“Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty.” Muriel Barbery

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If you can use a period, you can use a semicolon. A semicolon connects two complete sentences. Use them to connect related ideas.

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Generally introductory and conclusion paragraphs are shorter than body paragraphs: about 3-5 sentences.

Body paragraphs are about 5-7 sentences.

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“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.” Henry Ward Beecher

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A thesis statement is an answer to a research question.

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Info in a paraphrase can be re-arranged. Info in a summary must stay in the same order as the original.

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“The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.” Benjamin Disraeli

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A summary is when you condense a large amount of info into just a sentence or two. You might summarize an entire book or movie, for example.

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A paraphrase is rewriting someone else’s ideas in your own words. A paraphrase should be about the same length as the original.

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“Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up.” Jane Yolen

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