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House votes to require cursive writing - Columbia Daily Herald

House votes to require cursive writing - Columbia Daily Herald | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Columbia Daily Herald House votes to require cursive writing Columbia Daily Herald Sheila Bull, R-Columbia, proposed the measure to teach cursive writing in the third grade, but one amendment approved Monday afternoon extended the requirement to...
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I do not understand why people are still insisting to teach cursive writing. Besides knowing how to write your name in cursive, what is it really good for? The only people who actually write in cursive are elderly. I was told in 4th grade I would have to write in cursive all the time in high school, and in high school I was told if I wrote in cursive I would get points deducted from my grade. There is no point in trying to prolong the dying out of this form of writing.

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Secrets to Successful Book Writing, Publishing & Marketing: Lisa Tener

Secrets to Successful Book Writing, Publishing & Marketing: Lisa Tener | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach, author and speaker. Her clients have gotten 5- and 6-figure book deals with Simon and Schuster, Random House, Scribner's, HCI, Beyond Words and other major publishers, as well as self- published.
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I think with today's youth everyone has this overwhelming urge to be published, even if they have no talent. I think this is helpful to those who are serious about being writers but I find it amusing that there are tips out there for being published because it really should be based on talent and content of writing. I think that so many people are wanting a get rich quick scheme that they'll do anything to be rich and famous, even if they have no talent and are not truly passionate. 

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In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books But High Demand - City Limits

In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books But High Demand - City Limits | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
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In Branch Libraries, Fewer Books But High Demand
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There are thousands of books in the children's room at the High Bridge library, but it's hard not to notice the empty shelves.
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This is important for  everyone to know this could happen at any library. As a reader myself I know how expensive books can be and libraries help keep costs down while allowing for intellectual growth. If there is less availability for circulation of books the next generation of people will be less educated.

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Online Writing with Clarity Infographic - Business 2 Community

Online Writing with Clarity Infographic - Business 2 Community | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it

Online writing may include blogging, marketing copy, website or newsletter content and they all share the need for clarity.  One of the first things we learn about writing online is we have seconds to capture a reader and their attention span is short. Clear, concise writing wasn’t invented online, however, it has always been taught to writers as a best practice.  Long before the Internet, George Orwell said, “If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out."....


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This source is helpful because you can see a shorter and more "to the point" way of writing and you see the more descriptive and academic way of writing.This can help with knowing how to replace certain phrases.

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Seminars planned to help seniors write memoirs - Salt Lake Tribune

Seminars planned to help seniors write memoirs - Salt Lake Tribune | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Seminars planned to help seniors write memoirs
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Over the next month, Bob Canaan will present a dozen seminars — “The Right Time for Writing” — at Salt Lake County senior centers to help people write memoirs.
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I think this is the coolest thing I have ever heard of and this type of thinking will create a whole new way of reading about history. Imagine everyone archives their lives, and it all goes in to an accessible data-base: we would be able to remember people's thoughts and feelings about all the events in history. I think this is amazing. 

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How Movies Can Connect Students to Writing and the Common Core - Education Week News

How Movies Can Connect Students to Writing and the Common Core - Education Week News | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Education Week News How Movies Can Connect Students to Writing and the Common Core Education Week News As the focus on high-stakes testing increases, I worry that my students are only being prepared to think and write in one way: the way the tests...
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I wish my teachers had done this when I was in school. I think this is where the future is headed in school because kids these days are so obsessed with all things digital and can hardly pay attention to much else. 

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Doctor: Start reading to children early - Columbia Daily Herald

Doctor: Start reading to children early - Columbia Daily Herald | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Columbia Daily Herald Doctor: Start reading to children early Columbia Daily Herald Pediatrician Heather Michalak discussed the importance of reading on the brain development of young children Friday during the Kiwanis Club of Columbia luncheon at...
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This is an important piece of information to know because everyone knows the more you read the more intelligent you are; but I have never heard of having to read to your children so early in their development. 

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9 Qualities of Good Writing

9 Qualities of Good Writing | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it

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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This article helps with knowing how to develop your writing and how to make your words matter in your writing. This article will help me with maintain a good voice while writing as well as staying creative and interesting to 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.