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9 Qualities of Good Writing

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There are two kinds of people: Those who think they can write, and those who think they can’t. And, very often, both are wrong. The truth is, most of us fall somewhere in the middle. We are all capable of producing good writing....

 

Words matter. Your words (what you say) and style (how you say it) are your most cherished (and undervalued) assets.

 

Yet, so often, they are overlooked. Think of this way: If a visitor came to your website without its branding in place (logo, tagline, and so on), would he or she recognize it as yours? Are you telling your story there from your unique perspective, with a voice and style that’s clearly all you?

 

Here, in no particular order, is what I’ve learned about the necessary qualities of good writing (or content, in our digital vernacular), based on my own 25 years’ working as a writer and editor… and even longer career as a reader....


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Sarah Yarborough's curator insight, March 6, 2014 6:01 PM

I really liked this article about writing. It was very reminicent of almost every article we've read so far, along with the various chapters in They Say, I Say. It talks about how good writers support what they are saying with plenty of data, which is something we all need to make sure of in our research essays. I also like how it says that good writing comes in the rewrite, similar to the idea behind the shitty first draft article. All of these ideas and "secrets" behind how to write successfully are ones we've discussed in class- it's just a matter of actually implementing them into our papers.

Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:41 PM

I completely agree with Sarah. This article hold so many compilations to what we have been reading for class, especially in They Say, I say. I have been told many times and have grown accustomed to  believing that for every equation you add to a paper, you loss half of your readers. This is very evident if you look at the more popular articles and book. However it time I veer away from that mind set and start thinking like a research paper writer. This article has giving me some very good tips on how to rethink the way i write for this course. Specifically, Ann--the author-- make  a point that writing should be simple but not simplistic. Being more of a creative writer LOVE to confuse my readers with fancy words and alliteration and what have yous, but Ann stats that this is just not appropriate. I look forward to using what iv learned in my work.

Christopher Philbin's curator insight, August 3, 2014 9:38 PM

Just what makes good writing? These are some key points that will help the novice get on their way to becoming a better writer for sure.

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Plan a Better iMovie Trailer with These PDFs

Plan a Better iMovie Trailer with These PDFs | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
Download fillable PDFs to help in planning an iMovie trailer project. Also
watch example trailers made by students and teachers, and read tips for
making movie trailers.

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, November 12, 2014 5:06 PM

A handy planning tool to help students collate their thoughts and storylines, thanks for sharing!

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Create, Make and Learn 2014: The iMovie Trailer

Moving at the Speed of Creativity | Create, Make and Learn 2014: The iMovie Trailer | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

"Oh my goodness! You need to take 60 seconds and check out the fantastic iMovie trailer my wife, Shelly, created for the Create, Make and Learn Institute this week in Burlington, Vermont! I LOVE the script text for this video as well as the photos: “Teachers will SAVE THE DAY when school gets boring” by engaging students in activities that involve creating and making!"


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John Evans's curator insight, July 18, 2014 6:55 AM

Great trailer Wes! I want to be there! 

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Are you a workaholic? Or simply hard working?

Are you a workaholic? Or simply hard working? | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
The differences are subtle but can make all the difference. Here are some red flags.

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5 brain facts that influence how people learn

5 brain facts that influence how people learn | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

If you want to create powerful learning experiences, it’s very helpful to get an understanding of how the brain works. While technology changes at an incredible rate, the brain evolves slowly. The following “brain facts” will help provide a more thorough understanding of the mysterious muscle that is the brain.


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Michael Binzer's curator insight, May 30, 2014 4:11 AM

I love the analogy of the iceberg. I learned  something from this article

Martine Vanderborght's curator insight, June 21, 2014 5:25 AM

Even though the brain evolves "slowly" it is a magical thing!

