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How to Write an Op-Ed Article | Office of News and Communications

How to Write an Op-Ed Article | Office of News and Communications | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
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I found this article relevant because we are going to be writing an op ed and i wanted to get a little more insight on how to write one. Its somewhat hard for me to break the habits from high school about how we cant put ourselves into papers, and now in college that all i seem to be doing. So reading articles like this helps to try and explain it in a different light. I plan on using some of this tips when i go to write my op ed. 

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ERIC - Motivation and Cognitive Strategy Use in Reading and Writing., 1992-Dec

|A study examined the relationships among early adolescents' motivational goal orientations (task and ability focus), cognitive processing strategies, self-efficacy, and expectancy-value for literacy activities. These factors appear to vary by gender, academic status (special education, at-risk, and not-at-risk), and grade level. Subjects, 678 middle-school students from a largely "blue collar" district near a major city in the midwest, completed a self-report questionnaire. For students who are learning-focused, findings support use of deep-level cognitive processing strategies such as monitoring of comprehension, paraphrasing, and summarizing; students who are ability-focused tend to use surface-level cognitive processing strategies such as memorization, copying, and rehearsal of information. The relationships between these variables and performance on several standardized measures of language and reading achievement were also measured. Results indicated that (1) self-efficacy was
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This article pertains to the stereotypes given to students. It argues that giving students motivation rather than placing in a stereotype group might do better when it comes to reading and writing. This study has 678 middle school students who were given a questionnaire and they found that students who use deep cognitive precesses are more learning focused. Surface level cognitive processed student learn by copying and memorization. That's interesting to me because i have found that i always do better at something by watching then copying. 

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How To Read Like A Writer

How To Read Like A Writer | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
All a writer's gotta do is read and write. That, the most simplistic piece of writing advice around. So dismissive of what writers do, isn't it? As if writing is just practice, practice, practice. ...
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I really liked this blog. The blog is done by Chuck Wendig who is a novelist and a screenwriter so he sounds like he knows what he's talking about when it comes to writing. But what i like most about it, is that its a blog, its not a serious article. He kept me very intrigued in what he had to say. He uses a lot of foul language but i think thats what made it more of a conversation rather than an article. He says that he understand that you don't just wake up and become a writer. You have to practice and read other writings. But he also gives tips on how to do so. He explains the ways to read like writer. 

1. Be present in the text

2. Read to understand

3. Read with questions in mind

4. Read to critique

5. Read deeply

6. Understand the interplay between writing and storytelling.

7. Read from the screen (tv, films, games, dialogue, etc.)

8. Read beyond the walls of your pleasure dome.

I found these tips really helpful.

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5 Essential Tips for College-level Reading Comprehension

5 Essential Tips for College-level Reading Comprehension | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
By doing these 5 things, you will find that you are able to retain more information. Learn more.
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I have always struggled with my reading comprehension ever since i was younger, so this article is very relevant to me. One of the tips that stood out to me was the one about turning the headings or bolded words into questions. I was reading that and i thought, wow thats actually a good tip. Being about to really figure out what the author is trying to get across can easily be found if you turn it into a question and then answer it. I trust this website because it is a ".edu".

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Annoying Ways People Use Sources | Writing Spaces

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I love that he uses the examples of the slow drivers. That kind of situation annoys me so much! Then he compared that to how it can be frustrating to a reader if you just drop random quotes and citations in the middle of your essay or paragraph without introducing it. I find myself struggle with that in essays. Properly putting a quote in my essays is what i think i should focus on, on this first paper we have coming up. I will definitely refer to this text when it comes time for that.

This is a peer-reviewed excerpt from a book so it is trust worthy.

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Seven Tips for Writing a Good Paper

Seven Tips for Writing a Good Paper | Reading and Writing | Scoop.it
Good writing benefits both students and teachers
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I found this article very helpful. It mentions a lot of what not to do in essays and i found that i actually did a lot of those. I can add this to my palette of essay writing skills. It also points out a lot of different small errors that students usually make. Things like grammar and punctuation can be critical in your essay. You want to be credible and if you don't do some of these things, people won't take your serious. This article is from a website called Psychology Today. It states at the beginning of the essay that its "psychologically informed reflections on how we interact" and the article was written by Noam Shpancer Ph.D. So right away i assume he knows what he is talking about.

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