Grade 8 English Lesson 177

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 27. Today I read In His Steps chapters 27-28 of section 12. In the twenty-seventh chapter he talks about.

  1.  The Bishop gets mugged.
  2. One mugger recognizes his voice.
  3. The Bishop had helped him years before.
  4. He is still an alcoholic.
  5. The Bishop offers him a job.

In the twenty-eighth chapter he talks about.

  1. The man is sweeping the front steps.
  2. He is tempted by the local saloon.
  3. The Bishop grabs his arm.
  4. He tells the man to pray.
  5. The saloon’s building is owned by a member.
  6. The church member is tormented with guilt.
  7. The lease expired in a month.
  8. The owner hands it over to the settlement.
  9. They turn it over to Felicia.
  10. She teaches local girls how to cook and become servants.
  11. Her program success.
  12. The winter is cold.
  13. Churches, voluntary groups, and the government donate clothes, food and money.

What to conclude from this?

  1. The mugger just happens to remember the Bishop.
  2. The Bishop gives him a job close to the saloon.
  3. The Bishop pulls him back from temptation.
  4. We never hear about the man again.
  5. The saloon’s building just happens to belong to a church member.
  6. The building is his #1 investment.
  7. The lease just happens to run out.
  8. He gives it to the settlement, which gives it to Felicia.
  9. Felicia accomplishes great things with it.
  10. The rich donate money, not their time.
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Grade 8 English Lesson 176

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 26. Today I read In His Steps chapters 24-26 of section 11. In the twenty fourth chapter he talks about.

  1. Rev. Bruce and the Bishop are at the Sterlings’
  2. Mrs. Sterling had died of shock.
  3. Mr. Sterling had gone bankrupt.
  4. He had been a mere speculator.
  5. Rose went into shock – nearly paralyzed.
  6. Felicia started making plans.
  7. They moved in with the Winslows.
  8. Felicia did not know how to work.
  9. She became a household cook.
  10. Rose brooded.
  11. Her aunt now changed her mind: Felicia should not do “common work” forever.
  12. She may become a teacher to the poor.

In the twenty-fifth chapter he talks about.

  1. Rev. Bruce decides to help the poor.
  2. The Bishop makes a confession.
  3. They decide to set up a settlement house.
  4. They rented a former brewery warehouse.

In the twenty-sixth chapter he talks about.

  1. Rev. Bruce resigns from the church.
  2. The Bishop resigned.
  3. This gets publicity.
  4. They meet Felicia in the slum.
  5. She has come to serve.

What to conclude from this?

  1. Sheldon did not understand the economic functions of speculation.
  2. He though of work as physical.
  3. Writing is mental.
  4. The redemption of the poor requires a sacrificial lifestyle by the well-off.

Grade 9 Business Lesson 93

Today I learned about part 8 of The $100 Dollar Startup by Chris Guillebeau. In the seventh chapter titled, “An Offer You Can’t Refuse” he talks about.

  1. The coupon book: high price, but with high perceived value
  2. “Buy it, use it once, get your money back.”
  3. Doughnut vs. orange: marathon at mile 18
  4. Sell what people want to buy.
  5. Leg room on a plane: will people pay extra?
  6. Sales: the illusion of an invitation, not a sales pitch.
  7. Stand in the path of least resistance.
  8. Act now! (why?)
  9. High perceived value
  10. Cost of production and low perceived value.
  11. FAQs
    1. Answering objections in advance
    2. Create trust in you as an authority
    3. Lead with the benefits; follow with the proof.
  12. A guarantee is crucial: risk–reversal.
  13. Overdeliver

What to conclude from this?

  1. “The power of the offer is the heart of the ad.”
  2. Make the #1 benefit clear.
  3. Prove it.
  4. Give a believable reason for the deal.
  5. Give a believable reason to act now.
  6. Use FAQs to reduce resistance.
  7. His theory of invitation vs. persuasion (sales pitch)

Grade 8 English Lesson 175

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 25. Today was a review of parts 21-24. I also had to write a 500 word essay.

Today I will write an essay on the following topic. What should Virginia have done before giving editor Norman $500,000? If you are familiar with the past lessons you know that Virginia gave Norman $500,000 so he could put his “plan” into action. Obviously you don’t just hand out $500,000 out if you have any sense. Of course Virginia doesn’t have any sense and doesn’t think twice before handing it over. Because the book is all about sacrifice what I’m about to say is going to sound really selfish. The first thing you think about when handing over money is if it’s worth it, are you getting the money back, are you getting your money’s worth? She’s definitely not getting her money back, she’s only funding the newspaper until her money runs out. The first thing she should have done was ask if she was going to get her money back.

Another thing she should have done was consider if she was actually helping him. Like the government, giving him money makes him not care about actually making money. Giving someone money also results in them being useless with it. It’s not their hard earned money, so they aren’t as reluctant to spend it. Norman’s not saying, “I just need a boost, I’ll return it as soon as I can” he’s talking about a plan to start a Christian (social gospel) newspaper with a bunch of money. However much she wanted a social gospel newspaper, she didn’t even pause to think if giving him money would do that. Then she would have come to the conclusion that giving him money was not the way to go. However it does work because Sheldon, the author, had no financial sense, and wanted it to work.

