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  • a list of the major characters
  • an extensive glossary of vocabulary and various cultural references that even advanced ESL learners would often not understand
  • questions for ESL class discussion

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Movie Quote of the Week Headline of the Week

Mr. Incredible discusses the difficulties of keeping the world safe from evil…

No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved! You know, for a little bit? I feel like the maid; I just cleaned up this mess! Can we keep it clean for... for ten minutes?!
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California), October 9, 2005.

Rotten Situations

Lost Teeth due to ‘Meth Mouth’
Consequences of Drug Abuse

“Rotten” is a powerful adjective meaning horrible or extremely bad (If food is rotten, it has chemically decomposed so that it smells bad and can no longer be eaten). “Meth” is short for methamphetamine, which is a very dangerous and addictive drug that has become used among teenagers. A “consequence” is another word for a result or outcome, and one result of meth is that it rots away the user’s teeth! The “abuse” of something is to misuse it, or to use it in such a way that it is harmful.

This is a depressing headline that captures one of the most serious social problems that the United States is now facing. It was first widely noticed by America’s dentists.

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