Friday, 14 March 2014

Lesson Summary (14 March '14)

Point Audience Context Culture


Angles - Looking down vs Looking up
- Looking down on someone conveys a sense of power
- Looking up at a person or object can make us feel vulnerable.


Framing

NDP poster
- Long shot - shows more details of the back ground
- Focus on the people in Singapore











Framing 

Election poster in 2006
- Close up shot of Lee Hsieng Leong
- Focus on voting him
















5 elements of Visual Text

1. Images
2. Colour
3. Words
4. Typographical features - type of font, font size
5. Layout - Spatial arrangement


Images
Concept of an idea
Symbol or an Icon

Words (titles, headlines, captions)
Words that are used by everyday people, so that it is easily recognizable. 

Title - Main topic of the poster
Headline - The main message of the poster
Captions - Usually found under photographs or images.

Typographical Features (Font Type and Size)
Some letters are capitalized to emphasize the word.
It acts as a guide for the readers.
Readers are attracted to large words and brightly colored words.

Layout
The placement of texts can influence the meaning of the visual texts.

Types of placement 
- Top/bottom - texts are attractive with the heading to convey its main message.
- Left/right - contains information about the poster.

Homework: Comprehension Homework
                   Essay to be completed by tonight

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Lesson Summary (11th March '14)

Essay Structure

Introductory Paragraph
- Hook
   - Famous Quotes from a Famous person
   - Questions
   - Declarative
   - Historical Review
   - Anecdotal (Little Story)
   - Surprising Statement
- Lead in
- Thesis Statement

2nd Paragraph
-Topic Sentence
- Example/ Elaboration
- Evidence/ Explanation
- Link -> Thesis statement

3rd Paragraph
-Topic Sentence
- Example/ Elaboration
- Evidence/ Explanation
- Link -> Thesis statement

4th Paragraph
-Topic Sentence
- Example/ Elaboration
- Evidence/ Explanation
- Link -> Thesis statement

Last Paragraph (Conclusion)
- Restate Thesis Statement
- Summarise 3 points
- State your stand, Question the reader, Suggestion/ Recommendation

Why is the Thesis Statement important ?
It is like a guide for the reader, informing them what the essay is about.

Use these words in your thesis statement:
- Because
- Since
- So
- Although
- Unless

Visual Text Comprehension Slides 

Homework : Complete the essay
                     Log into Scholastic and complete the 2nd worksheet.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Weekend Expository Essay Homework


'The prevalent use of technology today has resulted in an increasingly dehumanised society.' What are your views? 

1) Plan your essay in the template provided.
2) Type out your essay. 
3) Send to Grammarly for grammar check. 
4) Final review before submission on Shared Doc : S307/308 Technology Essay 2


5) Due on Monday (10 March 2014) @ 0800.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Lesson summary (5 March)

Author's Purpose :
Raise Awareness( to inform )
Entertain
Persuade

Homework:
Complete the Read Theory Worksheet
File all the english worksheets.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Francis' Journal

Q7: Imagine a friend of yours is considering whether to take steroids. What would you tell that friend to persuade him or her not to do that?

I would tell him the bad things about steroids as it is harmful to most people. Firstly, steroids can shorten your life span as it makes you grow faster and grow old quicker. For example, in the recent studies in NSW, researchers have found out that steroid abusers die in their 20s and 30s. The people who abused steroids have overdeveloped muscles. Secondly, steroids might trigger mood swings and abusers would get angry more often, and its easier to develop suicidal thoughts. Thirdly, taking steroids will have liver damage and adrenal exhaustion.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Oliver's Daily Journal

Question 1 - If I were a teacher, I would...

If I were a teacher, I would probably teach Sports as I am quite fit and athletic. I would probably teach the students the importance of teamwork as I think that teamwork is very important for any sport and even for project work. I would also be very understanding towards their needs and instead of scolding them for what they did wrong I would tell them what they should do instead of the incorrect thing. The reason for this is because I realised that a mistake that many teachers make is that they put down the student without knowing and that demoralises the student and cause him/her to be affected emotionally. Even though when you asked the student if they have been affected they would not agree but sub-consciously they are affected.

Ek Hern's expository writing


        The Internet has enhanced our lives in many ways. We can now communicate face-to-face from opposite ends of the earth and watch a Chinese video in America. However, this is a case of ‘solve one problem, create another’. It is needless then, to say that the increased access to the Internet has caused as many problems as it has solved.

