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Examining Local History Through Postcards: A Model for Interactive, Inquiry-Based Pedagogy

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Examining Local History Through Postcards

A Model for Interactive, Inquiry-Based Pedagogy

Brian J. Failing

Executive Director, Aurora Regional Fire Museum, Aurora, IL, brian.failing92@gmail.com

AbstractPostcards offer a wealth of information for researchers, teachers and students, and the public. This article documents how postcards can serve as an important form of historical evidence. Further, the article argues that digitizing postcards and making them accessible to wider audiences may yield an opportunity for community engagement with local history and local institutions that may, in turn, help to make local history relevant to teachers’ needs in the 21st-century classroom. In addition to discussing broad information about postcards and their use, the article introduces a digital project, Using Postcards as Historical Evidence, that seeks to highlight the importance and viability of postcards as documentary evidence and appropriate sources for interactive, inquiry-based pedagogy.

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Chapter 6 - New Directions for University Writing Instruction

Anne Beaufort Utah State University Press ePub

As I begin this final chapter, I wish first to honor the acts of courage and integrity of all of Tim’s teachers to teach him well, as well as Tim’s own dedication to learning and to making a meaningful contribution to society. I am privileged that these individuals have allowed me to get to know them and to try, through this research, to provide suggestions for how we all might teach writing better. And to all who read this for the sake of this same enterprise of teaching well and learning well, I say, we are in this inquiry together. Knowing readers will make their own connections and draw their own conclusions from this work, I offer final thoughts only as catalyst for furthering the inquiry we are in together.

It seems to me that three things need to be noted at the end of this case study.

First: a developmental model for understanding writers’ growth, for designing curriculum and assessment measures and for training teachers (whether writing teachers or teachers in other disciplines) and tutors needs to encompass the five knowledge and skill domains used here to frame the analysis of a writer’s growth. To focus on one or several aspects of writing expertise to the exclusion of the others represents less than a full view of the developmental process for gaining writing expertise. This theoretical lens can be useful not only in designing curriculum and understanding what the causes are for individual students’ writing problems, but also in designing tools for assessing writing development.

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17. Collaboration: Writing With Friends and Enemies

John K. DiTiberio Karnac Books ePub


Susan and Maria, both composition teachers at a major university, had offices across the hall from each other. When they collaborated on writing projects, each would sit at her desk in her own office, but with the doors open, to actually write together—and we mean together. They talked out a text that Maria punched into her word processor. Susan might talk out the first few sentences of a paragraph, and then Maria would finish it. Or, Maria might begin talking about a vague thought and Susan would rephrase it until, between them, they had produced a clear, fully developed idea that could be added to their emerging text.

For some people, this is how the creative process works best. A group of people sit around together and talk out their ideas. In the beginning, most of the ideas are fairly hairbrained, but sooner or later something happens. It seems like the energy of hearing each other talk about bad ideas eventually generates some good ones.

This group approach to brainstorming and writing works quite well for most Extraverts. They need to hear their own ideas and sense how these ideas affect others to do their best work. When they are forced to work in isolation, Extraverts may feel sluggish and have trouble getting a handle on their thoughts.

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AfterwordExploring the Smithsonian Institution Transcription CenterMeghan FerriterChristine RosenfeldWe hope that the articles in this focus issue of the journal Collections: A Journal for Museum & Archives Professionals have given readers firsthand perspectives on a range of strategies employed, experiences fulfilled, and opportunities seized by all authors and their collaborators at the Smithsonian Institution and beyond in creating the robust crowdsourcing project known as the Transcription Center (TC). It is clear that planning and experimenting have prepared units, representatives, and volunteers alike to benefit from serendipitous moments of discovery. In case it was minimized, we would also like to emphasize the gratitude that unit representatives, the project coordinator, and the development team have for the seemingly endless enthusiasm, curiosity, and generosity of volunteers.The Smithsonian Institution mission, “the increase and diffusion of knowledge,” binds together a cluster of goals, strategies, objectives, and everyday tactics. The Smithsonian’s mission can guide the work of staff, supported with the values of discovery, excellence, diversity, integrity, and service. However, what else is necessary to carry out that mission in the 21st century? Creativity. Collaboration. Breaking out and improving workflows. Learning from one another in the process. With the work to create and sustain the TC and the activity of volunteers in the TC, this crowdsourcing project is actively carrying out the vision of the Smithsonian Institution in “shaping the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world” (http://www.si.edu/About/Mission).

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Chapter 5 - Sentences and relationships within them

Paul Douglas Shepheard-Walwyn ePub

Having considered the elements of a word, and words themselves, we now come to combinations of words into a unit of speech, that is, a sentence. Sentences can consist of one word as well as many words, so what distinguishes a sentence from a word? A dictionary definition of sentence is meaningful linguistic unit, i.e. a group of words or a single word that expresses a complete thought, feeling or idea. It has been argued that a sentence must contain a verb, or an implied verb. That is based on the principle that a meaningful linguistic unit must contain an activity, even if that activity is simply being or existing. Every sentence in this book will contain a verb, or an implied verb. Happy Birthday, and Yes are sentences. Even Happy Birthday implies I wish you a Happy Birthday, and Yes implies agreement with what someone has just said.

