Category Archives: Skills Development

Learning materials to introduce, teach, and reinforce academic skills, particularly writing.

Sacrifice as a Noun and a Verb

Here are two context clues on the word sacrifice, the first of which uses it as a noun, the second as a verb.

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Lou Gehrig

Two days ago in these pages, I noted the birth anniversary of the great Yankees player Lou Gehrig. He was born, to reiterate, on June 19, 1903. You may know that he was felled by the same disease that recently claimed Stephen Hawking, to wit Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which, not coincidentally, is known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” Mr. Gehrig famously delivered what is known as “baseball’s Gettysburg Address” on July 4, 1939, making a dignified exit from the game, and cementing his legend with that simple, eloquent address.

Here is a reading on Lou Gehrig along with a comprehension worksheet to accompany it.

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June 21, 2018: A Weekly Text on Thursday

Today is Thursday, July 21, 2018. It’s the summer solstice! Not to be too pagan about it, but please do enjoy the holiday. I’m posting an extra text today, because next Friday, the 29th, I have no plans other than not to be in front of a computer screen.

On this day in 1945, the United States Tenth Army prevailed in the Battle of Okinawa, which had begun on April 1. Today is also the day that New Hampshire became the ninth state, by a vote of 57 to 47, to ratify the United States Constitution, leading to that document becoming the law of the land. Finally, since he has been in the news lately owing to his brother’s nuptials, and because he seems like a genuinely decent sort, Mark’s Text Terminal wishes a happy birthday to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, who turns thirty-six today.

Today’s Text is a complete lesson plan on using adverbs to modify adverbs. I start this lesson with this short exercise on the idiom “money burning a hole in one’s pocket.” Should this lesson go into a second day, here is a second short exercise, this one a on the homophones pore, poor, and pour. The mainstay of this lesson is this scaffolded worksheet on using adverbs to modify adverbs. Depending on the students you’re serving, they may need this learning support, which is a word bank to use with the cloze exercises on the worksheet. Finally, here is the teacher’s copy-answer key of the worksheet.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Omen (n)

Over the years, I’ve found that I can take little for granted in terms of the prior knowledge that my students possess, a fact that moved me to write this context clues worksheet on the noun omen.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Qualm (n)

It is a gorgeous day in Manhattan, so this context clues worksheet on the noun qualm in no way reflects my state of mind. As soon as I can get out of this grim, windowless building (about which I do have a serious qualm or two), I’m going for a walk through Hudson River Park.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

Spurn (v)

You might be able to use, if you think your students should know this word (I think mine should, which is why I wrote it) this context clues worksheet on the verb spurn.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

The Weekly Text, June 15, 2018

Today is Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan for 2018. I bid my Muslim friends, neighbors, and students a happy holiday.

This week’s Text is a quick one, after a week of testing. Here are two context clues worksheets on the nouns prologue and epilogue.

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.