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J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC - GalleyCat

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J. R. R. Tolkien’s 10 Tips For Writers: INFOGRAPHIC

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Helen Teague's curator insight, August 8, 9:58 AM

By Dianna Dilworth Thanks to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Humphrey Carpenter, we can literally speak with the author of the world fantasy classic

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Teens Can Write, Too!

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Changing the world's opinion...as soon as we finish this math homework

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 13, 4:38 PM

Teen writing blog with tips and encouragement.  Thanks Loretta :)

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Penzu

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Free personal journal and online diary.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 16, 7:52 AM

With a simple design and paper-like interface, Penzu is extremely intuitive and easy to use.
Keeping a daily diary with Penzu couldn't be easier. Users can write at any time from anywhere.
Reflective Journals help learners to "Get Smarter" - Keeping a journal or diary can not only boost learners' "working memory" but their grades too.
The act of writing can be extremely therapeutic, especially when writing about thoughts that they don't share with others.
Questions to consider daily could include...
   - What did I do today?
   - Did I have any strong feelings, good or bad, about my day?
   - What would I like to remember (or forget)?
   - Do I remember feeling this way before?
   - If my day could have gone better or worse, how might it have unfolded?

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10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic) | AdLit | Scoop.it
Ever wondered what the most common grammar mistakes are that bloggers make? Run-on sentences, punctuation, or maybe use of wrong tenses? This infographic highlights common blog post writing errors and blogging facts.

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Phillip Newsome's curator insight, September 26, 10:11 AM

 92% of companies that attributed the  acquisition of just 1 customer from blog activity posted multiple times per day.  Stay focused on your customers and hire a competent writer to handle this activity.

Christopher Lopez's curator insight, October 7, 12:38 AM

Blogging is very essential to attract customers. It should be flawless.

Helen Stark's curator insight, October 7, 10:17 AM

Cool infographic that will be useful for any blogger.

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Spelling and Dyslexia

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How common are spelling difficulties?Spelling is difficult for many people, but there is much less research on spelling than there is on reading to tell us just how many people spell poorly or believe they spell poorly.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 17, 4:57 PM

Spelling research in this Dyslexia article from Reading Rockets shares good advice.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, January 29, 6:24 PM
Spelling issues and Dyslexia correlations.
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SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] Writing Rightly

SEVEN STEPS TO THE PERFECT STORY [Fun Infographic] Writing Rightly | AdLit | Scoop.it

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KindredReaders's curator insight, January 2, 11:45 AM

great visual reference!

Ali Anani's curator insight, January 3, 1:39 AM

Creative writing in steps

Gennia Holder's curator insight, January 14, 9:50 AM

This a great list, but, perfect?  I don't know about that :)  Stories aren't a magic bullet. However, applying these elements and telling the right story+right time+right audience... can make an emotional connection with your audience that impacts your business.

 

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Literacy for Life | Fisher & Frey

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Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey have assembled a great collection of literacy resources, inlcuding tips for reading comprehension, writing, collaboration, and 21st century skills. This site includes links to powerpoint presentations and relevant research.


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The Ideal English Major | The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Ideal English Major | The Chronicle of Higher Education | AdLit | Scoop.it

Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess. When we walk the streets of Manhattan with Walt Whitman or contemplate our hopes for eternity with Emily Dickinson, we are reborn into more ample and generous minds. "Life piled on life / Were all too little," says Tennyson's "Ulysses," and he is right. Given the ragged magnificence of the world, who would wish to live only once? The English major lives many times through the astounding transportive magic of words and the welcoming power of his receptive imagination. The economics major? In all probability he lives but once. If the English major has enough energy and openness of heart, he lives not once but hundreds of times. Not all books are worth being reincarnated into, to be sure—but those that are win Keats's sweet phrase: "a joy forever."


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How Does Writing Affect Your Brain?

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According to today’s infographic, writing can serve as a calming, meditative tool. Stream of conscious writing exercises, in particular, have been identified as helpful stress coping methods. Keeping a journal, for example, or trying out free-writing exercises, can drastically reduce your levels of stress.

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Eugene Fernandez's curator insight, July 22, 2013 7:21 AM

The act of writing is in of itself a reflective and creative journey.

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:22 PM

Great information! Thanks to Elvira for telling me about it. :)
I've always said that keeping a journal is cheap therapy! 

Ann Kenady's curator insight, February 5, 11:24 PM

Massage your brain....

