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Writing: The Layer Method

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If you've ever searched "how to write fiction," you probably found a hundred links that fall under one of two theories of writing: Outlining/Plotting - You spend a lot of effort up front designing ...
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in this article the author shares her methods of writing a story by using the "Layer Method" in which you write brief instruction on the basic outline structures of a story (characters, plot, background,) before compiling all of them if your just try to wing it.  Here, the author states that she starts with the characters build before plot, as character plays a key role in plot generation.  And so, this creative writing style does make perfect sense, as since you build each aspect one by one, before compiling all research and story into one.  To me, I saw this concept as like when writing a draft for a paper:  to build layers before submitting in the final draft.

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Smartphones are outselling feature phones: a look at the opportunity…

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You saw the news yesterday: smartphones are outselling feature phones globally.  As of Q2 2013, smartphone sales now account for 51.8% of mobile phone…

Via Ali Sajid
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As the title implies, smartphones are dominating the feature, "known" phones, such as products from Apple, and the infamous Blackberry.  Samsung and Android productions dominated the market sales, with their incoming and overall success rising every year.  This is mainly due to their efforts in providing low-cost yet good quality phones, while as Apple's iPhone and the Blackberry still seek high fetches for their "fancy smancy" phones.  Samsung's/Android's success is also built upon other third-world countries gaining and building better wireless connections, as their younger generations also want a slice of the "smartphone" experience.  Such countries include China, Saudi Arabia, and other rural eastern islands.

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Ali Sajid's curator insight, August 17, 2013 2:30 AM

As of Q2 2013, smartphone sales now account for 51.8% of mobile phone sales globally, according to tech research firm Gartner.

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Domestic violence experienced by 30% of female population, survey shows - The Guardian

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Domestic violence experienced by 30% of female population, survey shows
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This previously hidden scale of domestic abuse in England and Wales lies behind the continuing remarkable fall in the headline rates of violence.
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           In this article, domestic violence has been predicted to have grown exceptionally in the past years.  Mainly more emphasized on the women’s behalf, sexual and domestic violence involves the unnecessary acts of hurting or hitting another partner.  Roughly 7% of our female population have had recorded physical, domestic, and sexual abuse, and about 4% of the male population has received the same beatings.  These accounts don’t even include the many “hidden” accounts that are also happening as of now. 

            The publisher of this article is a Home Affairs Editor, which ensures the reliability and truth of his message.

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The 30-Second Habit That Will Change Everything

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The solution to all of your note-taking woes. (I thought this was interesting....I typically lean more towards taking too many notes and never reading over them...
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In this article, the author provides a writing and learning method that is reviewed to enhance learning skills in lecture settings.  The method is "the 30 second review".  The rules are to write for 30 seconds what you learned after a class, conference, or lecture.  You are to write down what you learned or gain in that setting.  This shows what you gathered from it, and what stuck with you after 30 seconds after class.  Untimately, you record how and what you retain when learning, what "grabs" your attention and stays in your mind.  After a while, Im sure you see your learning patterns, in which you would be able to see and change, if needed.

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Do Faculty Understand First Generation College Students? - Policyshop (blog)

Do Faculty Understand First Generation College Students?
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As I read this article, I thought I was going to get a student's perspective on how college faculty don't understand them, but instead the get the exact opposite.  What I see is a college advisor explaining how the personal lives of college students aren't taken into consideration.  As she reports, she advised a very promising student to get a PhD with full tuition benefits, only to later find out that that student dropped out because of extreme financial issues and a mom that was dying.  I guess what the advisor lacked was the student's financial and personal background.  

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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          Annotations are definitely a necessity when carefully reading while recording your thought process.  As a student myself, I never really thought annotating was beneficial, and relied on just small amounts of knowledge I gain from the reads, in which does not help at all.  I understand very well how this author explains that the younger generations think it is boring and time consuming, because it kind of is.  Nonetheless, it helps build visual character to a read or book, as if they are little “short cuts” to what you thought of in the beginning. 

            The source used to post this article was on a site entitled, “TeachHUB.com: K-12 News, Lessons, and Shared Resources”, in which I believe is a very reliable source site.

 

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, September 2, 2013 12:26 PM

I wanted to like this article a bit more than I did like it. But, it does contain several elements of really good ideas and reasoning behind annotating as one reads to make the article well-worth consideration.

 

My only reservations being the tone implying that there is essentially only one way to annotate that is effective and that straying from that "way" is counterproductive. I don't doubt that for the author his or her (?) annotation method are sufficiently effective to justify which elements of annotation and marginalia work and don't work.

 

And, I have no doubt that for students yet to have discovered the value of annotation, that the suggestions are excellent starting points for incorporating the practice into their reading habit.

 

And in my own case, I certainly find the case for employing highlighting and marginalia as far more effective than attempting to accomplish similar goals via note taking on paper in a notebook "away" from the original text where one not only has to record thoughts but also has to scribble at least bits and pieces of the text being thought about in order to solidify the connection of thoughts to to text provoking those thoughts. 

 

And, if and when literally used for review purposes, which is a common practice, though in many cases, the act of writing notes and marginalia can be amazingly affective whether reviewed or not, it is for many quite a bit more off-putting to have to read and review ping pong style; shifting one's eyes back and forth between what is written in the book and what is written in a note book about what is written in a book.

