Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Count Down to NaNoWriMo!!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, November is National Novel Writing Month!  Why not have your students write a novel during the month of November?  Why, yes, you can!  

The Young Writer's Program is setting up house for a new site!  Here is an excerpt from the YWP:

NaNoWriMo 2016 is coming! We're busy working away on a brand-new Young Writers Program website, which means that this site will be closing down as we approach November.

How to prepare for the new YWP beta site

  • Make sure to save anything that you want to keep! Workbooks, lesson plans, 2016 pep talks, and other key resources will all be available. But your forum posts, profile information, and novel information won't be (and it may take us a while to archive your favorite past pep talk). So, save save save!
  • If you're an educator, hold off on creating a Virtual Classroom for this year.You'll be able to create one on the new website.
  • Sign up to receive an alert when the beta version of the new YWP site goes live.
We're excited to share this beta version of the new Young Writers Program site with you!
Looking forward to launching NaNoWriMo 2016,
Tim Kim
Director of Communications
You can access the current Young Writer's Program now and get the Teacher Guide.  
Why not combine tools!  BoomWriter allows you to set up your class for collaborative writing.  Choose one of BoomWriter's story starters, or, better yet, write your own.  Students write a chapter at a time.  Students then vote on their favorite chapters (BoomWriter handles the voting, and students cannot see who wrote the chapters).  The winning chapter is added to the book, and students must then write the next chapter based on the previous one that was chosen.  The site tracks words for you, as well, which plays perfectly with NaNoWriMo!

NaNoWriMo even has free Teacher Kits with awesome goodies for your students!  They are only available while they last, so I would head over there now!  Maybe you ought to take the challenge, too...here's the NanoWriMo site for big people!

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