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The Weekly Text, June 22, 2018

Today is June 22, the final Friday of the school year. On this day in 1941, the German army, in Operation Barbarossa, invaded its suddenly erstwhile ally, the Soviet Union. Also on this day, the United States Department of Justice was established by an act of Congress. It’s the the birthday of the late Ed Bradley, a respected journalist and stalwart of 60 Minutes, who was born in 1941.

This week’s Text is a lesson plan on postulating theses I wrote for somewhat more advanced students in our Wednesday afternoon institute class. Here is the worksheet that attends the lesson and the teacher’s copy of the worksheet. I wrote this last fall, and used it once; if ever you felt inclined to comment on Mark’s Text Terminal, I would enthusiastically welcome your comments on these documents. The unit of which they are a part is still in the developmental stage.

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.

Coarse (adj) and Course (n)

Today is June 19, 2018. It’s the birthday of baseball legend Lou Gehrig; he was born on this day in 1903. It is also Juneteenth! If there is a celebration of this vital American holiday, get yourself to it! I saw the great Johnny Copeland play on Juneteenth in the early eighties.

Here are five homophone worksheets on the adjective coarse and the noun course that may well have a place in your classroom.

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.

Cultural Literacy: Sweatshop

Today is June 18, 2018. On this date in 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain, thus initiating the War of 1812. Three years later, the British Generals Wellington and Blucher decisively defeated French forces under the command of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo on this day, which was a Sunday. Finally, it’s the the birthday of Paul McCartney.

Here, appropriately, is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on Napoleon Bonaparte.

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.

Bawdy (adj)

Today is June 13, 2018. In 1966, on this day, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Miranda v. Arizona case. In 1903 on this day, the the legendary Red Grange was born.

If you happen to teach The Canterbury Tales in your high school classroom, you might find this context clues worksheet on the adjective bawdy useful.

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.

Word Root Exercise: Oste/o

Today is Tuesday, May 1, so it is May Day, a significant holiday for a number of cultures and ideologies. Today inaugurates Better Speech and Hearing Month. Also, unbeknownst to me, today begins Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; that means I need to get busy gathering materials to observe it

For today, however, because I am unprepared for this month, I’ll post this worksheet on the Greek word root oste/o. It means bone.

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.

 

Astute (adj)

It’s Monday, April 30. Today, in 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt became the first President of the United States to appear on television, albeit to a very small audience (200 sets in a 40-mile radius. On this day in 1812, Louisiana was admitted to the union as the 18th state. Today is the birthday of Hall of Fame basketball player Isiah Thomas, who was born on this day in 1961.

Here is a context clues worksheet on the adjective astute.

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.

Ptolemy

Today is April 25th. On this day in 1874, Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, who brought wireless telegraphy to the world, was born. Also, on this day in 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed from the space shuttle Discovery.

Which makes it a good time to post this short reading on Ptolemy as well as this  comprehension worksheet to accompany it.

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.