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One Artist's Lovely Homage To The Books You'll Never Finish

One Artist's Lovely Homage To The Books You'll Never Finish | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A dazed couple stands stiffly beside one another. The man wears a stethoscope and stares blankly ahead; the woman gazes distractedly off in the distance. Dangling airily above their heads, a messy script
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Let's face it: we all have that stack or list of books we hope to read some day, maybe, if we have time. The stack or list just keeps growing. Perhaps some of these books are on your list or stack. If so, voila! You will know enough to encourage to go ahead and read the darned thing or check it off for whatever reason you choose. At any rate, I suspect you will enjoy the art work and find her summaries entertaining and engaging.

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How Can Coding Improve Your Child’s Writing Skills? | Tynker Blog - Linkis.com

How Can Coding Improve Your Child’s Writing Skills? | Tynker Blog - Linkis.com | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

When they learn to code and create digital storytelling projects, children acquire skills that improve their writing, and they have fun in the process.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

And not just little kids, but kids of all ages. Using coding and digital storytelling as a means to help writers think differently about their writing is a fabulous strategy.

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This App Uses Kids' Own Unintelligible Texts To Teach Them Grammar - Co.Exist

This App Uses Kids' Own Unintelligible Texts To Teach Them Grammar - Co.Exist | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
iCorrect brings the grammar police to your teens' phones, and they won't be LOLing.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Hmmm. I'm a bit skeptical because, among other things, grammar "rules" are often hard to apply without an understanding of the writer's voice and context, but we'll see.


But I do love the title of this article.

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This poem will help you appreciate grammar - Irish Examiner

This poem will help you appreciate grammar - Irish Examiner | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A poem which seems to suggest unthinkable things about Michael Gove, Jeremy Clarkson and Piers Morgan is being applauded on social media by grammar nerds.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Ahhh. Get to read a poem AND see the importance of the Oxford comma. Cheers!

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Anna Bartosik's curator insight, August 9, 7:59 AM

Ahhh. Get to read a poem AND see the importance of the Oxford comma. Cheers!

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15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Here's a list of words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter.
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What they said.

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4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius

4 powerful ways to implement blogging in the classroom - Daily Genius | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Blogging is a popular activity in classrooms today because it allows students to share their writing with a broader audience and teachers to communicate with parents. There are a myriad of platforms to choose from: edublogs, Kidblog (especially good for elementary age children), Blogger, wordpress, and most LMS systems have a blogging platform built in


Via John Evans
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Definitely some great ideas for implementing blogging.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, April 25, 3:31 PM

Aplicaci'on de los blog en el aula.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 27, 12:53 PM

As I promote the integration of blogging with my preservice students, I have also seen a growth in local teachers adopting the concept.  This post shared by @John Evans ,from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

, from Daily Genius, takes the discussion to another level with concepts for implementing this form of modern day writing. 

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The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time

The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
We rank lasting favorites for young readers, from "Little Women" to "Harry Potter"
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

It seems a little dramatic to rank the BEST young adult books of ALL TIME. Seems like there should be a caveat of (so far) at the end of that statement because, well, we're not yet at the end of ALL TIME and I'm quite certain there are more excellent young adult books to be written and published. As I perused the list, I realized I could not choose THE best book because many have different qualities that made each book important, powerful, moving, etc. to me. If nothing else, it's a great checklist for you to figure out what books should be on your reading list.

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5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I love Spelling City, but I "lost" about an hour playing with some of these other apps. I have a thing about trying to hard to make learning "fun," but know that when learning is engaging, it's fun. These are both.

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The Psychological Benefits of Writing: Why Richard Branson and Warren Buffett Write Regularly

The Psychological Benefits of Writing: Why Richard Branson and Warren Buffett Write Regularly | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writing is thought put to page, which makes all of us writers -- even if we don't have the chops to spin beautiful prose.

Via Skip Boykin
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

One of my favorite quotes is from Isaac Asimov: "Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 3, 7:50 PM

I write every day, using digital tools and cursive writing. They activate my brain in different ways. My writing sits alongside reading.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Jack Ryan's curator insight, April 7, 5:20 AM

interesting thoughts. Maybe you agree? #writing #writingtips

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10 Meaningful Literary Moments That Were Lost In Translation - Listverse

10 Meaningful Literary Moments That Were Lost In Translation - Listverse | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
History's greatest novelists include Tolstoy, Kafka, and Proust, and though none of them wrote in English, their books do a roaring trade across the Englis

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Words matter. And so does context.

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Taylor Swift's grammar marked down incorrectly - The Guardian (blog)

Taylor Swift's grammar marked down incorrectly - The Guardian (blog) | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
The Princeton Review has sniffed at the (misheard) lyrics of the pop star’s song Fifteen. But its ‘correction’ is more than five centuries out of date
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

We all know there are PLENTY of grammatically-challenged pop and rock songs. We also tend to forgive those "errors" for reasons of artistic license. Swift's barb is well-aimed, test people.

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How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay: Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter

How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay: Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"The sidelong glance is what you depend on."

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Should an Author’s Intentions Matter?

Should an Author’s Intentions Matter? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Zoë Heller and Adam Kirsch debate whether an author’s intended meanings matter more than a reader’s interpretations.

Via bobbygw
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Good question and one that every English major has discussed in at least one class. This and an author's observations about a text no longer being his own prompted a blog post: http://www.ejroberts.com/2015/03/writing-for-ones-self-and-world.html

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Want to Advance Your Career? Brush Up Your Writing Skills!

