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Language Arts

I think an antonym or the opposite of "teach" is "indoctrinate". I'm thinking of the negative connotation of this word. One dictionary definition of indoctrinate is: To imbue with a...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2012 6:06 pm UTC

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English is an important language for many reasons. It is very widely spoken, both as a first and second language. It is, in its most basic form, comparatively easy to learn, due to its grammatical...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019 9:35 am UTC

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Broken sentences and addition items are examples of different tasks that could appear on a test. In language testing, the use of broken sentences is a form of slot-filling exercise that requires...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2015 11:53 pm UTC

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Invited reading is when a reader is able to read a text because he or she has the background to do so. Resistant reading is when the reader’s background knowledge or ideology contradicts the...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2012 3:11 am UTC

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"Inkhorn words" are words that writers "invented" and introduced into the English language, usually based on Latin or Greek words. An inkhorn, literally, was an ink bottle made out of an animal's...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2012 10:04 pm UTC

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Clearly, diction, the choice of words, sets the tone of sentences. So, in selecting words to create a more positive tone, the writer must consider both the denotation (literal definition) and the...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2012 6:13 am UTC

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Yes, it definitely does. The term onomatopoeia refers to the imitation of sounds in words. Therefore, when we say, 'The dogs bark,' we copy the sound they make by using the word 'bark.' However,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2016 4:02 pm UTC

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Learning a foreign language at any level is helpful. First and most broadly, it helps to understand other cultures and other people, and helps talking with people sometimes. Then there are the...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 7:49 am UTC

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Slang in itself is neither positive nor negative. Instead, it reflects nuances of language usage that can link speakers to a sense of culture and ancestry. In some cases, it links members of...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2019 5:25 am UTC

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The English word "reason" has two main categorical meanings. They are (1) the facts, etc, that serve as the motivation for a course of action or a statement in an argument and (2) to form...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2010 7:45 am UTC

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You ask a good question and, while I appreciate the concept of "to a middle extent", the answer to your predicament is actually more straightforward. To understand how the word "extent" is being...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2016 1:46 am UTC

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The main thing you need to remember about a speech is that your listeners cannot rewind you (unless you are being recorded). In an essay, your reader can re-read ideas if they are not clear, or if...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2012 12:06 am UTC

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You insulted him; this is his complaint. His complaint is that you insulted him. He complained that you insulted him. When in doubt, you could always use a semi-colon, like in the first...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2012 3:47 am UTC

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This is a very intelligent question. Both words come from ancient Greek: chronos means time, dia means through, and syn means with or together. From this breakdown, we can say that a diachronic...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2015 12:25 pm UTC

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As mentioned above, connotation is the key to tone. The adjective tall is neither positive nor negative in its suggested meanings. So, finding a negative connotation for tall will affect the tone...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2012 5:39 pm UTC

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As a reader, historical fiction is a story with both fiction and non-fiction mixed together to create a good story which draws the reader into the action and the time period. Good historical...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 2:11 pm UTC

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The rising action tends to be the longest part of a story. This is because the rising action includes all of the events that set up the story’s conflict. More often than not, the rising action...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020 7:45 pm UTC

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No inanimate object can influence a person; it is what the person does with this inanimate object that can cause problems. The passive watching of television has been scientifically studied and a...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2011 1:28 pm UTC

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Punctuation is defined by American Heritage Dictionary (on Dictionary.com) as "the standard marks and signs in writing and printing" that are used to clarify meaning by designating the separations...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010 10:05 pm UTC

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If you're having trouble coming up with ideas, do a written version of a free association exercise. Just start writing whatever pops into your head. Usually, before long you'll have a number of...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2012 2:39 am UTC

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Simply put, constructing sentences using parallel structure is a way of making wording match. When we make wording match, we create clearer, economical, elegant sentences that are much easier to...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2015 9:15 am UTC

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The Target-Based language teaching approach (TBLT), or Target-Based language instruction strategy (TBI) is one of the most widely-used teaching interventions in language instruction, particularly...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 4:53 pm UTC

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If you are only allowed to pick one of those options, then I would pick the internal man vs. self conflict that is listed. The brief quote shows that both Darry and Ponyboy are struggling with an...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 2:18 pm UTC

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This is really one main question, and I have a feeling you're hoping the teachers here to do your homework for you. While I won't give you finished answers for each one, I can help you answer your...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2012 10:49 pm UTC

