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Understanding Parallel Construction

For parallel construction, it helps to be able to identify the parts of a speech, phrases, and clauses in a sentence. If you can’t do this, then you need a very good ear for it. Parallel construction isn’t really a grammatical rule. It represents a

Defining White Privilege

As you all know, the news is full of terms that are not ever clearly defined. They shift like sand or wind in the hands of an unscrupulous author. I am talking about terms like socialism, communism, Marxism, capitalism, Critical Race Theory, white privilege, elitism,

Fighting Propaganda

Logical fallacies and biases. Where do we start? Well, let’s start with a simple appeal to emotion. Colbert first illustrates the problem and then creates his own appeal to emotion. Next, we have a video of people comparing the Affordable Care Act vs Obamacare.

Cloning the New York Times Copy Edit This Quiz

I teach writing. The problem is that you want to test a student’s ability to edit and find mistakes, but you want to follow the rule of specificity, which states that the test you’re using should be as close to a real-world context as you

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Exercise and Recovery

The Best Ways to Exercise and Recover I started playing competitive sports in the third grade, and over the next 45 years, I have had to learn some things about exercise the hard way. You shouldn’t have to. I have two issues when it comes to exercise.

Parts of an Essay

Learn about the parts of an essay. Learn about Introduction Body Paragraphs Thesis Statement Conclusion

Reader 2 Writer

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” Stephen King Often students want to know what they should do to become a better writer.  There is a universally accepted and very simple answer:


Apostrophes for Possession

One of the most difficult concepts of grammar and punctuation for beginning writers to grasp is the concept of possession. My comment is always this, “If you don’t get possession, maybe it’s because you’re a commie?” All kidding aside, we use apostrophes for possession. Of

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Regulating Hate Speech is Easier Than You Think

Who will decide the truth? Whenever the topic of hate speech comes up, this is often the answer that people give.  First off, why do we have to decide the truth?  It’s hyperbole.  We don’t have to figure out what the truth is.  We only