“Cat and Rat: The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac” by Ed Young.

In China, a long, long time ago, there live a cat and a rat. They were best friends. They ate together. They played together. They slept together.

One day, the Emperor decided to hold a race among all the animals in the land. The first twelve animals to cross the finish line would have a year in the Chinese calendar named after them. This would be quite an honor.

“But winning the race will not be easy,” warned the Emperor. “You must run through the thickest part of the forest and then swim across the river at its widest point.”

Cat and Rat each wanted to be the first to cross the finish line. But they knew that they would two of the smallest animals in the race.

“We will never make it,” Rat complained to Cat.

“Oh, I think we will,” replied the resourceful cat.

“We’ll ask the water buffalo to help us,” said the cat. “he could give a head start. He always wakes up before sunrise. Maybe we could even ride on his back.”

So Cat and Rat convinced Buffalo to wake them up early on the day of the race. The next morning, Buffalo was up long before dawn. “Wake up, lazybones,” he said to the sleeping cat and rat. “We had better get started.”

Cat and Rat climbed on the buffalo’s back. But they were so sleepy that by the time they had fully awakened, they were halfway across the river.

Rat woke up first. He saw the Emperor standing at the finish line far, far away. why should I share the glory of first place with Cat and Buffalo? thought the rat selfishly.

“wake up, my friend,” he cried to Cat. “Look at all the tasty fish swimming in the water.”

Cat licked her lips. She leaned over for a closer look, and Rat gave her a little push. SPLASH! She tumbled into the water.

Buffalo turned his head to see what had made the splash. He didn’t see the cat, though. What he saw instead were the other animals in the race–and they were close behind him. without giving Cat or Rat another thought, he sped toward the Emperor.

Just as Buffalo neared the riverbank, the clever rat leaped from behind his ear and crossed the finish line in first place.

“How did such a small animal win the race?” asked the emperor in surprise.

“I may be small but I am also smart,” replied the rat. He scampered up onto the winner’s podium. Buffalo knew he had been tricked into second place, but he could only grunt in dismay.

Back in the river, Cat tried to swim along with the other animals. She hated water. But if she had to swim in it to win the race, she would do so.

Far ahead of her, Tiger came roaring across the finish line. “Am I first? he growled.

“No,” said the rat smugly. “You’d have to be awfully clever to beat me.”

“And you’d have to get up extra early to beat me,” added the buffalo.

Cat scrambled onto a log. She paused to shake herself off and catch her breath.

By then the sky was dark and s great storm was blowing. A dragon appeared in the clouds above. He was much, much too big to run through woods or swim across a river, so the Emperor had told him he could race through the sky, braving the rains and the wind.

But no sooner had he begun his descent to the earth, that the rabbit darted across the finish line in front of him, taking fourth place. The dragon had to be content with fifth.

In the river, the cat heaved a great sigh, then plunged into the water again. “I can still make it,” she told herself. But Snake slithered across the finish line next and hissed a silvery greeting to the five animals who had arrived before him. Snake was number six.

Cat swam as fast as she could. A few moments later, she heard the sound of galloping hooves in the distance. Horse thundered across the finish line in seventh place.

Goat and Monkey weren’t far behind. They jumped onto the log on which Cat had rested and paddled across the finish line almost at the same time. But Goat beat Monkey by a hair.

While the winners waited patiently with the Emperor, Cat watched Rooster struggle toward the finish line. Dog could easily have swum ahead of Rooster, but she couldn’t resist playing in the water for just a few minutes longer.

“Number ten!” called the Emperor as Rooster staggered in. “Number eleven!” he cried when Dog arrived.

“Who will be number twelve?” asked the Emperor. “I need just one more animal.”

“Me! I will!” called Cat, and she swam even faster.

Unfortunately for Cat, Pig rushed across the finish line in front of her.

“Number twelve!” cried the Emperor, but Cat was still too far away.

“Congratulations to all the winners!” said the Emperor. “One of the twelve years will be named after each of you.”

Suddenly, up rushed Cat. She was tired and wet and more than a little unhappy about swimming across the river on her own. “How did I do?” she asked anxiously. “Am I one of the winners?”

