Is Social Media Messaging Cramping Your Writing Style?

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As social media and instant messaging become the preferred form of communication for students, a local Sacramento writer publishes multimedia CD courses to improve English grammar and composition skills by reinforcing concepts taught in school. The six courses introduced by Lori Moore, which she based on standards set by the California State Department of Education for English-Language Arts, are aimed at building technical skills that will help students improve grades, prepare for college and be ready for work.

"The purpose of all writing is to communicate," said Moore. "In order to do this effectively, students first need to consider who their readers will be and what their intended purpose is in writing the paper."

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As social media and instant messaging become the preferred form of communication for students, a local Sacramento writer publishes multimedia CD courses to improve English grammar and composition skills by reinforcing concepts taught in school. The six courses introduced by Lori Moore, which she based on standards set by the California State Department of Education for English-Language Arts, are aimed at building technical skills that will help students improve grades, prepare for college and be ready for work.

As teachers and parents bemoan the influence of instant messaging on student papers, a local writer has published six courses in English composition and grammar to help remind students about the basics they need for success. “The purpose of all writing is to communicate,” said writer Lori Moore. “In order to do this effectively, students first need to consider who their readers will be and what their intended purpose is in writing the paper.” Moore added that good academic papers of all lengths follow time-honored rules of structure that may be lost in today’s social media environment ruled by abbreviations and incomplete sentences.

Does following a defined structure mean squelching creativity? Not at all, said Moore. As in fields of art and science, the student must first learn the technical skills needed in the subject. “Mastering these skills will allow creativity and linking of ideas to flow because the students won’t have to stop after every sentence to think about and review grammar, punctuation, spelling or sentence structure,” said Moore. Additionally, such skills improve grades in all classes where writing is required and help the student be better prepared for college and work, according to Moore.

Designed to reinforce concepts taught in the traditional educational setting, and based on standards published by the California State Department of Education, the courses are aimed at students from 4th grade through 12th grade. However, adults seeking to refresh knowledge can benefit from the courses, as well as those taking on English as a second language.

Each course, offered on multimedia CD, is focused on key concepts.“You can zero in on the area you need to review this way,” said Moore, who plans to add more courses this year. Topics covered include the eight parts of speech, creative writing and academic papers, sentence and paragraph structure, and how diction is used in writing. For detailed information about each course, visit http://www.vastportal.com .

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