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By: Linda Aragoni | July 13, 2018

I started more nonfiction books than I finished this quarter. Two or three that I began turned out to be not what I was looking for or too much of what I was looking for. Those I set aside until I am less pressured.

The four I finished are an historical memoir, two books on education, and a book about self-directed learning in business settings. (If you're interested in my fiction reading for the quarter, those reviews are posted at GreatPenformances.)

By: Linda Aragoni | July 06, 2018

In doing reading for my blog of reviews of twentieth century bestselling novels, GreatPenformances, I often come across something relevant to some of my other interests.

Since we celebrated Independence Day in the US this week, I thought I'd share three quotes I copied down as I was reading 1970s novels. I pasted each quote against an American flag backdrop because each seems to me to raise some questions about the condition of America today.

By: Linda Aragoni | June 29, 2018

For the last two months, I've been working fulltime on an update of a book I wrote several years ago.

More precisely, I've been working on an update of the first 20 pages of that book.

Category: Teaching writing 

Tags: editing, revision 

By: Linda Aragoni | June 22, 2018

Teachers don't have to have all the answers.

They should, however, always have questions.

Category: Teachers 

Tags: questions 

By: Linda Aragoni | June 15, 2018

Instead of lowering your standards for students with learning difficulties, give them longer to achieve writing competence.

You may also need to break work into smaller segments to allow struggling writers to complete it.

By: Linda Aragoni | June 08, 2018

Most people say good English means using:

  • Correct grammar.
  • Correct punctuation.
  • Correct usage.
  • Correct spelling (of words in written work).

However, most people would be hard-pressed to identify precisely which rules of grammar, punctuation, and usage must be followed in writing and speaking or which words must be spelled correctly for the writing to be "good English."

By: Linda Aragoni | June 01, 2018

A collection of formal writing prompts I've been working on off and on for several years is finally nearing completion.

Each prompt in the collection is a self-contained expository writing lesson for teenage and adult writers who aren't yet competent expository writers.

By: Linda Aragoni | May 25, 2018

When message content is complex or unfamiliar to readers, good communicators look for analogies to take the mystery out of unfamiliar concepts.

When teachers wants to assess students' understanding of course content, they, like other good communicators, scrap worksheets and multiple-choice exercises in favor of having students develop and use analogies.

Category: Teaching writing 

Tags: analogy, analogies 

By: Linda Aragoni | May 18, 2018

red brick Berkeley County, WV, courthouse with white pillars and cupola.
Berkeley County, WV, Courthouse is little changed from this 1940s photo.

Years ago when I was a newspaper reporter in Martinsburg, WV, real property owners were required to appear at the courthouse of the county in which their property was located during one month each spring to see their property assessment for the following year so it was no surprise that the chair of the Berkeley County Commission asked me if I'd put a notice in the paper telling people to come check their assessments.

By: Linda Aragoni | May 11, 2018

People read what they want to know about.

Most people must be seduced into reading what they need to know about.

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