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Writing A Body Paragraph Structure

Writing A Body Paragraph Structure

Body paragraphs: A guide to promoting organization and quality ideas!   TS (Topic Sentence) CM 1 (1st reason) CD (concrete detail) CD* (elaborate on 2 or comment on 3) CM 2 (2nd reason) CD CD* CM 3 (3rd reason) CD CD* CS (Concluding Sentence)   Example: Wisdom is the ability to be unbiased and not judgmental towards new people or ideas; wisdom mandates that one be open to change and new things. In addition, a person who is wise is…

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Taking a closer look at Technical Writing

Taking a closer look at Technical Writing

Introduction There are many, many, many ways of writing! Technical writing for student research papers is just one style, but writing in this style is our goal in this class. In the world of technical writing, the main goal is to get information to the reader in an accurate, clear, and concise way. That means you, the author, need to learn about a topic AND learn how to effectively communicate it. It really is like picking-up another language! An abstract…

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Descriptive Essay: Ideal Society

Descriptive Essay: Ideal Society

  Introduction: Use similes and descriptive adjectives to describe your ideal society. Use a good lead as an opening sentence. Use the optional sentence at the bottom of this page or start with a question, a quote, an exclamation, a flashback, or an emotional memory. Lead sentence to hook your reader__________________________________ Physical Appearance_____________________________________________ Detail/ simile____________________________________________________ Second physical attribute__________________________________________ Thesis Statement_________________________________________________   Characteristics of What Your Ideal Society Looks Like: Give examples of the characters in your ideal society. Include how…

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Effective Writing Basics

Effective Writing Basics

Tips that can improve your writing in any medium Put the reader first Use simple words and short sentences Use jargon only when necessary Write with verbs and nouns Format to improve readability Key #1: Put the reader first –Communication = understanding –Write to EXpress not Impress –Use words readers can picture –Tie in to the reader’s experience –WIIFM – What’s in it for me Key #2: Use simple words and short sentences Example 1 Per our conversation, I am…

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How to Write Essays

How to Write Essays

Getting Started Writing Anxiety is the writer’s first obstacle. We often wonder, “what can I write that hasn’t already been written by someone else, and probably much better?” As you can see, we (the two authors of these worksheets) are already on the way to overcoming this anxiety simply by writing a section heading and two sentences (now three). However, we’re still anxious about doing a good job and making this a useful tool that you’ll benefit from reading. Our…

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Expository Essays.

Expository Essays.

Writing Introductions and Conclusions Purpose of the Introduction Sets the tone for your paper Identifies and sets the limit of your subject Orients your reader by explaining the specific context and rationale for your thesis Presents your thesis or central claim for your subject Engages your reader’s attention and persuades her to keep reading Introduction Components Hook Transition / Context Thesis TIPS Illustrate: Show instead of tell. Challenge: Raise reader expectations. Quote: Make use of the wordsmiths. Compare/contrast: Evoke familiarity…

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Essay of Small Business Loans Increasing – Is Spring Here?

Essay of Small Business Loans Increasing – Is Spring Here?

So it seems as if the big banks are adhering to the pledge they made to the US government back in 2011 to increase small business loans. Lend more to small businesses because they will be the key to bringing the US economy back from the brink. But do the headline stats show the real picture of what is going on here? The headline stats are this: Bank Of America has reported that it has increased lending to small businesses…

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Hearts at Stake written by Alyxandra Harvey

Hearts at Stake written by Alyxandra Harvey

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey Publisher: Walker Books Released: December 2009 Pages: 256 Let me start with this: Hearts at Stake was just TOO DARN CUTE! I kept turning the pages mostly because I wanted to see more Lucy-Nicholas action. Let me tell you, this couple sizzles! Alyxandra Harvey did a FABULOUS job of writing in the perfect amount of sexual tension between the two. Swoon! Although Hearts at Stake is supposed to be about Solange, the only born…

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I’m Delighted: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

I’m Delighted: The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna Publisher: Balzer + Bray Release date: August 28, 2012 Pages: 432 Summary: Eva is an echo: a copy made to replace someone, should that person die. Eva has been raised to be exactly like Amarra, her “other”, but has always pushed against her restraints. When the time comes for Eva to take Amarra’s place, the difference between the two girls is noticeable. Eva fights to belong in a life that isn’t hers, but she…

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Two Great Books, Two Reviews!

Two Great Books, Two Reviews!

Lark by Tracey Porter Publisher: HarperTeen Release date: May 24, 2011 Pages: 192 Summary: Sixteen-year-old Lark Austin has been found dead—she was stabbed, tied to a tree, and left there in the bitter cold. Eve, Lark’s former best friend, struggles with the loss of Lark—she’s not sure if she should feel anything. Nyetta, a young girl Lark used to babysit, knows that Lark needs her to set her free. The stories of these three girls are woven together in the…

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