Writing Templates: Getting a Jump Start

Dec 8, 2016 by

Templates help structure writing tasks

“Dear Grandma, thank you for the T-shirt you got me on your trip to Alaska. I really like the funny picture of the grizzly bear on it, and red is my favorite color. I have been wearing my shirt to school and all my friends are asking when I went to Alaska! Thanks for remembering me on your vacation.”

Think about assisting a child who is writing a thank-you note. You might find yourself prompting the child on what a good thank-you note should include. In addition to thanking someone, the note should identify the gift, express appreciation for the gift, and perhaps comment on how the gift is being used. A conclusion usually recognizes the gift-giver for his or her thoughtfulness.

In other words, there is an internal structure of this specific communication – …

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Phonics With Intermediate Readers

Nov 5, 2016 by

Intermediate children continue to develop their knowledge of how words work. They have a firm foundation in word patterns and how to take apart educationwords in both reading and writing. They have learned how to take words apart quickly and efficiently using word patterns such as –ink or –ight. They have also learned how to decode by analogy, but they need further instruction in three areas: prefixes and suffixes, less common letter combinations, and vocabulary development.

Prefixes and Suffixes

  • Children learn common prefixes such as un-, re-, dis-, and im-.
  • They also learn suffixes such as -ly, -ful, -tion, -sion, and -able.
  • Learning prefixes and suffixes helps children take apart multi-syllabic words and use the meaning of those parts to infer the meaning of an unknown word.
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All the insane things I have done for a job

Oct 8, 2016 by

dreamjob_crop380w_crop380wWe all dream about a great career and it’s so easy to forget all insane jobs we have had before our dream job become the reality. Off the top of my head, I once e-mailed the assistant director of a commercial I worked on as a production assistant after drinking a bottle of wine and told him I thought he was dreamy. He was very good-looking.

He wrote back telling me that he was married. I didn’t know. That was before I reached a ripe enough age to take notice of a man’s left ring finger. What a cow I was. He wrote that he would keep me in mind for future jobs – he liked my directness.

  • I was a server at a French restaurant in Rittenhouse Square in 2010. One time I was made to hand out champagne
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Is Cheating on School Tests Wrong?

Sep 29, 2016 by

Time and time again I notice that students are copying each other in high school (mostly just homework). They do this because either a) they don’t get what’s going on but don’t want to get a bad grade or b) they are lazy. A lot of the material learned in high school is never used again in your life.

For the kid who wants to be an engineer, English isn’t his biggest interest. In fact, he’ll probably never need to know how to speak perfectly. Also, the kid who wants to do something with math as a career could care less about Biology. Or a kid who wants to drop out and go for the GED diploma and attend prep classes that are offered across the US if the school will become too demanding.


So is cheating wrong? To be …

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Homeless to Harvard-Inspiring and Touching Story of Beating the Odds

Sep 3, 2016 by

The journey of life is guaranteed to present a series of challenges.  For some people, those challenges are greater than one could ever imagine.  Unfortunately, in the world we live in, there are challenges that can be classified as unfair, unconscionable, or unbelievable.

The story of Dawn Loggins is one of these stories that break your heart and bring you joy at the same time.  Having Will Power mean one is able to beat the odds of what’s presented to them.  We are not able to dictate the cards we are dealt, but we do control how we play those cards and how we respond.  Dawn Loggins is a great example of how you can will yourself to making your dreams become a reality. Dawn’s story demonstrates great strength, perseverance and resilience with a determined spirit to not give up.…

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