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

Practice Makes Perfect

Making friends is, like playing music, not just a matter of natural talent.

Length: 54 words

Liberty and Prosperity

The Small Compass

The role of government in a nation’s prosperity is important but limited.

Length: 57 words

Parables of Jesus

The Parable of the Ten Virgins

Five young women cared enough about a man’s wedding-day to make the smallest of sacrifices, and received the best of rewards.

Length: 113 words

Lives of the Saints

St George the Triumphant Martyr

One of the Emperor Galerius’s most trusted generals openly defied him.

Length: 57 words

Bible Stories Retold

The Sunday of Palms and Willows

For centuries, northern countries from Russia to England have laid the catkins of the willow tree before Jesus as he enters Jerusalem.

Length: 56 words

Classical History

‘Stand out of my Sunshine!’

Alexander the Great dropped a hint to his sycophantic entourage.

Length: 56 words