For a start, the Internet has greatly increased our amount and depth of knowledge. Informational sites like Wikipedia and other institute websites provide useful data. However, people can also ‘modify’ the information. Wikipedia is a community based information site which means that anyone looking to be destructive can simply edit the information to his/her will. This could damage a person’s feelings or rouse false rumors about that person. Overall, one needs to use the internet correctly. Terrorists learned how to make bombs from the internet. However, one could also use it to find a place to go for a date.

Entertainment is another area effected by the internet. The rise of Youtube now means original content can be broadcasted to the masses. However, there will be people looking to benefit from this. They will ‘borrow’ other people’s content claiming it as their own. Audiences are now more easily reached. Fans of different genres can find people with a common interest easily. This also means all interests are accounted for. ‘Forever alone no more’ as the 9gag slogan goes. This, however, also creates a problem. Adult content like pornography is readily available on the internet. Pornographic sites account for a higher percentage of the internet now. This also makes it tougher for parents to control their children and protect them from these ‘sins of the devil’.

Ethics on the internet is also a hot potato. Ranting online is a large debate. Amy Cheong is one of the cases in which she got fired due to her rant online about Malay weddings. However, some people believe that online ranting is okay and should be allowed. Copyright, as mentioned above, has also become a large issue. Many content creators are reluctant to show their content online for fear of it being getting stolen. There are even websites like The Pirate Bay dedicated to pirated content. Respect online is another big issue. People like Anton KC (People who take the MRT are poor) who pass these sorts of offensive remarks receive harsh reparations and punishments. Racism online in Singapore also results in a prison sentence.

Overall, we are facing as many problems as we had before the Internet came out. In the end, the crux is really the intentions of the user and what he/she plans to do with it.

Feb 25 Lesson Summary

Homework : Write one Paragraph Journal
                     Make sure to check your journal with Grammarly.

                      Check your written essays with Grammarly.
                       Post it in the google documeht "307/8 Expository Essay 25 Feb 2014" by TONIGHT!



Notes: An Introduction is important.

There are mainly 5 ways to write introductory paragraph.



1. Historical Review
Starts out with a historical evidence.

2. Anecdotal
Start off the paragraph with a story related to the topic off the essay.

3. Surprising Statement
Start off the introductory paragraph with a fact that surprises people.

4. Famous Person
By using the name of a famous person, it catches the readers attention.

5. Declarative
Without beating around the bush, the writer states what is the essay about.




A good paragraph must have a topic sentence, examples or evidence and linking sentence.





Monday, 24 February 2014

Greg Lims' Independent Learning Log

T1W7
6.30pm—7.30pm
source: owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/539/01
What I did: I went online to look up on the differences between the active and passive voice.



What I learn: Active voice is the subject in the sentences that performs an action while passive voice is the action performed upon the object of the sentence.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Francis' Independent Learning Log

23 February 2014
8:30-9:30pm
Source: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/us-led-pacific-trade-pact-under-discussion-singapore-132709812--finance.html


What I did: I read an article about the US-led Pacific trade pact under discussion in Singapore.

What I learned:

New Words:

humanitarian- a person who seeks to promote human welfare.
pharmaceutical- shares in companies manufacturing medicinal drugs.
the drugs group lost 6p and other pharmaceuticals were also dragged lower.
controversial- giving rise or likely to give rise to controversy or public disagreement:
years of wrangling over a controversial bypass.
pact- a formal agreement between individuals or parties:
the country negotiated a trade pact with the US.

Oliver's Independent Learning Log

Active Voice
Active voice is when a subject is performing an action

E.g. : John ate a pig



Passive Voice:
Passive voice is when the subject is talking about the action

E.g. : The pig is eaten by John




Sources:
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/passive
http://www.towson.edu/ows/activepass.htm

Ek Hern's Independent Learning Log

T1W7
23 February 2014
1:30-3:00pm
Nat Geo Magazine

What I did:
I read an article about the Titanic wreck on the magazine and then watched a documentary about it afterwards.

What I learned:
- Titanic actually could have survived the iceberg collision head-on.

- Titanic fell apart into three different parts.

- The wreck stretches 10 square kilometers.

Summary:
After numerous pictures and expeditions using remote submersibles with cameras, Titanic is now better mapped than ever before. Also, researchers say that the stern of the Titanic would hold more interest. Titanic also could have survived a head-on collision because only one or two compartments would be pierced.  The Titanic wreck also has been mapped to a 10 kilometers squared area.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Francis' research on Active & Passive Voice

Most sentences have a Subject Verb Object, the sequence is mostly subject > verb > object.

