Wikipedia:Simple talk/tier sample

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This page is for testing out a new system where we give different "levels" of easy and hard to understand articles. The topic for this page is Earth. For comments on this page, see the discussion page.


Level 1 (easy level)[change source]

Earth is a planet. It is the planet on which we live. It is the third planet of the solar system. 71% of the surface of earth is covered with water. Earth has one moon.

Level 2 (medium level)[change source]

Please add some text, easier than level 3, but more encyclopaedic than level 1

Level 3 (harder level)[change source]

Earth is the planet we live on. It has only one Moon. Every 365 days it revolves around the Sun which provides light. Earth rotates so each part of it is in light during the day and dark at night. The Moon revolves but the same side of it is always facing Earth. It has phases of the Moon which are caused by the position of the Earth compared with the Moon and the Sun : if the Earth is between them, the moon appears illuminated and if the Earth is "behind" the Moon, it appears dark. The lunar calendar is based on this.

Earth has air that we live in, water that we drink, and much light reaches it from the sun. Everything alive needs these, so Earth is at least rare, and it cannot be easily replaced. It has many ecosystems that provide nature's services to humans. The value of these, when measured, is natural capital. Unlike any other style of capital, there is no known way to replace this - but it can be improved, regrown, protected, for example by conservation.

Level 0.5 ( Teaching level )[change source]

Earth is a planet. It is the planet on which we live. It is the third planet of the solar system. 71% of the surface of earth is covered with water. Earth has one moon.

Note: one sentence per line. Mostly.


  • Earth is a planet.
  • It is the planet on which we live.
  • It is the third planet of the solar system.
  • 71% of the surface of earth is covered with water.
  • Earth has one moon.

  • Note: say the one thing in more than one way.
  • Note: different words and phrases. Different word order.
  • Note: various words and phrases and various words orders.
  • Note: say the same thing in various ways.
  • Note: say the same thing in different ways.
  • Note: say the same thing in various different ways. (80%)
  • Note: say the same thing in different various ways. (30%)
  • Note: "various different" sounds better than "different various".
  • Note: "various different" sounds better; cannot say why! :-)
  • Note: say the one thing in several ways.
  • Note: Good lines have a higher percentage such as "80%".
  • Note: Poor lines have a lower percentage such as "15%".
    • Note: Practice the good lines more than the bad lines.
    • Note: Practice the good lines more _____ than the bad lines.
    • Note: Practice the good lines more often than the bad lines.
  • Note: end with the first line repeated at the end.
  • Note: say the one thing in more than one way.

  • Earth is a planet.
  • It is the planet on which we live.
  • It is the third planet of the solar system.
  • It's_ the third planet of our solar system.
  • It is the 3rd__ planet from the sun.
  • 71% of the surface of earth is covered with water.
  • 71% of the earth is covered with rivers, lakes, seas and oceans.
  • ___ Earth spins once every day.
  • ___ Earth spins on its axis once every day.
  • ___ Earth turns on its axis once every day.
  • Our Earth turns once every twenty-four (24) hours.
  • The Earth has one moon.
  • It has one moon.
  • Note: the "_ _" help line up matching words in columns.
  • Note: the "_ _" help line up paired__ words in columns.
  • Note: Look for "it is", "it's" and "its". ( Bonus____ lesson)
  • Note: Look for "it is", "it's" and "its". ( unplanned lesson)
  • Note: Look for "it is", "it's" and "its". ( "Gem"____ lesson)
  • Earth is a planet.

Level 6.0 ( Teacher level )[change source]

The aim of Level 0.5 is to teach some Simple English, using a interesting and worthwhile topic, such as the Earth, as study material.

It is asserted that this is better than trying to mindlessly learn lists of nouns or verbs out of context.

Ideally, Level 0.5 lessons should cover all the words in Basic English, using the minimum number of pages. This is an excrutiatingly difficult task, but the Wikipedia software looks as if it might make it possible. Wikipedia software has lots and lots of cross-links which according to the Special pages can be sorted and view in many different ways.

Do many things at once[change source]

Level 0.5 lessons try to do many things at once, so that you cover a lot of material, yet/but everything in connected together in a meaningful way.

  • It is asserted that this reduces boredom and makes things interesting.
  • It is asserted that this makes things less boring and more

interesting.

Unplanned/bonus/Gem lessons[change source]

It an author was asked to use the set of word "It is/it's/its" in the one page, the answer would surely be "easier said than done".

But out of the blue, the lesson about "It is/it's/its" turned up like a little gold nugget. :-) :-)

Or gemstone. There are lots of kinds of gemstones.


  • Note: "It's" can also stand for "It has". Gem is unpolised! (50%)
  • Note: Can "It's" also stand for "It has"? Is gem unpolised? (50%)

Dar1435 11:18, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)


Names for things[change source]

All names for things in Level 0.3 and 6.0 are provision, since this unexplored territory of the English language may turn up better names in the future.

Consider the Two Letter Code for Simple English.

  • .SE Simple English
  • .SE Sverige (Sweden) already taken.
  • .EE Easy English
  • .EE ?????? (Estonia) already taken.
  • .GO Golden English
  • .GO (any one using it?)

Dar1435 11:05, 7 Dec 2004 (UTC)

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