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The Golden Age for Writers - Esquire

The Golden Age for Writers - Esquire | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

"Writers have always been whiners. For nearly a hundred years, since at least the time of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the death of the novel has been presaged. And now, egged on by BuzzFeed and video games and just general hypercaffeinated, e-mail-all-the-time ADHD, the book is apparently, finally, about to die. At least we'll have good stuff to read while we wait. This fall alone, the number of big books published by major writers is astounding: Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, Junot Díaz, Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Salman Rushdie, and about a half dozen others. Not that the list has stopped anyone from complaining. Literary circles have been so full of pity for so long that they can't accept the optimistic truth: We're living in a golden age for writers and writing."


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Improve Your Writing Skills with these Five Tips - TechSling Weblog

Improve Your Writing Skills with these Five Tips - TechSling Weblog | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Read the article to improve your writing skills with a proper planning, spending less time on tasks, developing your personal …
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Some pretty good advice here if you're struggling to find your writing mojo.

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On Living, and Thinking, in Two Languages at Once

On Living, and Thinking, in Two Languages at Once | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
People ask me whether I think in French or in English now that I've lived in the US a while. I lie when I answer this. I say it depends on what I'm thinking
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Beautiful insight into how we think--or think we think--about language and how it works in our heads and the processes by which we write. Bien!

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How to Deal with Student Grammar Errors

How to Deal with Student Grammar Errors | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Teaching grammar in isolation is not only ineffective, it can actually make student writing worse. So when students make mistakes, what should teachers do?
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Read this carefully. Pay close attention. Do this, even if you are not an English or ELA teacher. Those first two suggestions can work very easily for any content teacher, especially when you have students read texts within the discipline. It's important for students to observe and then practice the different ways of writing. Note that handling the grammar errors of educators and other professionals is a very different thing.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 30, 8:05 PM
The first suggestion is to give students time to read and write. Have quick lessons at hand when necessary. This is where digital tools can be effective i.e. Youtube, a handout folder, etc. Teach students one-on-one as is necesary.
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.
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There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for different grade levels. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.

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Penelope's curator insight, March 9, 9:35 PM
I love these suggestions for writing exercises! These are super for students, but will work equally well for writers of all ages.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 6:51 AM
Scripts have to be written~ There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for your production project in mind. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 3:45 PM
I wish I had known about these when I taught. I used some of them i.e. visual prompts and describing something in a 100 words.

Morning writing would have been a great idea. Students could have walked in and written about was happening in their lives.
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401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing

401 Prompts for Argumentative Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Scroll through this list of questions that touch on every aspect of contemporary life — from social media to sports, politics and school — and see which ones most inspire you to take a stand.
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We need to inspire ALL students (K through post-grad) to think critically about why they believe what they believe rather than simply parrot what they hear from others. To think critically to figure out why they believe what they believe, they need to learn how to research and they need to learn how to read objectively. Then they need to learn how to write objectively, coherently, and yet with a clear position or opinion or with an intent to persuade. None of that is easy, but all of that is important.

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7 Mind-Blowing VR Videos for Engaging Students Today

7 Mind-Blowing VR Videos for Engaging Students Today | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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Because the time for VR is now.

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6 Writing Projects for Students in the Internet Era | Getting Smart

By Emily Liebtag, Jessica Slusser & Erik Day - Writing today looks different than it did even 10 years ago. Here are writing projects for the internet era.
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The work world is changing rapidly. Social media is being used to convey information and opinions at an exhausting rate. There are some good suggestions for how students think about writing and practice writing.

 

I'm working with a teacher who has shared her 6th grade students' Google Docs with me so I can offer them some feedback. It's only one perspective but they get to experience what it's like to have a reader from outside their classmates and teacher.

 

I've talked with other teachers about how they can use forms of social media without actually using social media. But as kids get older, it helps for them to have readers outside of their family, classmates, and teachers. They need to learn how others "hear" their voices and understand their words.

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29 Fantastic Writers Conferences for Authors, Bloggers and Freelancers

29 Fantastic Writers Conferences for Authors, Bloggers and Freelancers | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
So you want to attend a writing conference? Here are 29 of our favorite writers conferences. Which ones are on your list for the coming year?
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Networking is important and conferences can be a great way to establish some important and useful connections.

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NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing

NCTE Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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Writing is a craft. It requires time and practice. In fact, like technology and wherever possible, writing should be integral to the learning experience.

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The 1 Skill You Absolutely Need to Thrive

The 1 Skill You Absolutely Need to Thrive | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Tech whiz? Business genius? Great, now learn to write anyway.
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Writing. Yes, it matters.

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Do commas still matter?

Do commas still matter? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
In a world with auto-correct, good grammar gets short shrift.
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Yes, commas matter.`

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Penelope's curator insight, October 5, 2016 12:25 PM
Confession. I was brought up in a generation where spelling, grammar, sentence structure, etc., mattered more than life itself. I am a proper grammar fanatic, so I was overjoyed to read Kathleen Parker's article, and agree wholeheartedly.

Yes! It matters, and is a help to the reader. Please, writers, focus on proper grammar. It will be effort well spent.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly" ***

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5 Things Great Design Can Teach You About Great Writing

5 Things Great Design Can Teach You About Great Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

If a picture is worth a thousand words, we should be able to take some pointers from that picture to write our words. Great design succeeds for a reason. . .

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As we think about why we write or want to write, it's important to think about for whom we write. Audience ALWAYS matters, and that audience often informs how we craft and style our message whether that message is a cover letter or a love letter, an advertisement or a sales pitch, a thank you note or an email.

