Lucina S.

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How to use root words to learn vocabulary

Posted by Lucina S. on 1/27/21 12:00 PM

Retaining new English vocabulary is challenging, whether you’re learning English for the first time or studying for standardized tests like the SAT or GRE. The challenge arises, in part, from the sheer volume of words in English. English’s massive lexicon comes from words in several other languages, and learning some of these words—more often fragments of words—can give you a learning advantage.

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Tags: study skills, language learning, ESL, Latin

What I learned about the writing process from bread baking

Posted by Lucina S. on 11/17/20 12:15 PM

Working from home means I can adapt myself to the capricious schedule of bread making. Dough waits for no one (and it will not rise more quickly if prodded!). I’ve loved baking since childhood, but I discovered bread more recently.

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Tags: expository writing

Editing for parallelism: one writing lesson from the shortest literary form

Posted by Lucina S. on 7/30/20 6:35 PM

When I teach my students to become their own editors, I often tell them to be on the lookout for opportunities to use parallelism. Parallelism is the repetition of the same grammatical structure in successive parts of a sentence. (Grammatical structure is just a fancy way of saying some combination of nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech.)

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Tags: creative writing, expository writing