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Reconstructing Poetry: The Brick by Brick Approach

Reconstructing Poetry: The Brick by Brick Approach

Are you interested in learning how to write poetry? A great exercise to try is taking an already-written piece, and deconstructing it. Below, Tucson tutor Lourdes C. explains the method...   If you're a word crafter and you've found your words growing thin and inadequate, maybe even trite and boring, try this original constructivist approach from an applied linguistics perspective to see if you can't get the impact back into your work and cure writer's block. The method operates o … Read More

Reconstructing Poetry: The Brick by Brick Approach
Are you interested in learning how to write poetry? A great exercise to try is taking an already-written piece, and deconstructing it. Below, Tucson tutor Lourdes C. explains the method...   If you're a word crafter and you've found your words growing thin and inadequate, maybe even trite and boring, try this original constructivist approach from an applied linguistics perspective to see if you can't get the impact back into your work and cure writer's block. The method operates o
7 Simple Steps for Journalistic Writing
Interested in trying your hand at journalistic writing? Here, Olympia, WA tutor Tali H. explains the seven simple steps for writing an article... Being a reporter has a number of benefits: you get to meet people, talk, find out about what’s going on in your community, and keep your writing skills in tip-top shape. However, it can also be difficult –especially if you’re trying to meet an upcoming deadline. Here’s a simple breakdown for writing a medium-length journalistic article if you’re
How to Write a Haiku | A Short History and 7 Easy Steps
Interested in learning how to write a haiku? Learn a bit about their rich history, and then take a stab at writing your own with the help of this guest post from Cherese Cobb, creative writer and self-proclaimed haiku nut:   Haiku comes from tanka, a short poem that has a 5-7-5-7-7 syllable rhythm. It was originally practiced by Japanese noblemen and Buddhist priests. During the 9th-12th centuries, writing tanka became a game called renga, where one person wrote the first three lines
How to Stop Wasting Your Money & Time on Language Lessons
Are language lessons worth the money, or should you learn another way? French tutor Jinky B.  shares her tips here...    Thinking about taking a language class or working individually with a language tutor for French, Spanish, or another language? With so many resources available these days, it can be a daunting task to pick the right way to learn. And it's no secret that signing up for private language tutoring is usually one of the pricier options. Aspiring learners often ask
How Can Playing Math Games Help My Struggling Child?
Games make learning anything a much easier process. Rather than repetitive practice that can lead to complacency, using games to reinforce concepts will help keep things moving in the right direction. When learning new arithmetic concepts, for example, some simple math games can do wonders for retaining the information. With a few easy-to-find props, like dice and a deck of cards, math games are not only super simple, but fun! How to Get Started When using math games to explain core concepts

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