Based on True Story Only

Conversation

After a quick greeting, use the following questions as a guideline to form an interesting conversation with your tutor. Feel free to diverge from these suggestions if anything interesting comes up.

  • Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People should read only those books that are about real events, real people, and established facts. Use specific reasons and details to support your opinion.
    • What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?
    • What are some things that are positive about only reading books based on real events?
    • What are some negative things about only reading books based on real events?

Vocabulary

Skip this section if you have 15 minute plan. Read the word/expression and definition out loud, and your tutor will go over anything you do not understand. Practice creating a sentence or two to make sure you know how to use the word/expression properly.

Vocabulary/ Expressions

Expression Definition
nonfiction (n) prose writing that is based on facts, real events and real people
She preferred to learn about people by reading nonfiction.
knowledge (n) facts, information and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject
Reading books based on true events gave him greater knowledge of what history was like.
informative (adj) providing useful or interesting information
He found the book very informative about how to start a business.
established (adj) having been in existence for a long time and therefore recognized and generally accepted
The books she read needed to include established facts that she could trust.
peruse (v) read in a thorough or careful way
The girl perused the book, looking for any details she missed.
examine (v) inspect in detail to determine their nature or condition, investigate thoroughly
Before she could decide if she liked the book or not, she had to examine whether the story was real or not.
read up (expression) examine and study a book or literature
She wanted to read up on her world history before traveling.
branch out (expression) to do something that is related to what you’ve done in the past but takes you in a new direction
Although she loved to read children’s books, she thought it was time to branch out and try something new.
leave out (expression) to fail to include something
The book did not leave out any details of what actually happened.
by the book (expression) following all the rules in a strict way
Being someone who followed the rules, he went by the book when it came to making decisions. 

Something Extra

Read the following quote out loud.

“Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
― Mason Cooley

Wrap-up

Go over any new expressions or vocabulary that you learned today.

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