Bhartrhari argued that the sentence was the indivisible unit of communication, expressing a unity, which individual words did not, and that it alone was real and fit for communication. Before the sentence is spoken it is already a unity, an internal unity, and after expression it is an external unity. Initially, in its conceptual stage, the sentence is called a sphota, a flash of consciousness, which expands in the mind of the speaker and is finally expressed in speech. When it is heard by the hearer there is a corresponding flash of understanding called pratibh, and the meaning is appreciated. In both instances the sentence is whole and indivisible. To explain this indivisible unity he compared a sentence with a portrait. Although it is possible to identify different colours and features in the portrait, their plurality does not affect the unity of the portrait as a whole, and that is what is appreciated by both the speaker/painter and the hearer/viewer. Wittgenstein also regarded the sentence as the basic functional unit of language, not the word. He showed that words can only be understood when they are spoken in a particular sentence in a particular situation.

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3 Know Thy Reader

Burke, Fauzia Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

The future of publishing is about having connections to readers and the knowledge of what those readers want.
Seth Godin

You now understand the value of building a brand and you’ve captured your dreams for your book. The next step is to figure out your audience, because you need to know how to find them and reach them. You need to know where your readers spend their time and what social media sites they visit. There’s no point in learning to be the next Twitter expert if your audience is not even on Twitter.

Do you know where to find your readers based on what you know about them? Your answer is probably, “Kinda.” Even if you think you know your readers, your ideas are probably way too broad. Over the years, authors have told me interesting things when it comes to their audience. Most of the time it’s half the planet. “My audience is women,” they tell me, or “it’s people who have a job,” or “people who have families.” Being broad and general is not helpful when you are planning online marketing.

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Love and Fire: The Washington Post / By Monica Hesse

Gayle Reaves, Editor UNT Press PDF

Love and Fire

The Washington Post

April 10, 2014

By Monica Hesse

In Virginia’s rural Accomack County, a troubled romance was behind a string of 77 arsons

Accomack County, Va. —The corn was harvested, and the field was a dirty sort of brown.

Deborah Clark would think about that later, how at a different time of year she wouldn’t have seen anything until it was too late.

A friend had come over to her house in Parksley, Va., once the kids from Clark’s living-room day care went home. He left about 10:30 that

Monday evening, but a few minutes later knocked on her door again.

“Hey,” he told her. “That house across the field is on fire.”

She knew which one he was talking about. It had been a nice house once: two stories, white paint. But now it was empty, and it had a peeled, beaten look to it. It had been a long time since anyone lived there, so she


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couldn’t think of how it could have caught fire — except that it was so dry that maybe the weather had something to do with it.

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Current Metadata Processes

Brian O'Leary Book Industry Study Group ePub
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The Creation and Evolution of the Transcription Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Digital Volunteer Platform

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

The Creation and Evolution of the Transcription Center, Smithsonian Institution’s Digital Volunteer PlatformAndrew GuntherLead Application Developer, Enterprise Digital Asset Network, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Institution, gunthera@si.eduMichael SchallSenior Consultant, Quotient, Inc.Contractor for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Institution, mschall@quotient-inc.comChing-hsien WangBranch Manager, Library and Archives Systems Support Branch, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Institution, Transcription Center Project Manager, WangCH@si.edu
This article discusses the technical design considerations in creating and evolving a digital volunteer platform for transcribing historic documents and collection records. We outline the thought process of our technical team in attempting to architect and build a system that could achieve a mission of collecting knowledge to promote discovery as well as a platform that was extensible, versatile, able to be integrated, and adaptable to future needs. A unique and unexpected aspect of our project is that the digital volunteers not only contributed data but also shaped (and continue to shape) the technical product, user interface, and user experience.

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Chapter 5 - Switching Gears: From History Writing to Engineering

Anne Beaufort Utah State University Press ePub

I never used to have patience with techies who would turn up their noses at fuzzy classes but I’m starting to sense why they do. I’m starting to get impatient with people for going on and on about nothing.

—Tim, two years after college

The first few classes that I took, they were “weeder” classes, so they just cleaned my clock. In response, I just kind of lowered my standard and also kind of held on to history as my, “I don’t need that while I have history.” Kind of as an excuse. Something to hide behind… . Even the individually designed major was something I was hiding behind so I wouldn’t have to take classes that I was afraid of.