Active Voice:
It is the "normal" voice and the voice used most of the time. The Object receives the action of the verb

When changing from Active Voice to Passive Voice, the Object changes to Subject.

Passive Voice:
It is more uncommon than Active Voice. The Subject receives the action of the verb

Source:
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verbs-voice.htm

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

OUYANG's Essay


The increasing access to information on the Internet has caused as many problems as it has solved’ Comment.

Nowadays, the Internet has become the most profitable resource in the world for its huge amount of information. Since it has such a wonderful prospect, many people begin to claim that the information we get from the Internet is essential for our daily life, we should use it as often as possible. However, in my opinion, the information we receive from the Internet is not so perfect as what they thought. The increasing access to information on the Internet has caused as many problems as it has solved such as misinformation, teenage crimes and scams.

First and foremost, although we often get information from the Internet, these information provided by the Internet might cause damage to our everyday life. Depending on an American report, more than one million dollars are lost because of the misinformation spread on the Internet. In some cases, in order to be famous, some people spread the misinformation on the Internet. However, this leads to a consequence that many people may adopt the misinformation causing a change in their decision which causes damage in their lives. Hence, this is one of the problems we face, we need to take action to handle this consequence.

In addition, the information provided by the Internet might lead the teenager to crimes. Regarding from a Chinese study, more than ninety percent of juvenile crime have been affected by the adult movies, misinformation online before. Nowadays, with the advancement of the society, teenagers have more chances to go online without the care of their parents. However, this leads to a result that they might be kidnapped for they are immature so that they are credulous of the information they get online. What’s more, a large amount of teenagers in America is being convinced that they can act like the protagonist in the ‘GTA’(a game) ignoring the law according to an American report. Thus, the inundation of the misinformation has caused a serious condition, we should do something to protect our next generations.

The last but not least, not just teenagers, but the adult is also scamed by the misinformation online. According to a report from British ‘WHICH’ Organisation, more than three thousand complaints were recorded in 2012. Indeed, online shopping has brought us a convenience which is already part of our lives. However, it also has the risk of being cheated. Since the online shopping appeared, there has been no completed laws to give a perfect standard for this online function. Many people lost money because they are cheated during the online chat. Therefore, we need to be alarmed at the shopping information online, for it might cause another inconvenience.

Indeed, it is undoubtedly that the Internet has brought changes in the every aspect of our daily lives, but we still need to keep an eye on these problems, misinformation, temptation for teenagers and scams. Let us take action to create a peaceful online environment!

Topic

'Digital technology has too much influence in young people's lives today.' Discuss

Monday, 10 February 2014

Feedback on EX 2 Topic Sentences

Please access your Topic Sentences feedback here. Remember to do your corrections. Check with me if you have any questions.

Grammarly


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Feedback on Ex 3 Topic Sentences

Dear Students,

Some of you need to rewrite your topic sentences to make it more succinct. Please do the necessary corrections.
Refer to the comments here.
If you have questions, please raise during lessons.

Regards,
Mrs Jang

Friday, 7 February 2014

7 Feb Friday Lesson

Dear Students, 

I am ill and not at school today. You have to complete the 3 body paragraphs based on your outlines (2013 Level Test 1 Questions). Please label the parts of the  PEEL paragraphs and share it with me. 
Refer to my other blog entry for more details. 
Please email me if you have questions. 
Best wishes, 
Mrs Jang

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Work to be submitted before OBS


 2013 Level Test 1 ESSAY: You should have completed your body paragraphs outlines. Type your three body paragraphs on 'S307/8 PEEL BODY PARAGRAPHS' shared doc (Hamidshah to prepare and share) by Saturday, 8 Feb 2014 in the following format:

PEEL = Point (topic sentences), Evidence (facts or direct quotes), Evaluation (or explanation of fact’s relevance to point), Link (back to the paper’s topic/thesis question NOT to the next paragraph).

An Example:

Name

Class

Date

Question# 


Paper Thesis: 

Because of it’s abnormally high academic standards, Lincoln is a great high school.