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Awesome timeline chronicling the use of educational technology in schools

Awesome timeline chronicling the use of educational technology in schools | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

Here is an awesome infographic that chronicles the major technologies that have been used in schools along more than a century ago. It is just amazing to see all the developments schools went through thanks to the progress of technology. From the incorporation of radios   in 1923 to the massive access to mobile technology in class, technology has always been an important element in the teaching/learning equation, though not as important as it is right now. I invite you to take a travel through history with this timeline and discover the different technologies that have made it into schools since the 1920s.


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Social Media Literacy: The Five Key Concepts

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Online digital technology has empowered users in ways that were unimaginable twenty years ago. Social media sites have given us the ability to reach a global audience, and have increased the averag

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 14, 2014 2:11 PM

These are all good, but I especially like #3. Audience awareness is critical for any kind of communication and even more so for writing when we cannot see our audience so cannot attempt to read non-verbals. With social media, we cannot possible know to whom any of work might be forwarded. I believe we need to be true to ourselves and the way we write, but we also need to think a bit about the potential audience we might have the privilege to reach.

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Reading Fluency Infographic: Countdown to Comprehension

Reading Fluency Infographic: Countdown to Comprehension | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
Research shows that reading fluency is the key to building solid comprehension. How can you help your students become more fluent?

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Gordon Shupe's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:26 AM

Now appearing on a webpage near you: Content Marketing (a company that sells something offering -content- or information about their area of expertise) in an infographic form. Sort of like an online infomercial but better.

 

I think literacy includes knowing your source. Nice infographic, good infor, but still content marketing.

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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 | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, January 30, 2014 1:15 PM

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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Internet Slang & Jargon - English Vocabulary Lesson

Internet slang and jargons - English Vocabulary Lesson 1. 404 Error - 404 is "The website Page not found error" or "Clueless" 2. Adobe acrobat - Adobe Acroba...
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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes

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

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:24 PM

Worth reviewing.

♥ princess leia ♥'s curator insight, March 27, 2014 3:15 AM

LoVe writes

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 27, 2014 8:48 AM

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

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What is PE? Is it just Sport? - iPad Teacher

What is PE? Is it just Sport? - iPad Teacher | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
PE developing more than just sporting ability (What is PE? Is it just Sport?
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Numeracy

What is numeracy? "The capacity, confidence and disposition to use mathematics" in everyday life. (From Australian Curriculum: Mathematics http://www.austral...
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Vocabulary Instructional Strategies: Marzano's 6-Step Process

Vocabulary Instructional Strategies: Marzano's 6-Step Process | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

"Effective vocabulary instruction is a key foundation to helping students acquire a wide and diverse vocabulary. Students need both direct and indirect instruction in vocabulary and word meanings as well as multiple exposures to words. It is through multiple exposures and repetition that students begin to understand the nuances of words and how to use them when speaking and writing."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 30, 2012 8:40 PM

With Common Core State Standards coming into play quickly the issue of vocabulary is coming into play in a new way. This post provides a look at six strategies to use with vocabulary instruction. Get a great look at the strategies and learn some of the lessons that have been learned.

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With Common Core State Standards coming into play quickly the issue of vocabulary is coming into play in a new way. This post provides a look at six strategies to use with vocabulary instruction. Get a great look at the strategies and learn some of the lessons that have been learned.

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12 Great Web-based Image Editing Tools That Do Not Require Registration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

12 Great Web-based Image Editing Tools That Do Not Require Registration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

"Looking for some good web-based image editing tools to use with students in class ? Quick Picture Tools is probably what you need. Quick Picture Tools is a collection of 12 tools that students can use to edit images without the need for any registration. All the tools are free to use and do not require any software installation. Another great thing about these tools is that they are all very simple to use and have a user friendly interface. Students will definitely enjoy working on them."


