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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Writing and Grammar in the Age of Social Media (Page 1 of 2)

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: Writing and Grammar in the Age of Social Media (Page 1 of 2) | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Heads up, people: writing is a fact of life. It's not about being in an English (or language of your choice) class. It is, however, about being literate, which is the ability to read and write. Math literacy, science literacy, social science literacy, and more.


I did a session on literacy not too long ago. An hour wasn't nearly long enough to talk about literacy across a curriculum but, for some, it was a start as they begin to think differently, I hope, about what literacy looks like and sounds like in the classroom. Let me just say this: it's different from what we're used to, but not so different around the world.

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Change of Subject: SAT changes fail to diminish the joy of lex'

Change of Subject: SAT changes fail to diminish the joy of lex' | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
I rise today in defense of "obsequious," a word that, by its very definition, lacks the assertiveness to speak up for itself. It means overly submissive, eagerly compliant in the ingratiating manner of a servant or the office brown-noser. At...
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Because vocabulary matters.

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Fall Of The Grammar Snobs: How Typos Became Okay

Grammatical snobbery, at this point in the Internet age, has been slain by speed and buried by quantity. The new literacy is a fast-evolving form of art, with few rules and lots of room for improvising.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I paraphrase: "If there are errors in your grammar and spelling, there may be errors in your research and your facts."


". . . even while the rules evolve, everyone should aspire to excellence in the craft of communication."


Aspire to excellence. Be clear in your intent.

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MM Jaye's curator insight, April 17, 1:39 AM

Letting go of conventions in the new era...

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Online Communities and Social Media Literacy

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Social media can be positive or negative, and Rheingold urges students to focus on context, whether it be interpersonal or political....
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Take time to build your communities. Take time to participate in those communities.

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5 Types Of Buzzwords That Are Killing Your Resume

5 Types Of Buzzwords That Are Killing Your Resume | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Seriously, stop with the cutting-edge optimizing. We don't care how much of a team player you are. Before you hit send on another copy of your resume...
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If you're planning to write a cover letter or update your resume, you should read this article.

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Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point?

Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point? | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it's that students aren't writing enough.
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Dexterity. Fine motor skills. The process of thinking through writing.

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Tell Us: Will You Ban 'Bossy' From Your Vocabulary? - Entrepreneur

Tell Us: Will You Ban 'Bossy' From Your Vocabulary? - Entrepreneur | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
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Tell Us: Will You Ban 'Bossy' From Your Vocabulary?
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Tell Us: Will You Ban 'Bossy' From Your Vocabulary? Nina Zipkin. BY Nina Zipkin | March 10, 2014|. 0 Comments |.
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When used by little girls to other little girls, "bossy" is never complimentary. There is a difference, I think, between being bossy and being a leader. I've worked with and for women who are good leaders and the boss, and weren't bossy. They were assertive, even aggressive, but they weren't bossy.


Words matter. Intentions behind the words matter. Context can inform connotation, and "bossy" is a great example of this. And no, I probably won't ban bossy from my vocabulary.

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Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence - KCUR

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Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence
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Odam says Poetry Out Loud is good for students because memorizing poems improves language arts performance by expanding a vocabulary.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

And don't forget April is National Poetry Month! http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/41

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The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.
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I happen to enjoy diagramming sentences but I wouldn't teach grammar that way. 


"Focused on being correct, [students] never give themselves a chance to explore their ideas or ways of expressing those ideas. . . . We need to teach students how to write grammatically by letting them write."


As Ms. Cleary states, students can learn grammar as part of the process of writing because they then also learn about their styles of writing, they find their own voice, and they learn to think about the audience.

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The transforming power of metaphor | Interrete

The transforming power of metaphor | Interrete | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Metaphors are the basic building blocks of how we think and communicate with one another. Let’s use more that speak to the highest elements of human nature, not just war and competition. I want to..
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". . .metaphors are important because they structure not only how we see the world, but also how we are able to see it, and thus how we are able to remake it."

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10 Secrets of Professional Writers Every Blogger Should Know

10 Secrets of Professional Writers Every Blogger Should Know | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
We all know good writing when we see it and we cringe when we see terrible writing. The worst thing is that the harder people try to write well, the worse their writing usually becomes.
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Some blogging writing strategies that may translate elsewhere.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, January 24, 2:02 PM

Allways something new to learn ..

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 28, 12:49 PM

Good reminders.

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6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Much more than just 6 bits of advice, and worth the read.

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The Letter Is Dead, Long Live the Letter

The Letter Is Dead, Long Live the Letter | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
"Everyone writes a letter in the virtual image of his own soul. In every other form of speech it is possible to see the writer’s character
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I love writing letters. Real letters. Pen to paper. It is more personal in so many ways. I even like when I decide to add commentary when I think of something else I want to say about something. It takes a lot of work to write a letter, which makes it an even more personal investment. Write on!

