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3 Crucial Writing Skills that We Always Forget to Teach | That Writing Lady

3 Crucial Writing Skills that We Always Forget to Teach | That Writing Lady | ebook world | Scoop.it

"Organization, grammar, and sentence structure may make a piece of writing intelligible, but they have very little to do with what makes a piece of writing great.

 

 

"Because at Deep we believe that my students are capable of something much greater than merely intelligible writing, I have invented a new rubric for them that measures artistic merit, rather than mere competence. This rubric requires that their writing be three things:"


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A three-step guide to writing effective lesson objectives | Teach them English

A three-step guide to writing effective lesson objectives | Teach them English | ebook world | Scoop.it
If you have unambiguous teaching objectives, you will make more productive use of your time in class. These are the three steps that I use and recommend you follow, too.

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nicolaperry's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:09 AM

Something new teachers often struggle with.

 

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Roger Rosenblatt: How do you teach writing?

Roger Rosenblatt: How do you teach writing? | ebook world | Scoop.it

They need teachers who value them and their lives. Because writing is a validation of their lives and they know it. Whether they’re writing poetry, essays, or stories, it doesn’t matter. Every writing teacher gives the subliminal message, every time they teach: "Your life counts for something." In no other subject that I know of is that message given.


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What Kind of Writing Should We Teach?

What Kind of Writing Should We Teach? | ebook world | Scoop.it
Dear Reader, I have addressed this topic before, but I had a new bit of input and so I wanted to return to it briefly. I have a friend who pooh-poohs creative writing as a fairly worthless endeavor...

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Charles Tiayon's curator insight, December 25, 2013 5:22 PM

Dear Reader,

I have addressed this topic before, but I had a new bit of input and so I wanted to return to it briefly. I have a friend who pooh-poohs creative writing as a fairly worthless endeavor. She does not see her children ever really needing or using it. But she does want them to be able to write well by academic standards. Her husband is a university professor, and she values the ability to write academic prose but does not see how creative writing could help at all.

My thought has been that I would much rather read academic writing if it is also readable and even approaches entertaining. Why must these two be distinct categories? I can only think that the ability to write creatively will help one in other areas as well.

I was pleasantly surprised then to read an article recently in Harvard Magazine in which the subject, a sociologist examining poverty in America, is praised by his colleagues for how interesting his academic writing is. This is a very small part of the article and really not the point of it at all, but it was nice to hear that academic writing can be interesting and that others value its being so as well. Here is what it says:

“Whether he is writing about race and poverty or about firefighting, Desmond’s prose displays a lyrical quality and keen observation.” (“Disrupted Lives” by Elizabeth Gudrais,Harvard Magazine, Jan-Feb 2014)

Matthew Desmond, the sociologist the article is about, says of his own work that he “aimed to create a ‘non-textbook textbook’.” While his main purpose seems to have been not to boil down his subject matter to a point were it oversimplified the real situation, he also says that he didn’t want to present just “a collection of bold-faced terms and facts you memorize for the midterm.”

And I think that beyond being dull, this is probably a lot of the problem with other textbooks or non-living books. They take all the life out of their subject matter and with it a lot of the truth. Because truth is often complicated and we lose something of it when we boil it down as Desmond describes.

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How to Teach Reading and Writing - New York Times

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How to Teach Reading and Writing
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As a middle school English teacher in New York City, I find that few pedagogical constructs anger me more than the notion that reading and writing should not be taught through direct instruction.
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The failure of a publicist: case study | Self-Publishing Advice

The failure of a publicist: case study | Self-Publishing Advice | ebook world | Scoop.it
Author Philippa Rees describes how the reluctance of a top PR firm to embrace her book's self-published status led to missed and wasted opportunities.
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Self Publishing: eBooks: Smashwords Publishes Findings From ...

Self Publishing: eBooks: Smashwords Publishes Findings From ... | ebook world | Scoop.it
Although the report (slides embedded below) targets authors of self-published material some or all of the findings should be of interest to the library community. From a Smashwords Blog Post by Company Founder, Mark ...
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The 100 best free fonts | Design | Creative Bloq

The 100 best free fonts | Design | Creative Bloq | ebook world | Scoop.it
We've scoured the web to present you with a fine and varied selection of free fonts. Including scripts, serifs, and a range of ligatures, these fonts will give you greater flexibility in your designs, and add to your arsenal of design tools. This list represents the 100 best free fonts we've found in a variety of styles.
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Free fonts to improve the design or ebooks.

