Friday, May 7, 2021

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

 The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar

No more diagramming sentences: Students learn more from simply writing and reading.

A century of research shows that traditional grammar lessons—those hours spent diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech—don’t help and may even hinder students’ efforts to become better writers. Yes, they need to learn grammar, but the old-fashioned way does not work.

This finding—confirmed in 1984, 2007, and 2012 through reviews of over 250 studies—is consistent among students of all ages, from elementary school through college. For example, one well-regarded study followed three groups of students from 9th to 11th grade where one group had traditional rule-bound lessons, a second received an alternative approach to grammar instruction, and a third received no grammar lessons at all, just more literature and creative writing. The result: No significant differences among the three groups—except that both grammar groups emerged with a strong antipathy to English. 

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Memories in Diaspora # 338

روزنگاری‌های دیاسپورا

 اگر می خواهم قهوه ام را با لذت مزمزه کنم، باید به عشق فکر بکنم. و حس کنم که در کافه ای تابستانی نشسته ام در اسپانیا یا یکی از کشورهای آمریکای لاتین… یا ایتالیا… یا جنوب فرانسه یا یونان… یا جزایری دور دست که هنوز روی زمین نروییده است و فقط در رویا می تواند متصور بشود! در چنین کافه ای که هنوز بدنیا نیامده است، نباید تنها باشم. باید مردی را دوست بدارم و نگاه عاشقانه اش را حس کنم. به چشم هایش نگاه کنم نرم و آرام. و در هوایی نوازشگر، لمس انگشتانش در وجودم شعله ای را بگیراند. با مردی که عشق را می شناسد یا می خواهد که بشناسد. و مرا می شناسد و من می شناسمش بدون آنکه با او در مورد عشق حرفی زده باشم. حتا اگر عشق فقط در رویا خلق شود یا چند لحظه ناپایدار باشد.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

'We found a baby on the subway - now he's our son'

'We found a baby on the subway - now he's our son' 

" It was around eight o'clock on 28 August 2000, just past the frenzy of the New York rush hour when a subway train rattled down the track into 14th Street station, in the Chelsea district of Manhattan. Danny Stewart, 34, was late for dinner with his partner, Pete Mercurio, 32." 

"The baby squeezed my finger with his entire hand so hard," says Pete. "He was just staring up at me and I was just looking at him, and it was almost like he found a pressure point in my finger that just opened up my heart to my head and showed me in that moment that I could be one of his parents, one of his dads."

Memories in Diaspora: The mushroom and Lady Macbeth's hands

 Memories in Diaspora: The mushroom and Lady Macbeth's hands

 “قارچ و دست های لیدی مکبث”

در سرزمین قارچ های رنگارنگ و گوناگون، من هم قارچی هستم با رنگ یگانه خودم.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

A Guide to Critiquing a Story

 A Guide to Critiquing a Story: Seven Vital Elements Every Story Must Have 

How to Give Feedback on Fiction: A Guide for Readers

Tips for an Effective Creative Writing Critique

Giving the right kind of critique takes some effort and thoughtfulness. If you're taking the time to give someone feedback on their creative writing, either in a class, a writing group, or one-on-one, you want to give feedback that will help that writer develop their strengths. And in doing so, you'll be developing both your critical thinking skills and your skills as a writer, too. 

Abstract Thinking Exercises

Abstract Thinking Exercises 

Abstract thinking has to do with seeing the context and bigger picture surrounding an event or idea. Abstract thinkers can reflect on events and ideas and think beyond just the “here and now”.