"Writing is easy; all you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until the drops of blood form on your forehead." (Gene Fowler)
6+1 TRAITS of Writing Rubrics and Definitions. Go home to NWREL for the baseline!
Discover Writing with Barry Lane Mining memory. Lesson suggestions for k-12. Good source for Ideas trait.
More great lesson plans from Barry Lane
On Blank Screens by Christopher Meeks
If you don't already have your own Idea-Generation software, you can download free trail versions at the following Locations
The Inspiration® 30 day trial download page
This has become the most popular software for 'visual thinking'.
Kidspiration® 30-day trial download page
This is a program developed for K-3 users. Give it a try?
Tony Buzan's concepts of mind mapping have a strong European following. A number of products have been created based on Buzan's theories. Consider the following:
Visual MindTM 30 day trial download page
MindMapperR Pro 20 day trial available for professional package. MindMapper Jr has a 30 day trial available for the Kids version
The Concept Mapping Home Page
An effective quick overview of Concept or Mind mapping. Includes a table with links to a variety of software products.
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