Third she should have considered what other better things she could do with that money. Paying Norman to produce a social gospel newspaper that only social gospel Christians will read is not effective at converting people (lucky us). She could help lower-class people learn skills that help them get along in the world. Of course she wouldn’t do that because she feels Jesus definitely wouldn’t help the poor. Or because the people in this book’s idea of sacrifice is skipping their vacation. Just think of all the people you could help with $500,000. You could buy hearing aids for editor Norman so that he listens to that guy who warned him of bankruptcy. You could pay for Rachel to have brain surgery so that she has financial sense. And you could entirely remove Rev. Maxwell’s brain so that he stops making people take the pledge. But no, those are all wastes of money.

If Virginia had any sense, those would be the things she would do before forking over the money to Norman. Unfortunately, she doesn’t do those things, (God help her soul). The best way to learn about this book is to not read it, and listen to Dr. North’s accurate remarks. I still have to read it though, so wish me good luck.

Grade 9 Business Lesson 92

Today I learned about part 7 of The $100 Dollar Startup by Chris Guillebeau. In the sixth chapter titled, “The One-Page” he talks about.

  1. Story of the missing map
    1. They wanted what did not exist: a map
    2. They spent $250
    3. They set up a website: PayPal.
    4. They started getting orders.
    5. They expanded the business.
  2. Action bias
    1. Get started quickly.
    2. Think “usefulness.”
  3. Solve a widespread problem.
  4. Keep costs low.
  5. Get the first sale fast: overcome inertia.
  6. Do not over-research this.
  7. Use the one-page business plan.
  8. Make a decision: go/no go.
  9. If it’s “go,” act fast.
  10. Mission statement: 140 characters.
  11. This is your USP.

What to conclude from this?

  1. Be alert to an unfilled want.
  2. Find a cheap solution.
  3. Identify your business’ USP.
  4. Make a short business plan.
  5. Limit startup costs.
  6. Start fast.

Grade 8 English Lesson 173

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 23. Today I read In His Steps chapters 18-20 of section 8. In the eighteenth chapter he talks about.

  1. Virginia studies London slums and Arnold Toynbee’s writings.
  2. Rollin is involved with his club.
  3. He talks with Rachel about his ministry.
  4. She re-evaluates him.
  5. Rev. Maxwell oversees the building project.
  6. But nothing had changed in the Rectangle.
  7. The anniversary of the pledge was approaching.

In the nineteenth chapter he talks about.

  1. Letter from Rev. Calvin Bruce, D.D., to Rev. Philip Caxton, D.D.
    1. A major change in the novel
    2. Same style as the rest of the novel
    3. Topic: Raymond church’s pledge
  2. The church has divided: pledge-takers and non-plege-takers.
    1. Some have left the church
    2. Others tried to get Maxwell fired.
  3. Maxwell is a changed man.
  4. The railroad was not prosecuted by the I.C.C., but is rumored to be bankrupt.
  5. The newspaper is a huge success.

In the twentieth chapter he talks about.

  1. The letter goes on.
  2. Church members have not given away their wealth.
  3. Some businessmen have lost money.
  4. Some workers have lost their jobs.
  5. Church members have given them aid.
  6. Now, the real reason for the letter:

What to conclude from this?

  1. The letter is a rhetorical device.
    1. Describes Sheldon’s hopes
    2. Avoids issues of institutional cause and affect
  2. The writer is facing a moment of truth: whether to preach the message.
  3. The imagery of the sun: new dawn

Grade 8 English Lesson 174

Today I learned about Utopian Literature, Part 24. Today I read In His Steps chapters 21-23 of section 10. In the twenty-first chapter he talks about.

  1. Felicia and Rose go to a play.
  2. Felicia cares for others: Rose does not.
  3. Felicia longs to interact with the real world.
  4. They live in a mansion.
  5. Their cousin is Rachel.
  6. Their minister is Rev. Bruce.
  7. He is in Raymond studying Maxwell’s church.
  8. What about the pledge? her father asks.
  9. It’s impractical, he says.

In the twenty-second chapter he talks about.

  1. Long description of the third act
    1. A poor woman is contemplating suicide
    2. A distinguished man and his son intervene
    3. Scenes: tenement vs. palace
  2. The scenes shake Felicia.
  3. Church is the next day.
  4. Rev. Bruce was ready to offer the challenge.

In the twenty-third chapter he talks about.

  1. Rev. Bruce summarizes Raymond’s experience.
  2. He invited them to stay to make the pledge.
  3. Felicia did; Rose did not.
  4. Their father did not attend that day.
  5. The bishop shows up at Rev. Bruce’s home.
  6. News arrives that Mr. Sterling has committed suicide.

What to conclude from this?

  1. The scene is set almost as the set in the play was set.
  2. A family is divided over the pledge.
  3. The pledge spreads to an upscale Establishment church (bishop).
  4. The sister that feels deeply responds.
  5. The family is uprooted by suicide.