Building Blocks of Language: The Eight Parts of Speech Tutorial 1. It is always helpful to be able to place items in categories in order to MAKE SENSE OF WHAT YOU ARE STUDYING. We place foods in categories (fruits, vegetables, grains, etc.). We place sports in categories (individual or team sports, contact or non-contact sports, etc.). We place subject matter in categories (math, science, language arts, etc.). In fact, almost anything you come upon belongs in a category. 2. Readers who want to fully understand what they are reading need to have some grasp of the different words they come upon. 3. A person who is a good reader (for their age or grade level) will generally be primed to be a better writer, partly because reading gives learners exposure to a wide variety of both vocabulary and sentence structure. 4. In this same blog/discussion group, a responder stated the following: It is a fact that when learning a second language, the level of knowledge of one's first language has a direct effect on how well the second language is absorbed.
Best Library People on Twitter Times are tough for the libraries and librarians in your life. No matter where you live, your library needs your support right now. To celebrate these passionate literary professionals, we have created another directory curated by GalleyCat Reviews readers. At the end of this post, we are building a directory of the Best Library People on Twitter. Best Book Reviewers on TwitterBest Editors on TwitterBest Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter FeedsBest eBook News on Twitter American Libraries Association: “The magazine of the American Library Association” Helaine Becker: “Writer and presenter of award-winning children’s fiction & non-fiction. BiblioFilmes: BiblioFilmes Festival Twitter page Bitchy Librarian: I hate everyone. Brooklyn Historical Society: BHS is a nationally recognized urban history center, comprising a museum; scholarly research library; and educational center dedicated to 400 years of Brooklyn!” Phil Bradley: “A librarian & internet consultant. Jack Bullion:”MFA, MLS. L.
Collaborative storytelling Words About Words: 5 Essential Books on Language by Maria Popova What single Chinese men have to do with evolution and insults from Virginia Woolf. We love, love, love words and language. And what better way to celebrate them than through the written word itself? Harvard’s Steven Pinker is easily the world’s most prominent and prolific psycholinguist, whose multi-faceted work draws on visual cognition, evolutionary science, developmental psychology and computational theory of mind to explain the origin and function of language. Sample The Stuff of Thought with Pinker’s fantastic 2007 TED talk: In 2009, The Snark Handbook: A Reference Guide to Verbal Sparring became an instant favorite with its enlightening and entertaining compendium of history’s greatest masterpieces in the art of mockery, contextualizing today’s era of snark-humor and equipping us with the shiniest verbal armor to thrive as victor knights in it. I am reading Henry James… and feel myself as one entombed in a block of smooth amber.” ~ Virginia Woolf on Henry James
The Plagiarism Spectrum Preventing plagiarism in the Digital Age GUEST COLUMN | by Jason Chu Summer 2012 was awash in breaking news of journalistic misconduct, punctuated with the exposure of Jonah Lehrer’s and Fareed Zakaria’s acts of plagiarism (for a full review of the “Summer of Sin,” see Craig Silverman’s post on Poynter.org). This post is not about drawing attention yet again to how pervasive the “succeed at all costs” mentality has become in our society (at all levels), but about the steps that we can take to encourage students to make better ethical choices around the use of other’s intellectual property. Plagiarism would seem to be, on the surface, easy to recognize based on a set of straightforward criteria: Is the work the authors own? The Plagiarism Spectrum is a list of the 10 most common types of plagiarism. In addition to being ranked by severity, each type is also accompanied by an example to illustrate how each type appears within the context of a student’s paper. Like this: Like Loading...
| Understanding Language In the first lesson in this unit, students are introduced to the use of persuasion in visual, print, and multimodal advertisements. Many advertisements, particularly video, embed persuasive techniques in the familiar genre of narrative first to inform, engage, and interest readers and viewers emotionally, and then to persuade them to take some form of action. This action may be to buy a product, sign a petition, attend an event, or change their behavior. Sometimes the purpose is to raise awareness of an issue –the action or response required is not always made explicit. This lesson explores how the use of persuasive techniques within the narrative of advertisements accomplishes these goals. Students are introduced to a number of textual analysis standards and persuasive techniques that will be developed and deepened throughout the unit.
Lesson | Overview | Does the emphasis on reading “informational text” in the new Common Core State Standards set up a “fiction versus nonfiction smackdown” in English classes? If so, is that good or bad? In this lesson, students will reflect on their reading experiences in and out of school and discuss the roles that both nonfiction and fiction have played. Materials | Our Reading Questionnaire handout Warm-Up | Ask students to complete our Reading Questionnaire (PDF) to begin thinking about their own reading histories, habits and preferences — and about the roles of fiction and nonfiction in their lives. Next, have students work in small groups to discuss what they wrote. In general, how much of what you read now would be considered nonfiction or informational text? Finally, ask students if they have heard of the Common Core State Standards, and what they know, or think they know, about what the standards say. Related | In her Opinionator blog post What Children Should Read,” Sara Mosle writes:
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