Overestimate their abilities and influence.
Be easily morally corrupted by absolute power.
Prize their reputations for goodwill above all else.
Become weaker and more fallible with age.
The devastation of war and its aftermath
The expanding influence of science and technology
The hypocrisy and corruption of government
The nature of the experience of some recent immigrants
The main character is a person of renown, stature, or exceptional qualities.
Dialogue is written in verse and embellished with prose, song, and other artistic forms.
The tragic hero's downfall is brought about by a fatal flaw or error in judgment.
Violent acts are represented on stage, particularly during the play's final act.
The Middle Ages
The modern age
Provide readers with better summaries than they could create on their own.
Indicate which ideas the writers of the text consider most important.
Allow readers to skip the chapters and simply read the summaries.
Include interesting information that is not in the chapters themselves.
This winter I want to learn to ski, ice-skate, and to make hot chocolate from scratch.
The news article addressed all aspects of the problem—environmental, political, and cost.
According to her teacher, her essay reflected considerable skill, effort, and attention to detail.
Kiwis and other tropical fruits not only grow in New Zealand but in other areas as well.
Changing all verbs from the active to the passive voice
Creating a new thesis statement
Removing any ill-fitting or redundant ideas
Correcting all spelling errors
Is the information included in the source supported by evidence?
Is this the first edition of the source or has it been revised and updated?
Is the publication aimed at a general or a specialized audience?
Is the source focused on one facet of a topic or does it provide an overview?
At midday, the quaint little plaza was empty of people, except for a dignified waiter who stood in the doorway of a small café. He proudly held onto his silver tray, waiting for his first customers.
About twelve o'clock, a leaden heat filled the plaza. It was so oppressive that it seemed to threaten to melt the tables and chairs in front of the café. A waiter, sweating profusely, wondered about his next tips.
One minute before noon, and outside the café, chairs and tables baked in the sun. A lone waiter held a silver tray against his chest like a badge, watching the deserted plaza closely. Just thirty seconds now till noon.
It was almost twelve and the sun bore down on the plaza. The townspeople knew better than to sit outside the café in this heat. One waiter looked out, though, in case a brave tourist or two happened to come by and sit.
Although Sonya Martin was wearing her seatbelt, she suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.
Skidding on the wet pavement, Sonya Martin's car crashed into the front of Elron's Grocery at the corner of Main and South streets, crushing its front end.
An Augusta woman was slightly injured on Saturday after losing control of her car and crashing into the front of a local business.
Thirty-three-year-old Sonya Martin, of 100 West Street, lost control of her brown, four-door sedan at around 4 p.m. while heading east on Main Street.
Defining terms carefully to avoid misconceptions
Directly addressing opposing viewpoints
Recounting relevant personal experiences
Creating emphasis with transitional words and phrases
Fashion designer: Parents were cannery workers in Alaska. Encouraged by high school drama teacher to design costumes. Shuns spotlight, lives alone in log cabin. Needs solitude to create.
Rock singer: Born in Chicago to famous opera singers. Changed name to avoid embarrassment to his parents. Lives on farm with wife and children and sings at annual fundraisers for local hospital.
Nobel Prize–winning physicist: Born in California, son of a teacher and accountant. Teaches at Stanford University. Donated Nobel Prize money to scholarships for underprivileged students.
Movie actor: Born in Texas to ranch hand and waitress. Ran away at age 16. "Discovered" surfing in Malibu. Had plastic surgery. Rumored to have illegal casino in basement of his palatial home.
Summarizing the most significant threats to the gardens and reviewing the dates of important municipal decisions regarding demolition
Assuring group members that they are justified in feeling worried and selecting three members to speak briefly before the meeting ends
Outlining a list of actions that group members can take in order to express their concerns to a wider audience, including local residents and officials
Encouraging group members to write to the president of the shoe company to let her know that her company is not welcome in the area
Make both men and women look younger.
Allow people to stay out in the sun indefinitely.
Make children more attractive and popular.
Allow families to spend more time together.