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Teachers Cannot Teach Children to Read in South Africa

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“ The Democratic Alliance (DA) official opposition party in South Africa issued a report saying that their teachers cannot teach children to read. According to the report, teacher training is not sufficient to ensure that children are taught to read. The act of instilling awareness of the importance of reading is absent. Dr. Nick Taylor, CEO of the National […]”
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Telling the Story: writing your first draft

Want to know how to write a book? Irish authors Carlo Gébler, Sinead Moriarty and Declan Hughes explain how to tell a story, how to plot and plan, create cha...
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Stewart Lee - "On Not Writing"

Stand-up comedian Stewart Lee (an Honorary Fellow & alumnus of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford) delivers a talk to students that he originally gave at '...
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If only for this line: It is much better than it was necessary for it to be. 

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While Writing for 'Orange Is the New Black,' I Realized I Am Gay - PolicyMic

While Writing for 'Orange Is the New Black,' I Realized I Am Gay - PolicyMic | Stories: Telling, writing and conveying | Scoop.it
PolicyMic While Writing for 'Orange Is the New Black,' I Realized I Am Gay PolicyMic It was a scene I'd written with words shamelessly borrowed from my own life, and as I watched Jason Biggs repeat "I don't know if you can," after Piper begs him to...
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This has nothing to do with how to teaching story telling, but is told so. darn. well. 

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what talking can do for academic writing | patter

what talking can do for academic writing | patter | Stories: Telling, writing and conveying | Scoop.it
My co-writer and good friend Barbara is coming next week and we will have another little orgy of book writing. Only five days, but this will be enough for us to get a second section of our doctoral researcher writing book ...
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Love that phrase.... orgy of book writing! 

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50 Years of Research on Writing: What Have We Learned?

Three of the world's leading scholars in the field of writing instruction and research examine the state of knowledge in the field and its relevance to quest...
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To watch later

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

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There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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The danger of a single story

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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.
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Not necessarily my favourite female Zimbabwean author, but certainly someone whose work I appreciate!

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Writing Skills: The Paragraph

http://www.engvid.com The paragraph is the most important unit of a well-written essay. The paragraph has a specific structure and standards that make it eff...
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Everything needs a little structure.

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TODAY'S TIP: the Awesome Power of Writing Buddies

TODAY'S TIP: the Awesome Power of Writing Buddies | Stories: Telling, writing and conveying | Scoop.it
17 Days to go! Why do I need a Buddy? Writing buddies are more than just friends. Imagine a colleague, someone who's just like you, learning and growing as a writer, who you can bounce ideas off of...
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Need to get me one of these... must advertise!

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When a reporter becomes the story

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Giles Duley gave up a life of glamour and celebrity as a fashion photographer to travel the world and document the stories of the forgotten and marginalized. While on assignment in Afghanistan he stepped on a landmine, a horrific event that left him a triple amputee. In this moving talk Duley tells us stories of peoples lost and found -- including his. (Filmed at TEDxObserver.)
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For when I need to be inspired

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