Monthly Archives: April 2014

Even though the word count or page count seems really long, you can do it! It’s possible!

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Commonly Confused Words: Were, Where, Wear

These three sound alike and look alike. But they’re not all that alike. Were = verb (action word), past tense of “to be.” (Other versions of “to be” include is, was, am, are.) Examples: Were you at the concert last … Continue reading

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“The desire to write grows with writing.” Desiderius Erasmus

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Not sure how to approach a reading? Ask yourself, “What pulled me in? What pushed me out? What surprised me?”

Or more specifically, how to approach writing about reading. 🙂

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“Plagiarize” comes from a Latin word meaning “kidnap.” Plagiarism is kidnapping someone else’s ideas.

The Online Etymology Dictionary at dictionary.com tells us: 1621, from L. plagiarius “kidnapper, seducer, plunderer,” used in the sense of “literary thief” by Martial,from plagium “kidnapping,” from plaga “snare, net,” from PIE base *p(e)lag- “flat, spread out.” Plagiary isattested from 1597.

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“Writing is an extreme privilege but it’s also a gift. It’s a gift to yourself and it’s a gift of giving a story to someone.” Amy Tan

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Who and whom? If you can reword the sentence and him makes sense, use whom. If he makes sense, use who.

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When you are first learning to write academically, too much info and too much citing is better than too little.

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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Benjamin Franklin

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Get a trusted friend or family member to read over your work. Let them know what the assignment is asking for and what areas you are concerned about so they can better help you.

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