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Articles by Helly Douglas

Helly Douglas is a UK writer and teacher, specialising in education, children, and parenting. She loves making the complex seem simple through blogs, articles, and curriculum content. You can check out her work at hellydouglas.com or connect on Twitter. When she’s not writing, you will find her in a classroom, being a mum or battling against the wilderness of her garden - the garden is winning!

What is Verbal Irony? Examples and Definition

What is Verbal Irony? Examples and Definition

When a speaker says one thing but means something else, that's verbal irony. In this article, we break down how to use verbal irony and give you examples to see how it's used in other works.

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14 of the Hardest Words to Spell (+ Tips to Help You Spell Them Correctly)

14 of the Hardest Words to Spell (+ Tips to Help You Spell Them Correctly)

Looking for a challenge? In this article, we've rounded up 14 of the hardest to spell words in the English language. We'll teach you how to spell them and give you tips for remembering them in the future. Welcome to your newest party trick!

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Second-Person Point of View: Guide and Examples

Second-Person Point of View: Guide and Examples

Second person point-of-view is the "you" perspective. Using 2nd person POV means you're talking to the reader directly. Discover how to use this writing style effectively.

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Whom or Who: Which Is the Right One to Use and When?

Whom or Who: Which Is the Right One to Use and When?

What's the difference between "who" and "whom"? In this article we explain when to use each term.

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The Ultimate List of Positive Adjectives

The Ultimate List of Positive Adjectives

Looking for a new positive adjective to use in your descriptive writing? This list contains hundreds of positive adjectives you can use.

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Plagiarism, Theft, or Inspiration? How to Make Every Idea Your Own

Plagiarism, Theft, or Inspiration? How to Make Every Idea Your Own

Worried about plagiarism? Wondering how much inspiration you can take from previously published work? Check out these three suggestions to make every idea your own.

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Preparing Work for Beta Readers: 8 Steps for Better Feedback

Preparing Work for Beta Readers: 8 Steps for Better Feedback

If you're considering using a beta reader, what should you do before you send your work to them? These tips will save you time, get you the feedback you need, and make the best use of your beta reader.

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Teaching Expanded Sentences: 3 Easy Strategies

Teaching Expanded Sentences: 3 Easy Strategies

Are your students relying on the same simple sentences for every piece of writing? Teach them effective ways to expand their sentences. You'll boost grades and improve writing abilities.

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What Is Alt Text and Why Does It Matter for SEO?

What Is Alt Text and Why Does It Matter for SEO?

What is alt text and why is it an essential technique for ranking in Google search engine results? Find a simple explanation and useful examples in this 101 beginner's guide.

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9 Easy Ways to Improve Student Spelling

9 Easy Ways to Improve Student Spelling

Children don't just naturally pick up correct spelling. Use these 9 practical ideas to evaluate your current teaching and make small changes to maximise improvement in your classroom.

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School Writing Technology Tools for Dyslexic Students

School Writing Technology Tools for Dyslexic Students

Looking for new writing technology to support your dyslexic students? Are you meeting their needs in your classroom? Find out more about the most popular products on the market.

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How to Have a Successful Freelance Writer Client Meeting

How to Have a Successful Freelance Writer Client Meeting

Daunted by the idea of a meeting clients? It’s an essential part of being a professional freelance writer. We share seven pro tips to help you plan and run a successful meeting every time.

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The Ultimate 101 Guide to Ghostwriting

The Ultimate 101 Guide to Ghostwriting

Interested in becoming a ghostwriter? Wondering how ghostwriting differs from other content writing? This essential guide has everything you need to get started.

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Exciting Book Choices for Middle-Grade Readers

Exciting Book Choices for Middle-Grade Readers

Always recommending the same few authors to your middle-grade readers? Discover these new releases, issue-driven stories, and classic reads every school library needs.

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How to Write from a Child’s Perspective

How to Write from a Child’s Perspective

Capturing the voice of a child is challenging in fiction writing. Use these simple tips and techniques to help you write convincingly from a child's perspective.

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