Persuasive Writing Prompt: The Best Unusual Pet


This is an assignment we give in Middle School as an introduction to persuasive writing. Most kids like the twist …

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How to Develop a Writing Style


One of the most difficult things to attain in writing is a grasp of style. In fact, even defining style is a challenge. Good writers, however, develop a distinct voice…

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A Grammatical Wipe Out


My brother Craig is a surfer, and his idol is 11-time world champion, surfing legend, Kelly Slater. Yesterday, Craig, who lives on the other side of the country, texted me with a grammar emergency. Here’s our conversation…

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Denotation and Connotation


Some words are come loaded with meaning. For example, if you are under eighteen, you are a juvenile. How do you respond to that word? Do you like being called a juvenile? Probably not. I bet you’d prefer to be called an adolescent or a teenager.

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