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On March 21, 1617, a 21-year-old woman from Virginia’s Pamunkey tribe died at Gravesend, England. She went by many names—Matoaka, Amonute, and, at her passing, Rebecca—but she’s best remembered today as Pocahontas. Her death was unexpected: Pocahontas had arrived in England the previous June and spent months touring the country, celebrated by the press as an “Indian princess.” Pocahontas’s tale of trans-Atlantic travel, her marriage to the Englishman John Rolfe, and her alleged conversion to Christianity became part of a compelling cultural narrative that helped promote white colonial interests, especially in the Virginia Company. Despite the brevity of her life and the mystery surrounding the cause of her death, Pocahontas remains one of the most recognizable Native icons in American culture today. Many Americans would likely claim familiarity with the life of Pocahontas, despite the absence of evidence to back up some of the more popular details of her tale. The Enduring Legacy of the Pocahontas Myth, 400 Years After Her Death - The Atlantic The Enduring Legacy of the Pocahontas Myth, 400 Years After Her Death - The Atlantic
Yoda Grammar Today's topic is Yoda's grammar. Yes, Yoda from Star Wars. Why would I talk about Yoda? Well, a couple of weeks ago there was a Star Wars marathon on TV, and a listener named Pat asked if Yoda is speaking "real" English when he says things like "Powerful, you have become." It was such a fun question I couldn't resist, but it's outside my area of expertise because it's more of a linguistics question than a grammar or usage question. Fortunately, people who know about linguistics listen to this podcast, and I was able to tap in to their expertise to get an answer. Yodish Sentence Structure Both Carson and Sokolowski pointed out that it depends on what Pat means when he asks whether Yoda is speaking "real" English. Typically, standard English sentences follow a subject-verb-object order. Carson also notes that although Yoda shifts around sentence elements, he doesn't do so randomly. Next: Is Yoda British, American, or Something Else? Language and Stereotypes The Later Yoda Related Articles Yoda Grammar
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Anyone for Quidditch? Anyone for Quidditch? Quidditch is a sport created by Rowling in the Harry Potter series of novels, which have now sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages. The global popularity of the books has led to worldwide exposure for Quidditch, and even to this fictional sport being adapted for the Muggle (or non-wizard) population. It has also – along with other terms from the series – entered the vocabulary of fans all over the world. Quidditch: a quick introduction So what is Quidditch? Etymologies: fact or fiction? Rowling drew inspiration from many sources – such as mythology and Latin – in naming the characters and places of the Harry Potter series, but with Quidditch she went a step further. These origin stories show the depth of detail Rowling went into in the Harry Potter series. The Holyhead Harpies vs. the Chudley Cannons The team names themselves also help create an impression of the team in question without needing to hear anything more about them.
Culture - Why does Britain have such bizarre place names? The drive from the town of Much Wenlock to Ashby-de-la-Zouch is 60 miles east across the English Midlands. Once you have crossed the River Severn and passed the Wrekin rising to the left – the last of the Shropshire Hills – you join the M54 at the Wrekin Retail Park. At Featherstone, you have a choice: north and then east past Lichfield and Tamworth, or southeast past Walsall, Wednesbury and Birmingham, south of Sutton Coldfield, and northeast to cross the River Tame. Either way, once you’re past Appleby Magna and crossing the River Mease, you’re almost there. And just like that, in an hour and a quarter, you will have covered the great sweep of British history: from the Celts through the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Scandinavians, and Normans to modern times – all as displayed in Britain’s place names. British history didn’t start with the Celtic peoples (Stonehenge didn’t build itself, after all). Two-thirds of England’s rivers take their names from Celtic Fighting words French connection Culture - Why does Britain have such bizarre place names?
