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**Tutor Resources**


August 2020

The website is being renovated for 2020-2021 purposes. As I have videos or handouts, you can find them duplicated here in case you lose your copy or I can’t print/send it to you for some reason. Videos will not all stay up for the whole year, so do view these as assigned. Handouts should remain all year.

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Writing doesn’t just reflect thinking; it shapes thinking.” — Paula Bourque

“Writing is never done; it is only due.” — Paula Bourque

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” — Chinese fortune cookie

On Writing Clearly:

C.S. Lewis,

The way for a person to develop a [writing] style is (a) to know exactly what he wants to say, and (b) to be sure he is saying exactly that. The reader, we must remember, does not start by knowing what we mean. If our words are ambiguous, our meaning will escape him. I sometimes think that writing is like driving sheep down a road. If there is any gate open to the left or the right the readers will most certainly go into it.

C.S. Lewis, as quoted in pt. 2 of “The Final Interview of C. S. Lewis” by Sherwood Wirt

ambiguous = open to more than one interpretation; having a double meaning.


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“The 1000 Most Common SAT Words PDF” is in alphabetical order, 70 pages. NEW! For 2020-2021, word study process is a page of instructions for using these 1000 Most Common SAT Words PDF. Then there is the new Worksheet for weekly practice, and a handy new Check Chart for all 1000 words so you know the ones you’ve studied and which ones you have not studied yet. Thank you. 😀

Instructions: Print out the Study Process sheet and read. Print the Check Chart on cardstock or place in thick page protectors for durability. Print as many copies of the Worksheet as needed, or use it as a model for notebook paper or word processing. Refer to the link for the word definitions rather than print out 70 pages! Since they are in alphabetical order, the words should be easy to find.

Literature Resources

ELEMENTS OF LITERATURE — coming to this site will be handouts for your weekly assignments.

Smithsonian’s TweenTribune Web Site (link)

WORLD Teen Web Site (link)

NOTE: You may view the articles the Smithsonian and WORLD links above; however, for special features, you will need to set up an account (e.g., to respond online).

NOTE: For Smithsonian articles, click on the Lexile score that is most comfortable for you AND challenging. Keep within the 1000 (comfortable) and 1250 (challenging) range appropriate for high school.


Sentence Structure Types:

  • I
  • ID
  • D, I
  • I, cc I
  • I; ca, I
  • I divided by ,D,
  • I; I
  • Independent Clause = Simple Sentence
  • Independent>Dependent (no comma)
  • Dep. headed by subord. conj. (COMMA), Indep.
  • Indep. (COMMA), coord. conj. > Indep.
  • Indep. (SEMI-COLON); conj. adv. (COMMA), Indep.
  • Indep. divided by a dependent clause beginning with a relative pronoun and surrounded by COMMAS.
  • Indep. clause (SEMI-COLON); independent clauses

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Writing Process Page

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Writing the Research Essay or Paper in MLA Format

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**For tutorials on creating MLA format on Microsoft Word 2010/2016, click on Brown Button below.**

Microsoft WORD Tutorials for Windows

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