Posts by Minrose Straussman

  1. How Do I Write A Meaningful Holiday Card?

    Just as we look forward to presents and parties this time of year, we can’t get enough of holiday cards! We love them all: from colorful cards sent by snail mail to animated emails to newsletters summing up what everyone in the family has been up to all year. Fun fact: The very first holiday card in 1843 depicted children toasting with wine—oops! But when …

  2. Words You Need To Know To Watch The Classic Holiday Movies

    Along with presents and beautifully decorated trees, the holidays deliver the blessing of movies that are part of many family traditions! From Miracle on 34th Street to Elf, these are the movies we watch over and over again every holiday season. (Ready for that Christmas Story marathon? We are!) These beloved classics are chockablock with dialogue we have heard so many times … but do we …

  3. Why Is It Called “Stuffing” And “Dressing”?

    Traditionally, turkey is served on Thanksgiving. It’s the star of the meal. However, some people are even more enthusiastic about its reliable sidekick—stuffing … or is it called dressing? Americans are hardly the first people to stuff their roast birds. Evidence suggests in Ancient Rome and throughout the Middle East that people put bread, spices, and all kinds of other goodies into the cavity of …

  4. How Do I Use Emoji In Education?

    Some young people may find it hard to believe, but there was once a world without emoji (the plural can be either emoji or emojis—take your pick). These bright, little, expressive images didn’t come into existence until 1999, when the first ones were created by Japanese artist Shigetaka Kurita. Today, there are more than 3,000 emoji … and counting. They add a pop of personality to …

  5. How Do I Write A Résumé?

    When you’re applying to a job, first impressions are important. These days, your résumé or your CV (curriculum vitæ) serves to introduce you and can create a first impression (good … or bad) with a potential employer. That means your résumé has to be stunning in order to stand out. It should provide a concise, clear, accurate snapshot of you—and of course what you have …

  6. Ways To Avoid Using Clichés While Writing

    When it comes to clichéd phrases, it’s time to set the record straight. We all use them (and we just did)! And while they are often seen as trite, overused, or hackneyed language, clichés can serve a purpose. They’re essentially a shorthand (easy way) to express particular ideas or images. However, using too many clichés is a sign of a lazy writer. Clichéd language, plots, or …

  7. Did You Know These Words Were Surprisingly Synonyms?

    The English language never ceases to surprise us. There are all kinds of fascinating connections between words we regularly use in our everyday life. Like autoantonyms: they are their own opposites?  For example, clip is an autoantonym because it can mean both “to  fasten” and “to cut apart.” Wild. But back to this article … where we are particularly interested in synonyms that reveal strange connections …

  8. How Do I Write A College Application Essay?

    A college application is made up of many different components. You’ve got the transcripts, the recommendations, the exam scores. And, just when you think there can’t possibly be anything else, you’re hit with the essays. Some schools require just one personal statement. Others ask for many. Some, like the University of Chicago, pose “quirky” questions like, “Cats have nine lives, Pac-Man has three lives, and …

  9. What Do These Common School Acronyms Mean?

    Schools are ground zero for alphabet soup—educators seemingly love to name things using acronyms. STEM, GPA, KWL. While all of this jargon can seem kind of daunting, it’s not too bad once you learn the ropes. And we are here to help. So, get out your pencil and notebook, raise your hand for roll call, and prepare for School Acronyms 101. STEM You may think …

  10. How Do I Write A Scary Campfire Story?

    Some classic activities are perfect for a night out camping: sitting around a campfire, making s’mores, singing songs, and … telling scary stories. There are classic campfire tales, like Bloody Mary and The Hitchhiker. But maybe you have a hankering to write a scary story yourself to tell around your next campfire. Here are a few steps to make your next scary story session a …

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