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In my experience, I feel that I have witnessed a significant increase in hyperbole over the last two decades. A person could have once said, "That was a really good movie," and that would have...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2012 6:22 pm UTC

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Assessment is critical to student success, but assessing for mastery should occur only when students have had an opportunity to learn the content. There are two types of assessment: formative and...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 4:42 pm UTC

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I begin every school year (7th grade Communication Arts) with a discussion of the difference between formal and informal writing, and explain that basic usage errors in skills that should be...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2012 10:00 pm UTC

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Etymology is the study of the history of words and how their format and meaning evolve over time. According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, the word "zealous" dates back to the 1520's. This is...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2011 2:25 am UTC

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The first principle for selecting materials to select and grade materials for language teaching is vocabulary. For example, in teaching inflected languages one normally starts with materials in the...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2012 5:56 pm UTC

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I have posters around my classroom - particularly on the back wall - for students to have eye contact with. Also, with junior students we encourage use of the smartboard and Powerpoint to support...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2011 6:26 pm UTC

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The essential thing about ordinances when it comes to Christianity is the division between the Catholic and Orthodox church and most Protestant sects. In the former, things like communion or...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2014 7:17 pm UTC

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While I agree the much depends upon the learners native language, there are some particular parts of English that are difficult for all ESL learners. One of the major snags can be irregularities...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2012 10:22 pm UTC

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I concur with Post #7. The students in high school today are very much products of the whole language approach to writing instruction, and they suffer for it in the final products they produce for...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2011 3:50 am UTC

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I often encouraged my students who were stuck on a writing assignment to just write. It sounds silly, but sometimes we get so hung up on where to start that we block ourselves. If you're stuck on...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2011 11:02 pm UTC

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I think that you need to stop worrying about the WORKS covered and start thinking about the SKILLS you want to make sure that the students are working on. Once you know "what you want them to be...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2011 11:21 am UTC

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The key to ensuring student success is to continually assess students during the lesson. Checking for understanding is crucial for instructors of any level. In a lesson that includes both reading...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2012 11:55 am UTC

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When getting students to do creative writing, I love to have them bring in objects that are important to them from home and then have them develop a piece incorporating that item. At first they...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 6:48 pm UTC

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It might be a cliche, but you could start by describing the situation into which you were born. What was going on in the country? What was your family like? How did your parents meet? I would...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2011 6:41 am UTC

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Differentiated instruction is based on assessment and adapting activities to multiple levels and needs. In teaching language arts, there are many things to consider. Children will have different...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2013 4:35 pm UTC

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The key to a strong thesis statement is to know what you are going to write about. The best way to begin is by responding to the prompt in one sentence, if you have a specific prompt. Otherwise,...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 12:44 pm UTC

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I would choose the "person from history conversation" topic and select a musician. The person I would choose would be either Billie Holiday or Janis Joplin. Both musicians struggled with life and...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 2:06 pm UTC

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Since Tablets are designed with the professional person in mind, one might take advantage of features that would allow for students to build PowerPoint presentations and/or work collaboratively at...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2011 10:50 am UTC

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Start first at a comfortable level of speed. Often we find that the biggest problem with people's accent is that they want to intonate faster than they can think about what they are going to say....

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 6:18 am UTC

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The best way to do well on any test is to practice, and be sure to feel well-prepared. For example, if it is a standardized test and you can get practice tests it will help you to practice the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012 8:14 pm UTC

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As others have said, your definition of "activities" greatly impacts this question. Also important are factors like the subject being considered, the age and ability level of the students involved,...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2012 9:58 am UTC

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The language-learning theories of socioculturalism and context embedding, alongside the Mango Language Learning Program, stand in stark contrast to the theory proposed by Lily Wong Fillmore...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2015 2:56 am UTC

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I would certainly remove the statement about needing a car because it is cool (or uncool to catch the bus). This doesn't further the argument. In fact, this type of statement will tend to make...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011 6:19 am UTC

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Basically, people tend to react automatically when using language. They learn from a young age the structures, and then re-create them. Thus deautomatization is the process of moving away from...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2012 3:40 pm UTC

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I don't think apostrophes will become extinct. It's true that many people do not know how to use them properly, but that doesn't mean they aren't necessary. If people didn't stop at a stop sign...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2012 12:29 pm UTC

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The adjective human derives first of all from the Latin word humanus, meaning "of a man." It, then, became an French word in the Middle Ages, and after the Norman Conquest of 1066, it found its...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2013 3:49 pm UTC

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