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Subject: Writing

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How would you organize a 5-paragraph essay on the topic of your summer vacation?

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Answer:

To organize your essay, you must first develop a topic sentence, which is a sentence that states the core idea of your essay. This topic sentence can be as simple as a sentence that states that you went to a water park, visited your grandmother, and read a favorite book. Armed with this information, you can then use each activity as its own topic sentence and use several supporting sentences that describe each activity. So your outline would look like this: Intro-What I did on my summer vacation: went to a water park, visited grandma, read a favorite book Paragraph 2: Went to a water park followed by 2 or 3 supporting sentences Paragraph 3: Went to visit grandma followed by 2 or 3 supporting sentences. Paragraph 4: Read a favorite book followed by 2 or 3 supporting sentences. Paragraph 5: Concluding paragraph summarizing your activities during your summer vacation.

Subject: Basic Math

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Last year, John traveled 15 miles to Best Buy to purchase a TV for $500. John was placed on a monthly payment plan of $40 per month. John has made 10 payments. How much has John paid for the TV so far? How much more does John owe for the TV?

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Answer:

Sometimes word problems contain information that is not needed to solve the problem. For example, How far John traveled to get his TV has no bearing on the terms of his payment plan. The information needed to solve the problem would be the amount of the payments and the number of payments made. The operation needed to find out how much John paid for the TV is multiplication: 10 payments x $40 per payment equals $400. The operation needs to find out how much John has left to pay is subtraction: $500 minus $400 equals $100. So John owes $100 on the TV.

Subject: English

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Why are strong English skills important for student development?

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Having strong English skills such as listening, speaking, reading, and writing will help students become complete communicators allowing them to have more successful interactions with both friends and family. Strong English skills will also allow them to understand and interpret what they read so that their knowledge base, along with their cognitive development, will grow and flourish. In addition, students who have developed strong writing skills through tutoring combined with independent study, are able to express themselves more effectively through the written word, which is a skill that is essential for anyone in school and beyond.

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