“Sorry, dear Cat,” replied the Emperor. “All twelve places have been filled.”

Upon hearing the news, Cat let out a yowl and tried to pounce on Rat. Her claws scratched the tip of his tail, but Rat squeezed under the Emperor’s chair just in time.

And that is why, to this very day, CAt and Rat are enemies.


Common ……

Commons Suffixes:

  • Stabil-ise
  • Character-ise
  • Symbol-ise
  • Visual-ise
  • Special-ise
  • Differenti-ate
  • Liquid-ate
  • Pollin-ate
  • Duplic-ate
  • Fabric-ate
  • Class-ify
  • Exempl-ify
  • Simpl-ify
  • Just-ify
  • Awak-en

Commons Prefixes:

  • Re-structure
  • Re-visit
  • Re-appear
  • Re-build
  • Re-finance
  • Dis-appear
  • Dis-allow
  • Dis-arm
  • Dis-connect
  • Dis-continue
  • Over-book
  • Over-sleep
  • Over-work
  • Un-bend
  • Un-couple

Re: again or back, Dis: reverses the meaning of the verb, Over: too much, Un: reverses the meaning of the verb.Common Roots:

  • Aqua-tic | Water
  • Astro-nomy | Star
  • Bio-logy | Life
  • Cap-ture | Take
  • Clus-ter | Close
  • Cycl-e | Round
  • Demo-stration | People
  • Dom-ain | Home
  • Fact-ory | Make
  • Flex-ible | Bend
  • Leg-al | Law
  • Zoo-Log-y | Study
  • Med-ium | Middle
  • Min-ute | Small
  • Port-able | Carry

A Crazy Night at the Library

One night something really fabulous happened at the library. The characters in the stories started playing from their books!

Rogelio climbed into Charlotte’s Web and started reading with Wilbur the Pig! Werty wandered into an encyclopedia and ended up lost in Panama!

The craziest part was when Mary wandered into Harry Potter and said, “Chilindrino, I don’t think we’re in Chiriqui any more.”

Then LibMan walked in and said, “OHHH! Everybody back in place!”

The characters left around the room. Just in time! The students in grade twelve came in to get books for their reports, but it was safe. All the characters were back in the books where they belonged.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez, also known as Gabo (born March 6, 1927 in Aracataca, Magdalena) is a Colombian novelist, journalist, editor, publisher, political activist, and recipient of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Literature. His second novel, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967), is the best-selling book originally written in the Spanish language (36 million copies sold as of July 2007). García Márquez has lived mostly in Mexico and Europe and currently spends much of his time in Mexico City. Widely credited with introducing the global public to magical realism, he has secured both significant critical acclaim and widespread commercial success. Many people hold that García Márquez ranks alongside his co-writers of the Latin American Boom, Jorge Luis Borges, Alejo Carpentier, Miguel Angel Asturias, Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa and Julio Cortázar as one of the world’s greatest 20th-century authors.


Page 259: Mood. Are you in a good mood or in a bad mood today? A setting like a fireside creates a mood of joy or happiness, a warm mood. What moods are created y the following settings?

  • A Dark castle: Mood of fear A Sunny beach: Mood of fun
  • High mountains peaks: Mood of calm and peacefully
  • A tempest at sea: Mood of fear and danger

2. Where is Harlem located?

In Manhattan, New York City, in USA

3. How where American affected by the Great Depression?

Americans faces severe economic problems, many people who still had jobs worked fewer hours for less pay

4. What happened to those who still had jobs?

Who still had jobs worked fewer hours for less pay.

5. Which population inhabited Harlem?

In Harlem inhabited primarily by African Americans.

6. Page 260: Which VERB is repeated 4 times?

The verb that is repeat 4 times is Remember

7. In stanza 1, which adjective is repeated 3 times?

The adjective that’s repeat is Old

8. In stanza 2: What are 2 problems denounced in this stanza?

  • When the man at the corner store says sugar’s gone up another two cents, and bread one.
  • They remember the job that they never had, and they can’t have now

9. What is the cause, according to the poem? Is it the only cause?

Well, the problem of the poem is that the Africans Americans can’t get a job because they were colored.

