Awesome Adjective: Controversial

Meaning: Causing arguments and disagreements.


You should avoid controversial topics like politics and religion on a first date.

The candidate for president has some very controversial opinions.

He’s a controversial historical figure. Some say he was a great man, some say he was evil.

Pop Quiz:

Which could be described as controversial?

A.  A book that makes a lot of people angry.

B.  A movie that makes a lot of people angry.

C.  A singer that makes a lot of people angry.

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Lunar New Year Explained

Our computer class students put together a snazzy series of descriptions/explanations of Lunar New Year, often called Chinese New Year. Here’s one sample – and make sure to take the quiz afterwards to test your comprehension!

new year

Chinese New Year

Fen Fen Liang

Chinese New Year is important for Chinese people. For Chinese New Year, there are a lot of things to celebrate. Before New Year’s Eve, we usually clean the house seriously. This symbolizes throwing away bad things from the last year and greeting good things in the coming year. After we clean the house, we usually paste many spring festival scrolls on the wall, in front of the door or anywhere we want to paste them. The words on the spring festival scrolls are wishes. Spring festival scrolls are red; red means luck.

I usually have New Year’s Eve dinner with my family. I have a big family, so my mother makes a lot of food for the dinner. Before we start to have the New Year’s Eve Dinner, we need to pray. During dinner we talk about many things, about jobs, kids, studies, the last year, the coming year and so on. After dinner we set off firecrackers, and we play cards or mahjong. Children get red envelopes from their older, married relatives. Some adults give red envelopes to their elders also, like their father, mother, grandfather or grandmother.

Chinese New Year is interesting. One, two or more lions dance together. The lions are not real lions, they are people in costume. This costume is to throw out bad luck. When the lions are coming you need to give them candy, oranges, lettuce and red envelopes. Children like the lion dances, firecrackers and red envelopes.


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Heart of Gold Revisited

Here’s a classic song for you using last week’s Idiom of the Week. As you listen, fill in the blanks with the words you hear. When you’re finished, click on “Continue reading” to check your answers.

“Heart Of Gold”
Neil Young

I want to ___1___
I want to give
I’ve been a ___2___ for a heart of gold
It’s these expressions
I never give
That keep me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

I’ve been to ___3___
I’ve been to Redwood
I crossed the ___4___ for a heart of gold
I’ve been in my mind,
It’s such a fine ___5___
That keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old
Keeps me searching for a heart of gold
And I’m getting old

Keep me searching for a heart of gold
You keep me searching and I’m growing old
Keep me searching for a heart of gold
I’ve been a ___6___ for a heart of gold

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Raw Revisited

Here’s an informative article from Time Magazine using last week’s Awesome Adjective:

You Asked: Why Can’t I Eat Raw Meat?

Well, you could. But you’d be rolling the dice.

Sushi restaurants are nearly as rampant as Starbucks stores. So why is raw fish okay to consume, while raw beef, pork and other land animals are typically not on the menu?

For one thing, the parasites and bacteria that set up shop in raw animal meat are different and more dangerous than the ones you’d find in raw fish, says Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)…

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More Hospitals, Doctors, and Health

Here’s another health-related story from Class 3C. When you’re finished reading, take the quiz to test your understanding.


Miaoxuan Yang

Terrible Disinfectant

One day ten years ago, I was changing sheets for my mother-in-law, and put some disinfectant on the dresser. When I finished changing the sheets, I turned back to look at my daughter and she was looking at me and holding the disinfectant. She said, “Mom, why does this Coke have a different flavor?”

I was surprised. “Did you drink it?” I asked her. She nodded.

I was so frightened. I quickly got some water and had her drink it, then I called my husband. While my husband was coming home, I took my daughter outside to wait for him.

After ten minutes, we arrived at the hospital emergency room. The doctor checked my daughter’s eyes and asked her some questions. Then he had my daughter drink a bottle of water and throw up. After that, the doctor told me, “Your daughter just drank a little, not too much. Don’t worry. When you get back home, have her keep drinking more water. That will be good.”

After this incident, every time I use disinfectant it still has a shadow.


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