Students as Creators: Exploring Copyright ReadWriteThink couldn't publish all of this great content without literacy experts to write and review for us. If you've got lessons plans, videos, activities, or other ideas you'd like to contribute, we'd love to hear from you. More Find the latest in professional publications, learn new techniques and strategies, and find out how you can connect with other literacy professionals. More Teacher Resources by Grade Your students can save their work with Student Interactives. More Home › Classroom Resources › Lesson Plans Lesson Plan Student Interactives Printouts Websites Preparation Grades K – 12 | Student Interactive | Writing & Publishing Prose Letter Generator The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence. back to top This lesson is designed to be co-planned and co-taught by the classroom teacher and the school library media specialist.
Ten Rules for Mystery Writing By Ginny Wiehardt Updated March 29, 2016. More than writing in many other genres, mystery writing tends to follow standard rules. Because readers are playing a kind of game when they read a detective novel, plot has to come first, above everything else. As the main character, your detective must obviously appear early in the book. The crime and the ensuing questions are what hook your reader. For many readers, only murder really justifies the effort of reading a 300-page book while suitably testing your detective's powers. While the details of the murder -- how, where, and why it's done, as well as how the crime is discovered -- are your main opportunities to introduce variety, make sure the crime is plausible. Consider this part of the oath written by G.K. Your reader must believe your villain's motivation and the villain must be capable of the crime, both physically and emotionally. Again, it takes the fun out. They're reading to find out, or figure out, whodunit.
Business Writing in a Nutshell: 7 Short Rules When writing business or finance texts of any kind (in other words, non-technical, non-artistic texts), there are some rules that are good to follow. Those rules are: Rule 1: Good writing is like a conversation between humans. If you were describing your new lawnmower to a friend, you would not say, "this lawnmower outperforms in all relevant technical specifications and maximizes green-space presentation." The problem with most bad business writing is that it uses this flabby, technical, clichéd approach ("leveraging change", "moving forward", "synergy"), rather than the plain but effective language of real human conversation. Writing in the flabby clichéd way of "corporate-speak" is the fastest way to turn off your reader and get her to stop reading your text ! Rule 2: Short is good. Rule 3: Realize that words are always changing. Rule 4: The reader is king. Rule 5: Don't come off as arrogant (unless that is your goal). Rule 7: Use social media to practice your writing.
Understanding writing mistakes ESL students who wish to write well need help in understanding and avoiding mistakes in their writing. There are 4 main types of mistake in written language: spelling, punctuation, grammar and usage. Spelling mistakes: English spelling is irregular and even many native-speaker adults have difficulties with it. Spelling mistakes do not usually prevent the reader from understanding what the writer is trying to say, but they can create a negative impression. Extensive reading in English is a very good way in the longer term to learn English spelling patterns, so that mistakes are less likely. Practise correcting spelling mistakes Punctuation mistakes: ESL students need to learn certain aspects of the English punctuation system, such as the way to punctuate direct speech. Punctuation mistakes can often be spotted if the student reads the writing aloud. More about sentence errors. Grammar mistakes are the next type of error commonly made by ESL students. Practise correcting grammar mistakes
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