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What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon'

What Writers Can Learn From 'Goodnight Moon' | Language | Scoop.it
The children’s book sets up a world and then subverts its own rules even as it follows them.
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Writing Alone, Together

Writing Alone, Together | Language | Scoop.it
I used to spend my days in voluntary solitary confinement. Then I joined a writers’ collective.
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This Is Your Brain on Writing

This Is Your Brain on Writing | Language | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.
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When the two groups started to write, another set of differences emerged. Deep inside the brains of expert writers, a region called the caudate nucleus became active. In the novices, the caudate nucleus was quiet.

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How an economics professor taught me a life-changing lesson -- in literature

How an economics professor taught me a life-changing lesson -- in literature | Language | Scoop.it
Every spring, during college graduation season, I think about a former professor who uttered two astonishing sentences that changed the course of my life.
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My Quest for the Perfect Writing Space

My Quest for the Perfect Writing Space | Language | Scoop.it
I tried basements, cafés, even a 1981 VW camper van. But things only fell into place once I pulled out my ironing board and got back to basics.
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The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility

The Danger of Telling Poor Kids That College Is the Key to Social Mobility | Language | Scoop.it
Higher education should be promoted to all students as an opportunity to experience an intellectual awakening, not just increase their earning power.
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Arnon Grunberg Is Writing While Connected to Electrodes

Arnon Grunberg Is Writing While Connected to Electrodes | Language | Scoop.it
The Dutch author Arnon Grunberg, and his readers, are the subject of a study that aims to track the physiology of writing and literary appreciation.
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Roosevelt students get access to unauthorized sites on new iPads

Roosevelt students get access to unauthorized sites on new iPads | Language | Scoop.it
More than 300 Roosevelt High School students found ways around security on their new school-issued iPads and visited unauthorized websites, The Times has learned.
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Too funny. The board and the administrative staff don't seem to understand how the Internet works and how savvy some students are with devices.

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Time to Write? Go Outside

Time to Write? Go Outside | Language | Scoop.it
Nothing coaxes jumbled thoughts into coherent sentences like sitting under a shade tree on a pleasant day.
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Faculty Should Show Less Caution, More Courage--More Eagerness to Face Challenges

Faculty Should Show Less Caution, More Courage--More Eagerness to Face Challenges | Language | Scoop.it
This post has been written by Jeff Kolnick. a professor of history at Southwest Minnesota State University. _______________ The fall semester is an exciting time to be a college professor. The spri...
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Shut Your Analog Hole - The New Disruptors - Mule Radio Syndicate

Shut Your Analog Hole - The New Disruptors - Mule Radio Syndicate | Language | Scoop.it
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The first few minutes offer some great writing advice from two very fluent writers. Also, a nice discussion of why blogging is helpful to writing.

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Should We Write What We Know?

Should We Write What We Know? | Language | Scoop.it
The command is not perfect, implying, as it does, that one’s written output should be limited to one’s passions.
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Spot on.

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3 ways to speak English

3 ways to speak English | Language | Scoop.it
Jamila Lyiscott is a “tri-tongued orator;” in her powerful spoken-word essay “Broken English,” she celebrates — and challenges — the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, in the classroom and with her parents. As she explores the complicated history and present-day identity that each language represents, she unpacks what it means to be “articulate.”
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Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth

Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth | Language | Scoop.it
With the increased recognition that reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important skills, the American Academy of Pediatrics is asking its members to become advocates.
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This is the first time the academy — which has issued recommendations on how long mothers should nurse their babies and advises parents to keep children away from screens until they are at least 2 — has officially weighed in on early literacy education.

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Class, Cost and College

Class, Cost and College | Language | Scoop.it
A new movie’s troubling questions include whether the best schools encourage social mobility or perpetuate privilege.
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Stories Beyond Stats

Stories Beyond Stats | Language | Scoop.it
Free for 24 hours. Numbers can only go so far in conveying the causes and effects of poverty.
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Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

Inside Amtrak's (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers | Language | Scoop.it
Amtrak has begun offering “writers’ residencies” to, well, writers – long roundtrip rides aboard Amtrak trains dedicated solely for the purpose of writing. 
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Does grammar matter? Yes, it does.

Does grammar matter? Yes, it does. | Language | Scoop.it
The highest compliment I ever paid an editor was to say that she had changed the way I think about commas. That may not sound like much, but it was revolutionary to me.
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Colleges Adapt (Slowly) to Classrooms 2.0

Colleges Adapt (Slowly) to Classrooms 2.0 | Language | Scoop.it
New ideas call for bigger spaces, furniture on wheels, and more money.
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What a pleasure it must be to teach in a space with this sort of furniture.

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Employers and Public Favor Graduates Who Can Write and Communicate

Employers and Public Favor Graduates Who Can Write and Communicate | Language | Scoop.it
In a survey released by Northeastern University, a majority of respondents agreed that a well-rounded education was more important than job-specific skills.
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Angst over the pace of change.

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My Little Bag of Writing Tricks

My Little Bag of Writing Tricks | Language | Scoop.it
How I translate grammar directives into moves I can use to make my sentences better.
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6 things you should say to your professor | USA TODAY College

6 things you should say to your professor | USA TODAY College | Language | Scoop.it
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Great advice.

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Writers as Architects

Writers as Architects | Language | Scoop.it
Great architects build structures that can make us feel enclosed, liberated or suspended. Great writers, in devising their literary structures, do exactly the same.
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The pictures of the models are thought-provoking.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | Language | Scoop.it
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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