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Christmas Resource Roundup

December 1, 2016 3 min read

We can’t stop singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…” in our heads right now! Which means it’s also time for our Christmas Resource Roundup. We’ve got you covered this Christmas and holiday season with engaging and challenging reading…

Writing Claims: Three Crucial Components

July 27, 2016 3 min read

In our experience there are THREE crucial components students must master to gain confidence and skills in writing claims (also known as a thesis statement). Understand and explain what a claim actually is.  Differentiate between claims and statements.  Find appropriate…

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