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1. Heid argues that handwriting exercises the brain and relieves stress better than typing words. It also boosts cognitive skills and lowers depression. I find the benefit of being to test higher the most supportive, as a test requires intense focus and high brain activity to complete.

2. In paragraph three " can lead to measurable physical and mental health benefits.", paragraph four " experts who study handwriting say there’s reason to believe something is lost when people abandon the pen for the keyboard.", paragraph six "Writing by hand may also improve a person’s memory for new information.", paragraph nine "which may facilitate better self-expression.", and paragraph ten "But the impersonal nature of keyboard-generated text may also, in some small way, be contributing to the observed toxicity.", his qualifications do not damage his argument because he is rounding them towards different types of audiences.

3. I can easily distinguish between Heid's own statements and his cited sources. The statement "And there’s evidence that handwriting may better facilitate this form of therapy than typing." is typed after he cites evidence from other sources to make the claim.

4. On a standard schedule, I take notes with paper. And I do write notes on my class readings. However, I personally use a keyboard on my own time. After switching the use of technology for class use and paper for personal use I learned how effective paper was over digital notes. When writing I felt more mentally active and I remembered more rather than a few sentences I typed on a keyboard that stayed in my mind for a few hours and became a complete blur.

Noelle Whitener

1. In “Mightier than the sword: Markham Heid on the benefits of handwriting,” Heid believes that writing longhand has many advantages, including less stress, self-expression, reading and thinking skills, and being personal. The advantage that handwriting is more personal is the most persuasive. When people handwrite notes, it is more personal than typing notes on a computer. Most people would prefer a handwritten note over an email because the person really has to take the time to write out his or her thoughts.

2. Heid uses the words “may” and “possibly” a little too much when citing studies on the benefits of handwriting. In one instance he writes, “The fact that handwriting is a slower process than typing may be another perk, at least in some contents” (para. 7). He does this in hopes that he will not show his own opinion too boldly. However, using these words over and over again is confusing. It makes it look like he is noncommittal on the subject, making his point hard to understand. But, by citing experts on the subject, his argument that handwriting is more beneficial is strengthened.

3. Most of Heid’s argument is based on the sources he cites. He does not express his own opinion enough, and most of his words are not his. He writes, “The authors of that study say writing by hand may promote “deep encoding” of new information in ways that keyboard writing does not. And other researchers have argued that writing by hand promotes learning and cognitive development in ways keyboard writing can’t match” (para. 6). Heid uses too many sources and always goes back to the source when talking about the benefits of writing longhand. The article is good, full of information, but not enough of it is Heid’s. He solely cites other people to argue his point, and his argument could be more effective if he explained himself more.

4. I take my notes on paper in class. Sometimes I write in a journal at home. I hand-write birthday cards. I only use the computer for school assignments and typing emails. I retain a lot more information while writing on paper. I think of more information more while I am writing. For me, typing on a computer takes more time and is less efficient.

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