Sci-fi Reading Group Class 2

Ninmen Hao,

In today’s class we’re going to  have three exercises:

Part One: Written Assignment

Part Two: Reading: Pronunciation and Comprehension

Part Three:  Grammar: subjects and verbs

Part One

sidLet’s look at your writing exercise from last week, telling the story of one of the films we’ve watched so far (Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Star Wars, Episode VII.  We will read your short written exercise together, and discuss its strengths, potential, and things that need to be addressed.

I will return your work with my comments next week, with a greater focus on the level of the sentence (the writing style, and the grammar).

Part Twoa


We’re going to practice a little reading comprehension using a novel based on Star Trek. Today’s story is Star Trek Deep Space Nine Gamma: Original Sin by David R. George III.

We’ll read the beginning together, practice our pronunciation, and discuss the words that may seem new, and use it as a comprehension exercise.

Part Three

In Part Three we’re going to start using John Langan’s great book College Writing Skills,  With Readings, 9th Edition. I like this text because it’s user-friendly, written in clear plain English and provides great guidance for both essay writing and grammar. The book is also useful in being aimed at students for American colleges.

Today we’re going to look at the chapter on subjects and verbs (page 441+).



Let’s do the exercise for the sentences below:

In each of the following sentences identify the subject and the verb.

  1. The ripening tomatoes glistened on the sunny windowsill.
  2. Acupuncture reduces the pain of my headaches.
  3. Elena twisted a strand of hair around her fingers.
  4. My brother built his bookshelves from cinder blocks and wood planks.
  5. A jackrabbit bounds up to fifteen feet in one leap.
  6. The singer’s diamond earrings sparkled in the spotlight.
  7. Walk Disney created the cartoon character Mickey Mouse.
  8. The Federal Burea of Investigation (FBI) pursues violators of federal laws.
  9. Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain sponsored Columbus’s voyages.
  10. On April 9, 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant.

OK, good job!

For Next Week

For next week please complete the additional writing task set today, and send to me again prior to class this week.






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