Category: Writing

checklist

5 Paragraph Essay Checklist

This checklist will help students organize their papers before turning them in. Organization Does the length of the paper meet assignment expectations? Introduction Does the introduction have an interesting hook? Does the introduction provide an appropriate amount of background information?...



How Not to Use a Thesaurus

In this episode of Friends, Joey Tribbiani wants to write a letter, and he is attempting to sound smart by using a thesaurus. In the process, however, he creates an incomprehensible mess. Lesson: Use the most concise, fresh and original...


Hyperbole

Here are some examples of hyperbole: My potatoes are swimming in gravy! It’s so cold that the polar bears are wearing jackets. I’ll be ready in a second. He is as old as the hills. He has a ton of...


Blaise Pascal

Writing Concisely

Concise writing involves focusing on one idea at a time and eliminating unnecessary words. Sometimes writing less is more. Here is a little exercise in writing concise sentences. Seventeenth century French mathematician, physicist, inventor and writer Blaise Pascal observed how...