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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, Apr. 18, 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!
  • Link: 100 Spelling quizzes with and without sound:
  • Ancient History: Pompeii: Roman city covered by a volcano in 79 AD, discovered again in 1749. Much has been learned from well-preserved ruins.
  • Irregular Verbs: I like to spin plates on sticks. I spun four this morning. The most I have ever spun is six.
  • Idiom: under the weather: ill; A: "Why didn't Susan come in today?" B: "I don't know; she might be a little under the weather."
  • Pop Culture: cult: group of religious people, in ancient tribes or modern life, with one main object of worship. Sometimes used to mean a bad group.
  • Slang: Yuck!: a sound of disgust. A: "Sorry to tell you, but I think you stepped in some gum." B: "Yuck! I'll never get it off."
  • Government: draft: selection of young people to serve in a nation's military (army, navy, etc.) Not always used, but common in times of war.

  1. The Idiom, the History and Government words, and some of the Pop Culture words, are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Link was found online; the Slang words, the Irregular Verbs, and some of the Pop Culture words are from my own lists, 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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