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Free e-books aren't what they used to be

Free e-books aren't what they used to be | ebook world | Scoop.it
It used to be that offering an e-book for free was a sure way to get a bump in attention, move up sales ranks and possibly be on the way to bestsellerdom. Now, not so much.
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BookStats data shows ebooks/online sales well ahead in U.S. ...

BookStats data shows ebooks/online sales well ahead in U.S. ... | ebook world | Scoop.it
Furthermore, “eBooks hit a record high in 2013,” although ebook sales revenue remained fairly flat versus 2012. According to further reporting of the BookStats data, revenues from combined ebook sales and online sales of ...
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Download 130 free Microsoft ebooks for designers | Web design | Creative Bloq

Download 130 free Microsoft ebooks for designers | Web design | Creative Bloq | ebook world | Scoop.it
With 130 titles, it's the biggest ebook giveaway in Microsoft's history (Download 130 free Microsoft ebooks for designers

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5 great writing warm up activities... and what they lead to | Teach them English

5 great writing warm up activities... and what they lead to | Teach them English | ebook world | Scoop.it
Warm up activities that get learners writing can be fantastic for getting the creative juices flowing while also giving a focused start to your lesson.

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Rewriting how we teach writing: Not everyone cares how you feel

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As a result of implementing a new writing process across all subjects, a New York school reports pass rates on the NY English Regents exam raising from 67% to 89% in a two year period.


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Rewriting how we teach writing: Not everyone cares how you feel. | Get Schooled

Rewriting how we teach writing: Not everyone cares how you feel. | Get Schooled | ebook world | Scoop.it
I have judged more than a dozen student writing contests over the years and found that we often rewarded trauma rather than talent.

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Teaching Critical Thinking to Teach Writing

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"writing may help students develop their critical-thinking skills, but writing does not necessarily teach critical thinking"


 "The best way to help students learn critical thinking may be to actually teach it."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, April 16, 2014 11:23 AM
  1. Writing improves writing.
  2. Students will not write better than they think. 
  3. Students will not write complete thoughts unless they think complete thoughts.
  4. Students will not learn to think by listening to teachers talk.
  5. "The brain that does the work does the learning." 
Ula Rutter's curator insight, April 17, 2014 4:37 AM

A lot of thinking needs to happen before a written text emerges...the text then reflects the quality of thinking.

Johan van der Merwe's curator insight, December 9, 2014 6:14 AM

Good for writing

 

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To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing

To Teach Effective Writing, Model Effective Writing | ebook world | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger David Cutler believes that the best writing teachers model writing for their students. He suggests six strategies, including continuing to hone your own craft and demonstrating the value of sharing finished work.
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Self-Publish Like a Pro: Finding an Audience - Publishers Weekly

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Self-Publish Like a Pro: Finding an Audience
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"Self-Publish Like a Pro" is a monthly column that provides indie authors with self-publishing tactics and tips from a digital marketing professional and self-publisher.
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Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory

Repetition Doesn’t Work: Better Ways to Train Your Memory | ebook world | Scoop.it
A team of scientists recently discovered that repetition is a terrible way to memorize information—and their findings highlight much better strategies.
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Free book offers invaluable advice from creative leaders | Career | Creative Bloq

Free book offers invaluable advice from creative leaders | Career | Creative Bloq | ebook world | Scoop.it
Creatives pass down their expertise to the next creative generation
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Self-publishing can be fun and, for some, profitable | Books | NewsObserver.com

Self-publishing can be fun and, for some, profitable | Books | NewsObserver.com | ebook world | Scoop.it
Except for the very top-end authors, there is less difference between self-published books and traditionally published books than ever before.
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eBook project

eBook project | ebook world | Scoop.it
Just shy of three years ago when I was starting out in publishing, I blogged this: I find it funny that people are incredulous when I say I could self publish an eBook on Amazon for 99p and still...
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