No one is to busy too study grammar when it’s fun

Greetings,

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Would you please examine an idea for helping ordinary people become better writers?

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Newspapers could teach both grammar and writing skills to grade school dropouts, high school dropouts, college dropouts, high school graduates, college graduates, and children by changing short stories into grammar puzzles.  After all, people love good stories and clever puzzles,,,  when they can solve them.   (To ensure that the puzzles are not too hard or too easy, newspapers will ask writers to ignore my instructions for changing short stories into grammar puzzles.  They will want writers to only submit a final draft and they will change it into a grammar puzzle.)  For a maximum profit, the grammar puzzles will be published in the newspaper and the short stories on the newspaper’s website.  This would change every customer into two customers when they buy a newspaper to solve the puzzles and logon on the website to see the answers.   

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And for an extra profit, newspapers could republish three to five of their grammar puzzles in booklets similar to Word Search and Sudoku booklets and sell them over the internet or in the checkout lanes of their local grocery stores.   They could also publish novellas with three to five chapters as grammar puzzles.  The stories will be printed in two versions.  The puzzle version for the first story or first chapter will be printed on pages 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, and 26.  Then the actual story with no errors will be printed on pages 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, and 28/29.   (The third page will display a picture or drawing  similar to the pictures and drawings on book covers.)  The first four sections of the puzzle will be three pages apiece but the fifth section will be a one page movie script and it will be printed on the twenty-sixth page.  Then the prose version will be on the twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth pages.  After a reader has made the corrections on an even numbered page, he will flip over the adjacent page and look at the actual story printed on the subsequent odd numbered page.  And after the last puzzle, there will be two or three pages with advice on grammar and writing skills.  To make the puzzles for children more enjoyable, the actual stories should be printed upside.  Children will enjoy learning how to read upside down because it will improve their spelling. 

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(For extra fun for adults, a small grammar puzzle has been included at the bottom of this page.  It explains how textbook writers can make studying more enjoyable than learning.  Hopefully you will also be interested in the proposal on my other website skrauter dot org on how our government of the people, etc, etc can change the balance of power between voters and politicians so that the voters have more power.) 

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The first four sections in a short story/grammar puzzle won’t have any capitalization, punctuation, or paragraph indentations.  Correcting these mistakes will be enjoyable because they will be so easy to do.  People will be able to make instantaneous corrections while they are reading.  Which should make them feel really smart and inspired them to do the more difficult sections.  However, the first four sections will also force people to look at words and sentences more carefully than they normally do.  And that kind of studying is very similar to how real writers edit their work.  When someone has learned how to edit his own work, he has also learned how to write. 

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The second section will also have some words and phrases misplaced.  As a result, the sentences will have to be put back together like jigsaw puzzles.  That will force many people to get a pen and paper so they can rewrite the sentences.  Although it may be better if some sentences don’t have any misplaced words or phrases.  A balanced mixture of good and bad sentences might stimulate readers to be more alert because they won’t always believe their eyes when they find a sentence with no errors.  Either way, this section will make the grammar puzzles more enjoyable to solve.  And when it’s fun to learn, people will actually spend money so they can work hard at learning. 

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The third section won’t have any misplaced words and phrases but some sentences will be misplaced.  This should also force many people to get a pen and paper so they can make corrections.  Nonetheless, the misplaced words, phrases, and sentences are essential because the learning curve for anything is never complete until people go through a phase of making mistakes.  Regular lessons seems to produce only temporary connections in our brains that eventually fail when we relax.  Making and correcting mistakes, on the other hand, seems to be more shocking and thereby produces more durable connections.  And while people can learn more from correcting their own mistakes, they may make the same mistake a thousand times before they realize they are making a mistake.  Ergo, they will need this section and the next section to learn faster with someone else’s mistakes.  Of course, both the second and third sections will more enjoyable if the first word of every sentence is never misplaced.  That will give the readers a very helpful clue for correcting someone else’s mistakes. 

