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Six-Word Stories: Versatile Comprehension Tools

  Although the six-word memoir began as a narrative platform for telling a personal story in only six words, it serves as a versatile analysis and comprehension tool for multiple content areas. According to literary legend, the six-word story was born when someone challenged novelist Ernest Hemingway to write a story using only six words;…
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Performance-Enhancing Strategies

Let’s take a quick two-question poll: List the five freedoms granted in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.  Do you have that list?  Alright, let’s move on to question number two: Name the five members of the television family, The Simpsons. If your memory is typical with what statistics have discovered, .1 per cent…
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The Truth About Stereotyping

Although we often receive admonishments for using stereotypes, stereotyping is a major method by which we simplify our social world, since stereotypes reduce the amount of cognitive processing (i.e. thinking) we have to do when we encounter a new person or situation. One advantage of a stereotype is that it enables us to respond rapidly to situations…
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To Be Extraordinary

Etymology, the study of word origins, can be an interesting topic.  Take the word extraordinary, which derives from the Latin extraordinarius, for example.  The prefix extra means "out," and when combined with ordinem, "row, rank, series, or arrangement," the word extraordinary essentially means "out of the common order" or “outside the perimeter of the norm.”  This word…
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