Be a Better Writer

Be a Better Writer Author Steve Peha
ISBN-10 9780977300013
Year 2006-10-01
Pages 270
Language en
Publisher Leverage Factory
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A comprehensive guide to writing covers style and voice, topics, organizing thoughts, finding a voice, choosing vocabulary, and punctuation, offering examples, suggestions, and activities for practice.

Be a Better Writer

Be a Better Writer Author Steve Peha
ISBN-10 0997283106
Year 2016-04-04
Pages 374
Language en
Publisher
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One Book for All Kinds of Writers and All Kinds of Writing Whether you're writing essays for school or fiction for fun, this book helps you be a better writer. For School... Improve your grades with techniques like the What-Why-How and Content-Purpose-Audience strategies that clarify your thinking and strengthen logical arguments on tests, in essays, and on research reports. Use Sentence Patterns and the Plain English for Handy Analysis approach to improve your grammar without having to learn grammar rules. Get your work done faster, develop more confidence, bring home better report cards, and score higher on state tests. For Fun... Improve your creative writing by using The Five Facts of Fiction to dream up compelling characters and powerful plot lines that keep your readers reading from beginning to end. Produce rich description with the Tell-Show strategy. Render your ideas in well-chosen words and smooth-sounding sentences. Find your voice and translate your passion to the page so your readers feel it, too. For Anyone... You have a voice the world wants to hear. You have stories to tell, real and imagined, that readers can't wait to read. You have things to say that will change the way people think and feel, and that will shape the way they look at life after seeing it through your eyes. Don't keep your readers waiting; give them things to read. Don't wait for someone to discover you; discover yourself. Don't wait to be a better writer; be a better writer now!

The Classic Guide to Better Writing

The Classic Guide to Better Writing Author Rudolf Flesch
ISBN-10 9780062730480
Year 1996-05-24
Pages 320
Language en
Publisher Harper Collins
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Every phase of writing is addressed in this authoritative, practical guide. Specific topics include: organizing information, discovering a personal voice, enhancing readability and checking grammar and spelling. Featuring hundreds of exercises and written in a relaxed, entertaining style, this is the perfect aid for the many Americans who wish to improve their communication skills in both their business and personal lives.

The Reader s Brain

The Reader s Brain Author Yellowlees Douglas
ISBN-10 9781107100398
Year 2015-06-11
Pages 225
Language en
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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Drawing upon cutting-edge neuroscience research, this unique writing guide provides easy-to-follow principles for writing effectively and efficiently.

Eloquent Science

Eloquent Science Author David Schultz
ISBN-10 9781935704034
Year 2013-01-22
Pages 440
Language en
Publisher Springer Science & Business Media
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Mary Grace Soccio. My writing could not please this kindhearted woman, no matter how hard I tried. Although Gifed and Talented seventh-grade math posed no problem for me, the same was not true for Mrs. Soccio’s English class. I was frustrated that my frst assignment only netted me a C. I worked harder, making re- sion afer revision, a concept I had never really put much faith in before. At last, I produced an essay that seemed the apex of what I was capable of wr- ing. Although the topic of that essay is now lost to my memory, the grade I received was not: a B?. “Te best I could do was a B??” Te realization sank in that maybe I was not such a good writer. In those days, my youthful hubris did not understand abouc t apacity bui- ing. In other words, being challenged would result in my intellectual growth— an academic restatement of Nietzsche’s “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” Consequently, I asked to be withdrawn from Gifed and Talented English in the eighth grade.

On Writing

On Writing Author Stephen King
ISBN-10 9780743455961
Year 2002-06-25
Pages 297
Language en
Publisher Simon and Schuster
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The author shares his insights into the craft of writing and offers a humorous perspective on his own experience as a writer.

How to Be a Better Writer

How to Be a Better Writer Author Elizabeth Anne Ryan
ISBN-10 0816724636
Year 1992-12-12
Pages 96
Language en
Publisher Troll Communications
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Provides instruction on the practical parts of writing, including how to make an outline, how to write a solid paragraph, and how to finish up with a strong conclusion.

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done Author David Allen
ISBN-10 9780857979728
Year 2015-03-25
Pages 288
Language en
Publisher Penguin UK
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Completely updated and revised. Are emails keeping you in the office late at night? Is your desk overflowing with things to read and process? Are you overwhelmed by loose ends and unfinished projects? Do you despair of finding time to concentrate on the bigger picture? This book offers powerful, practical strategies for vastly increasing your organisation, efficiency and creativity - in work and life. Personal productivity expert David Allen shows how to cut through the clutter in your mind, on your desk and on your PC to get a lot more done with a lot less effort. Empty your 'to do' list out of your head and into a fail-safe systemFeel fine about what you're not doingMaster the essential two-minute ruleThis book will transform the way you work - and the way you experience work.

How to Be a Better Writer

How to Be a Better Writer Author Wendy Body
ISBN-10 0582539870
Year 2003-01-01
Pages 48
Language en
Publisher
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How to Write Better Stories is by Wendy Body. It is a non-chronological report based text on author's experience of writing. It is for 6/P7 and is part of the Pelican Big Books fiction/non-fiction.

