ON-LINE READING LAB
AMERICA -TODAY and TOMORROW
By William M. Balsamo
Welcome to my On-Line Internet
Reading Lab. Below
are the reading passages from the textbook America- Today and Tomorrow.EClick on a topic and you will access the essay and quiz on that topic. When the page appears, first click on "Start Reading" and the essay with a five-minute timer will appear on the right.You will be given five minutes to read each essay. When the five minutes are over,the text will disappear.
Then answer the ten questions on the left side of the screen which pertain to the essay.
If you want to read the essay again click on the reading and the text will reappear. After you have answered a question, go on to the next question. You score will be registered above the questions.
I - Society and History
Hurricanes and Tornadoes
The American Jury System
Firearms and Gun Controls
The President's Privacy
Ethnic Americans and Hyphenated Ones
Melting Pot or Salad Bowl
A Nation of Nicknames
The American Dream
Self-Service and Self Reliance
School Rings and Senior Privileges
Volunteers and Charitable Collections
Indians:the Native Americans
Cowboys and the Wild Frontiers
Banjos,Harmonicas and Guitars
Saluting the Flag
Black Culture in America
Old GloryE- The American Flag
Faces Carved in Stone
Blue Monday and "Thank God it's Friday"
Sending Cards for All Occasions
Saying "God Bless You"
Euphemisms: Nice Ways to Say Unpleasant Things
II - Sightseeing and Daily Life
Disneyland and Theme Parks
The Devil's Tower:Wyoming
Las Vegas and Atlantic City
Hollywood and Broadway
The American Buffalo
Sunday:A Day of Rest
The Rose is a Special Flower
Stickball on the City Streets
Signing a Cast for a Broken Arm
Day Nurseries and Old Age Homes
The Birth of a New Child
Heads and Tails:Odds and Evens
The American Funeral: Wakes and Embalming
Part-time Jobs for Teenagers and Young Adults
Bar-Hopping and Teetotalers
Honeymoons for the Newlyweds
Flea Markets, Garage Sales and Used Book Stores
CHAPTER III - Culture and Food
Feminists and Womens Liberation
America's Great Exports
Hitchhiking on the Open Road
Free Concerts in Museums, Parks and Public Places
Grand Tour of An American Home
Shopping Malls and Mail Orders
Bridal Showers, Stag Parties and Other Rituals of Marriage
10. Jazz and Country-Western
Doggie Bags and Brown Bag Restaurants
Americans and their Cars
Abortions and the Death Penalty
Fruit Pies and Yogurt
The Apple as a Special Fruit
17. Champagne Toasts
Fast Foods and TV Dinners
Sandwiches:BLTs and Submarines
Summer Barbecues and Vegetarian Diets
22. Popcorn and Potato Chips
23. Birthday and Pot Luck Parties
24. Twenty-Four Hour Diners
At the link below you will find a sentence from the readings above whihc have been fragmented and mixed up. Test your ability at word order to restructure the sentences into a legible entity. After you have finished an exercise the computer will grade your effort!
At the link below you will find crossword puzzles divided into three categories and a variety of topics. These crossword puzzles are intended to help the ESL student to review vocabulary associated with various topics !
Disappearing Into Clouds
At the link below you will find a collection of four fables based upon scriptural meditations. Each fable is supplemented by comprehension quizzes,activities and language games.
ACTIVITIES FOR ESL STUDENTS
At the link below you will find a wealth of exercises for ESL Students which are both creative and imaginative. The exercises range from easy to difficult and are a challenge for anyone who is interested in improving his/her language skills!
Activities for ESL Students
ON-LINE LIBRARY FOR EXTENDED READING
"A Room Without Books is Like a House without Windows"
The links below will bring you on-line libraries for extended and extensive readings. At these sites you will find the works of great literature and information about their authors.I have also included my own short stories which do not belong in the category of literature but which I hope you may enjoy nevertheless.
On-Line Library of Literature
Great Books Index
Short Story Classics
Jack London's Writings
Short Stories by Yamataro
The Complete Works of Shakespeare
The Complete Works of Anton Chekhov
Ghost Stories from Around the World
GREAT SPEECHES OF THE WORLD!
The World's Great Speeches
The link below will bring you to a comprehensive list of some of the world's greatest speeches. They are spoken by the great men and women who delivered them. Some are serious, others humorous. Some are very important, others less so. They cover a wide range of history from politics to sports, music and entertainment.Some are actual speeches while others are fragments of moments in history which have changed our lives. You will need Real Play to listen to these speeches but you can download Real Play from the main page.
Great Speeches by History's Great Men and Women!
GREAT QUOTATIONS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE!
The World's Great Quotations
The link below will bring you to a comprehensive list of some of the world's greatest quotations of famous writers. There are over 22,000 quotations from over 2,600 authors. The quotes come from writers, religious leaders, philosophers and men and women for all walks of life. They are arranged by both author and sibject.
Great Quotations of History's Great Men and Women!
MORE GREAT QUOTATIONS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE!
More of the World's Great Quotations
Here is another site of great quotations.Search 50,000 quotations (and bio info) for more than 3,000 famous people. This is a great research tool for students, teachers and quote lovers. Creative quotations also inspire Creative Thinking! - the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. Please browse creatively!
More Great Quotations of History's Famous People!
Dr. John Paul Loucky's Websites for ESL Learners
The link below will bring you on-line dictionaries and valuable resources to enhance you study of English. This link will lead you to further links which will be of greater value to improving your reading and comprehension skills.
On-Line Dictionaries and much more!!
Comprehensive List of On-Line Dictionaries
The link below will bring you more on-line dictionaries.Think of this web site as a search engine for words and phrases: If you have a word for which you'd like a definition or translation, OneLook will quickly shuttle you to the web-based dictionaries that define or translate that word. If you don't know how to spell the word, OneLook help you do that too. No word is too obscure: More than 5 million words in more than 900 online dictionaries are indexed by the OneLook® search engine.
Onelook Dictionary Search!
The link below will bring you to the Reader's Digest webpage. This is an excellent site for popular reading on a vast catalog of topics. One of the special features of this website is the "Word Power" link which will provide hours of fun with quizzes which will challenge your skills and strengthen your vocabulary. You will have to register once you get to this site, but it is free and easy to do!
Film scripts for film buffs and ESL Learners
The link below will bring you complete on-line film sciripts of hundreds of you favorite movies. Some are quite recent while others are classics. Perfect for studying the text of a film after viewing while the visual images are still clear in one's mind.
Movie trailers for film fanatics and ESL Learners
The link below will bring you to an exciting ESL website for film fans who want to study English by analyzing movie trailers.It's interactive and lots of fun.
JUST FOR FUN - GAMES FOR ESL LEARNERS!!!
Fun With Words!
The link below will bring you into a world of games and activites for the ESL Student. Scroll through this site to find information on anagrams,tongue twisters, palindromes and more oddities of the English language.
Fun With Words!
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