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The fourth section won’t have any misplaced words or sentence but it could still be the most important section because most of its sentences will have grammatical errors or be very badly written.  These mistakes shouldn’t be hard to create because they could come from the short story/grammar puzzle’s first draft.  But most readers won’t be able to make instantaneous corrections while they are reading.  So readers will have to write the second draft by themselves.  And maybe the third draft.  And the fourth draft.  Consequently they should learn more from this section than any other section.  Moreover, these grammar puzzles could also serve as an experiment for how schools should teacher grammar and writing skills.  Teachers could even develop their own inventory of writing puzzles by collecting writing samples from their students.  Then by making their writing classes more enjoyable, teachers will be given more respect and deference by their students.

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The fifth section will be a one page movie script of the short story’s climax.  This will change the final section into a happy ending for most people because they won’t have to do any work.  Instead of working hard to change the script into prose, they will just read the script and dream about becoming a great writer and making millions of dollars from a novel or movie script.  True, this will almost never happen.  But as part time students of grammar and writing, they will become loyal fans of short stories and enjoy buying short story/grammar puzzles in newspapers, magazines, and booklets.

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As for small newspapers using this proposal to avoid bankruptcy, they could work with a large newspaper to publish a weekly booklet similar to Reader’s Digest.  The small newspapers will write local stories and the large newspaper will write about state, national, and international events.  The local stories will be written every week via the internet on the large newspaper’s computers.  Then the large newspaper will print booklets for each local newspaper and ship them to the small towns and cities.  With a little luck, the demand curve will be increased by including grammar puzzles.  A writer could make a career for himself by writing a series of weekly grammar puzzles similar to a television show with the same characters every week.  And some publishing companies may even pay to have a scene from a novel published as a grammar puzzle so they can promote the novel.  If this was done every week, it would create two revenue streams from publishing grammar puzzles.    

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But I need help from newspaper readers and/or politicians to convince newspaper editors that the demand curve for grammar puzzles will be big enough to make the supply curve profitable.  My emails to newspapers have failed.  My emails to magazines that routinely publish short stories have also failed.  And short story writers won’t write anything without being paid first or that has been proposed by another person because of copyright problems.  So my current plan is to ask ordinary newspaper readers to write some grammar puzzles that their newspaper will publish or that they can self-publish in booklets.  The money for self-publishing could be raised over the internet and free publicity could be obtained by working with a politician who wants to create an educational product that the taxpayers won’t have to pay for.  Then the elitists that I wrote to can see if my proposal will be profitable for them.   

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Stanley Krauter  

Lincoln, Nebraska  68508  

stanleykrauter @ gmail dot com

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good students take notes during their classes and highlight important words phrases and sentences in their textbooks so every non fiction book and textbook should include blank pages in the back that can be used for taking notes while reading then next to the blank pages there should be one page or half page outlines for each chapter so everyone can study the synthetic notes that the author took while writing the book or textbook and the table of contents that is always printed in the front section of a book should also be printed in this back section because it is the equivalent of an outline for the entire book since most people are right handed the blank pages should be on the even numbered pages and the outlines on the odd numbered pages this notebook workbook chapter will enable students and ordinary readers to study more effectively while people with a reading problem will be able to read more effectively as for the highlights and notes that good students are currently putting in their textbooks they are much less effective than they should be because they are spread out over hundreds of pages and therefore they are hard to study with both the reader’s notes and the author’s outline for a chapter put on two adjacent pages on the other hand everyone will be able to concentrate much longer at connecting the dots while looking at their book or textbook and during these staring contests they can repeatedly refresh their minds by alternately connecting dots and thinking absentmindedly which is a really good studying technique because our memories grow stronger when intense concentration is repeatedly combined with contemplative rests its also better for creative thinking  

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Good students take notes during their classes and highlight important words, phrases, and sentences in their textbooks.  So every non-fiction book and textbook should include blank pages in the back that can be used for taking notes while reading.  Then next to the blank pages there should be one page or half page outlines for each chapter so everyone can study the synthetic notes that the author took while writing the book or textbook.  And the table of contents that is always printed in the front section of a book should also be printed in this back section because it is the equivalent of an outline for the entire book.  Since most people are right handed, the blank pages should be on the even numbered pages and the outlines on the odd numbered pages.

