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Subject: Writing

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When writing a research paper, you want to populate your body paragraphs with Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning. Define each of these terms. What are some examples of each?

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Claims: A direct statement that chooses a specific stance on the given topic. Example: Learning how to play an instrument at a young age is beneficial to a child's overall education. Evidence: The data or information that supports the claim. Example: Dr. Z found in his study that "Students who learned piano before the age of thirteen are reported to choose more innovative ways to approach word problems than their peers." Reasoning: The description of how the evidence supports the claim. Example: According to this study, learning an instrument (in this case, the piano) helps students in other areas of academics by encouraging them to think about solving problems more creatively than their peers

Subject: Earth Science

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Why does the Earth experience four seasons?

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We have seasons because the Earth rotates on a fixed, tilted axis. The sun's rays hit different parts of the globe throughout the year, giving more daylight to one hemisphere than the other. This is also why the Northern Hemisphere's winter occurs at the same time as the Southern Hemisphere's summer.

Subject: Literature

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What is a frame narrative? () Think of a novel (or any extended literary work like a play or a long-form poem) that uses a frame narrative (2) and describe how the frame narrative helps develop or extend a theme in that novel. (3)

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(1) A frame narrative is a "story within a story," where another narrative, separate from the main story, is told within the novel, usually through dialogue by one of the characters. (2) Although the main storyline of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness is narrated by Marlow, who tells of his involvement in an expedition into the Congo River, Marlow's narrative is framed by one of his listeners: An unnamed narrator sharing a boat ride on the River Thames with the Director of Companies, the Accountant, the Lawyer, and Marlow himself. (3) By having Marlow tell his story to this particular group of people, Conrad highlights the hypocrisy of imperialism. Many imperial powers justified the colonization of other people as a civilizing mission, and the men on the boat -- men in power who are in charge of making decisions for imperialist Companies -- are totally separated from the atrocities committed by their workers in the colonies. Their ignorance allows them to maintain the story of a civilizing mission despite their active role in what is essentially the enslavement of the Congolese.

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