Writing Prompts.” Tumblr. Tumblr, n.d. Web. 4 Apr. 2013.This website has several unique and thought provoking writing prompts. Teachers can utilize these in their classrooms to keep students interested in writing and get them more involved in the writing process. The variety of these prompts will help overcome students becoming bored, and it will prepare them for more difficult forms of writing if the teacher has a prompt for them to work with daily.

Kennedy, Courtney. “Courtney Writing Interview.” E-mail interview. 9 Apr. 2013.This interview was with Courtney Kennedy. I asked her questions about what types of writing tasks interested her as a high school student. I also asked her what types of tasks were the most beneficial to her as a high school student. The main point she made was that variety was key to keeping students interested.

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