What’s the Point? Book One: Beginning to Read for Meaning. Part 3: “The Point of One-Liners (Proverbs & Quotes),” pages 39-54
Who It’s For: Teachers & Students of “Cultural Literacy” & Others Interested in Traditional, Universal, and/or Equal vs. Opposite Expression of Meaning in Few Words. Speakers & Writers Who Want to Be Quoted.
Why You Need It: Whether they are sayings, quotations, catch-phrases, headlines, witticisms, or picture captions, one-liners are among the first pieces of text that readers attend to. Proverbs & Quotes are uniquely efficient vehicles of expression of meaning. They’re also models of succinct, powerful writing.
What You’ll / They’ll Do:
 Peruse the 16-page Part 3: The Point of One-Liners. Decide what you want to focus on: Common English vs. International Proverbs, Truths with Opposite Meanings, Creative Wisdom, Language Patterns, One-Line Humor. Either prioritize these in your teaching / learning plan or give equal attention to all sections.
 Read the explanations. Look carefully at exercise instructions, especially those directing readers to interpret, explain what the material means to them, and/or to give relevant examples from real-life encounters. Refer to Sidebars if their questions interest you.
 Follow steps to construe, clarify, discuss, and compare the meanings of up to 131 well-known sayings & quotes. Note particularly that these suggestions encourage participants to relate printed wording to actual things, people, and events in the tangible / virtual world.
 Get more input on these topics from F-07.16, the What’s the Point? Book One Answer Key.
 Use what you’ve experienced to improve your own powers of wise, helpful, & creative expression—and to take in and absorb what others have to offer.