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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Tuesday, Apr. 10, 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: digestive system: parts of body that eat food; break it into very small parts that can enter the blood stream; remove waste from body.
  • Language Study: active voice: makes a sentence where subject "does" the main verb, as "Bill" in "Bill loves Sue." Passive voice "Sue is loved by Bill."
  • Business: implement: perform, do, carry out. "They implemented the new policy." "Turn out the lights! We're implementing a cost-cutting plan."
  • Literature: Baha'i Faith: a modern religion founded in 19th century Persia which shows respect for all faiths, with a wide range of holy books.
  • New Words: Epic Fail: a complete failure, often used in the world of computers and technology. "Google Buzz was an epic fail."
  • Slang: to pour buckets: to rain a lot. "If you go out, be sure to take an umbrella; it's pouring buckets out there!"
  • Modern History: Plessy versus Ferguson: 1896, Supreme Court said facilities for blacks and whites could be "separate but equal." Changed in 1954.

  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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