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English Department
 
 
A Must-Read List:
 
 
Here are your teachers’ favourite books:
 
Mr. Fittler – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Ms. King – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Ms. Legge – A Prayer of Owen Meany by John Irving
Ms. McIver-Knox – Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Mr. Pettit – Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
Ms. Sayles - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Ms. Sermet-deBoer–The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Mr. Veary – The Castle by Franz Kafka
Ms. Watt - Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J Dubner
 
Why Should We Read Literature?
 
Check out “Reading Literature Makes us Smarter and Nicer” by Annie Murphy Paul
 
       
 
Fifteen Fun Facts about the English Language
  1. The most common letter in English is "e".
  2. The most common vowel in English is "e", followed by "a".
  3. The most common consonant in English is "r", followed by "t".
  4. Every syllable in English must have a vowel (sound). Not all syllables have consonants.
  5. Only two English words in current use end in "-gry". They are "angry" and "hungry".
  6. The word "bookkeeper" (along with its associate "bookkeeping") is the only unhyphenated English word with three consecutive double letters. Other such words, like "sweet-toothed", require a hyphen to be readily readable.
  7. More English words begin with the letter "s" than with any other letter.
  8. The word "uncopyrightable" is the longest English word in normal use that contains no letter more than once.
  9. The following sentence contains all 26 letters of the alphabet: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." This sentence is often used to test typewriters or keyboards.
  10. The only word in English that ends with the letters "-mt" is "dreamt" (which is a variant spelling of "dreamed") - as well of course as "undreamt" :)
  11. If we place a comma before the word "and" at the end of a list, this is known as an "Oxford comma" or a "serial comma". For example: "I drink coffee, tea, and wine."
  12. The shortest complete sentence in English is the following. "I am."
  13. The longest English word without a true vowel (a, e, i, o or u) is "rhythm".
  14. There are only 4 English words in common use ending in "-Dous": hazardous, horrendous, stupendous, and tremendous.
  15. We can find 10 words in the 7-letter word "therein" without rearranging any of its letters: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
 
Helpful Links
Grammar Girl
Grammar.com
Language Arts: Go Grammar
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)
MLA Style (from OWL)
Transition Words
Integrating Quotations into Sentences
MLA Formatting Quotations
What is Plagiarism?
Urban Dictionary
 Shakespeare Online
 
 
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