10. Read The Death of the ball turret gunner, page287: Give 3 visual elements of the poem, elements you can visualize:

  • From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State In this element he expressed when he has to be in the ball turret gunner, he thought that his mother was sleeping while he was in the air.
  • And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze He remember when he was in the belly of his mother, and I think that he felt scare and fear of the safety of his mother after his dead.
  • Six miles from the earth, loosed form its dream of life When He was in the air he thought and knows that was the last thing that he do in his life.

Verb Tense Exercise 1 – Simple Present / Present Continuous

1. Every Monday, Sally (drive) drives her kids to football practice.
2. Usually, I (work) work as a secretary at ABT, but this summer I (study) am studying French at a language school in Paris. That is why I am in Paris.
3. Shhhhh! Be quiet! John (sleep) is sleeping.
4. Don’t forget to take your umbrella. It (rain) is raining.
5. I hate living in Seattle because it (rain, always) is always raining.
6. I’m sorry I can’t hear what you (say) are saying because everybody (talk) is talking so loudly. 7. Justin (write, currently) is currently writing a book about his adventures in Tibet. I hope he can find a good publisher when he is finished.
8. Jim: Do you want to come over for dinner tonight?Denise: Oh, I’m sorry, I can’t. I (go) am going to a movie tonight with some friends.
9. The business cards (be, normally ) are normally printed by a company in New York. Their prices (be) are inexpensive, yet the quality of their work is quite good.
10. This delicious chocolate (be) is made by a small chocolatier in Zurich, Switzerland.

Verb Tense Exercise 2 – Simple Present / Present Continuous

Today (be) is the second day of my trek around Mount Annapurna.
I am exhausted and my legs (shake) are shaking ; I just hope I am able to complete the trek.
My feet (kill, really) are really killing me and my toes (bleed) are bleeding, but I (want, still) still want to continue.Nepal is a fascinating country, but I have a great deal to learn.
Everything (be) is so different, and I (try) am trying to adapt to the new way of life here.
I (learn) am learning a little bit of the language to make communication easier; unfortunately, I (learn, not) don’t learn foreign languages quickly.
Although I (understand, not) don’t understand much yet, I believe that I (improve, gradually) am gradually improving.I (travel, currently) am currently traveling with Liam, a student from Leeds University in England. He (be) is a nice guy, but impatient.
He (walk, always) is always walking ahead of me and (complain) complaining that I am too slow. I (do) am doing my best to keep up with him, but he is younger and stronger than I am.
Maybe, I am just feeling sorry for myself because I am getting old.Right now, Liam (sit) is sitting with the owner of the inn.
They (discuss) are discussing the differences between life in England and life in Nepal. I (know, not) don’t know the real name of the owner, but everybody (call, just) just calls him Tam.
Tam (speak) speaks English very well and he (try) is trying to teach Liam some words in Nepali. Every time Tam (say) says a new word, Liam (try) tries to repeat it.
Unfortunately, Liam (seem, also) also seems to have difficulty learning foreign languages. I just hope we don’t get lost and have to ask for directions.

Medical Technology Page – Medical Imaging

Medical imaging refers to the techniques and processes used to create images of the human body (or parts thereof) for clinical purposes (medical procedures seeking to reveal, diagnose or examine disease) or medical science (including the study of normal anatomy and function). As a discipline and in its widest sense, it is part of biological imaging and incorporates radiology (in the wider sense), radiological sciences, endoscopy, (medical) thermography, medical photography and microscopy (e.g. for human pathological investigations). Measurement and recording techniques which are not primarily designed to produce images, such as electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) and others, but which produce data susceptible to be represented as maps (i.e. containing positional information), can be seen as forms of medical imaging.

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My Verb Tense Exercise 3 – Simple Past / Past Continuous

1. A: What (you, do) were you doing when the accident occurred?
B: I (try) was trying to change a light bulb that had burnt out.

2. After I (find) found the wallet full of money, I (go, immediately) immediately went to the police and (turn) turned it in.

3. The doctor (say) said that Tom (be) was too sick to go to work and that he (need) needed to stay at home for a couple of days.

