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Essays and Transitional Words

Posted by pjacbecker on March 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Essays and Transitional Words

 

More and more, the SAT and ACT essays are the best proof a college has that a potential student can think through an issue. With this in mind, you should ask yourself: “Does my teenager know what transitional words are?” “Does my teenager use these crucial words appropriately when building his/her case agreeing or disagreeing with the essay prompt?

 

Transitional words are absolutely necessary and integral...

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Education for the sake of education?!

Posted by pjacbecker on March 5, 2014 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Education for the sake of education?!

 

 

I had a fabulous private school education from first through 12th grade. Nonetheless, I was jealous of the public school kids who studied shorter hours and did not have the pressure I had to endure.

 

But all these years later, my education has served me well. In Outliers the Story of Success, Gladwell contends that you have to put your 10,000 free hours in. Well, I put those hours in after...

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ACT Essay

Posted by pjacbecker on May 17, 2013 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (1)

With the ACT Essay you have 30 minutes to write it instead of 25 minutes and is the last part of the exam rather than the first. Many students do not sign up for the ACT essay, but I feel that not including the essay in the ACT exam sends a signal to colleges that you either cannot write well or are not interested in writing or do not think that writing is important. All are bad signals to the colleges and the world. Also, since the Essay on the ACT exam, students often want to get the exam o...

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How to Score 10,11 or 12 out of 12 on the SAT Essay

Posted by pjacbecker on January 10, 2012 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

The trickiest prompt is the March 2011 SAT Essay prompt, "Are Reality TV shows harmful?" And the October 2011 SAT Essay Prompt, "Are Creative courses in High School as a important as traditional ones like Math and Science". Also go on google key word search and look at the most recent "SAT Essay Prompts, December 2011, November 2011, October 2011". There are three prompts for each month; some are offbeat so they may be good practice for out of the ordinary questions. He should be careful not ...

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4th Grader reads and tests well on "For Whom the Bell Tolls".

Posted by pjacbecker on January 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Student read "For Whom the Bell Tolls" since the last time I saw him. His reading of the Hemingway novel is an almost incredible achievement for a 4th grader. We did the Gradesaver quiz on the novel as well as the Sparknotes quiz on it. By the second quiz he had done even better than what he had done on the first. He had started "Guns, Germs and Steel", which was heavy going for him. I said take his time on that one. He said that it isn't any shorter than "For Whom the Bell Tolls", about 470 ...

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Is your child culturally literate?

Posted by pjacbecker on December 19, 2011 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Is your child culturally literate? 

I cater to the children of professionals.  These children are usually first or second generation American. The parents are upwardly mobile and they want the American dream for their child. 

I hold four certifications and teach ESL/Reading/Writing and cultural literacy simultaneously.

What is cultural literacy?  Cultural literacy is understanding what Handel's Messiah means and where the reference "messiah" comes f...

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David, 4th Grader,thru Wyzant

Posted by pjacbecker on December 18, 2011 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Sudent did another quiz on Red Badge of courage and a christmas carol as well as essay questions discussed on a Christmas carol. Student also did a couple of starter questions from his writing book. He watched part of the movie of red badge of courage and we discussed why flag carriers were important and why it was like capture the flag game and the danger to flag carriers. Mother and I planned more reading for student. Student and i discussed the importance of specific answers on relationshi...

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Hegel's Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis Works For Essay Writing From 2nd Grade On.

Posted by pjacbecker on December 12, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (10)

The German philosopher, Hegel is credited with this triad.  The thesis is an intellectual proposition.  The antithesis is simply the negation of the thesis.  The synthesis solves the conflict between the thesis and antithesis by reconciling common truth and in turn, forming a new proposition. 

Anyone who is familiar with the Critical Lens on the English Regents and the required ACT or SAT essays knows that this is EXACTLY the BEST way to deal wit...

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