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Creating Outlines by Kathleen Lietzau

Creating Outlines by Kathleen Lietzau What is an Outline? Macro Outlines Micro Outlines Crafting an Outline Moving from the Outline to the Paper What is an Outline? An outline is a way of formally arranging and developing your ideas. Though … Continue reading

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How to Write a Compare-Contrast Essay

What is a compare-contrast essay? Many essay prompts require a comparison or contrast between two elements (e.g., two characters in a story, two different political theories, two different religious doctrines or scientific explanations, two different historical events, and so forth). Comparison … Continue reading

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What Should an Author Profile Look Like?

One of the key features of Excellence in Literature is that we don’t assign anything that is just busywork. The Author Profile is designed to capture the essential points in an author’s life, with an emphasis on those that directly … Continue reading

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How to Read Poetry Aloud

The old-fashioned art of recitation has almost been lost, but I believe it’s one of the essential communication skills. Recitation not only improves elocution (the skill of clear, expressive speech), but also sharpens memory and deepens understanding of the work that … Continue reading

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Techniques of Literary Summary and Analysis

Using the nursery rhyme, “Jack and Jill,” Professor Randy Laist explains basic techniques of literary summary and analysis. Continue reading

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