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White Paper: 7 Classroom Routines that Promote Content Literacy Skills > Eye On Education

White Paper: 7 Classroom Routines that Promote Content Literacy Skills > Eye On Education | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Everyone knows the story of the young man carrying a violin case, walking down the street in Manhattan. He stops a fellow pedestrian and politely as...
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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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Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers :: Maria Popova

Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers :: Maria Popova | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
By popular demand, I’ve put together a periodically updated reading list of all the famous advice on writing presented here over the years, featuring words of wisdom from such masters of the craft as Kurt Vonnegut, Susan Sontag, Henry Miller, Stephen King, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Susan Orlean, Ernest Hemingway, Zadie Smith, and more.

Please enjoy.

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

Because writing is pretty darned close to magic.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 10, 2:16 PM
Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Charles Bukowski, Mary Oliver, Leonard Cohen, etc. What a list. I would include Wendell Berry and David Whyte.
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13 Apps and Websites to Upgrade Grammar Skills | graphite Blog

13 Apps and Websites to Upgrade Grammar Skills | graphite Blog | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Everyone makes mistakes when writing. Sometimes, those mistakes are just simple typos; other times, they're the result of grammar skills that need polishing or updating. The more writers -- and emerging writers -- know about how grammar works, the more clear, concise, and effective communicators...
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Just FYI: in my opinion, the comma after "Sometimes" in the second sentence does not belong there. One of the challenges and dangers of writing about writing is that others will take potshots at your skills. 


These are apps and sites mostly for kids, but that does not diminish how useful they might be for adults who are developing language and literacy skills, especially English language learners.

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One Hashtag Reminds Us All Why Writing Really Matters - Huffington Post

One Hashtag Reminds Us All Why Writing Really Matters - Huffington Post | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Good writing is like running water; it’s easy to take for granted, but when it’s not present, you really miss it. These days, however, it feels like we're mostly taking it for granted.
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#writingmatters. That's all.

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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.
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Some excellent tools for business writing.

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How To Survive Freshman Composition

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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.
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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."

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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, 2015 5:10 PM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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

Susan Anderson's curator insight, June 6, 2015 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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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.
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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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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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How Past Generations' Slang Became Today's Vocabulary

How Past Generations' Slang Became Today's Vocabulary | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
What we say today shapes the vocabulary of tomorrow.
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Reminds us that language is constantly evolving and adapting. While it can be frustrating for many--including writing teachers and editors--there is something quite mesmerizing about the ways language can reflect culture.

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5 Reasons Physical Books Might Be Better Than E-Books

5 Reasons Physical Books Might Be Better Than E-Books | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Studies have shown that if you want to really remember something, it's easier to do with paper.
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Many of us think reading is reading, but I've found I do read an ebook differently than a print book. It takes me a while to adjust to the look of the page and the way I interact with the words on the page. I find that sometimes I have a bit more trouble retaining information and I've often wondered if I sometimes concentrate differently because the "page" is different. It will be interesting to witness how reading and comprehension experiences change over time as we become more acclimated to the electronic page.

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Cynthia Cardenas's curator insight, October 13, 2015 4:05 PM

This article goes into detail about how E-books reduce reading comprehension and there was a study made about kids that read E-books skipped words while reading and how that affected them. Kids are distracted more with E-books and it showed that they forgot about the reading more than kids that read the book. Reading on a light screen affects the brain it makes people tired. The author Shaunacy Ferro is a writer and earned her Ph D. in New York. 

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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.

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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.
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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, 2015 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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Javier Magallanes's curator insight, September 22, 2015 2:46 AM

"15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter" an article by Jennie Haskamp tells about how people need to stop using these 15 common words in there everyday vocabulary. Haskamp explains about how people are becoming more and more used to a smaller vocabulary and therefore disengaging your readers. I choose this article because I thought Haskamp had some good points about certain words not to use but then I also thought that some of the words she said not to use I had to disagree with. For example she says to stay away from the word "Never" but in my opinion writers have to used the word "Never" to emphasize the meaning of what their point is. A word that I do agree with about not using was "Irregardless" because I've used it in the wrong context so many times that its better to stay away from it. This article is from a credible source because Jennie Haskamp is a Marine Corps veteran who's been using her words to craft stories, communicate corporate messages, inform the public, change people’s mind and entertain her friends for nearly 20 years. 

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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
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Definitely some great ideas for implementing blogging.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, April 25, 2015 3:31 PM

Aplicaci'on de los blog en el aula.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 27, 2015 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"
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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

5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students | Writing Matters | Scoop.it

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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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