The other fears—the phobias—are a different matter. I do not believe one can control them by literary means. We seem to bring them into the world with us ready made. No doubt the particular image on which the child's terror is fixed can sometimes be traced to a book. But is that the source, or only the occasion, of the fear If he had been spared that image, would not some other, quite unpredictable by you, have had the same effect? Chesterton has told us of a boy who was more afraid of the Albert Memorial than anything else in the world. I know a man whose great childhood terror was the India paper edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica —for a reason I defy you to guess. And I think it possible that by confining your child to blameless stories of child life in which nothing at all alarming ever happens, you would fail to banish the terrors, and would succeed in banishing all that can ennoble them or make them endurable. For in the fairy tales, side by side with the terrible figures, we find the immemorial comforters and protectors, the radiant ones; and the terrible figures are not merely terrible, but sublime. It would be nice if no little boy in bed, hearing, or thinking he hears, a sound, were ever at all frightened. But if he is going to be frightened, I think it better that he should think of giants and dragons than merely of burglars. And I think St George, or any bright champion in armour, is a better comfort than the idea of the police.
Immediately, you’re hooked by Morris’ opening. You can’t not read to see what happens next. The pacing is excellent, it grabs your attention, and best of all, it keeps you reading . This piece was first published back in June, and I still remember it. Read the full post here , and see how Morris masterfully tells the story of a band named Death and how this relates to writing content.
19. Gingerbread, mmm.
Language arts and the sciences intersect when it's time to teach sensory details, and this site has 10 inventive ideas for lessons that focus on sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. For the ultimate four-dimensional storytelling experience, try the "Gingerbread Man" retelling using the scent of actual gingerbread.
20. Writing for Change
This is every middle school English teacher's dream site for its ability to inspire some thoughtful, dialogue-
provoking writing. The site includes over 50 activities that take from five minutes to one hour.
21. Free Typing Class
One of the most basic technical aspects of writing in the 21st century is knowing how to type, but the irony of growing up with smart-phones is how few can do it using more than two fingers. Luckily it's easy and costs nothing to learn to type using the games on this fun website .
22. "If I had the power"
This site lists over 30 writing activities to promote self-reflection for students of all levels. The titles alone (.,"If I Had the Power," "I Am What I Think I Am!") are empowering; one can only imagine the positive vibes that will grow.
23. Allegory to Simile
At this site , you'll find a list of literary devices with clear descriptions and links to some bright ideas for lesson plans. (Any educational website that uses Pink Floyd's song "Time" to illustrate "various poetic devices that enhance the meaning" is a friend of ours.)
24. Word for Beginners
We assume that the digital generation is computer savvy, but many kids are only proficient in IMing and Facebook. Here's a free Microsoft tutorial for Word to maximize their writing time and prepare for the world beyond.
25. National Writing Project
No list of writing resources would be complete without the National Writing Project . Teachers are also writing students, and NWP contains a library of stellar books on the art of teaching writing. It's a must for keeping your mind as sharp as your pencil.
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The Vinča signs show an evolution of simple symbols, beginning in the 7th millennium BC, gradually increasing in complexity throughout the 6th millennium and culminating in the Tărtăria tablets of c. 5300 BC  with their rows of symbols carefully aligned, evoking the impression of a text.