. Recommended Novels for Reading (British)
Gullivers Travels: Jonathan Swift; social satire/fantasy/; Part I, II, and IV
interesting; language difficulty *.
Robinson Crusoe: Daniel Defoe; an account of the process of the building of
The Disappearing Honeybee
Do you run away when you hear a bee buzzing? Many people do. A bee sting hurts and
some people are allergic to bee venom. But did you know that bees are very important to humans?
Honeybees do more than just mak
THE THESIS STATEMENT
A thesis statement is a single sentence which expresses the idea an essay will
develop. It points both the writer and reader in a definite direction. A good thesis
statement is restricted, unified, and precise and deals with only ONE
You get your graded essay back from your instructor with a comment, You need to
proofread better. Why is it often hard for you to find errors in your own writing? It is
difficult because you did the writing in the first place!
The Meramec Eng
'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says
I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest
universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever
gotten to a college graduat
Integrating Sources into Writing
Why is it important to signal direct quotations and paraphrases in your writing?
By letting readers know a quotation or paraphrase is coming, you provide a smooth transition between your
own ideas and the evidence used to
POINT OF VIEW
Point of view is the perspective from which an essay is written: first person (I or we),
second person (you), or third person (he/she/it/one or they). The following chart lists
both the personal pronouns and their possessive forms used with
1. Movie stars _ are frequent .
(A) comes and goes
(B) to come and to go (C) coming and going (D) come and go
2. Choose the wrong one.
I think (A) this a pity (B) for him (C) to have let (D) so good an opportunity slip.
3. Kuo-hwa, an o
Many people do not know how to improve their English writing ability. Actually, it is very helpful
to read good articles. In addition, you can keep/write in a dairy in English, or even make pen pals
with foreigners. To sum up
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, known by the scientific community as the SumatraAndaman earthquake, was an undersea earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on December 26,
2004. The earthquake generated a tsunami that was among the dead
What is a Paragraph?
A paragraph is a group of sentences that convey an idea. Each sentence works together
as part of a unit to create an overall thought or impression. A paragraph is the smallest
unit or cluster of sentences in w
Two steps should be used when you consult this list. First, determine the type of
signal you need. Next, select from that signal group the word which is most appropriate
to the meaning of your sentences.
Note: The same transition word or
Five Tips for President Obama on Nuclear Negotiations with
President Barack Obama is rolling the dice again: hes desperate to avoid getting
dragged into a war over Irans nuclear program and appears to have restrained Israel at
least for now from star
What Is Literature?*
Literature is not the kind of thing we need to
reverence. It doesnt do us much good to think of the
greats as geniuses who were different from you and
me, and it doesnt help to put literature on a pedestal,
as if it were some rare, un
Exercises on Colonial America
I. Blank Filling
1. The most enduring shaping influence in American
thought and American literature was _.
2. The Puritan philosophy known as _ was
important in New England during colonial time,
and had a profoun
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19th century: 25
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849): The Fall of the House of Usher; The Tell-tale Heart; The
Cask of Amontillado; The Black Cat;
2. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864): Young Goodman Brown; The Ministers Black Veil; My
Kinsman, Major Mo
The English Renaissance (1485-1660)
The ideal of intellectual movement. Humanist
scholars took great interest in the welfare of
human beings. In religion they demanded the
reformation of the church. In art and literature,
they sang in praise o
Why You Need Annual Checkups Now More Than Ever
Why (Almost) All of Us Cheat and Steal
Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who teaches at Duke University, is known as one of
the most original designers of experiments in social science. Not surprisingly, the best-selling
authors creativity is evident throu
I Have a Dream
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest
demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed
Singing in the Rain at Songkran
When most people envision a New Years Celebration, they think of huge fireworks
extravaganzas or the final 10-secomd countdown. But in Thailand, its not really the New
Year until you find yourself drenched in water.
A good opinion paragraph
1. gives the writers opinions about the topic.
2. interprets or explains fact.
3. causes the reader to think about an issue seriously, perhaps even causing the reader
to reconsider his or her own opinion about the
1. Give impressions, not definitions.
2. Show the reader.
3. Create a sensory image in the readers mind.
Every time I have a cup of strong Russian tea, I remember my sweet grandmother