This notebook/workbook chapter will enable students and ordinary readers to study more effectively while people with a reading problem will be able to read more effectively.  As for the highlights and notes that good students are currently putting in their textbooks, they are much less effective than they should be because they are spread out over hundreds of pages and therefore they are hard to study.  With both the reader’s notes and the author’s outline for a chapter put on two adjacent pages, on the other hand, everyone will be able to concentrate much longer at connecting the dots while looking at their book or textbook.  And during these staring contests, they can repeatedly refresh their minds by alternately connecting dots and thinking absentmindedly.  Which is a really good studying technique because our memories grow stronger when intense concentration is repeatedly combined with contemplative rests.  It’s also better for creative thinking.

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ironically notes and outlines will make the actually learning more enjoyable and more studying enjoyable than learning most people are excited when something they find that they to really want remember the ability then to immediately write book in a notes will desire their increase to find something is that really important this will make them alert while reading more which will both be enjoyable and increase how they learn much and notes writing takes more time and effort than highlighting words phrases sentences and because the reader must think what about he wants to write this to is going too increase how much learned is with all of their notes written in the back book of a people are also more likely to impulsively review their notes months several or even years several later which also increase how will much is learned and though even sentences are essential for learning notes and the outlines will be better studying for after reading a chapter a reader can immediately outline review the chapters this is the what experts always recommend but does not it happen very often with sentences or the highlights in a chapter because reviewing the sentences usually means rereading the entire chapter and reviewing the highlights right after is making them boring if the notes are written on sticky large notes a reader quickly can edit them with new sticky notes whenever he realizes something that should be added or improved all of the experts are going to recommend this studying technique when the blank pages and outlines become standard in books and textbooks  more importantly it may take twenty to ten hours to book a read but only a half hour or an hour to all study the of notes and outlines that is studying why can become enjoyable more than learning it will time less take        

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Ironically, the notes and outlines will actually make learning more enjoyable and studying more enjoyable than learning.  Most people are excited when they find something that they really want to remember.  The ability then to immediately write notes in a book will increase their desire to find something that is really important.  This will make them more alert while reading.  Which will be both enjoyable and increase how much they learn.  And writing notes takes more time and effort than highlighting words, phrases, and sentences because the reader must think about what he wants to write.  This too is going to increase how much is learned.  With all of their notes written in the back of a book, people are also more likely to impulsively review their notes several months or even several years later.  Which will also increase how much is learned.  

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And even though sentences are essential for learning, the notes and outlines will be better for studying.  After reading a chapter, a reader can immediately review the chapter’s outline.  This is what the experts always recommend but it does not happen very often with the sentences or highlights in a chapter because reviewing the sentences usually means rereading the entire chapter and reviewing the highlights right after making them is boring.  If the notes are written on large sticky notes, a reader can quickly edit them with new sticky notes whenever he realizes that something should be added or improved.  (All of the experts are going to recommend this studying technique when the blank pages and outlines become standard in books and textbooks.)  More importantly, it may take ten to twenty hours to read a book but only a half hour or an hour to study all of the notes and outlines.  That is why studying can become more enjoyable than learning.  It will take less time.     

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moreover people with a reading problem may be helped the most with the blank pages and outlines and reading an entire book will be similar to climbing a mountain with no places to rest normal people can read several chapters or even an entire book in a single sitting but reading a single chapter can be an exhausting struggle for other people a problem they can avoid by not reading books however briefly looking at a chapter outline after reading just one sentence or one paragraph or one page can become a resting place for reading the chapter that will be just enough time to remember some words or phrases from the outline this will help them read the book in increments that they can handle then by closing the book and concentrating on what was seen in the outline readers can gradually memorize the entire outline also the blank pages will be very compatible with my favorite technique for reading a book or textbook that i hate that makes it possible to read a book that I could not read because the topic was too boring or the book was badly written instead of reading these books in the normal fashion i read them aloud as if i was giving a speech this idea works so well that I even bought a music stand so i can pretend that it is a podium and practice reading a speech before an audience all fiction books that students hate but their teachers and professors repeatedly assign should also have blank pages and outlines in the back of the book so i need to immediately write notes in the back of the book but i remember less when i read aloud because i am concentrating on pronouncing the words instead of understanding the sentences and paragraphs    

