Literacy and Me

August is fast approaching, and soon it will be time to meet the new “crop” of Advanced Writing students at the university. There will be at least eight different major fields of study and probably writing skill levels ranging from seventh grade to graduate-type work.  The course focuses on research and presenting an argument to an academic audience. More importantly, the major objective is to write clearly and persuasively, explaining one’s “side” on an issue in a way that will make it easy on the reader.

Students have their own objectives. “Improve and build my literary skillset,” “speak through writing,” and “improve my communication skills by learning to write better,” to name three. Since the capstone assignment in the course is to write an argument/research paper, the students have also come up with suggestions for writing argument papers, specifically.

“I think it’s a good idea to look for an expert…

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Author: Rae Longest

This year marks my fiftieth year in AAUW (American Association of University Women). The Alvin chapter was begun in 1947, and as a new, green teacher to Alvin Independent School District, I joined in 1968. In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015. Eventually Powerful Women Readers folded as an on-line book club, but I kept the title and turned it into a blog. (See "Introduction,"first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I have just completed 30 years of teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This is after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District, adding up to a total of teaching 50 years in all. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

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