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Digital storytelling is the practice of using digital tools such as timelines, audio, videos and images to create non-traditional forms of scholarship. We are no longer required to rely only on text to explain concepts in our writing. Traditional online articles are now becoming interactive storytelling experiences. For example, we now have the ability to transform a text-heavy list of dates and events into an interactive timeline that allows readers to take part in the storytelling process. There are a variety of digital storytelling tools available on the web that can be embedded into a WordPress website. Below I will discuss my top five digital storytelling tools and how they help create more interactive experiences for readers. TimelineJS Website: Traditional timelines in written format are often text-heavy and lack engagement with readers. TimelineJS Example StoryMapJS Website: Screenshot of StoryMapJS Interface Canva Five Digital Storytelling Tools for the Classroom | CampusPress Five Digital Storytelling Tools for the Classroom | CampusPress
Ever since I binge-watched Star Trek: The Next Generation as a teenager, I’ve been eagerly waiting for a real-life holodeck to hit the market. The idea that writers of the future could create alternate realities players could step into and experience first-hand blew my mind. Sure, I’d been doing the same thing in my imagination when reading books my whole life. But being able to share your vision of a world and characters via virtual reality seemed like a storyteller’s dream come true. While we’re not able to don a fedora and step straight back in time to the 1940s (yet), today’s VR devices are bringing us closer and closer to a seamless blending of physical and virtual realities. Here are 5 of the most intriguing VR stories I’ve seen to date, along with some key lessons we can learn about VR storytelling from each one. Microsoft, Fragments: Gamified Storytelling Microsoft’s forthcoming HoloLens game, Fragments, was created in partnership with Asobo Studio. Hero Image Source: Memory Alpha VR Storytelling: 5 Explorers Defining the Next Generation of Narrative - Ceros Blog VR Storytelling: 5 Explorers Defining the Next Generation of Narrative - Ceros Blog
Irregular Verb Page Irregular Verb Page's Irregular Verb Dictionary for English learners contains over 370 irregular verbs used in modern English. To view our Extended Irregular Verb Dictionary, which contains over 470 verbs including rare and antiquated forms, Click Here. Alternate forms are separated by /. The first form listed is the most commonly used. [More info]Forms which are primarily used in British English are in italics. Flashcards & Exercises | About Dictionary Your personal online English school.
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Q: In the battle of lay vs. lie, when do you use each and can you provide examples? —Annemarie V. Don’t forget about “lain,” my friend! The difference between Lay vs. Lay Lay and lie are both present-tense verbs, but they don’t mean quite the same thing. [Do you underline book titles? Lie Lie, on the other hand, is defined as, “to be, to stay or to assume rest in a horizontal position,” so the subject is the one doing the lying—I lie down to sleep or When I pick up a copy of my favorite magazine, Writer’s Digest, I lie down to take in all its great information—and not acting on an object. FREE DOWNLOAD: Debunking 10 Grammar (and Novel Writing) Myths I Lie Down vs. To clarify things further, I’ll answer this question that you’re probably wondering: How can you be lying down in your examples while the classic nighttime prayer for kids clearly begins “Now I lay me down to sleep”? In I lie down to sleep, there is no object to the sentence, just subject (I). [How Long Should Novel Chapters Be? Lay vs. Lie (vs. Laid) - Grammar Rules
Grammar + Songs | Songs and Activities for English Language Learners Songs can be an effective way to introduce or reinforce a grammar topic. Click on the topics below for companion songs and activities. (In a blog article posted Oct. 4, 2016 at, I list some of the benefits of using songs to teach grammar that I’ve observed in my own classroom.) Adverb Clauses in the Song “Baby, I’m Yours”Comparisons with LikeGerunds as Objects of PrepositionsGerund or Infinitive after begin, start, continue, like, love, hate, can’t standGet to Do SomethingGotta: Informal Spoken English for Got ToI’ve Got It and I’ve Got ‘EmReflexive PronounsUsed to + a Verb in the Simple FormWish + Simple Past: Making a Wish About the Present Verb Tenses:Future with Gonna: Talking About the WeatherFuture with Gonna: Talking About PlansFuture with Will: Offering to HelpFuture with Will: Making PromisesPresent Perfect: It’s Been vs. Adverb Clauses in the Song “Baby, I’m Yours”Level: High Intermediate and AdvancedPair with the Song: “Baby, I’m Yours” (Arctic Monkeys, 2006) 2.
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