Most student writers are aware of the need to avoid plagiarism. Some students, however, aren’t aware of just how serious it is. Committing plagiarism is a form of theft or fraud, and can be likened to stealing intellectual property. Engaging in plagiarism can result in grave consequences, up to and including expulsion from the school you are attending. But in order to truly avoid plagiarism, you need a deeper understanding of what it actually is. It’s hard to avoid something if you don’t even realize you’ve done it! That’s why this article is going to get very specific on all the different types of plagiarism (and there are several). This is one case where what you don’t know might very well hurt you, so read on.
If you teach writing or incorporate writing into your classroom, then you know how important it is to make sure you have a solid grasp of all kinds of different types of writing. Staying up-to-speed on many different kinds of writing can feel overwhelming. The good news is that there are many options for online courses for teachers that will help you upgrade your skills in whatever areas you feel you need improvement. And you needn’t even spend any of your hard-earned money on them, as all the ones listed in this article are free!
By the time he died on October 5, 2011, Steve Jobs had accomplished just about everything a man of ideas could dream of, and he left his mark by helping to make the world a global village. But perhaps the irony is that for all the credit Jobs receives for revolutionizing the personal computer and mobile communication, by his own admission, he wasn’t that much of a creative genius, just someone who knew how to take something that already existed, and transform it into something much cooler.
If you’ve been following my articles on this blog, then you know I’ve written about two important principles of good writing – the art of brevity and the art of clarity. I’ve also said the two go hand-in-hand, but sometimes the relationship between them can be antagonistic. Your overall approach in writing should be to find the right mix of these two foundational principles.
Academic honesty is a growing problem in America’s schools. Students are not doing their own work, and they are submitting assignments that are supposed to be their own original works but are not. Data shows that one in five students are suspected in plagiarism cases. This is a trend that can be seen all across America.
As a teacher, have you ever felt yours is a somewhat lonely profession? You interact with your students on a daily basis, but it’s not the same as interacting with your peers. When you’re in the thick of planning lessons and grading mountains of homework assignments, quizzes, and exams, you can start feeling very isolated.
Writing is one thing, but getting published is another thing altogether. First of all, don’t believe anyone who says you’re “too young” to become a published writer. There are publications out there that will publish the work of writers as young as age five! So when someone tells you you’re too young, just smile and say you’re sorry they feel that way and then get back to your writing! What are your options as a young writer to get published? This article will give you some good starting points.
One of the biggest challenges all writers face is the daunting task of learning to write clearly.
Without clarity, it doesn’t matter what your ultimate purpose is for writing because readers will be unable to figure out what you’re trying to say. You want people to understand your ideas rather than spend their time trying to understand your sentences. The need for clarity applies no matter what you’re writing, whether it’s an email, a blog post, a newspaper article, or an academic paper.