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Download Quiz English speakers often shorten sounds and/or words in their speech. This is called REDUCTION. The words that are generally reduced are function words that don’t carry much meaning, such as pronouns (he, she, his, her, them), articles (a, an, the) and prepositions (in, to). Listen to the audio below as you read the sentences. … Read More

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One of the secrets to writing an effective essay is to be organized in your approach.  Use the following steps as a guideline to writing your next essay. Understand the topic Read and annotate articles Collect quotations and paraphrases on cards Write a clear Thesis Statement with predictors Freewrite, brainstorm, or cluster Outline your essay… Read More

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Download File   Preparing Your Final Draft Due date: ________________________ In preparing your final draft for your essay, you will edit, revise, and rewrite. The first, look at the organization and content of your essay. Make sure your essay has a hook, a thesis statement (topic, controlling idea, three points of development), three body paragraphs with… Read More

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By Richard Carrigan Many years ago in Japan, when I was studying the language, I remember thinking to myself that no one could really speak this language at home. Certainly they must speak English when they relax. After all, for me English was my mother tongue and came easily, but this Japanese was hard. So… Read More

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In our last video we talked about the most important reading skill – finding the main idea. In this video, we are going to talk about the second most important reading skill – finding supporting details. In other words, finding the information a writer uses to support their main idea. Read More

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Creative Thinking Exercise C Learning to Think Outside the Box Directions: Read the passage below, and then answer the questions. This is a NO CELL PHONE activity. Download: Creative Thinking Exercise C By Laura Pappanobeb (2014) 1. Once considered the product of genius or divine inspiration, creativity — the ability to spot problems and devise smart… Read More

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