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Literature Circles - Student choice, social skill practice, refining questioning/comprehension skills, collaboration are what lit. circles provide for my students. Face to face discussion, however, is not the only way to conduct a lit. circle. I've used resources by the lit. circle guru Harvey Daniels and his colleagues Steven Zemelman and Nancy Steineke.

Quia - Quia's been mentioned a few times by presenters; it is not free, but a subscription is reasonable. Because it's easy to use, teachers can build surveys, quizzes, review activities in no time at all. Teachers can also search for surveys/quizzes/etc. already created, copy them, and alter them according to their needs.

MovieMaker - My students have extended writing projects by adding visual images, music, and narration. Utilizing this tool does require more time than some of the web-based movie tools; however, my students learn a good deal about planning and responsibility.

PBworks- I use this wiki tool with my students. Though Wikispaces is great, PBworks is my preferred tool for a wiki, is super easy to use, and has served my class well.

Dakota Writing Project - If you're interested in becoming part of another professional group, please consider DWP. Their professional development is some of the best I've been part of. Don't let the "writing" part scare you; this group is about becoming a better teacher, regardless of content area or grade level.

South Dakota Council of Teachers of English - If you're an English teacher interested in growing professionally, another group is SDCTE. Our annual conference is held each February at Cedar Shore in Chamberlain.