I picked up my husband's high school senior year English text first, and on the flyleaf, neatly written in his school boy penmanship, was the following quote: "Do half of everything you don't want to do and you'll gain twice as much knowledge as if you would have done something you liked." I was impressed by my 16-year-old husband-to-be choosing to write that advice in his book. I continued to flip through the pages and was surprised to find much more than grammar exercises. The text book is titled English in Action, and its contents live up to the title.
A final example that was given in the text book was Scientific Slant, which the authors explained: "In most people science inspires awe and faith, which can easily be transferred to the product [or concept]." I'm not sure the use of Scientific Slant necessarily has the same influence on people today, at a time in which scientific evidence is often distrusted or ignored.
Isaac Werner was respected in his community because of his superior language skills. Neighbors came to him to put their agreements into the proper words and write their contracts. He was asked to be a speaker at the meetings where farmers gathered to find ways to educate themselves about farming, marketing, and increasing their political power. People of Isaac's time respected the importance of education, and the building of schools was one of the earliest things settlers did.
|Understanding the impression we make|
(All of the images are taken from the 1960 English text book.)