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['def-uh-nit-lee] adv - without question and beyond doubt.
Winning the Boston Marathon was ultimately Jeff’s own doing, but he definitely could not have done so without the support of his wife, Marion.
[prahyd] noun - a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct.
Evan’s last-second goal made his father swell with pride. His teammates propped him on their shoulders and gave him the trophy to hold while parents took photographs.
[suhb-'skrahy-ber] noun - a person, company, etc., that pays for a publication or concert series.
Elizabeth is a subscriber of the Word For the Day website. She believes that slowly creating a strong vocabulary base is the best way to improve it.
[in-'vair-ee-uh-buhly] adv - without change, in every case.
Picking crops was difficult work for Joad. He would start at dawn and invariably by the end of the day his back would be sore, and he would sleep like a rock.
[uh-rij-uh-'nal-i-tee] noun - ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.
The advertising agency eliminated Geoffrey as a candidate because of his lack of originality. Advertising is about newness and creativity which he seemed to not possess.
['ag-ruh-veyt] verb - to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome.
Daniel had not run a marathon for three years due to his chronicle knee pain. He thought he was ready to try it again last week, but his knee pain came back in the middle of the match and was aggravated toward the end.
noun - a word or sequence of words difficult to pronounce, esp. rapidly, because of alliteration or a slight variation of consonant sounds.
In class on Monday, Ellen learned that how difficult it was to say ‘she sells seashells by the seashore.’ She stumbled saying the tongue twister for ten minutes until she was finally able to nail it every time.
[kuhn-'vey] verb - to communicate; impart; make known.
Mary identifies herself as a professional artist and a mother. She blends the two in her paintings to convey a maternal message of love and security.
This article is written by an editor of the magazine Highlights for Children. He offers advice for students who hope to publish their writing, possibly in Highlights...
Editors Are Real People Too
When I was a kid, my favorite part of any magazine I read was always the jokes and riddles. That’s the first section I’d turn to in Highlights for Children or Humpty Dumpty in my annual visits to the dentist’s office. And, as a ____
____ to Boys’ Life, it’s also the section I often submitted work to, hoping to find myself published.
It never happened. Even when I was sure I’d discovered the funniest joke, told it with perfect timing and sent it off in the mail, I’d ____
____ see that same joke published (and told better than I had done) a month or two later, attributed to some other kid.
Many years later, after I’d become an editor at
, I realized just how enormous was the competition for space on the pages of those magazines. At
, we receive more than a thousand pieces of mail from our readers each week, and nearly all of those envelopes include work being submitted for publication: stories, poems, drawings, jokes, riddles, ____
____ and other items. And even though we devote a fair amount of space to kids’ work each month—about five or six pages, on average—it is still only a tiny fraction of that volume that ever gets into print.
Ask any editor at
and they’ll tell you that the single hardest job we have is choosing which pieces of kids’ work to publish. With stacks and stacks of creative writing and drawings to look through each month, how do we determine which pieces should get in? It’s not an easy job.
Let me tell you about the process. First I should say that we don’t expect jokes, riddles or tongue twisters to be original. Of course, as editors, we’ve read most of the more common jokes and such a thousand times, so we probably won’t be as tickled by “Why did the chicken cross the road?” as by a joke we’ve never heard before. But items like these feel somehow like community property, so we’re happy to share a joke that a kid has heard in school or elsewhere.
But when it comes to stories and poems, we seek ____
____ without fail. Some kids do submit poems that they’ve read or heard elsewhere. Published work is protected by copyright laws, of course, and we wouldn’t want to give someone credit for work that is not their own. We are very careful to have all poems we are considering checked by an expert, but occasionally a poem that’s been copied will slip by us all and get into print. It’s not only embarrassing, but it’s ____
____ to know that the poem took space that could have been devoted to another child’s original work.
So be original. And be creative.
I love poems and stories that only could have been written by one specific kid. That is, if you’ve had a funny experience with your cat or a deep thought while watching the moon come up, find a way to tell about it that makes it yours alone. The poems or stories that seem to jump out at us as we work our way through a stack are the ones that ____
____ a child’s very own senses and emotions. The writer’s words help us share that experience. And that makes us want to publish the work.
Editors select things for publication that move them in some way. This is true of the stories, poems and articles we purchase from adult writers as well as the work we select from our readers. Any piece that causes me to react—to smile or be entertained or even to feel sad—will ____
____ get a second look. If it has made me feel some emotion, then it will do the same for other readers as well.
Here are my top tips for any kid hoping to submit stories or poems to
. (I’ve already given two of them, but I’ll repeat them because they’re so important.)
1. Be original. We can nearly always detect copied work.
2. Be creative. We read lots of poems about falling leaves. Either find another subject or find a new way to tell us.
3. Be careful. It does make a difference if words are misspelled or writing is not neat. Always check your work and recopy it if necessary. Carefully prepared pages let us know that the writer takes ____
____ in his or her work.
4. Be patient. You will receive a letter or postcard letting you know that we’ve received your work, but it will be at least six months before your work might be published. And the chances are great that it won’t be. We always encourage kids to keep writing and drawing and to be proud of their creative work, whether it is published or not.
5. Be aware. It will be obvious from looking through a few issues of
that we don’t publish lengthy poems and stories by children. Pay attention to the type of work that your magazine is publishing. Most kids’ magazines list some sort of guidelines in their pages. . . .
6. Keep trying. The more you write or draw, the better you will become at it. Successful writers and artists keep at it for a long time, and that is true of children as well as adults.
According to the article, which of the following is the hardest job for a
writing an original story for each issue
selecting the best kids’ work to print
reading all of the mail the magazine receives
correcting the errors in kids’ stories and poems
Which of the following best describes the tone of the article?
strict and serious
childish and joking
confused and upset
friendly and informal
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