Recommended Books

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Sharing interesting books is a great way to develop a joy of reading. Books are incredible because of their interesting plots, charismatic characters, imaginative settings, eventful adventures, unraveled mysteries, and explored human dramas hook readers. Disclaimer: Purchasing books directly support the efforts of writers, illustrators, and the publishers that make books possible. Audio versions of […]

How Do I Structure an Argumentative Essay?

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Photo credit: Odegaard Writing & Research Center Here are some suggestions for organizing an argumentative essay, from the Odegaard Writing & Research Center of the University of Washington. One difference between an argumentative essay and a persuasive essay is that a persuasive essay can focus on evoking an emotional response, while an argumentative essay uses […]

The Magnificent Citation Machine

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Photo credit: Citation Machine Citation Machine makes citing sources much easier. In science classes APA is typically used, and in humanities or language arts classes MLA is typically used.   Here is the structure and examples for citing websites in APA format. Save Save

Active Vs. Passive Voice

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Photo credit: BYU MCOM See the video above, to see how active voice is achieved by keeping the subject and verb close to each other within a sentence. Photo credit: BYU MCOM Watch this video to see how to use strong verbs in active voice. It helps to clarify, by first knowing who is doing […]

Using Quotation Marks – Beyond the Basics

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Photo credit: The Quiet Creative This video teaches students where to place quotation marks (example:  “”), in relation to punctuation marks (example:  .!?). Quotation marks are also known as quotes, speech marks, & talking marks among other names.   Save

Build a Civilization

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 Photo credit: Clarus Victoria Clarus Victoria has developed a series of games for people to explore how early communities developed. Pre-Civilization Bronze Age is a game where you make choices in how you grow your community. You assign jobs to people in order to collect resources, ensure defense, and build a wondrous structure. You will […]

Why Is Plagiarism So Wrong?

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Photo credit: Turnitin, LLC iThenticate is a software developed by Turnitin.com, which checks for plagiarism. Their software checks over 155 million published items in search of duplicate materials. This article that they have published, titled, “6 Consequences of Plagiarism” discusses the incredible importance of academic and professional honesty, as well as the consequences assigned for […]