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Sample of Teacher-Modeled Note-Taking from Listening to a Short Essay



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Sample of Teacher-Modeled Note-Taking from Listening to a Short Essay
The Case for Short Words” Richard Lederer

  • Short words as good as long, especially old ones like sun, grass and home

  • Meet your needs with strength, grace and charm

  • Big words are not as clear as small words

  • Sound rule: use small, old words where you can

  • If you need a long word, don’t fear to use it, but short ones won’t let you down

  • Title and first four paragraphs of this essay are composed of one-syllable words

  • That structure helped the writer focus on his message

  • Twenty words account for twenty-five percent of all spoken English words

  • Fifty most common words in English are made of a single syllable

  • Many proverbs are made of one-syllable words

  • Shakespeare used the short word skillfully

  • King James Bible a centerpiece of short words

  • Continued in Twentieth Century by Churchill, Frost, etc.

  • Energy and eloquence in short words

  • Vigor and vitality of compact expression






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