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House votes to require cursive writing

House votes to require cursive writing | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
A proposed bill requiring schools to teach cursive writing passed the Tennessee House in a 85-6-1 vote after six attached amendments were withdrawn.
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Who would have known that cursive writing would help so much in being able to develop critical thinking, memory, and motor skills. Although I am not familiar as to it helps with improving critical thinking and memory I can say they I understand how it may relate to helping children with their motor skills. Studying developmental psychology, I came across with the concept that children develop fine motor skills at an early age but don't yet begin to master this until they are in mid or late childhood. Therefore practicing precision in cursive can help children develop their fine motor skills. 

So although it may seem that we will never use cursive or not useful it's good just to think about how it can help in the future or in our development. I know I didn't until I read this article. 

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Perfecting Your Personal Proofreading - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Perfecting Your Personal Proofreading - Writer's Relief, Inc. | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Use these nine expert tips to improve your proofreading techniques--especially for proofreaders and writers working on novels, books, short stories, poems, and essays for submission to literary agents and editors in the publishing industry.
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Those tips on how to proofread are quite helpful. Although some of them we may already know it does serve as some help to those individuals who don't. However it does depend on each individual and the way they prefer to proofread. I could also help in the sense that there are those small details such as checking the heading or whether we numbered our pages or not, that help us make the difference when it comes to turning in that "final draft".

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Reading Is For Girls - The Good Men Project

Reading Is For Girls - The Good Men Project | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
If you believe reading is emasculating, guess what? You're right. (Reading Is For Girls http://t.co/iNV3m50K8U via @goodmenproject)
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When I first read the bold letters to this article i was instantly shocked and insulted. "Reading is for Girls" followed by "If you believe reading is emasculating, guess what? Your right. I was at first ready to start an argument, how could someone possible prove that reading is gender based?

The title was a way to catch a reader's attention for what followed was the author's desperation to get make reader's to read. Trying to convince them that reading was not only meant to be "for girls" but projecting the image that reading is in fact a masculine trait. Why does this Community College English Teacher encourage young boys and men to read more often? He is trying to increase their reading and writing skills. He noticed their was a problem and as a result he is doing his best to encourage to get them to read.  

Ironically, these young men are probably not even reading his article.

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» How Positive Writing Can Increase Life-Satisfaction

» How Positive Writing Can Increase Life-Satisfaction | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Writing is an amazing creative and emotional outlet. I know not everyone enjoys writing, but there are many different ways to use writing to infiltrate positivity into our life and to focus on more upbeat and encouraging things.

Via Kate Crisp
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Writing is much more than having to sit at a desk with the keys of your computer at your fingertips waiting for that English essay to arise. It's a way to communicate with others, way of expressing thoughts, ideas, and beliefs, and as mentioned in this article, a way of coping with trauma. Writing can be used as a tool to help individuals have greater life-satisfaction by writing down the positive aspects of their life and being thankful/grateful. Even if one already feel a sense of purpose and satisfaction in their life, I say this helps as a way to become aware and mindful of positive experiences in our lives.

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The 30-Second Habit That Will Change Everything

The 30-Second Habit That Will Change Everything | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
The solution to all of your note-taking woes. (I thought this was interesting....I typically lean more towards taking too many notes and never reading over them...
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This is helpful in the sense that not everybody knows how to take proper notes. There are those who either write everything down and miss the main point or those who cannot identify the main point and hardly write anything down!

That;s why I found this article to be useful to students who need something quick that will benefit them for a speech. Listen for 30 seconds and take notes on what has been just said. I might just try it myself and see how it works out. 

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Genius Reading Strategies That Will Make You a Better Writer - Online College Courses

Genius Reading Strategies That Will Make You a Better Writer - Online College Courses | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Writing and reading go hand-in-hand, so learning these reading strategies can actually make you a better writer.

A list of tips and tricks (with explanations) that will help you become a better writer. Some of the strategies are listed below:

* Close reading (as in reading slowly, highlighting, taking notes...read carefully as opposed to quickly);

 * Try out loud, and not to a group but yourself...for more information on this and other strategies click through to the article.


Via Beth Dichter
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Although some of these tips are helpful they are not specific enough when it come to actually reading. The title "Genius Reading Strategies" is overly exaggerated. Reading strategies do not come from a set of paragraphs. 

I have to point out one specific comment made in this article about reading. Having to "read closely" as opposed to skimming throught the text. I agree to this comment however I expected for the author to define what close reading is? What type of questions arise in order to create close reading? What type of topics should be highlighted? how exactly do you think critically? "Ask as many questions as you like" well what type of questions? I think this article could have done much better if it would have been thorough.

then again, we as Americans are always in find of quick and straight forward solutions to "becoming better" or to finding a solution.

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Sharena Hamilton's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:25 PM

Reading helps you become a better writer. This article gives us strategies to become a better reader and with becoming a better reader you can become a better writer. 

Close reading include highlighting key points, making notes, and have question to build critical thinking skills. This Article has more strategies so reading this article can help you become a better reader and writer.

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High School Student Suspended For Writing A Poem About Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre

High School Student Suspended For Writing A Poem About Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre


Via Belligerent Politics
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Freedom of speech is our first amendment however this young girl was suspended for writing about a poem regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre. When did writing become a crime? A violation? It seems that the saying ""the pen is mightier than the sword" for this has cost the young girl suspension and possibly expulsion. Although I do understand the school's concern about the safety of their students I ask: could there have been other ways to resolve this? I wonder...

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