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The fourth R: Improving reading, writing, arithmetic - Winnipeg Free Press

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The fourth R: Improving reading, writing, arithmetic
Winnipeg Free Press
Peters said each school was asked to identify what it wanted to fix, then teachers formed into small research groups to figure out how to do it.
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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators - The Atlantic

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Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
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Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator.
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I absolutely loved how McArdle wrote this article, in the first paragraph she states, "In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times, made and discarded multiple grocery lists...", which I found humorous as well as intriguing. The topic of this article, which has to do with procrastinating, is a good subject bacause many (like myself) can relate to it. College students especially have a nack for putting things off last minute. Within this passage, she also states how most often the fear of turning in nothing catches up to people and in the long run they'd rather turn in something last minute and scatterbrained than come up empty handed. This was a very enjoyable article to stumble upon and read.  

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tania molina's comment, March 3, 2014 4:36 PM
Good article alyssa bains
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Making a case for reading - The State

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The State Making a case for reading The State Cocky's Reading Express, a collaboration of the University of South Carolina's student government and School of Library and Information Science, targets illiteracy among South Carolina's children and...
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This article immediately stuck out to me because two organizations came together for a greater cause. Reading about how these people volunteered to read aloud to elementary students in underprivilaged areas was absolutely heart warming. Cocky's Reading Express even takes this kind gesture one step further by giving the children a book to take home and read to their families. Also, I thought that this was very clever to encourage young children to start reading young, because it will help the grow and become literate. Personally, I think our world, or media, needs to acknowledge the good things that are currently happening right now just as much as the bad. South Carolina's newspaper, "The State", really did an outstanding job of highlighting such a wonderful event.

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In Defense of Reading -- Again - Huffington Post (blog)

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In Defense of Reading -- Again Huffington Post (blog) According to a Pew Research Center study on the subject, the median number of books read by the "average American" is a grand total of five a year -- which has led to some understandable, if...
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Reading in regards to school work, is always vital in order to get by nearly all your classes. But reading for the mere pleasure of it has been proven to be decreasing over the years. This article stuck out to me because it is surprising to realize how much our recent generations have differed from say, our parents and grandparents' generations. Back then, people turned to reading as a form of entertainment; they had to carry around dictionaries and thesauruses in orer to find the right words and their definitions. Nowadays, we just turn to our smartphones and internet sources, and instead of reading we go to see movies or watch television. As soon as I read the first couple sentences ofthis article, "the median number of books read by the "average American" is a grand total of five a year". Reading that aloud raises my eyebrows and causes the matter to sort of click; five books a year isn't a big number, in fact, its fairly small. This article points out many facts that I thought were surprising and I thought that we, as growing students, could learn a thing or two from it.

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