Category Archives: Reading

Michael Faraday: Reading Practice 3 (biography)

By | December 22, 2017

Michael Faraday was born on 22 September 1791 in south London. His family was not well off and Faraday received only a basic formal education. When he was 14, he was apprenticed to a local bookbinder and during the next seven years, educated himself by reading books on a wide range of scientific subjects. In 1812, Faraday attended… Read More »

Alexander Graham Bell: Reading Practice 2 (biography)

By | December 11, 2017

Alexander Graham Bell was born on 3 March 1847 in Edinburgh and educated there and in London. His father and grandfather were both authorities on elocution and at the age of 16 Bell himself began researching the mechanics of speech. In 1870, Bell emigrated with his family to Canada, and the following year he moved to the United… Read More »

Alexander the Great: Reading Practice 1 (biography)

By | December 11, 2017

Alexander was born in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia in July 356 BC. His parents were Philip II of Macedon and his wife Olympias. Alexander was educated by the philosopher Aristotle. Philip was assassinated in 336 BC and Alexander inherited a powerful yet volatile kingdom. He quickly dealt with his enemies at home and reasserted Macedonian power… Read More »

Biography

By | December 11, 2017

What is a biography? Biography – simply called bio – is a piece of writing that tells about a person’s life, written by someone else. So, it is simply the story of a life. This kind of writing is based on facts, and therefore, is considered nonfictional. A biography usually includes these things: date and place of birth… Read More »

Blue Whales: Reading Practice 3 (report)

By | December 6, 2017

Blue whales are the largest animals ever known to have lived on Earth. These magnificent marine mammals rule the oceans at up to 100 feet (30 meters) long and upwards of 200 tons (181 metric tons). Their tongues alone can weigh as much as an elephant. Their hearts, as much as an automobile. Blue whales reach these mind-boggling… Read More »

Zebra: Reading Practice 2 (report)

By | December 6, 2017

Each zebra has its own unique pattern of distinctive stripes, just as humans have their own unique pattern of fingerprints. Zebras stick together in herds. Within a herd, zebras tend to stay together in smaller family groups. Families are generally made up of a male, several females, and their young. As a zebra grazes, it uses its sharper… Read More »

Piranha: Reading Practice 1 (report)

By | December 11, 2017

Today, piranhas inhabit the freshwaters of South America from the Orinoco River Basin in Venezuela up to the Paraná River in Argentina. Though estimates vary, around 30 species inhabit the lakes and rivers of South America today. Fossil evidence puts piranha ancestors in the continent’s rivers 25 million years ago, but modern piranha genera may have only been around for… Read More »