Tikatok.com, a children’s publishing platform owned by Barnes & Noble, has released the first item in a nine-part series of free content, called “Writing Across the Curriculum.” Designed for K-8 educators, the series contains writing guides with suggested activities, project ideas, student worksheets, and tips for teachers to promote the inclusion of writing across a variety of subject areas, including math, science, social studies, history, and art. Part one of the free series covers the writing process from start to finish—prewriting, writing, revising, proofreading, and publishing—and includes classroom activities, graphic organizers, and worksheets for teachers. The remaining eight parts will be released monthly throughout the 2011-12 school year. http://www.tikatok.com/writing

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