Want to Advance Your Career? Brush Up Your Writing Skills! | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Tips on how to write great content and differentiate yourself from your peers -- not to mention advance your career
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Top 10 Tools to Improve Your Business Writing Skills | Wealthy Gorilla

Top 10 Tools to Improve Your Business Writing Skills | Wealthy Gorilla | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Proper writing requires a lot of practice, so devote a portion of your day to do just that. These 10 tools will help improve your business writing skills.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Some excellent tools for business writing.

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How To Survive Freshman Composition

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

As a [former] freshman writing professor, I applaud this advice. I'd like to add:

1) If you're not sure, ask. Your professor would rather explain it again or clarify than have you do unnecessary work.

2) READ YOUR SYLLABUS. This is true for any class, not just your writing classes.

3) If you think you are not a strong writer, visit your Writing Center for each and every class for which you have a writing assignment. You will build your skill and your confidence. Those folks in the Writing Center can and will help you in more than freshman comp. In fact, even if you think you are a strong writer, having another set of eyes on your work is rarely a bad thing.


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Annoying tech jargon to remove from your vocabulary - Mashable

Annoying tech jargon to remove from your vocabulary - Mashable | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
If you're guilty of overusing any of these tech terms, it might be time to invest in a thesaurus.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Love this, and know this doesn't cover the private lists of words that grate that many of us have.

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Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges' Library of Babel as Infinite Website

Brooklyn Author Recreates Borges' Library of Babel as Infinite Website | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"When it was proclaimed that the Library contained all books, the first impression was one of extravagant happiness," wrote Jorge Luis Borges in his classic of philosophical fiction, "The Library of Babel."

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is just cool.

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Writing Responsibly When Writing Responsively: Six Simple Tips

Writing Responsibly When Writing Responsively: Six Simple Tips | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Writing - When Google decided that mobile-friendliness will influence site rankings in search results, responsive design became a must. But what about the impact on copywriters and other content creators?

Via Kamal Bennani
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Good advice for many writers who find themselves having to think differently about the way their audiences will interact with their text.

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Marco Favero's curator insight, April 22, 5:10 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

A-Writer's curator insight, April 23, 5:31 AM

http://www.a-writer.com/

Susan Anderson's curator insight, June 6, 1:44 PM

An important read, especially if you're writing for web design or SEO firms' clients.

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Is There Anything One Should Feel Ashamed of Reading?

Is There Anything One Should Feel Ashamed of Reading? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
James Parker and Charles McGrath discuss whether any books should provoke shame in readers.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I think this is an interesting question. There was a discussion some time ago about whether or not adults should read YA literature. I, for one, say "go for it" and I've just finished several very fine YA books. They're not guilty pleasure or brain candy books, at least not to me. Okay, maybe a little but I've got books like Loraine Depres' The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc for that delightful pastime reading. I don't understand why people love to read Danielle Steele, but they do. Go for it. It's not my thing and I don't judge them; well, maybe a little, but then I read YA literature and my own version of escapist brain candy so I have no right and no room to judge. All of that to say, "No, read what you want. Just read."

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Is Poor Grammar Killing Your Content Marketing? Study Says 69% Of Brands ... - Marketing Land

Is Poor Grammar Killing Your Content Marketing? Study Says 69% Of Brands ... - Marketing Land | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Using linguistic analytics software to measure grammar and style, Acrolinx finds most content marketing lacks quality.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

The good news is the answer is "yes," which suggests that people inherently respond to grammar. I'm guessing some bad grammar is an attempt to be clever or cute, which may prove to be neither.

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4 Gritty Food Memoirs for Every Traveler

4 Gritty Food Memoirs for Every Traveler | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You might be wondering why we chose to focus on “gritty” food memoirs, as opposed to, say, Julia Child’s My Life in France, which is also an excellent book.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Learn about food and learn about someone's culture. That's a serious win-win.

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The 10 Best Books About Writing

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Writing is hard. Not for everyone, mind you, but there are some people that land triple axles or swallow swords, and we don't consider this the norm.

Via bobbygw
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Anne Lamott's book remains my favorite. I would still use it as a freshman writing resource.

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17 Writers On The Importance Of Reading

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"Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them." —Lemony Snicket

Via bobbygw
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Share this with every student who thinks reading isn't worth their time. Share this with every individual who thinks writing doesn't matter.

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The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School - Brilliant or Insane

The Writing Decline: Tweeting, Texting and Horrible Grammar in K-12 School - Brilliant or Insane | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Do 21st-century learners have writing deficits? Is digital learning to blame? This college dean speaks out on America's writing decline.

Via Becky Roehrs
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I don't think we can blame terrible writing skills on Twitter. Twitter was founded in 2006 and student writing was terrible LONG before that. Twitter might have made the battle for decent writing skills more difficult, but it is not the sole contributor to the problem. More coming in a blog and not just because I need well over 140 characters.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, March 18, 5:20 AM

Tweeting, and texting have both affected the quality of grammar, but in times when communication has become more important than grammatical rules. We need to get our goals straight, whether we are teaching grammar or communication needs to be re-thought!

Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, March 24, 11:09 AM

Interesting facts.  I agree that social media have led us to use abbreviations and forget how to write in a more ... traditional way. This could be a niche market!

WEAC's curator insight, April 1, 10:13 AM

"How can students who have essentially made a lifestyle of short, segmented, slang-ridden writing conform to the formal communication still expected in the real world? It starts with teachers who set high standards and do not waver."