Should the Voting Age be Lowered to 16?

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Lowering the Voting Age to 16: Views for and Against

In many areas of the world, once you turn 16-years-old you’re eligible for a special right, a right that allows you to take part in shaping your community and your nation. Countries such as Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, and Nicaragua have already lowered the voting age to 16. In 1971, the United States lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, after millions of Americans protested against the Vietnam war and declared that if 18-year-olds were old enough to fight and die for their country, they should be able to vote in federal elections as well. Now there’s a push to make the voting age 16. Is lowering the age beneficial or problematic? Continue reading

Speaking – Useful Phrases

Speaking- useful phrases

Comparing and Contrasting
Comparing: Contrasting:
In the same way

Similarly 

Be similar to

Not only… but also

Likewise

Like

As…as…

More/less than

Both/ as well/ also/ too

On the one/ other hand

Instead of

Rather than

Unlike

In contrast to

As opposed to

But/ however

While/ whereas

Although/ though/ even though

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Present Progressive – Lemon Tree

Used to speak about something that is happening:

(right) now / at the moment

temporarily

in the near future (someone is planning something)

Lemon Tree Song

“Lemon Tree”

I’m sitting here in the boring room 
It’s just another rainy Sunday afternoon 
I’m wasting my time 
I got nothing to do 
I’m hanging around 
I’m waiting for you 
But nothing ever happens and I wonder 

I’m driving around in my car 
I’m driving too fast 
I’m driving too far 
I’d like to change my point of view 
I feel so lonely 
I’m waiting for you 
But nothing ever happens and I wonder  Continue reading

A Summer’s Reading – Bernard Malamud

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A Summer’s Reading by Bernard Malamud

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Setting and Plot
This story appeared in The New Yorker in 1956. The story is set in New York City during one hot summer. The main character is called George Stoyonovich – a 20 year old “neighborhood boy” who quit high school at 16 on an impulse. One summer he had no job and sat around in the hot apartment he shared with his father and sister, who worked all day. He did not feel too happy during the day, but at night he felt better when he walked around the neighborhood and sat in a small park. One night he met Mr. Cattanzara and told him that his summer occupation was reading 100 books to pick up his education. This gave him a certain prestige around the neighborhood, as everyone heard about his project. The truth, which he was always fearful that people would discover, was that he hardly read anything at all. During this summer George is forced to read into his own life and see the truth about himself with the help of Mr. Cattanzara. Continue reading

Common Unseen Text Words

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Words

increase

decrease

data

evidence

benefit

participants

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Conspiracy Theories

What’s a conspiracy?

A secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot

Some Famous Conspiracy Theories

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Paul is Dead

“Paul is dead” is a conspiracy theory suggesting that Paul McCartney from the rock band Beatles, died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike.

The rumor was that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in London.  Continue reading

Conspiracy Theories

conspiracy

1. a secret plan or agreement to carry out an illegal or harmful act, esp with political motivation; plot

2. the act of making such plans in secret

Paul is Dead

“Paul is dead” is a conspiracy theory suggesting that Paul McCartney from the rock band Beatles, died in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a look-alike.

The rumor was that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash in London.

In September 1969, American college students published articles saying that they found clues in the Beatles’ lyrics and artwork that prove McCartney’s death. Within a few weeks the conspiracy had become an international phenomenon.  Continue reading