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How to teach writing, reading and thinking — Joanne Jacobs

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How to teach writing, reading and thinking
OCTOBER 11, 2012 BY JOANNE LEAVE A COMMENT
“Explicit teaching of writing makes kids better writers” and readers. Does writing improve thinking? Dan Willingham looks at the evidence in The Atlantic.
Not all writing instruction is helpful, Willingham writes. Students learn to write well if they’re taught “the nuts and bolts,” such as “text structure, how to use specific strategies for planning, revising, or editing text, and so on. . . . if a teacher does not show students how to construct a paragraph or a well-written argument, some will figure out it anyway, but many will not.”
Writing instruction improves reading comprehension, but again the details matter. When students write about what they’ve read — analyzing, interpreting, summarizing and answering questions — they build comprehension, Willingham writes. Explicit teaching of writing conventions helps students understand how authors use conventions.
It’s worth noting that these two advantages — better writing and better reading — will probably not accrue if most writing assignments consist of answering short questions, writing in journals, and completing worksheets — exactly the writing tasks on which elementary school kids spend most of their time (Gilbert & Graham, 2010). Students need assignments that include writing in longer formats with some formal structural requirements.
The research is not as clear on the question of whether teaching writing improves thinking, he writes.
There is a certain logic to the idea that students can become better critical thinkers by completing writing assignments. Writing forces you to organize your thoughts. Writing encourages you to try different ideas and combinations of ideas. Writing encourages you to select your words carefully. Writing holds the promise (and the threat) of a permanent record of your thoughts, and thus offers the motivation to order them carefully. And indeed some forms of writing–persuasive or expository essays for example — explicitly call for carefully ordering thinking.


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Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology

Teaching Writing and Learning With Graphic Organizers | Emerging Education Technology | AdLit | Scoop.it
There are dozens of great brainstorming and organizing tools available on the web to help students prepare for writing assignments and develop their

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Angie Bingaman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 1:00 PM

Great for brainstorm and organizing - cause & effect, main ideas, comparisons, sequences of events, ect...

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ESL Writing Online Workshop (ESL-WOW)


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John Dalziel's curator insight, April 22, 2013 11:30 AM

The ESL Writing Online Workshop is an online multimedia program designed to guide non-native speakers of English through each stage of the pre-writing, while-writing, and post-writing processes:
1) Getting Ready to Write,
2) Developing Your Ideas,
3) Revising Your Work, and
4) Editing and Polishing.
This online resource is designed for both college students and adult learners.

Andrea Wilson Vazquez's curator insight, June 21, 2013 7:33 PM

For college ELs

Dave Lenhart's curator insight, September 20, 11:53 AM

Our next meeting will be about this

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:33 PM

Tips to help boys

Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:34 AM

New link for this video is https://global.oup.com/education/searchresults?search_input=engaging+boys+in+literacy++video+&region=international#

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Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, June 25, 3:30 PM

 

It's always nice to have a refresher on confusing words--especially if we long to be writers. This is our craft; let's learn it. Some mix ups are spotted so often as to be cringe inducing. More obscure words used incorrectly may be excused. Be forewarned: if you read this article, you are now an expert! :)

 

Some of the stumpers: affect and effect, compliment and complement, farther and further, insure and ensure, principal and principle.

 

One with absolutely no excuse? You're and your. Remember this; the contraction stands in for [you are]. Try them out in a sentence. See if it looks rights and makes sense. If you're still not sure? Google the word and find out the meaning!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://georg-grey.blogspot.mx/2014/05/30-incorrectly-used-words-that-can-make.html

 

Snapshotic's curator insight, June 26, 8:25 AM

I was taught that using the word "nice" was horrible...

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13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice

13 Very Different Tools To Help Students Find Their Voice | AdLit | Scoop.it

""Students need a voice.

By voice, I mean the ability to recognize their own beliefs, practice articulating them in a variety of forms, and then find the confidence — and the platform — to express them."


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Chris Carter's comment, May 3, 7:55 PM
I appreciate the breadth of options suggested here. This is not, "just use tech!"
Ruby Day's curator insight, May 4, 8:51 PM

Ideas to help find career focus - what suits them

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 4, 10:06 PM

A very important reason to use media tools is to give a voice to everyone, even little ones!

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Writefull: - Tutorial

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Writefull Writefull is a writing assistant tool that works with a small popover (on Mac) or pop-up window (on Windows). Unlike many other apps,

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John Dalziel's curator insight, March 3, 7:33 AM

Writefull is a writing assistant tool that works with a small popover (on Mac) or pop-up window (on Windows).
Writefull comes in two editions: the free Google Books edition, which uses the English Google Books database, and the paid Web edition, which uses the Internet.
I've tried the Free edition and feel it is a useful tool for all Learners. (We are all learners!)
Writeful uses data from Google Books (5+ million books) and the Web to give users language support.
All users need to do is...
   - select a chunk from your text,
   - activate the Writefull popover (Ctrl + Space), and
   - choose one of Writefull's options.
The options include...
   - Checking the number of results
   - Comparing the number of results
   - See examples in context
   - Find words in context and
   - Find synonyms in context

I suggest you start here on the Tutorials page.