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For Schools Implementing iPads, the Importance of Being Patient

For Schools Implementing iPads, the Importance of Being Patient | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
Creating a process to arrive at sensible, relevant, and positive agreements for tablet use in schools is a key part of the journey toward implementing a successful tablet program.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

The researchers found that the initial duplication process mattered a great deal. When children had drawn a letter freehand, they exhibited increased activity in three areas of the brain that are activated in adults when they read and write: the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 1, 2014 4:20 AM

Interesting, though I tend to think most computer input will be from voice pretty soon.

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Why (and how) to start Teaching Coding in school

Why (and how) to start Teaching Coding in school | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

Fueled by an incredible demand in the workforce for proficient programmers and the need to teach critical thinking skills, the coding movement in schools has exploded. Furthermore, we all communicate through technology, so we should at least know the basic premise of coding because the gadget sitting in our pocket, or on our desk, should not be a mysterious black box to us or our students. Just like writing, multimedia, art, and music are mediums to show ideas, coding can be another form of expression.

 


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15 Grammar Mistakes That Make Your Business Look Stupid

15 Grammar Mistakes That Make Your Business Look Stupid | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
With the rise of social media and content marketing as a way to build your business we are reading and creating more written content than ever. Add this to the time constraints we all feel due to h...

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The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Digital Skills Students Need for The Future ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, June 5, 2014 11:21 AM

Some might say (ahem!) that some of these are not just digital skills.

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5 effective reading response activities on the iPad

5 effective reading response activities on the iPad Paul Hamilton takes us through 5 literacy tasks that allow students to develop reading comprehension on t...

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Four Great iPad Apps That Provide Kids with Writing Prompts

Four Great iPad Apps That Provide Kids with Writing Prompts | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
April 17, 2013
Do your students struggle to come up with topics to write about in their stories? The collection below features some awesome iPad apps that can provide your students with ideas and...

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Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point?

Does The Fight For A Cursive Comeback Miss The Point? | Teaching Strategies | 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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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, March 25, 2014 9:20 PM

Dexterity. Fine motor skills. The process of thinking through writing.

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Comics 4 the iClassroom: Episode 14 « techchef4u

Comics 4 the iClassroom: Episode 14 « techchef4u | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
Comics 4 the iClassroom: 20 free apps for creating and integrating edu comics in the classroom #edchat @ipadsammy http://t.co/tHEcthhn...

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5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad

5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be in a 1:1 classroom to infuse technology. If you have one iPad, these free apps for classrooms are worth knowing about.
The post 5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad appeared first on Edudemic.

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55 Free iPad Apps for Practicing Reading

55 Free iPad Apps for Practicing Reading | Teaching Strategies | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a way to practice reading with your child?

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Christopher Pappas's curator insight, August 5, 2013 9:05 AM

Practicing Reading With Free iPad Apps for Teachers and Parents

 

55 Free iPad Apps for Practicing Reading

 

Are you looking for a way to practice reading with your child? In the following list you will find stories, picture books, audio playback games and other fun interactive applications that will help your kids practice reading, pronunciation and articulation, and enrich their vocabulary.

 

http://elearningindustry.com/55-free-ipad-apps-for-practicing-reading

Andrea Luna's curator insight, February 26, 2014 6:29 PM

This generation is known for its technologies. Its known for coming up with the latest technology. We are known to not use communication skills verbally but technology can be a way to learn. There are many apps that people come up with in order to learn how to count, how to read, how to do everything basically and it is a clever way to learn. Using technology can cause a distraction for all we know but we just have to wait and see the results.

Nikole Maroe's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:56 PM

I think this article is interesting because you would think that you could just read a book to practice reading. Nowadays everything is getting electronic, even in local elementary schools every student is receiving iPads. This idea of giving K-8 grade students iPads to work on in class is repulsive.  I do not think there has been an improvement to teaching or learning with these enhances in the classroom and the fact that there are "55 free iPad Apps for practicing  reading" is wrong, well at least thats what i believe. The younger generation is already so intwined with technology so in my eye i do not think that it needs to be in the classroom as well.