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Grammar rules vs. conventions

Why is it that students never seem to learn the basic rules of grammar and punctuation, even though they take classes like English 104 and spend years in middle and high school learning about them?...
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Op-Ed article about why students don't learn or care about grammar. Written by Valerie Balester on the Texas A&M website. In my own experience i have found that i was just taught it enough to remember it. I haven't been taught grammar since my freshman year of high school, i think it is ridiculous that we are expected to be good at something that is very complicated, but hardly taught at all past middle school.

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Annoying Ways People Use Sources | Writing Spaces

Annoying Ways People Use Sources | Writing Spaces | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it

Via Kim Vose
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Helpful chapter from, writingspaces.org, on incorporating sources into your essays. Discusses the rights and wrongs of sourcing.

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Kim Vose's curator insight, October 15, 2013 4:35 PM

This chapter from Volume 2 of Writing Spaces is a good primer on how to, and how not to, use sources in your writing.

Carly Armstrong's curator insight, February 20, 2014 3:31 PM

It's a very good research source on how to use your sources and what are bad ways of using those sources.  This should definitely be read if you are having trouble with how to use your resources.  And if you are using them wrong it will straighten you out.

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Active Reading Strategies - Active Reading Strategies - McGraw Center - Princeton University

Active Reading Strategies - Active Reading Strategies - McGraw Center - Princeton University | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
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I chose this article from prinston.edu about reading strategies. It is a bulleted list of different ideas you can implement to improve your comprehension and critical thinking. I would say that this is a pretty reliable, non-biased source.

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Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note-taking

Ink on Paper: Some Notes on Note-taking | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it

Very interesting article, from the huffington post, oTwo Princeton University psychological scientists wondered if laptops, despite their plusses, might lead to a shallower kind of cognitive processing, and to lower quality learning. They decided to test the old and the new in a head-to-head contest....

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Very interesting article, from Huffington Post, experimentally testing the efficiency of learning from lectures with handwritten notes and types notes. I found this very interesting because i find that my own experiences match up with the results they found. i need to write things out. even if someone asks me how to spell a word i usually have to write it out. i think its because i learn by doing, i am not a verbal learner.

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A Student’s Guide to Collaborative Writing Technologies | Writing Spaces

A Student’s Guide to Collaborative Writing Technologies | Writing Spaces | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
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This article has a very good list of online resources for collaborating on group projects without actually meeting up. This article is from writingspaces.org, which is a peer-reviewed, reliable source.

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Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic | Writing Spaces

Critical Thinking in College Writing: From the Personal to the Academic | Writing Spaces | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
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This is a general chapter about critical thinking in academia, from the peer-reviewed, online book, writing spaces. It teaches ways of improving your reading skills as well as writing critically and making strong arguments. It also introduces us to a more academic style of writing. This is a reliable non-biased source.

 

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