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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Apr. 13, 2012

These Mini-Lessons are posted on Twitter, and in China on Weibo, throughout the day. You can follow them there!

To get the most from them, you should try to use them in sentences, or discuss them with friends. Writing something on Twitter or Weibo is a great way to practice!
  • Science: reboot: start (boot) a computer again. Now used for restarting other things, like a film series: "The reboot of the James Bond films."
  • Language Study: topic sentence: the main sentence in a paragraph, that tells what the paragraph is about. Usually (not always) the first sentence
  • Business: breach of contract: failure to fulfill a legal agreement. "When he was fired for no reason, he sued for breach of contract."
  • Literature: Aeschylus: (c. 524-455 BC) one of three great writers of tragedies in ancient Athens; seven of his plays are still read and performed.
  • New Words: bulletize: make a text into a bullet list. "This is good, but it would be clearer if you bulletized the third paragraph."
  • Slang: a cinch: easy, simple. A: "How was the test?" B: "It was a cinch! I'm sure I passed."
  • Modern History: Pocahontas: (c 1595-1617) Indian near Jamestown, Virginia. Daughter of a chief, saved Englishman John Smith; later went to England.

  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, and I wrote the definitions and examples myself.

This lesson is ©2012 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use."

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