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Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school … Read More

Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
On Wednesday morning, 86-year-old writer and American icon Maya Angelou passed away. Angelou was a memoirist and poet who grew up in the Jim Crow South and survived childhood sexual abuse. She overcame these hardships with incredible strength of spirit, and went on to lead a creative and fulfilling life, leaving behind a legacy of joyful, empowering work. Angelou is most known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which has become required reading for many high school
How to Write a Good Thesis: What You Need to Know
Remember learning about writing your thesis statement? It can be difficult to get just right, even for the best writers! Here, online tutor Lourdes C. cuts through the confusion with her simple guide to how to write a good thesis: A thesis - your worst nightmare, and the second highest cause of college breakdowns, next to heartbreak. You get this every class. You think you know how to think, you think you know how to write, then your instructor gives you a handout that requires a "research-
Ace Your Writing Skills Test With These 4 Tips
Preparing for a writing skills test? Take a look at these helpful tips from Ann Arbor, MI teacher Elaina R. to calm your nerves...   Writing skills tests are a very real part of life. They come up in grade school, in college entrance exams, and even in employment applications. Fortunately, writing skills tests are formulaic. Once you know what is on them, the prospect of taking them periodically throughout life becomes less daunting. Here are the basic elements of a writing skills
My Juilliard Entrance Essay | Sample Essay and Tips
Writing your college admissions essay can feel intimidating. How do you relay your life story and impress the admissions board in so few words? Check out the sample essay excerpts below, written by New York teacher Jasmine B., and her tips for writing your own winning essay: Writing a college entrance essay? Here are a few helpful hints, along with examples from my very own entrance essay for The Juilliard School. I applied for, and am currently a part of, the Drama Division. LET THEM
5 Writing Styles to Hook Your Reader
Successful writers know that a well-constructed story will grab the reader's attention from the very beginning. A strong beginning will hook readers and entice them to keep reading. There are a variety of writing styles that can be used to create an effective hook, and understanding which one of these writing styles best matches your unique voice is an important part of developing your craft. Some of our favorite ways to begin a story include: Asking a question:  The first line of the iconic c

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