 

Alternate thoughts based upon my classroom observations about annotation strategies...

 

Yes connecting highlighting with symbols is a great practice. Yet, by highlighting using a color-coding system can often accomplish the same sort of benefit in one-fewer steps. That is perhaps one might create a color code of highlights with a system such as using yellow to highlight one thematic thread, while using blue to highligh a separate thematic thread. Or using one color to represent vocabulary of interest or importantance while using another color to highlight what might be the essential articulation of a paragraph or page's focus. The possibilities are endless. It can be as simple as choosing one color to note topic sentences, another to note evidence, and a third to note commentary. A quick scan of highlights by color and THEN by any textual annotation associated with the highlights of the same color builds a strong bridge between those highlights throughout a reading. 

 

And to a certain extent, I'd agree that marginalia such as "Wow!" can be even richer when notation of the reason for the exclamatory remark is included, though I would not be so presume to suggest that without the additional notation "doesn't warrant taking up space." Wow!" is an indicator of having had a joyful Vygotskian moment so significant that the notation may amount to little more than a redundancy or, perhaps worse, an attempt to guess what a teacher might want one to say about the point.

 

However, on the other hand, I am much more in agreement when the personal reactions is "Boring!" On one hand "Wow!" is a very personalized connection to a mind opening moment, while "Boring!" is in many ways merely a pre-emptive articulation of one's closed mind moment. 

 

I prefer color coding with RED myself to indicate a passage that I have serious reservations about, YELLOW to indicate passages that I have mixed feelings about and GREEN to indicate passages where I might have written "Wow!" and then if needed, I'd jot just a very brief few words of reminder regarding why I color-coded as I had. In the case of the RED highlights, by defining them as passages I have serious reservations about, I focus more upon the reasoning behind the red highlight than upon a sort of automated no further thought required dismissal. 

 

Why do I use RED, YELLOW and GREEN? Personally the connection to traffic lights helps me remember the meaning I've assigned to the colors. When students asked what they should do if they didn't have a RED (pink) highlighter, I always replied that they could use any colors they wished, I just use these colors because they have a mnemonic impact on me.

 

The code is personal not prescribed. For example, when I'm working on a Google Lit Trip, I use GREEN to highlight any information of value regarding placemark locations. Why? Green = the color of place; at least often enough that it works for me. I use BLUE to highlight passages where I might be able to find an engaging interet site to explain or supplement references made in a passage. Why? Because traditionally BLUE is the most common color for text links on the internet. 

 

One related strategy I'd suggest for students who express a concern for their ability to concentrate on or remember important elements of a reading assignment, was the use of tiny post-its. Rather than suggest that they should pay closer attention or worse that they really "ought to be able to read at a level where this shouldn't be an issue, I'd suggest that they try the following for just 3-4 reading assignments.

 

As soon as you get to the end of a page, or possibly the end of a two page spread, STOP and jot on a post-it as few words as need to remind you of what plot element(s) occurred on that page or spread. 

 

Don't worry about spelling, complete sentences, or grammar. Just pause and note as you go. In fact, I tell them that I won't even check to see if they've done this. I'll only note whether they happen to be participating more often in class discussions.

 

Invariably, by intentionally interrupting the attention drift at consistent brief intervals and designing that interruption to be as short as possible by removing concern for spelling, grammar etc., attentiveness is enhanced signficantly. And, I was always amused by the students who after only a couple of days confess to me that they actually have "discovered a short cut." It usually sounded something like this....

 

"Hey Mr. Burg, Guess what! I figured out a way to do this even faster. Instead of reading a page and then stopping to think about what I would write on the post-it before reading the next page, I started thinking about what I would write on the post-it WHILE I was reading the page so that I didn't have to stop and think about what I would write before I wrote the post-it note."

 

Always proud of having figured out a short cut, I always grinned at their "discovery," patted them on the shoulder and congratulated them for discovering "the secret."

 

So, I guess my bottom line on this particular article is that it is well-worth reading as it does focus upon extremely valuable strategies and offers several quite logical rationales for the practice of annotation while reading. My only concern is the tone suggesting that one shoe can fit all feet. Or, perhaps that regardless of size, one shoe style is the right shoe style for everyone.

 

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Claire Williams's curator insight, September 3, 2013 7:27 PM

   This artical, shows not only what an annotation is but how to do so and how to teach it. It also shows reaons why it can be helpful and places you can use it. 

     There is also more to this artical than bears the eye, it involves other teaching techiques in the artical such as asking questions whaen reading.

    this artical might be helpful during the reading and writing log!!!

Jose's curator insight, February 6, 2014 12:50 PM

Is annotation really worth it? After reading this article, it re-enforces my belief that annotating when reading is very critical and helps you understand what is really going on. Although, i myself, only tend to underline and write on the side of the page, i found that using different symbols is also very helpful. As a reader, you have to develop a way of doing things. The ways that catch your interest and do not bore you 5 minutes into doing things.. So next time the teacher asks you to read, there should not be any doubts in your mind whether or not  you should annotate.