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Brick by Brick: My Word Wall Is Blooming

Brick by Brick: My Word Wall Is Blooming | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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One of my favorite books about writing is Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. I used some of the "strategies" in my writing classes. The upshot is that learning is brick by brick, bird by bird, word by word. I love the idea of this word wall and think more teachers in more content areas should adapt the idea of a word wall to teach writing. There is no one "right" way to do a word (or phrase or question stem or poetry or. . . ) wall, but lots and lots of possibilities for creativity, fun, and, yes, learning.

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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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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
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Because writing is pretty darned close to magic.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, March 10, 2016 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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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.
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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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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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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.