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The Complete and Amazing Guide to the 40 Spelling Rules of English

The Complete and Amazing Guide to the 40 Spelling Rules of English Intro Did you know there are a set of forty rules that make up basic beginner’s English? Most of us native speakers have forgotten to consciously apply these important rules, simply because we use them everyday. It’s become something of an organic process…

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Rethinking Punctuation: A Series

Rethinking Punctuation: A Series Hello teachers! We’re super excited about a new series on how to rethink punctuation in the classroom. Why is punctuation so difficult to teach? Well, it’s often broken into confusing, illogical segments that students have trouble paying attention to! Now, what good is that? Teachers get frustrated with content that bores…

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Ernest Hemingway Books: Shorts Worth Reading

Ernest Hemingway Books: Shorts Worth Reading Hemingway’s Style Though Ernest Hemingway was well-known as an inventive American writer with classics such as For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) and his first novel, The Sun Also Rises (1926), less discussion revolves around his short stories. Writing with a straight and direct style, Hemingway has a knack…

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English Reading Comprehension For Beginners

English Reading Comprehension For Beginners Reading comprehension is an important tool for ESL students trying to learn English. It’s almost as important as speaking! Why? Everything around us, from ads to media to transportation, is composed of bits of reading comprehension spaces. There’s meaning wherever we go: from warning signs to directions to entertainment. The…

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How To Read Shakespeare

How To Read Shakespeare 3 Quick Tips No one cracks open a Shakespeare play for the first time and exclaims, “Wow, this is easy to understand,” and for good reason. Shakespeare wrote for an audience some 400 years ago, so it’s understandable that a lot of meaning is lost on a reader who doesn’t know…

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The Great Gatsby Symbols: 3 Major Patterns Explained

The Great Gatsby Symbols 3 Major Patterns Explained What’s up with The Great Gatsby symbols? Why are they almost all so eerie, mysterious and illusory like Gatsby himself? We here at FactSumo dive into the enigmas of The Great Gatsby symbols, and why they deserve a second glance on your next read-through of the novel.…

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The American Dream in The Great Gatsby

The American Dream in The Great Gatsby As mysterious as Gatsby is, we know he’s after one thing throughout The Great Gatsby. His goal isn’t necessarily Daisy, either, but what Daisy comes to represent. The American Dream is as elusive a concept as Gatsby himself: shrouded in false promises, enigmas, and the pain of loss.…

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What is the Setting of Fahrenheit 451?

What is the Setting of Fahrenheit 451? Originally published in 1953, Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 won critical acclaim for quite a few reasons, and still holds its relevance today. In the age of dystopian novels, this particular book stood out for its no-holds-barred critique of technology, the state of human consciousness, and the importance…

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Criticisms of Catcher in the Rye

Criticisms of Catcher in the Rye What’s the deal with Holden Caulfield? Holden Caulfield: the poster-child for 1950s teenage angst and suffering, and the centerpiece for modern American high school curricula.   Why is JD Salinger’s best-known character so good at stirring up feelings of affection, despair, dismissiveness, sometimes concurrently, even sixty years after the…

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Why is Shakespeare Important?

Why is Shakespeare Important? Staying Power Shakespeare is one of those reads you first encountered young, and you likely hated the experience. Syntactically, Shakespeare is a nightmare (to thine own self, be true). The plays themselves are short, but incredibly dense. They are filled with language that has fallen out of use or changed dramatically…

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