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Step 1: Read the following assignment:

Read Chapter 3 on cell division in your biology text. In 200 - 300 words, explain how and why cells divide.

Step 2: What does the teacher want? (Write your answer in the box below.)


Step 3: What steps might you take in order to complete this assignment?


In written work, we explain for a purpose.
Explaining can present complex points in simplified language and/or provide background information in order to lead the reader to a clear understanding of the topic.

Have you received an assignment asks you to explain something? Do Your Own is a section that can help you get started. We also have some samples of CUNY assignments that ask for explanations.


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