Congratulations to our NaNoWriMo Winners!

LIS Total Word Count

LIS Total Word Count

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last month and haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, then you should know that it is a writing challenge where writers all around the world write a novel in November.  Students participating in the Young Writer’s Program set their own word count goal between 1000 and 50,000 words.  Adults write 50,000 words, about the length of Catcher in the Rye.

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NaNoWriMo means writing every day for an entire month, having to balance, school, work and family to write your novel. We had multiple winners at the end of November! Please say a big CONGRATULATIONS to our winners:

  • Gabriele (Year 11)
  • Lydia (Year 10)
  • Stephy (Year 11)
  • Matias (Year 7)
  • Daniel (Year 8)
  • Cindy (Year 7)
  • Carol (Year 8)
  • Nabeeha (Year 8)
  • Ms. Chloe (English B teacher)
  • Mr. Shields (Primary teacher)
  • Ms. Katy (Secondary Librarian)

A congratulations as well to our over 30 participants (teachers and students) who gave NaNoWriMo their best in November.  Even if you didn’t make your word count, you are a winner just by letting your creative side take over for a month. Everyone says they want to write a novel, but so few people actually sit down and try.

I hope YOU (yes, you!) will join us in November 2013 on the crazy journey that is NanoWriMo.


Read, Watch, & Listen: Digital Stories Around the Web

Why Digital Stories?

“Digital Storytelling is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. As with traditional storytelling, most digital stories focus on a specific topic and contain a particular point of view. However, as the name implies, digital stories usually contain some mixture of computer-based images, text, recorded audio narration, video clips and/or music. Digital stories can vary in length, but most of the stories used in education typically last between two and ten minutes. The topics that are used in Digital Storytelling range from personal tales to the recounting of historical events, from exploring life in one’s own community to the search for life in other corners of the universe, and literally, everything in between.”

This description comes from the the University of Houston site: The Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling

Where can I read, watch or listen to digital stories?

International Children’s Digital Library – The ICDL Foundation promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world.  Check out award winning books from around the world, like The Legend of the Bitter Gourd, a children’s book from the Phillipines.

Vimeo – Visit specific collections, like the CDNIS Digital Storytelling Collection, “a showcase of digital stories created by MYP Year 5 students at the Canadian International School of Hong Kong as part of the MYP Technology Integrated program.”

My favorite is Fly from Crystal Leung on Vimeo.


Storyline Online – The Screen Actor’s Guild Foundation brings you stories read by famous actors!

StoryCorps –  Try listening to “What’s your life like now, Dad?” where two daughters interview their dad about life with Alzheimer’s.


“National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It’s a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to complete an entire novel in just 30 days. For one month, you get to lock away your inner editor, let your imagination take over, and just create!” (from the NaNoWriMo YWP site).

It’s almost here! NaNoWriMo starts in a month, and writers around LIS are getting prepared.   We’ve got our Young Writer’s Program classroom started up, and we’re sharing ideas and filling out our author interviews.

Want to learn more about NaNoWriMo? Check out What is NaNoWriMo? Ready to sign up? Go to NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program. You don’t have to be in the ASA.  Just sign up and see Ms. Katy to join our virtual classroom.

Quoting, Paraphrasing & Plagiarism

Trying to figure out how to share your research without plagiarizing? Check out “The Magical Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism“, a Harry Potter themed info-graphic on citation and paraphrasing (Hart).  Need more help with your citations or bibliographies? Visit our Citation page.

A Magical Guide to Avoiding Plagiarism by Kate Hart

Hart, Kate. “Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide.” Kate Hart. N.p., 12 Jun 2012.          Web. 9 Sep 2012. <;.