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Daily Writing Tips

Daily articles on grammar, spelling, misused words, punctuation, fiction writing, freelance writing and more!

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MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator for Kids of All Ages

Getting your kids into comic strips is easy. Just pick up a newspaper or visit a comic strip website likegocomics.com. Then, you can extend the educational value by helping them create a strip of their own. Some kids need only a blank piece of paper and pencil to churn out box after box. For those who need a prompt, you can enjoy the fun of creating one together. You’ll be surprised how easy it is. Try these ideas:

Draw a row of story boxes or print one from the Internet— try printablepaper.net. A few large boxes is best at first. Your child can work up to a grid when s»he’s ready for a longer sequence.Brainstorm with your young cartoonist. Will the characters be humans or animals? What emotions might they display—happiness, sadness, anger? Where does the story take place?Think about real-life situations to depict, such as a joke Dad told yesterday or a wacky thing that happened on the way to school. Move on to fantasy if your child wishes.You can either draw by hand or use a free online comic strip generator (like my site,makebeliefscomix.com). http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/parent-child/how-comic-strips-help-kids-learn-to-read-and-learn?utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=Buffer&utm_content=bufferb0b31&utm_medium=linkedin#!


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The 6 Best Books on Writing

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When you're low on inspiration, confused, or just procrastinating, writers' guides can be your salvation. Here are six books on writing we turn to again and again (and a few of them are on sale through 9/30!

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:36 PM

Natalie Goldberg has a series of books, all of which are foundational and supportive and easily read. Check out this list - the reading (and writing) is good. Share!

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Where Do Periods Go in Quotations?

Grammar Girl explains the differences between American and British rules of grammar. 


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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools

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In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work.

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Angela Tynes's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:44 PM

Digital tools and student writing - so appropriate for our 1:1 Learning!!

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Do Texts and Tweets Improve Writing? | Family Goes Strong

Do Texts and Tweets Improve Writing?  | Family Goes Strong | AdLit | Scoop.it
Why use five words when you can use one? It's the secret to good texting and tweeting – and to good writing.

Call me a contrarian, but I think texting and tweeting improve language skills. Teens don't say "came to the realization that" or "utilized" in a Facebook post, a text, or a tweet. They say "realized" or "used." Sure, they may take some artistic license when it comes to spelling. But they write tight. Yay!

My friend Helen Sword, author of Stylish Academic Writing, The Writer's Diet, and a popular New York Times post on "zombie nouns," shares my view – to a point.

"I agree that social media can help kids learn to write short, snappy sentences," she says. "Better to KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) than to KILL (Keep It Long and Laborious)! KISSing is a useful skill for later in life, too. Even in the dusty halls of academe, for examine, PhD students are now being encouraged to take part in 'two minute dissertation' competitions. If you can't convey the importance of your research project succinctly and persuasively in a two-minute sound bite, how can you ever hope to write a winning grant application?"


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The Updated Classroom – Developing Student Writing Skills with Tablet and Smartphone Apps | Emerging Education Technology

The Updated Classroom – Developing Student Writing Skills with Tablet and Smartphone Apps | Emerging Education Technology | AdLit | Scoop.it
This collaboratively written article provides some great ideas for leveraging today's mobile technologies to help students enhance those vital writing

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Engaging Boys in Literacy

"Boys need a sense of purpose in order to engage with what they do. Give them an audience, create real ‘wow’ moments and help develop a love of fiction. Gary Wilson explores some practical ways in which you can help to engage boys."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:02 PM

Boys love book club!  Teaching wilderness skills by reading Swiss Family Robinson!  

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 6, 2013 6:33 PM

Tips to help boys

Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:34 AM

New link for this video is https://global.oup.com/education/searchresults?search_input=engaging+boys+in+literacy++video+&region=international#

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6-Traits Resources: Academic Writing

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Dennis T OConnor's comment, February 23, 2013 8:54 PM
Watterson, B. (1994). Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat. Kansas City, MO: Andrews and McMeel.
Philippe Trebaul's curator insight, February 24, 2013 1:45 AM
6-Traits Ressources: rédaction des travaux universitaires.

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6-Traits Resources: Academic Writing via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/...

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, February 26, 2013 10:57 AM
I LOVE Calvin & Hobbes!!!!!