Thursday, August 13, 2015

A Helpful Resource for Academic Writing

The Academic Phrasebank is a resource developed out of the University of Manchester to provide "examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing." Originally designed for non-native speakers of English, the Academic Phrasebank offers a variety of phrases, context, and organizational information for all scientific and academic writers.

Click here to visit the Academic Phrasebank and here to learn more about its development.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Will you give life to a Chicago statue?

Statue Stories Chicago is hosting a public monologue writing competition in partnership with the Goodman Theatre. The winning pieces will be recorded by members of the Goodman and included as part of Statue Stories Chicago.

Submit entries of 350 words or fewer here by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

Click here for more information about the competition and to see photos and descriptions of each statue needing a voice.

Monday, August 3, 2015

"The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives"

A researcher in Canada is discovering that certain writing prompts not only help students with edifying self-reflection and goal-setting, but also nearly erase the gender and ethnic minority achievement gap in those studied.

Jordan Peterson, a professor at the University of Toronto, wanted to explore the relationship between writing and students' motivation. He created an undergraduate course in which "students complete a set of writing exercises that combine expressive writing with goal-setting." The course has already shown to reduce the drop-out rate of at-risk students and even increase academic achievement.

One educator theorizes that Peterson's course could be seeing results by limiting self-defeating behavior. "If you aren't sure you belong in college, and you don't hand in that paper," Melinda Karp explains, "you can say to yourself, 'That's because I didn't do the work, not because I don't belong here.' " Peterson's writing exercises might curb these thoughts by helping students to focus on their goals and motivations.

To learn more about Peterson's research and process, click here to read NPR's story, quoted above.