4. Sebastian (arrive) arrived at Susan’s house a little before 9:00 PM, but she (be, not) was not there. She (study, at the library) was studying at the library for her final examination in French.

5. Sandy is in the living room watching television. At this time yesterday, she (watch, also) was also watching television. That’s all she ever does!

6. A: I (call) called you last night after dinner, but you (be, not) were not there. Where were you?
B: I (work) was working out at the fitness center.

7. When I (walk) walked into the busy office, the secretary (talk) was talking on the phone with a customer, several clerks (work, busily) were busily working at their desks, and two managers (discuss, quietly) were quietly discussing methods to improve customer service.

8. I (watch) was watching a mystery movie on TV when the electricity went out. Now I am never going to find out how the movie ends.

9. Sharon (be) was in the room when John told me what happened, but she didn’t hear anything because she (listen, not) was not listening.

10. It’s strange that you (call) called because I (think, just) was just thinking about you.

11. The Titanic (cross) was crossing the Atlantic when it (strike) struck an iceberg.

12. When I entered the bazaar, a couple of merchants (bargain, busily) were busily bargaining and (try) trying to sell their goods to naive tourists who (hunt) were hunting for souvenirs. Some young boys (lead) were leading their donkeys through the narrow streets on their way home. A couple of men (argue) were arguing over the price of a leather belt. I (walk) walked over to a man who (sell) was selling fruit and (buy) bought a banana.

13. The firemen (rescue) rescued the old woman who (be) was trapped on the third floor of the burning building.

14. She was so annoying! She (leave, always) always leaves her dirty dishes in the sink. I think she (expect, actually) actually expected me to do them for her.

15. Samantha (live) was living in Berlin for more than two years. In fact, she (live) was living there when the Berlin Wall came down.

Texas – Famous Texans Politics

Two native sons of Texas have served as president of the US. Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890–1969), the 34th president, was born in Denison, but his family moved to Kansas when he was two years old. Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–73), the 36th president, was the only lifelong resident of the state to serve in that office. Born near Stonewall, he occupied center stage in state and national politics for a third of a century as US representative, Democratic majority leader of the US Senate, and vice president under John F. Kennedy, before succeeding to the presidency after Kennedy’s assassination. Reelected by a landslide, Johnson accomplished much of his Great Society program of social reform but saw his power and popularity wane because of the war in Viet Nam. His wife, Claudia Alta Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson (b.1912), was influential in environmental causes as First Lady.

Another prominent federal officeholder from Texas was Jesse H. Jones (1874–1956), who served as chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and secretary of commerce under Franklin D. Roosevelt. Oveta Culp Hobby (1905–95), publisher of the Houston Post, became the first director of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II and the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare under President Eisenhower. John Connally (1917–1993), a protégé of Lyndon Johnson’s, served as secretary of the US Navy under Kennedy and, as governor of Texas, was wounded in the same attack that killed the president; subsequently, he switched political allegiance, was secretary of the treasury under Richard Nixon, and had been active in Republican Party politics. Other federal officials from Texas include “Colonel” Edward M. House (1858–1938), principal advisor to President Wilson, and Leon Jaworski (1905–82), the Watergate special prosecutor whose investigations led to President Nixon’s resignation. Lloyd Bentsen, a senator and a secretary of the treasury, was born 11 February 1921 in Mission, Texas.

The state’s most famous legislative leader was Sam Rayburn (1882–1961), who served the longest tenure in the nation’s history as speaker of the US House of Representatives—17 years in three periods between 1940 and 1961. James Wright (b.1922) was Democratic majority leader of the House in the 1970s and early 1980s, and Barbara C. Jordan (1936–96) won national attention as a forceful member of the House Judiciary Committee during its impeachment deliberations in 1974.

Texas’s other native vice president was John Nance Garner (1868–1967), former speaker of the US House of Representatives. George Bush (b.Massachusetts, 1924), who founded his own oil development company and has served in numerous federal posts, was elected vice president in 1980 on the Republican ticket and reelected in 1984, then elected to the presidency in 1988. Tom C. Clark (1899–1977) served as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court from 1949 to 1967; he stepped down when his son Ramsey (b.1927) was appointed US attorney general, a post the elder Clark had also held.

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