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Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers - Open Culture

Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers - Open Culture | Academic Research | Scoop.it
King's discussion of opening lines is compelling because of his dual focus as an avid reader and a prodigious writer of fiction—he doesn't lose sight of either perspective: We've talked so much about the reader, but you can't ...
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   In this article the author gives us 20 different approaches to becoming a better writer. I found this article interesting because he gives us the main points that allow us to make sure we get through the right steps for our writing. The author believes that in order to be able to write we have to read a lot because without it our writing won't be as good as it could with the background knowledge from different aspects of books we have read. Another tip he gives us is to write in a place without distractions, therefore being alone with no phones, TV, or games around us. 

   The author also tells us that when we start a paper to not worry about the audience at the start because what we need to do first is jot down the story we are trying to get across. He believes that during the revision is the spot were we fix everything and one important part of a paper is that main  opening line. In the article he states that this opening line won't happen automatically that we will usually find it until we have done various drafts.

   I found this article interesting because the author gives us tips and details on how to become a better writer. One thing he stresses on is that to be able to write perfectly we need to read.

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Reading (and Writing) Through Fear

Reading (and Writing) Through Fear | Academic Research | Scoop.it
Musing's editor attempts to muster the courage to read something she's afraid of, with help from the author.
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         While reading this article I found it interesting because the word "fear" called my attention. This article demonstrates how reading is not going to always be about what you predict with the title, but that it's always going to have a intriguing message behind the story.

         I found it interesting how this author starts by stating that she wanted to read the book called "The Bear" because it was about two adults that had gotten attacked by  a bear while they had gone camping. She had to think about it twice before actually reading the story because it was also about two little kids that go through an emotional trauma which she didn't want to know about. 

         The author of this article even talks to the author of the book and she tells her that the main story behind this is not about the picture she makes, but the insight of the fear of having to let someone you love go. She says that when she started writing it she didn't really think about what her point was until she was towards the end.

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Reading, writing, catching and dancing

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As study after study finds students who exercise regularly perform better in the classroom, school systems like Los Angeles USD are working to enhance elementary and middle school physical education p (Reading, writing, catching & dancing: Districts...
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           In this article the author talks about how students who exercise perform better in there academics. They have conducted research about this experiment in Kansas and apparently the results show that students that exercise tend to focus and learn better in the classes they are struggling in. I found this article interesting because not only would this help you better your education, but also help you live a healthier life.

          Like the author was saying that having the schools have there students involved more in exercise as a requirement will keep them involved in sports and working out throughout there life time. The students will also feel more motivated of going to school because of there involvement with the physical education.

       In Kansas they conducted the experiment of some students that would have P.E. as there daily routine and then right after went to there hardest class and saw that this was helping them learn better. Throughout time they saw that the percentage of students that worked in this experiment had an increase in graduating from school and an increase in attendance days and lower drop-out rates.

       I believe this article should call to peoples attention because this would be a better change for both our future education and society.

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Coding – Are these the Fundamentals of the Future? - Inside Tech Talk

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Coding – Are these the Fundamentals of the Future? - Inside Tech Talk | Academic Research | Scoop.it
While programming might not be for everyone, the push to make coding a part of the standard curriculum for the job seekers of tomorrow is certainly a positive one.
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              At the start of this article I thought it was going to talk about something completely different. Just by looking at the title I thought it may be about strategies of reading and writing in advance, but it wasn't what I expected. This article focused on how computer science should become a curriculum such as language and should  be taught since kindergarten to be able to master on it. The author belives this is important because it will open many doors for us in the future and make us "globally competitive".

            The author starts of by showing us some statistics that give us a view of the various job opportunities available for people that decide to focus on computer science since there aren't a lot of students going into this field. Only a few states have computer science as their high school graduation requirements and he believes that this should expand because it will help improve to lower the unemployment rate and also help ready the American students for jobs of the present and future. I can say I agree with him because knowing how to use computers will open more doors to us since now in day the social networking is becoming our present and most likely take over the future. I mean it wouldn't hurt us to gain knowledge about computer science, this will facilitate our daily lives in education, jobs, and in our homes.

             The author also talks about how one of the states representative Tony Cardenas introduced a bill called "American Can Code" to try to get computer programming categorized as a foreign  language. Cardenas says that just as we begin to learn a different language at a young age we should do the same with computer science. He says that this will provide for our next generation with great knowledge and skills that will prepare us to become globally competitive. Seeing it from Cardenas point of view I have to say that I agree because we capture things best when we learn it at a young age and it wouldn't be bad to create a greater opportunity for ourselves and our future by making a change. The author confirms his stand on supporting the computer science as a part of our standard curriculum because he states that this will open up a better opportunity for our future job seekers.

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Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay - Huffington Post

Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay - Huffington Post | Academic Research | Scoop.it
Essential Reading for Writing the College Essay
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I last taught high school in 2005.
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       In this article the author gives some main points on how to focus on writing a essay for college. The author believes that this should be taught especially to juniors and seniors as well because they will become aware of what they need in order for that essay to standout. I agree with the author of being a struggle to do the college essays because we can't just write our life in 650 words because it won't tie up everything that shows who we are. Like he says though we need to keep it limited and therefor we have to keep in mind that this essay will have to have a structure that will take time to think of. I found it interesting because I didn't know how hard it was going to be to do this because I didn't find out about this until I was a senior and I was applying for this. It would be helpful to teach juniors about this to get them prepared to do this once their time comes.

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I'm a Reader, Not a Writer | Donalyn Miller

I'm a Reader, Not a Writer | Donalyn Miller | Academic Research | Scoop.it
My six-month journey with a broken tooth ended today when my dentist installed a permanent crown. Chatting with the dental hygienist, she asked me what I did, “I'm a teacher and a writer.” As we left the office, my husband ...
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      This article begins by the authors own story of when she went to the dentist. She uses this story to start with because she is trying to get the audience attention by telling us that for 6 months she had a broken tooth until she went to the dentist to get a crown on it. Her short story followed by her main point, she was talking to the dentist and when he asked her that what was her occupation she said she was a "teacher and a writer" which leads to her herself finally accepting the fact that she's a writer.

       This is an important issue to the author because she has been a writer for 7 years now, but she is barely accepting the fact that she is a writer through  reading. She believes that writing is difficult and not only to some writers, but to all of them.

       She defines herself as a reader not a writer because she believes that reading is what motivates her to write and that if she wasn't able to write about reading she wouldn't write at all. It is very interesting to know that she uses reading as her way to write because she points out that when she writes it is all a response to something she has read.  She believes that the key to writing is reading and without it, it's just not real writing.

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Why No One Is Reading What You're Writing - Forbes

Why No One Is Reading What You're Writing - Forbes | Academic Research | Scoop.it
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Why No One Is Reading What You're Writing
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I see it often: Businesses hire a blogger, or rely on an existing employee to spearhead their content strategy. They have high hopes for increased website traffic, email subscribers and sales.
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      While reading this article I found it interesting to see that the author here uses some of the same strategies that we been taught in class. He talks about strategies that we as writers need to call to people's attention to read what we write. The first thing he says is that when you write you have to make your writing unique so it can stand out to your audience and to try and set yourself apart from all the other writings that are somewhat similar to yours. He also states that you need to think about your audience that is going to read it and think about what might interest them so they will keep reading what you write. I think these two strategies are related to what we have learned in class because we also have to think about ways to make our writing interesting by paying attention to our intended audience and to add unique detail that will grab them to our writing.

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