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After You Read These 39 Rules To Good Writing, You’ll Never Write The Same Way Again, I Promise

After You Read These 39 Rules To Good Writing, You’ll Never Write The Same Way Again, I Promise | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Ahhhh. The genius of William Safire. http://www.nytimes.com/ref/opinion/SAFIRE-BIO.html


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Writing through the noise - Duke Chronicle

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Writing through the noise
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I've been “writing” this last column in my head for weeks now. Little bits and pieces of incoherent thoughts pop up here and there, but the pieces are scattered and out of place.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

And interesting perspective on writing, and some of the challenges of expressing thoughts and ideas with clarity and coherence, of making sense of the noise.

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Why the Web Still Matters for Writing

Why the Web Still Matters for Writing | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
I wanted to share unique perspective for why the web matters in an app world with a guest post from Stratechery writer Ben Thompson: This week Twitter was abuzz with the most recent report from Flu...
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Yes, we're very mobile. But we still write. A lot.

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The Simple Phrase I Had To Banish From My Vocabulary

The Simple Phrase I Had To Banish From My Vocabulary | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
This isn't about not holding myself accountable for my actions; it's about no longer reflexively blurting out an apology I don't really owe. It's about changing my default setting from unnecessary guilt....
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I think there are times it is appropriate to say "Sorry," even at work. What irritates me is the individual--and almost always women--who apologize when they shouldn't or don't need to, or when it is an obvious deflection and failure to take responsibility for a mistake.


As is the case with anything and in any situation, the best advice probably remains "Say what you mean, and mean what you say." There is some irony that the origin of that phrase is from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland written by the inimitable Lewis Carroll (http://www.cs.indiana.edu/metastuff/wonder/ch7.html).

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 1, 7:44 PM

We end up saying sorry for things that we are not sorry for and the word loses its power and meaning.

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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
A list of some of the most common grammatical errors that routinely make it into print.
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Worth reviewing.

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♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 27, 3:15 AM

LoVe writes

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 8:48 AM

Great list with explanations about why something is right or wrong.

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Grammar's great divide: The Oxford comma [TED-ED]

Grammar's great divide: The Oxford comma [TED-ED] | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
f you read "Bob, a DJ and a clown" on a guest list, are three people coming to the party, or only one? That depends on whether you're for or against the Oxford comma -- perhaps the most hotly contested punctuation mark of all time. When do we use one? Can it really be optional, or is there a universal rule? TED-Ed explores both sides of this comma conundrum.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

I use the Oxford comma. If I'm astute enough to notice when it might cause confusion, I try to restructure my sentence.

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Marta Ramos's curator insight, March 22, 7:36 AM

A questão da vírgula, uma discussão anglo-saxónica mas que serve muito bem à língua portuguesa

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The Amtrak Residency for Writers Is Now Accepting Applications

The Amtrak Residency for Writers Is Now Accepting Applications | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
The much-anticipated Amtrak Writer's Residency is now taking applications. 
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Like to travel? Like to write? Apply now. You have until March 31.

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"Grammar Never Takes a Holiday," the complete text - Baltimore Sun (blog)

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"Grammar Never Takes a Holiday," the complete text
Baltimore Sun (blog)
On one of those gray afternoons when the coffee's worn off and you begin to wonder why you ever got into the paragraph game, he tapped gently at the office door.
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Enjoy! This reminds me how fun it can be to write about writing.

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How a grammar error tripped up Apple

How a grammar error tripped up Apple | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Opinion: Bug introduced by coding mistake.
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Grammar matters.

Punctuation matters.

Proofreading really matters.

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Five Quick Things Teachers Can Do to Increase Vocabulary Awareness - The Reading & Writing Project

Five Quick Things Teachers Can Do to Increase Vocabulary Awareness - The Reading & Writing Project | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

Writers need to be thinking about their readers and the experience those readers hope, want, or need to get as a result of an encounter with this writer's text. That purpose and encounter differs might differ for non-fiction vs. fiction, and for the early developing reader as opposed to the reader who continues to expand her literary horizons.

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Tips for Improving Grammar | Center for Excellence in Writing and Communication

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Especially for the non-native English speaker.

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Stacy Blalock's curator insight, January 29, 3:44 AM

As they say, practice makes perfect. If not, at least get better. 

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More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts

More English Grammar and Punctuation Rules That Drive Us All Nuts | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
Rule #2: Strunk and White, the venerable authors of The Elements of Style, suggest that it is almost always preferable to choose the word "use" over the more pretentious word, "utilize."
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Because punctuation matters, too!!

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On Getting Stuck (and Unstuck)

On Getting Stuck (and Unstuck) | Writing Matters | Scoop.it
It happens to every songwriter (even Paul Simon). Here’s how I and my friends overcome when the river of musical inspiration runs dry.
Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's insight:

What helps songwriters get unstuck can also help any writer get unstuck: "Stuck happens for a lot of reasons but I feel it happens most times because of self-censorship. We fear what we are writing might be terrible,  so we end up not writing at all."


When you get stuck, go for a walk, work on a different project, play the air guitar. When you get back to the project, you're more likely to be able to get done what you need to get done.

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Charlie Dare's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:38 PM

What helps songwriters get unstuck can also help any writer get unstuck: "Stuck happens for a lot of reasons but I feel it happens most times because of self-censorship. We fear what we are writing might be terrible,  so we end up not writing at all."

When you get stuck, go for a walk, work on a different project, play the air guitar. When you get back to the project, you're more likely to be able to get done what you need to get done.