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.

Extracts from Literature

Well Out Of It

Anne Elliot is mortified to hear Frederick Wentworth’s opinion of her, but manages to find comfort in his words.

Length: 114 words

Sport and Sportsmen

Max Woosnam

Max fully deserves his reputation as England’s greatest all-round sportsman.

Length: 98 words

Russian History

The Grand Embassy

A young Peter the Great of Russia toured Europe seeking help for his diplomatic, military and architectural plans.

Length: 109 words

Frederick Douglass

Douglass in Britain

Frederick Douglass, the American runaway slave turned Abolitionist, spent some of his happiest days in Britain.

Length: 111 words

Frederick Douglass

Douglass’s Debt

British statesmen were among those who inspired the career of one of America’s greatest men, Frederick Douglass.

Length: 54 words

Character and Conduct

The School of Difficulty

It is not educational institutions and methods that advance science or the arts, but people.

Length: 56 words