Tag Archives: Cultural Literacy

Cultural Literacy: The Pentagon Papers

Given the state of the nation, now seems as good a time as any to post this Cultural Literacy worksheet on the Pentagon Papers. And thanks, Daniel Ellsberg,

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Cultural Literacy: Bohemian

Apropo of the post immediately below, here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on the noun and adjective bohemian. N.B. the lower case b, please, so that you know that this worksheet doesn’t refer to the territory in Czechoslovakia, but rather those of us who have chosen unconventional lifestyles, mostly in the pursuit of deeper study and appreciation of the arts and sciences.

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.

Cultural Literacy: Carry a Torch for…

Here’s a Cultural Literacy worksheet on carrying a torch for another person. It’s an old-fashioned expression to be sure, but not one without its charms.

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.

Cultural Literacy: Copywright

Since I’m already sitting here this afternoon, here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on copywright. It’s something students with budding artistic talents and aspirations ought to know.

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.

Cultural Literacy: Caveat Emptor

It’s a rainy Saturday morning in The Bronx. It will pour all day as the remnants of Hurricane Willa pass through the East Coast as a nor’easter. Here is a Cultural Literacy worksheet on one of the most commonly used Latinisms in the English language, Caveat Emptor. It means, of course, “let the buyer beware.”

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.

Cultural Literacy: Amortization

Here’s one more thing on this Tuesday afternoon, to wit a Cultural Literacy worksheet on amortization. Nota bene the Latin root mort in this word: it means death and also shows up in words like mortal and mortuary. This noun, coming from the verb amortize, which Merriam-Webster’s defines as meaning both to pay off (as a mortgage) gradually usu. by periodic payments of principal and interest or by payments to a sinking fund and to gradually reduce or write off the cost or value of (as an asset) can mean, given the presence of mort in it, to kill off a debt. Students might find that interesting. In any case, amortize does show up in the word root worksheet I have for mort, which I will post at some point.

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.

Arbitration (n)

Now seems like as good a time as any to post this Cultural Literacy worksheet on arbitration. I do understand that this might be a dying art and practice: now when humans have conflicts, they take to Twitter or Facebook and excoriate their adversaries.

You know, kind of like the culture of high school.

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.