April 15

Birthdays: Henry James (1843), Waverley Root (1903), Jacqueline Briggs Martin (1945), Helene Hanff (1916), Jeffrey Archer (1940), Omar Tyree (1969)

Tip: Homonyms are difficult for some people to recognize. There/their/they’re: “There” is a place (we are going there). “Their” is a possessive pronoun meaning it belongs to them (their house). “They’re” is a contraction for “they are” (They’re coming with us). Check your work for homonyms. Spell check will not catch them!

Thought for the day: “I usually know the first four or five chapters in detail, and the next 10 in outline, which will take me to the middle of the book. Then it’s time to pray.” – Jeffrey Archer

Jumpstart: What kind of cartoon would you draw for the newspaper if you could? Would your main character be human or animal? Would it be a single strip or a continuing story? Write the dialogue for it and the descriptions of your characters.

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