Tag Archives: building conceptual knowledge

Pope (n) and Papal (adj)

Here, hot off the press, are two context clues worksheets on the noun Pope and the adjective papal.

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The Internet

Here is a reading on the birth and growth of the Internet with a comprehension worksheet to accompany it. For the right student, I suspect, this will be some relatively high interest material.

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Excommunicate (vt)

Today is July 16, On this day in 1945, in the desert of New Mexico at Alamogordo, the United States tested the world’s first atomic bomb, an event known as Trinity. In 1994 on this day, the first fragment of the Shoemaker-Levy comet hit the planet Jupiter. Today is the birthday of African-American journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells; she was born in 1862.

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb excommunicate. It has taken me no small amount of time and cognition to render this word accessible to struggling learners. I remain unconvinced that I’ve done an adequate job of it.

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Blank Verse

“In prosody, unrhymed verse. In English, the term usually means unrhymed iambic pentameter. In classical prosody, rhyme was not used at all; with the introduction of rhyme in the Middle Ages, blank verse disappeared. It was reintroduced in the 16th century and in England became the standard medium of dramatic poetry and frequently of epic poetry. Shakespeare’s plays, for example, are written mostly in blank verse.”

Excerpted from: Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia, Fourth Edition. New York: Harper Collins, 1996.

Participle

Term for one of the ancient parts of speech originally applied to adjectival forms of verbs in Ancient Greek. Described as a “sharing” element (Greek metokhe) because such forms were inflected systematically both for tense and aspect, seen as a defining property of verbs, and for case, seen as a defining property of nouns. The3nce of forms of verbs in other languages whose syntax is at least basically or in part similar: thus, in Engilsh, of forms such as visited in the cities visited or They were visited, or visiting, in the people visiting us, or they are visiting us.

Participles in –ing are traditionally distinguished in English grammar from gerunds, also in –ing, on the grounds that participles have a basic role like those of adjectives, while gerunds have one like a noun.”

Excerpted from: Matthews, P.H. The Oxford Concise Dictionary of Linguistics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Ibn Rushd

Today is June 11. John Quincy Adams was born on this day in 1767. Today is, for some reason, Bowdler’s Day, named for Thomas Bowdler, the English physician who set out to remove what he considered profanity in Shakespeare’s works; we English speakers derive our transitive verb bowdlerize from his name. On this day in 1979, the United States’ spacecraft Skylab fell to earth. Today is the United Nations’ World Population Day.

Here is a reading on Ibn Rushd, also known as Averroes: he was a Muslim philosopher who commented extensively on Aristotle. He is prominently featured in Raphael’s famous painting The School of Athens. This reading comprehension worksheet accompanies the reading.

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Beginnings of the Civil War

If you teach United States History, than you might find useful this reading on the beginnings of the Civil War as well as the reading comprehension worksheet that accompanies it.

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