I think that I’ve got to take a break from GED poetry for a while. It’s hard, right? One of the things that makes poetry hard, and some of the other reading on the GED is vocabulary. I’ve given some vocabulary advice for the GED test before, but I thought it would help to give some more advice on how to build your vocabulary…learn more words before you take the GED test. Continue reading
Last time, I gave you a GED practice question about a poem. What did you think? It’ll help you a lot to try to answer the GED question yourself first, and then look at the answer the next week. So I hope you tried this GED test question: Continue reading
¡Hola! How’s the GED studying? You know, I kind of always thought poetry was pointless, but now I’m looking at it for the GED test, and I like some of it. This poem we went over, kind of reminds me of my mom, how she’s always there for me, always solid, you know. I guess I want to be like that for my Roberto. I thought I’d think up a GED practice question for it. Continue reading
I started out talking about metaphors for the GED reading section last time… (Prospero Año Nuevo, by the way…) Anyway, it led me into poetry. I know, it’s the hardest thing, right? But the GED reading test’s gonna have poetry on it. And sometimes I like poetry, you know. It’s a matter of figuring out what they’re trying to say… that’s what reading’s about, right? It’s what the GED is about. Continue reading
Here’s something you need to know for GED reading… One thing that’s on the GED test and that confuses people when they’re reading (me, at least!) is what’s called a metaphor. Do you remember learning about them in high school? Metaphors are used in literature all the time. That’s when you say one thing, but you really mean another thing. Continue reading
The GED means a lot of reading! You need to read passages about science and social science, plus the reading section. So it helps to be able to get the information you need fast. That’s where “skimming” and “scanning” come in. They’re both ways to get information when you’re reading. Continue reading
Here’s the quote from one of the James Bond books that I started reading (Thunderball by Ian Fleming): Continue reading
One of the things that seems real hard for me on the GED is that they always have long words that I don’t know. Since I grew up speaking Spanish, maybe my English vocabulary isn’t that good. That’s okay. I needed to figure out ways to deal with a strange word. If you’re just reading at home, you can have a dictionary, right? But not on the GED test. So what can you do? Continue reading
You know, sometimes I struggle with reading things… that makes it hard to do a lot of the GED test readings! I try to understand each word I don’t know, and then I get lost in the little details. Then the questions on the GED test ask what the main idea was, and what the main point was. And I can’t answer! How do I get the main idea, while I’m trying to figure out hard words and things? Continue reading
I came across the strangest book the other day! It made me so confused, but it also really made me think. Here’s the beginning of it.
I call our world Flatland, not because we call it so, but to make its nature clearer to you, my happy readers, who are privileged to live in Space.
Imagine a vast sheet of paper on which straight Lines, Triangles, Squares, Pentagons, Hexagons, and other figures, instead of remaining fixed in their places, move freely about, on or in the surface, but without the power of rising above or sinking below it, very much like shadows — only hard and with luminous edges — and you will then have a pretty correct notion of my country and countrymen. Alas! a few years ago, I should have said, “my universe;” but now my mind has been opened to higher views of things.
In such a country, you will perceive at once that it is impossible that there should be anything of what you call a “solid” kind; but I dare say you will suppose that we could at least distinguish by sight the Triangles, Squares, and other figures moving about as I have described them. On the contrary, we could see nothing of the kind, not at least so as to distinguish one figure from another. Nothing was visible, nor could be visible, to us, except straight Lines; and the necessity of this I will speedily demonstrate.
Place a penny on the middle of one of your tables in Space; and leaning over it, look down upon it. It will appear a circle.
But now, drawing back to the edge of the table, gradually lower your eye (thus bringing yourself more and more into the condition of the inhabitants of Flatland), and you will find the penny becoming more and more oval to your view; and at last when you have placed your eye exactly on the edge of a table (so that you are, as it were, actually a Flatland citizen) the penny will then have ceased to appear oval at all, and will have become, so far as you can see, a straight line. Continue reading