Monthly Archives: September 2017

The Weekly Text, September 29, 2017: Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 Week III–A Reading and Comprehension Worksheet on the Spanish-American War

For the third Friday of Hispanic Heritage Month, 2017, Mark’s Text Terminal offers an Intellectual Devotional Reading on the Spanish-American War. To complement it, here is a comprehension worksheet.

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Lord Acton on Governance

“The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.”

Lord Acton

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Portable Curmudgeon. New York: Plume, 1992.

Coalition (n)

You might find this context clues worksheet on the noun coalition helpful in assisting your social studies students in understanding this noun.

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George Kennan on What’s Really at Risk

“The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning.”

George Kennan (1904-2005)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

Cultural Literacy: Primogeniture

Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on primogeniture, a concept that almost certainly recurs in most high school social studies classes.

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Rotten Reviews: Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh

Mr. Waugh displays none of the elan that distinguishes the true satirist from the caricaturist. For all its brilliance the writing lacks vitality. The invention is tired, and effects are too often got by recourse to the devices of slapstick exaggeration.”

Dudley Fitts, The Nation

Excerpted from: Barnard, Andre, and Bill Henderson, eds. Pushcart’s Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections. Wainscott, NY: Pushcart Press, 1998.

The Weekly Text, September 22, 2017: Hispanic Heritage Month Week II–A Reading and Comprehension Worksheet on Simon Bolivar

It’s the end of the first week of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Here is a reading on Simon Bolivar from the Intellectual Devotional series. To accompany it, here is a comprehension worksheet.

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Pretty Much, Yeah

“If you attack stupidity you attack an entrenched interest with friends in government and every walk of public life, and you will make small progress against it.”

Samuel Marchbanks

Excerpted from: Winokur, Jon, ed. The Portable Curmudgeon. New York: Plume, 1992.

Accumulate (vt/vi)

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb accumulate, which Merriam-Webster’s observes is used both transitively and intransitively.

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The Devil’s Dictionary: Fanatic

“Fanatic, n. One who overestimates the importance of convictions and undervalues the comfort of an existence free from the impact of addled eggs and dead cats upon the human periphery.”

Excerpted from: Bierce, Ambrose. David E. Schultz and S.J. Joshi, eds. The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary. Athens: The University of Georgia Press, 2000.