 

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Moreover, people with a reading problem may be helped the most with the blank pages and outlines.  Normal people can read several chapters or even an entire book in a single sitting but reading a single chapter can be an exhausting struggle for other people.  And reading an entire book will be similar to climbing a mountain with no places to rest.  A problem they can avoid by not reading books.  However, briefly looking at a chapter outline after reading just one sentence or one paragraph or one page can become a resting place for reading the chapter.  That will be just enough time to remember some words or phrases from the outline.  Then by closing the book and concentrating on what was seen in the outline, readers can gradually memorize the entire outline.  This will help them read the book in increments that they can handle. 

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Also, the blank pages will be very compatible with my favorite technique for reading a book or textbook that I hate.  Instead of reading these books in the normal fashion, I read them aloud as if I was giving a speech.  That makes it possible to read a book that I could not read because the topic was too boring or the book was badly written.  This idea works so well that I even bought a music stand so I can pretend that it is a podium and practice reading a speech before an audience.  (All fiction books that students hate but their teachers and professors repeatedly assign should also have blank pages and outlines in the back of the book.)  But I remember less when I read aloud because I am concentrating on pronouncing the words instead of understanding the sentences and paragraphs.  So I need to immediately write notes in the back of the book.        

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subtitles or pavlovian nouns could be used to stimulate people to use the blank pages and outlines by including them in the chapter outlines readers will be reminded of the blank pages and outlines in the book a pavlovian noun is a noun that is used as the first word in a chapter section for example subtitles is the first word of the first sentence in the fourth section of this puzzle ergo it is a pavlovian noun when a reader finishes a chapter he may be curious to see if he remembers the subtitles or pavlovian nouns he may even try to memorize them as he reads so he can get a better score on his exams with subtitles or pavlovian nouns it will be possible to have a detailed outline of the entire book with the table of contents that is printed in the back of the book then a reader can study the entire book by staring at just one page for aesthetic reasons the first word of the first sentence of a chapter should never start with a pavlovian noun another stimulus can be made by printing the introduction in a narrow column this will waste space but it will make writers to write short introductions with one big idea.  Which will make better introductions  yes a good book has one big idea but introductions should be written to inspire people to buy a book when they are in a bookstore and or inspire them read the book when they get home and or inspire them to understand how all the big ideas can be woven together in one big idea  these objectives can be accomplished better with a short introduction that is well written the introduction should be the most well written part of a book so people will be inspired to read it several years later this will stimulate them to reread the entire book

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Subtitles or Pavlovian Nouns could be used to further stimulate people to study more often.  By including the subtitles or Pavlovian Nouns in the chapter outlines, readers will be repeatedly reminded of the blank pages and outlines in the back of the book.  (A Pavlovian Noun is a noun or noun phrase that is used as the first word of the first sentence in a chapter section.  For example, “Subtitles” is the first word of the first sentence in the fourth section of this grammar puzzle.  Ergo, it is a Pavlovian Noun.)  When a reader has finished a chapter, he may be curious to see if he remembers all of the subtitles or Pavlovian Nouns in the chapter.   He may even try to memorize them as he reads the chapter so he can get a better score on his personal exams.  With subtitles or Pavlovian Nouns, it will be possible to have a detailed outline of the entire book with the Table of Contents that is printed in the back of the book.  Then a reader can study the entire book by staring at just one page.  For aesthetic reasons, the first word of the first sentence of a chapter should never start with a Pavlovian Noun.  

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Another stimulus can be created by printing the book’s introduction in a narrow column.  This will waste a lot of space but it will force writers to write short introductions that have only one Big Idea.  Which will result in better introductions.  Yes, a good book will have more than one big idea.  But introductions should be written to (a) inspire people to buy a book when they are in a bookstore (b) inspire them read the book when they get home (c) inspire them to understand how all of the other big ideas can be woven together in one Big Idea.  These objectives can be better accomplished with a short introduction that is extremely well written.  In fact, the introduction should be the most well written part of a book so people will be inspired to read it several years later.  This may stimulate them to reread the entire book.     

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