Mini Copy Book

Each post in this section is a short précis (summary) of a passage in The Copy Book. All of them are in modern English. They are intended for students of English as a Foreign Language at Elementary Level.

George Stephenson

The Grand Mechanic

The more that pioneering engineer George Stephenson understood of the world around him, the more his sense of wonder grew.

Length: 59 words

Music and Musicians

Youth and Age

Sir Hubert Parry was delighted to see teachers and pupils pushing each other to do better.

Length: 57 words

Dog Stories

Two Day Rovers

Jane Loudon introduces us to two dogs getting on with their busy lives.

Length: 58 words

Cat Stories

A Cut above the Rest

With the aid of a slice of beef, a Perth puss takes feline scheming to a new level.

Length: 60 words

Modern History

A Woman’s Logic

Emmeline Pankhurst recalls how she brought some much-needed reason into the operations at Chorlton workhouse.

Length: 60 words

Extracts from Literature

All Things ‘Nice’

Henry Tilney teases a bewildered Catherine Morland for her lazy vocabulary.

Length: 100 words