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The Difference Between Tone and Mood

By Taylor Charles

Tone and mood are easy to confuse! To understand how they are different, let’s first take a look at what tone and mood each mean. Then, we can discuss what makes them different and how to identify both tone and mood in a book.

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What is the theme of a story?

What is the Theme of a Story?

By Taylor Charles

To find the theme in a story, it can be helpful to think about why the author wrote the text. However, don’t get confused with the plot of the story! Read through this article to learn the difference between the theme and plot of a story.

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What is a central idea in literature?

What is a Central Idea in Literature?

By Taylor Charles

Sometimes, the central idea in a text can be recognized in just the title or first sentence alone. However, it is more likely that it will take some digging to find the central idea. In this article, you’ll learn about helpful tips and strategies for finding the central idea in any piece of literature!

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Writing Help for Elementary Students

By Nicolette Kier

Back in school, you probably had some moments where you just did not feel like writing — the topic wasn’t interesting, you didn’t like poetry, or you just felt intimidated by the blank white page. Your child probably feels the same way at times. That’s why we developed a list of tips, tools, and free resources dedicated to writing help…

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Summer Reading Programs for Middle School Students: Find or create one for your child.

By Nicolette Kier

Summer is a largely unstructured time for students, which often leads to a significant reduction in the amount of reading they do – and the amount of information they gain. In some cases, students may even lose some of the reading skills and strategies they spent all year building. The solution to this conundrum: summer reading programs for middle school…

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Journaling for Elementary Students: How to Get Them Writing

By Nicolette Kier

Journaling, for elementary students, might seem inaccessible or pointless — like “extra writing” on top of what they do now. But journaling at a young age has numerous academic and personal benefits. And the writing process doesn’t have to be boring, either.   Read on for:   what exactly we mean by “journaling” different types of journal subjects and formats…

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