—Tim, senior year of college

During autumn quarter, my passion and determination united to bring me out of a slump that had roots in a three-year hiatus from technical studies. At mid-quarter, I was brought to a crisis by my growing desire to pursue advanced smart product design and by my slipping grades. After testing my passion to be certain it was genuine, I dug in my heels and got busy relearning how to learn. By the end of the quarter I turned two failing midterm grades into final exam and project grades of B+, A–and A. That quarter marked a sea change in my approach to studies that will serve me the rest of my engineering career.

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Fossils, Federal Lands, and the Public Interest: Legal Issues and Challenges Facing Collectors, Scholars, and Museums

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers ePub

Susan E. Leib

3026 Sycamore Lane, Milan, IL 61264; email: leib.susan@gmail.com

Abstract    One of the greatest challenges of fossil collecting relates to location. Recent issues regarding the discovery, sale, and donation of fossils (particularly dinosaur fossils) have led to the realization that better laws must be put into place to protect paleontological specimens. As many natural history museums contain unique paleontological specimens, understanding the rules and regulations of ownership currently in place may help to dispel future problems.

As one of my geology professors used to say, “The rocks are where the rocks are.” The rocks you are looking for are never in a convenient place; they cannot come to you, you must go to them. Of course, it is always more convenient when the outcrop of choice is located on public land, easily accessible to anyone who is interested in further study. However, issues arise when fossil hunters, both amateur and professional, do not obtain a permit for collecting fossils, or simply do not realize the repercussion of collecting illegally in a certain area.

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The Special Collections Handbook, Second Edition

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Museums and Innovations

Edited by Zvjezdana Antos, Annette B. Fromm, and Viv Golding. New Castle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017. 249 pages. ISBN: 9781443812689.

Reviewed by Kirsten Belisle, Collections Manager, Dubois Museum & Wind River Historical Center, 909 W. Rams Horn St., Dubois, WY; kirsten.belisle.a@gmail.com

An aptly titled book, Museums and Innovations brings together 16 essays that unite theories with practical applications for exhibition construction as related to increasing meaning making in a globalized world. These essays discuss how demands placed on the museum field by ever-evolving societies have created the need for a new museology focused on moral activism and deeper community engagement. Each essay stresses the idea that museums must address each group of people in their communities—be they part of the majority, minority, resident, or migrant populations—through exhibitions. In addition, the constant theme of innovation and the critical approach to current museology make up for the occasional paragraph in this book overburdened by colloquial terms and jargon. Still, this book’s strength lies in the extremely detailed case studies included in each essay that provide extensive overviews of problems faced by these institutions and the ultimate solutions they created in their quest to serve their communities.

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Emily Hutchinson Saddleback Educational Publishing PDF

Basic Skills Practice


Proper nouns, which name specific persons, places, or things, must be capitalized.

Common nouns are not capitalized. The number of the noun (singular or plural) used as a subject determines the number of the verb used with it. It also determines the number of any pronoun that refers to it. Here are some examples:

proper nouns:

common nouns:

singular noun with singular verb:

plural noun with plural verb:

singular noun (antecedent) with singular pronoun:

plural noun (antecedent) with plural pronoun:

Abigail, California, Brooklyn Bridge woman, state, bridge

Abigail wants to visit New York soon.

The two friends want to visit New York soon.

Jane lost her umbrella.

The boys bought their own tickets.

A. Write nouns or simple sentences as described below.

1. a. proper noun naming a relative: ________________________________________

b. common noun naming a relative: ______________________________________

2. a. proper noun naming a city: ___________________________________________

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2 You Gotta Dream Big

Burke, Fauzia Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
Gloria Steinem

Part of the reason I love my job is because I help authors make their dreams come true, but those dreams don’t manifest instantly. Okay, they do for some—but those are the exceptions. To become a well-known and well-established professional author you have to be ready for the long haul, so adjust your expectations and remember that building an effective brand is a marathon, not a sprint.

This work is important, but it’s not easy or quick. There may be an investment of years before you see the results you want. Or the results may look quite different from the ones you initially set out to achieve.

For now let’s just explore this territory. The next step is to think of your dreams. Have fun with this list and check all that apply:

I sell a zillion copies of my book.

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Crossroads and Intersections in the Post-Physical Archival Landscape: A Case Study at Middle Tennessee State University

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Crossroads and Intersections in the Post-Physical Archival Landscape

A Case Study at Middle Tennessee State University

Susan W. Knowles

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) Center for Historic Preservation, Murfreesboro, TN, susan.knowles@mtsu.edu

AbstractThis article traces the development of Southern Places, an online digital collection developed by Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Historic Preservation (CHP) and the James E. Walker Library for the purpose of creating a digital presence for the Center’s work over the past thirty years. After outlining previous digitization projects undertaken by the CHP in partnership with the Walker Library and other institutions, attention is paid to the technical decisions made in terms of the selection of a content management system and Web hosting, metadata protocols, and the place of shared authority in the contemporary, post-physical archival landscape. The article also describes recent digitization and access efforts at Middle Tennessee State University and partnerships with other universities, libraries, and archives across the state.

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