Teachers, Here Is How to Spend Your Summer

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I distinctly remember staying late, late on a Friday night my second year of teaching so that I could finish all of my grading and planning for the next week.

I loved the idea of having a whole weekend to myself for once, but I didn’t actually think about what I would do with it once I had it. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling optimistic and free and by 1:15pm when I still hadn’t really moved from my bed, dread started to creep in. I had no idea really what to do with this free time. Completely forgot what I actually liked to do. It was the worst day ever.

I ate a Hungry Man dinner at 4:00pm.

If you are like me and are in danger of having that happen to your entire summer, or even just a couple of weeks of it, I have some ideas for you. Continue Reading ›

Scholarship Spotlight – June 2015

Every month, we select some of the best scholarships around and post them here on our blog. When you are ready to apply, check out our tips on How to Write a Scholarship Essay!


Bruce Lee Foundation Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,000

Eligibility: Applicant must be at least 16 years of age and be a senior in high school attending or planning to attend a two-year or four-year college.

Requirements: Letters of recommendation, completed application

Due Date: June 12, 2015 Continue Reading ›

How to Use Hyphens, En Dashes, and Em Dashes

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This is part two in our original grammar series.

It turns out the little horizontal lines you’ve been sticking between words when you weren’t sure what sort of punctuation should go there are actually different lengths for a reason.

Go figure.

Which of the following should fill the blank?

1. The confident student begins the well_proofed punctuation test with no fear.

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How to Use Commas

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This is part one in our original grammar series.

Today, we discuss the comma. It has rules attached to it that are easy to forget, and often hard to understand.

Which of these sentences is correctly punctuated?

comma 1A) Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The Tell Tale Heart,” describes the crazy narrator’s murder of the old man he lives with.
B) Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is as enjoyable as it is educational.
C) Herman Melville’s novel, Moby-Dick, is as enjoyable as it is educational. Continue Reading ›

The 10 Most Popular Homework Help Questions on eNotes

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This month we’re opening our data vault and sharing some eNotes secrets. We get thousands upon thousands of student questions on every topic imaginable. And those questions are viewed by even more students around the world. So it takes a unique question to top our charts and get more clicks than all the rest. Here are the current most popular questions accessed on our site:

1. What are some interesting speech topics for a five minute speech?

Your palms are sweating, your voice is trembling, and the audience is waiting for you to say something. Quick, grab your smartphone and check this eNotes page! We can’t guarantee you a standing ovation, but you will likely get a few laughs or thoughtful “mhms”.

2. List the advantages and disadvantages of globalization.

You can buy a McDonald’s hamburger and a Coca Cola in pretty much any country on the planet, but is that a good thing? These answers will make you think twice about the impact of our connected world. Continue Reading ›

Exquisite Commencement Speeches by Famous Authors

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A lot of the literary geniuses who penned the eNotes top one hundred literary works are dead—but a surprising number of them aren’t, and have thankfully stuck around long enough to see the invention of YouTube.

Check out the funny, profound, tragic, and sometimes surprising revelations offered by the authors you think you know in their commencement addresses. Continue Reading ›