“The Mashey M. Bernstein ‘Future Writer’ Award.”

The UCSB Writing Program and Starting Lines are pleased to announce a new annual award titled “The Mashey M. Bernstein 'Future Writer' Award." It will be presented for the best essay published in Starting Lines from students in Writing 1 and Linguistics 12.  Dr. Bernstein taught in the Writing Program from 1991 to 2015 and had a special affection for Writing 1 and Starting Lines.  He wanted to honor and inspire students who had begun their journey at the university and who showed considerable promise as writers.  The selection will be made by a panel of judges and comes with a $500 dollar award.  The first award will be made at the Starting Lines Publication Party on Friday, October 11 (10:00-12:00 in the McCune Room 6th floor, South Hall.) Please join us to celebrate this welcome addition to our Program offerings....
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Ingrid Bowman: Five Devices Jigsaw Lesson

Background for this lesson: This lesson is designed as a follow-up after each student has hand-written a summary in class. (Our summaries were about a variety of presentations, but they could be about readings, video clips or more). Objective: By the end of this lesson, successful students will be able to identify three or more devices used in several Starting Lines essays. Then, they will edit their own summary (from the last class) by imitating at least three of these five devices reviewed. Reference: Starting Lines 2016 & 2017 editions, p. 52/ p. 48 (2017); p. 56-58 (2016). Many essays lend themselves to this task. Materials: Provide copies of each of the three Starting Lines essays to all students or use the current edition. Also provide the task handout listing the five devices. Procedure: a. Thought question: What aspects of essays are helpful to compare? Elicit answer: the overall essay structure, paragraph elements and academic devices used. b. Devices: Instructor briefly introduces the list of devices...
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Social Media: Who are your friends and who are your followers?

In the age of Snapchat, Instagram and whatever social media you use, there are always people you can friend or follow. I think it’s awesome, especially when you get to my age. LOL (only 19). I can see what all of my friends are doing, even the ones I left behind in middle school.  However, I notice that a lot people in your age group are very good atthe social media thing. Woah. I sound so old. Trust me, I am not that old.  Basically, I want to tell you that it’s important to always keep your private information to yourself when you are making friends online. I am pretty sure you have heard this all before; however, what we want to make clear is that it is important to add only people you know. You never know when someone might use a post or snapchat against you. Honestly, life is already pretty difficult and you don’t need that drama in your...
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