Grammar Girl s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing

Grammar Girl s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing Author Mignon Fogarty
ISBN-10 1429977493
Year 2008-07-08
Pages 240
Language en
Publisher Henry Holt and Company
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Online sensation Grammar Girl makes grammar fun and easy in this New York Times bestseller Are you stumped by split infinitives? Terrified of using "who" when a "whom" is called for? Do you avoid the words "affect" and "effect" altogether? Grammar Girl is here to help! Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar Girl, is determined to wipe out bad grammar—but she's also determined to make the process as painless as possible. A couple of years ago, she created a weekly podcast to tackle some of the most common mistakes people make while communicating. The podcasts have now been downloaded more than twenty million times, and Mignon has dispensed grammar tips on Oprah and appeared on the pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Written with the wit, warmth, and accessibility that the podcasts are known for, Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing covers the grammar rules and word-choice guidelines that can confound even the best writers. From "between vs. among" and "although vs. while" to comma splices and misplaced modifiers, Mignon offers memory tricks and clear explanations that will help readers recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules. Chock-full of tips on style, business writing, and effective e-mailing, Grammar Girl's print debut deserves a spot on every communicator's desk.

The Sense of Style

The Sense of Style Author Steven Pinker
ISBN-10 9780698170308
Year 2014-09-30
Pages 368
Language en
Publisher Penguin
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“Charming and erudite . . . The wit and insight and clarity he brings . . . is what makes this book such a gem.” —Time.com Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing—and why should we care? In this entertaining and eminently practical book, the cognitive scientist, dictionary consultant, and New York Times–bestselling author Steven Pinker rethinks the usage guide for the twenty-first century. Using examples of great and gruesome modern prose while avoiding the scolding tone and Spartan tastes of the classic manuals, he shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. The Sense of Style is for writers of all kinds, and for readers who are interested in letters and literature and are curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best. From the Trade Paperback edition.

So I Can be a Better Writer

 So I Can be a Better Writer Author Deuane Khamnivong
ISBN-10 1109360401
Year 2009
Pages 92
Language en
Publisher
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Research Question: How do graphic organizers assist third graders in writing a procedural explanation on how to implement a recipe? How do graphic organizers help students organize information to write procedural explanations? Research Activities: Context: This intervention took place in a self contained 3rd grade classroom composed of 19 students from ethnically and academically diverse backgrounds. The whole class participated in the instructional activities, with additional support given to four English learners (ELs). The four focus students were of Mexican and Hmong background and represented a range of ability on the California English Language Development Test (CELDT). One early advanced, two intermediate and one early intermediate. Focus students were chosen based on CELDT levels and near perfect attendance records. Methods & Data: The intervention occurred in three phases which included recipe activities that mirrored one another. The "hook" was enabling students to create the recipes and eat it in class for two of the three recipes. For the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich phase and "Ants on a Log" phase first students entered information into a graphic organizer, secondly made the recipe, and lastly wrote a procedural paragraph on the recipe. Students obtained a recipe from home or chose a kid friendly recipe from The Taste of Home Cookbook in the second phase, after which they filled out a graphic organizer and wrote a procedural paragraph for their recipe. Scaffolds included a step by step presentation for each recipe, teacher modeling of paragraph structure, and class reflections on each activity. Four focus students received additional tutoring and feedback on their recipes. Graphic organizers were scored using a teacher-created rubric targeting the listing of materials, step by step directions and organization. Procedural paragraphs were also scored with a teacher-created rubric focusing on title, correct paragraph format and organization, use of transitional words, correct spelling, mechanics and grammar. Pre and post intervention attitude surveys were administered that related to the students' outlook on writing and school subjects. Observation notes contributed to understanding students' comfort level with writing and enthusiasm for the topic. Results: Performance was tracked on 12 students with consistent attendance over the course of the intervention for each recipe. Six students' performance improved half or a full point on the rubric scales in their ability to fill out a graphic organizer and write a procedural paragraph while the other half either remained the same or decreased. A similar pattern was seen among the focus students (one student increased a full point, one remained the same but decreased a point on the last recipe, another student fluctuated up and down between half a point and one point, and the last student decreased a full two points). Close analysis of the focus students' recipes over time showed that all made progress in producing key elements of the recipe genre: specifying ingredients, listing step by step procedures in sequence and providing generally replicable recipes despite their rubric based scores. Emergent writer ELs benefited especially from the graphic organizer in maintaining focus in their paragraph writing. After the intervention, three focus students used graphic organizers and scored higher on a district assessment on procedural writing compared to their first assessment as opposed to one focus student who did not and scored lower. Four non-focus students also used graphic organizers on the assessment and scored higher compared to their first writing sample and five who did not use graphic organizers still scored a passing grade. Attitude survey results showed slightly more confidence in one third of the students and no change in the other two thirds of students' ability to write procedural paragraphs. Observation data showed an increase in more than half of the students' willingness to use graphic organizers and to learn other writing genres after the intervention. Grade Level: Elementary, 3rd grade. Data Collection Methods: Writing assessment, Writing samples, Survey-Attitude, Observation-Field notes. Curriculum Areas: English Language Arts, Writing-Writing in the content areas. Instructional Approaches: Writing-Explicit instruction, Expository/Informational text, Graphic organizer/concept map, Writing-Expository, Writing-Organization, Student engagement.

The Altucher Confidential

The Altucher Confidential Author James Altucher
ISBN-10 1939418070
Year 2013-01-01
Pages 82
Language en
Publisher
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In the first comic book adapted from a blog with 300,000+ visitors per month, James Altucher reveals what it takes to be successful through his own blend of wisdom and wit packaged in neuroses. Guaranteed to invoke both love and hate from readers, the Altucher Confidential comic book shares James' personal stories of success and failure in business and life. www.jamesaltucher.com