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Welcome to LEO: Literacy Education Online

Welcome to LEO: Literacy Education Online
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The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives : NPR Ed Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? Heavy questions. He co-authored a paper that demonstrates a startling effect: nearly erasing the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap for 700 students over the course of two years with a short written exercise in setting goals. Jordan Peterson teaches in the department of psychology at the University of Toronto. Experiments going back to the 1980s have shown that "therapeutic" or "expressive" writing can reduce depression, increase productivity and even cut down on visits to the doctor. "The act of writing is more powerful than people think," Peterson says. Most people grapple at some time or another with free-floating anxiety that saps energy and increases stress. At the same time, "goal-setting theory" holds that writing down concrete, specific goals and strategies can help people overcome obstacles and achieve. 'It Turned My Life Around'

The Top 10 Reasons Students Cannot Cite or Rely On Wikipedia 10. You must never fully rely on any one source for important information. Everyone makes mistakes. All scholarly journals and newspapers contain “corrections” sections in which they acknowledge errors in their prior work. The focus of your search should be on finding accurate information and forming a full picture of an issue, rather than believing the first thing you read. 9. 8. In March 2009, Irish student Shane Fitzgerald, who was conducting research on the Internet and globalization of information, posted a fake quotation on the Wikipedia article about recently deceased French composer Maurice Jarre. Fitzgerald was startled to learn that several major newspapers picked up the quote and published it in obituaries, confirming his suspicions of the questionable ways in which journalists use Web sites, and Wikipedia, as a reliable source. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. And finally, the number one reason you can't cite or rely on Wikipedia: 1.

Bill Boyd - The Literacy Adviser | "Brilliant Blogger of the Week" Teaching News 2013 Writer's Workbench 2011 - TopTenREVIEWS Of all the writing enhancement software products we reviewed, Writer's Workbench has one of the most comprehensive feature arrays for analyzing and improving your work. It of course contains all the grammar, spelling and diction tools we've come to expect from all the products in our side-by-side comparison. It also has writing exercises and statistical reports. Writer's Workbench works only in conjunction with Microsoft Word. That aside, we have few problems with the tools or performance of this writing enhancement software. Editing Tools Compare WhiteSmoke Grammarly Writer's Workbench Microsoft Word CorrectEnglish WordPerfect Grammar Expert Plus Editor RightWriter ClearEdits Click to Enlarge With a single exception, Writer's Workbench has every editing tool we look for when we evaluated the best grammar checking applications available. Another thing that sets Writer's Workbench apart from the competition is the fact that it does not make the changes to your writing automatically. Performance

Free Creative Writing Prompts #22: Success This topic for my freecreative writing promptsseries is near and dear to my heart. It was my newfound focus on success that led me to create this blog in the first place and helped me to be a happier and healthier person. Reading and writing on success allowed me to improve my relationships, my attitude, and it helped me to achieve my goals. These prompts may help with that or they may not, but what's important is that you use these to get some good words on paper and to perhaps get you thinking a little bit about your focuses in life. I would be honored if you used the submission box at the bottom to write out one of these prompts and share it with the website's community. Free Creative Writing Prompts: Success 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Goals are scary because you might fail at them. Bonus Prompt - You have encountered a Success Genie who will grant you three wishes to make your life more successful. Done with this page? Written by Bryan Cohen What Other Visitors Have Said

Weekly Writing Assignment » Blog Archive » Weekly Writing Assignment #2: The Mirror Mirrors and reflections play an important role in our lives. Most of us look in them every day, sometimes multiple times a day. We check our clothes, our hair, our makeup. We seek to ensure that our outward appearance signifies the person we want to be. Yet as the revered poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote: These faces in the mirrors Are but the shadows and phantoms of myself. Or, that great actress of our time, Tori Spelling put it: Sometimes, when I’m alone, I put on six inch heels and wear nothing else and dance around in front of the mirror and do my little stripper dance. The truth is that we rarely see who we really are when we look into the mirror (though, I’m sure many of us can imagine Tori Spelling as a stripper). The Assignment For this week’s writing assignment, write a description of someone looking into the mirror. No need for a complete narrative on this assignment. Entries should be 300 words MAXIMUM. Send your completed assignment to

Literacy Lifeline to Literacy This program will help you read, write and do math. You can also learn skills to use at work. Start date: Feb. 3, 2014; Sep. 8, 2014; Feb 2, 2015Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Mon or Tues & Wed.Location: North CampusRegistration: Call 403-410-1525Funded by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education through Calgary Learns, and supported by the Laing Foundation. Intermediate Literacy This program assists individuals in developing basic reading and writing skills by working one-on-one with a volunteer tutor. Start date: Ongoing registrationTime: FlexibleLocation: North CampusRegistration: Call 403-410-1525Funded by Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education. Speech-Assisted Reading and Writing (SARAW) SARAW is a talking computer program that teaches basic reading, writing and math skills. Start date: Ongoing registrationLocation: North CampusRegistration: Call 403-410-1503Funded by Calgary Learns. Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) - Reading and Writing

Writer's Workbench - Better Writers Through Instructional Computer Feedback Creative Writing Prompts About Success All of us want to be successful in something. Fortunately for us, everyone has different ideas of what success is. We all have unique ways of achieving success and finding inward happiness. If you are writing you probably want to write successfully and have work that you are proud of. Use these creative writing prompts to help you write about success. Fiction Creative Writing Prompts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Poetry Creative Writing Prompts 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Related Articles Creative Writing Prompts About Childhood Creative Writing Prompts About College Creative Writing Prompts About Dreams Creative Writing Prompts About Home Creative Writing Prompts About Love Creative Writing Prompts About Peace Creative Writing Prompts About Religion

WI Focus: Faculty Resources, UH Manoa Informational brochure for students (newsletter for instructors of Writing-intensive courses) Available as a web page (HTML) or an easy-print format (PDF). Effective Writing Assignments: HTML PDF Responding to Student Writing HTML PDF Writing and Research HTML PDF Overcoming Writing Errors HTML PDF Helping Students Make Connections HTML PDF Working with ESL Students' Writing HTML PDF Peer Review & Feedback Forms HTML PDF Teaching Forms of Writing HTML PDF On-line Interaction HTML PDF Using Writing to Improve Reading HTML PDF Getting Students to Think HTML PDF Quick Tips Tips for Teachers of WI Courses - What to do the first day and how to design and respond to writing assignments. Handling the Paper Load - Dispels myths about responding to student writing. Designing the Writing-Intensive Course Syllabus & Course Materials - Items students find helpful on a WI syllabus. Teaching a Summer Session Writing-Intensive Course - Tips on teaching a six-week (accelerated term) WI course. Citation and Plagiarism

Online Adult Literacy Many people who return to education after a long "time-out" find they need to brush up on their reading and writing skills in order to get the best out of their learning opportunities. In fact, if you are hoping to study for a recognized qualification, or a university-level degree or diploma, improving your literacy skills may be an essential step on the way to building a professional career. Sadly, many people who still struggle with reading and writing as adults aren't aware that opportunities to improve their literacy skills are available to them - they think they missed their chance at school and it's now too late to think about going back. Nothing could be further from the truth! What Does It Involve? Adults who have limited reading and writing abilities, non-native speakers of English and even those who simply feel that their written and perhaps even oral communication lacks a bit of "finesse" will all benefit from online literacy training. How Can All That Be Done Online?

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