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Blah, blah, blah. How to avoid redundancy and wordiness.

Blah, blah, blah. How to avoid redundancy and wordiness.

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and he or she keeps repeating the same idea? Sometimes, I think people do that to convince us that whatever they’re saying is right or important. They say the same thing over and over again until you agree with their idea and they finally stop. I’m not complaining. It’s just a personal observation that I’m using as an example. Sorry, back to the subject. When an idea is repeated, this is called redundancy. A similar error is wordiness. We all know wordy people.They take an idea and give way more explanation...

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Support for All!

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Support for All!

Students may struggle for different reasons - they may lack strength in a particular academic area or they may have a true learning disability. In addition, struggles can be unpredictable and come and go with whatever material is being presented in class or whatever is going on outside of class. Oh, the challenges in education! How do we make sure all students are able to learn from the curriculum and experience success? Also, how do we make sure all students can demonstrate what they know? Well, it’s not easy, but providing accommodations to students and modifying the curriculum are two...

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Commonly confused words - ice cream helps.

Commonly confused words - ice cream helps.

English is a tricky language. There are many words that sound and look similar, but their meanings are different. Why? Just to frustrate you. No, seriously, I’m not sure why. Nevertheless, I do know that the SAT tests your knowledge of some commonly confused words. You need to be able to determine the correct  word choice based on the rest of the words in the sentence or passage (context clues). The passage below contains some commonly confused words. Use your knowledge of diction, or word choice, to determine the correct word. I bet (your / you’re) dreaming about ice cream...

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Get to the point already! Or, how to summarize.

Get to the point already! Or, how to summarize.

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of some students more than a writing assignment. I anticipate the groans and complaints before I tell students what we will be doing and I totally understand their feelings. Writing isn’t easy for many reasons. It requires you to do many things all at the same time. First, there’s understanding a subject well enough to be able to write about it. Then, you need to be able to translate that understanding into your own thoughts that you intend to communicate. Next, take those thoughts and turn them into sentences. Finally, there is the actual...

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Subject-Verb Agreement Mini Lesson

Subject-Verb Agreement Mini Lesson

I’m sure you know that we speak differently from how we write. Generally, speaking is casual and writing is more formal. If you really listened to a conversation between two people (I’m not suggesting eavesdropping), you would probably notice numerous errors in subject-verb agreement, but that’s okay!  The SAT police aren’t grading conversations, but they will be grading your ability to recognize errors in writing. Today, the focus of this mini lesson is on subject-verb agreement when using singular indefinite pronouns. By the way, you do not need to know that the words in this group are called indefinite pronouns,...

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