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The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You

The Two Minutes It Takes To Read This Will Improve Your Writing Forever — An Idea For You | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You’re busy, so I’ll keep this quick.
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Shorter isn't ALWAYS better, but it is often an improvement.

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Why You Should Start Classroom Blogging (and How to Do It)

Why You Should Start Classroom Blogging (and How to Do It) | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You want some reasons to begin blogging in the classroom? No problem, we've got a ton in this article. Here's all you need to start classroom blogging.
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Lots of good resources for starting a classroom blog. If you need help, check with your library media specialist, instructional coach, or technology coach. If you don't have one of those, contact me. Seriously.

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Two Good Sources of Online Grammar Games

Two Good Sources of Online Grammar Games | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Road to Grammar  is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. 


Via Skip Zalneraitis
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Gamification can be a good way for students to learn, even grammar. ;) The repetition of certain tasks to complete the game reinforces the learning and in ways students don't realize. As long as they don't guess or try to game the game.

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Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, March 8, 9:34 PM
I wish I had heard of "Road to Grammar" a long time ago.  Great independent grammar practice.  "Grammar Bytes" is fun too.  Wait, did I just say grammar was fun?  See what you think.
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'Grammar vigilante' secretly roams streets correcting bad punctuation

'Grammar vigilante' secretly roams streets correcting bad punctuation | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A self-styled “grammar vigilante” has been secretly roaming the streets correcting bad punctuation on signs and shop fronts. For more than a decade, the anonymous crusader - dubbed grammar's answer to Banksy - has been tidying up the punctuation in the dead of night. He uses the "Apostrophiser" - a long-handled tool he created to reach the highest signs.
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Because grammar and punctuation matter.

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What Employers Look For In Your Social Media

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What Employers Look For In Your Social Media
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It may never be so important to think about what you say and how you say it than in social media.

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10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
If you're one of countless people who don't make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of them are listed below.
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One of the assignments I had for my writing students was called "Kleptomania" which I lifted from someone a very long time ago. Belatedly, thank you. So, the activity required students to find three different writing styles, fiction and/or non-fiction. Just find three passages from three different writers. Then they were to write about something familiar--an event, an experience, an observation--and copy that voice and style. They were to mimic the punctuation and sentence structure, too. It was hard for many reasons but they learned a lot about their own styles and voices, most of which were still in development. But they also realized how much about writing they could learn from reading. Yep, sneaky teaching. Got to love that.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 21, 8:22 AM
Do your exercise - Read.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 22, 4:43 PM
Parents and teachers can read with their children and students. It can be done as silent or reading to them.
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3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers

3 Strategies to Fire Up Hesitant Writers | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Young writers often feel blocked by the act of writing itself. Use these ideas to help get their thoughts flowing.
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It's not just "young" writers, unless by young we mean "inexperienced." No matter. Back in the dark ages, before we had recorder apps and smartphones, I'd tell students to record themselves just talking about the subject and then transcribe themselves. I reminded them they could edit along the way or just transcribe and then edit. A few of them thought it was a dumb idea. But after a few tried it, they realized it was a good option.

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15 writing tips from great 20th-century authors

15 writing tips from great 20th-century authors | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Hemingway, Vonnegut, Bradbury, Orwell—even a couple of guys named Strunk & White—offer insights about keeping text lively and informative.

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Success can speak for itself.

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Success can speak for itself.
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Author’s Toolbox: The Auditory Read Through

Author’s Toolbox: The Auditory Read Through | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

Every author develops a toolkit containing writing skills and techniques. . . .

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I often told my students to read their work out loud or have someone read it to them. It's an old trick or strategy and a useful one for a number of reasons. Mr. Jackson offers some additional ideas for an auditory read-through that you will likely find quite helpful.

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This Moment: Richard Rorty Called It

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"Last night Lisa Kerr tweeted out this passage from Richard Rorty's Achieving Our Country: Leftist Thought in Twentieth-Century America" Published in 1998.


Via Jim Lerman
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I heard of Jonathan Pie for the first time yesterday when someone shared his now-viral rant about Trump and Brexit and how the complacent elitist left is to blame. He was serious. We were given the impression it was off-the-cuff, but it was too well produced to be impromptu. Even so, in spite of the language, his observations were interesting. Then someone shared this, written in 1998. Words matter. Writing matters.

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Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter

Why Writing by Hand Could Make You Smarter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
You better check. Your local schools may be eliminating cursive from the curriculum.
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Even if schools eliminate cursive from the curriculum, there are other avenues to help students learn to write by hand though I don't think learning cursive is the issue. Writing by hand is the issue and practicing writing by hand can make a difference.

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Business Writing: Knowing the Parts of Speech--and Why You Should

Business Writing: Knowing the Parts of Speech--and Why You Should | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
In a recent business writing class, a participant confessed that she didn't know a pronoun from a preposition--and she wanted to learn the difference. Why? So she could feel confident about using language correctly.
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Read this. Study this. Use this.

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How Writing Makes You a Better Person

How Writing Makes You a Better Person | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
I’m convinced that the deliberate act of writing is a worthwhile endeavor for any person. Writing is mental and physical exercise, and it requires something specific of the practitioner, namely, that he or she is willing to try and express something meaningful.
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I believe the habit of writing can make you a better writer and a better person in that you might become, as Regine Ward suggests, more introspective, more thoughtful, more mindful of perspective as well as the power and shape of words and phrases. Setting aside a time to practice the art and craft of writing is a good suggestion. I'm not too keen on the writing prompts suggestion, but use it if it works for you. I'm more inclined to find a story in the news and craft a debate about my position on that issue. But that's me. I like setting a time limit, especially for those for whom writing is a chore. I'm not a fan of a word limit but I like the idea of a word target though I would advice to be more concerned about quality than quantity.

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