Supporting PEEL Paragraph:

(Point) Lincoln’s graduation requirements are very high. (Evidence 1) In science classes, students are required to cure “at least one major disease” prior to completing their Junior Year. (Evaluation 1) This is a much higher standard than in other PPS high schools, where typically a student is only expected be able to vaguely describe an episode of “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” (Evidence 2) English teachers expect students to have a critical analysis of the entire works of Shakespeare, Joyce, Neruda, or Rowling published in a scholarly journal. (Evaluation 2) Two years ago, one student successfully published a critical analysis of Lady Gaga lyrics, and only earned a C in the course. (Evidence 3) Perhaps most difficult are Lincoln’s requirements to complete the field of study in History. (Evaluation 3) To successfully earn their History credits, Lincoln students must  build a time machine and actually become a famous historical figure: Karl Marx-Cardinal class of 2010! (Link to paper topic) These are just three of the many examples of how Lincoln’s graduation requirements make it a school with high academic standards.


Source:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1q92fQj27AedSwK-VV8C27a4hyAe0azXG2EWdNwrD_Ok/mobilebasic?pli=1




Useful references: 
http://www.kean.edu/~roneilfi/Essay%20Planning%20Guidelines.pdf

http://www.thestudygurus.com/files/products/ESK/%5BTSG%5D%20Essay%20Plan%20Template.pdf

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Oliver's Independent Learning Log

T1W4
12pm - 1pm



Source: Time Magazine

What I Did:
1. I studied the article  "Congress Is Bad for the U.S. Economy" which is an article about the debt the U.S. Economy is having at the moment and how the Congress is making is worse

2. Learnt some new words

What I Learnt:

1. Volatile
- liable to change rapidly and unpredictably

2. Shenanigans
- secret or dishonest activity or maneuvering
- silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief.

3. Economist
- an expert in economics

4. Defunding
- prevent from continuing to receive funds

5. Brinkmanship
- the art or practice of pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping, typically in politics.

6. Equities
- the value of the shares issued by a company/ stocks and shares that carry no interest

T1W3 Oliver's Independent Learning Log



T1W3

24 January 2014
5.00pm - 6pm

Source: Channel NewAsia


What I Did:

I read about China testing their missiles that could hit America and is said to be able to carry nuclear warheads. 

What I learned:

Liberation - the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression; release.
Intercontinental - relating to or travelling between continents.
Embroil - involve (someone) deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation



Summary:

Beijing is involved in a series of threatens towards Washington. There are pictures that were posted on sohu.com which showed the China soldiers having drills for firing nuclear warheads

OUYANG's Independent Learning Log


Independent Learning Log

Date: 20:30p.m—21:00p.m 30/01/2014

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-25974754

What I did: 
Since I have a lot of things to prepare, I could only read some pieces of news during Chinese New Year’s Gala. Hence, I wrote down the new word I learned and a summary.


What I learned:
Fatality——is a noun that means death.
Correspond——is a verb that means to make an arrangement with something.
Withdraw——is a verb that means to get something back.
Exceed——is a verb that means ‘more than’.
Bargain——is a noun that means trade.


Summary:
Recently, some grands of Indian cars are reported to be failed in the safety test. Although the prices of the cars are cheaper than the car from Europe or America, there are lacks in the safety protections, such as airbags, braking and safety belt. It is reported that the consumers would be emerged in a strong pressure when the car crashes. The safety belt and the safety bag cannot work as well as the car from Europe or America. It is dangerous for the consumers to drive these cars. I hope the car factories can advance there facilities to protect the consumers well.

Ek Hern's Independent Learning Log (3 Feb)

T1W4
3 February 2014

5-6pm
Source: Nat Geo Magazine

What I learned:
I learned that teenage brains are actually less developed than people previously believed.
I learned that teens tend to think about the rewards more than the consequences.
I also learned that teens tend to be more impulsive under pressure.

Summary:
Teenagers were previously viewed as undeveloped or dumb be most people. In fact, however, it is just that we have overestimated the teenagers due to their less developed brains. This makes them give in more readily to impulse and take more risks, causing a higher chance of injury.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Hamidshah's Independent Learning Log ( Feb 3 2014)

T1W3
3 February 2014

5pm  - 6pm
Source: Overpriced Tooth Brush?



What I did?

I watched the video and studied the provenance of the video.

What I learned?

I learned that this toothbrush has been designed very well that it is long lasting, and the toothbrush has it own elegance to it that makes it special. The price of the tooth brush costs almost five thousand dollars. The tooth brush even comes in different colors, if you were to spend more money on it, you can get your own engravings on it.

Summary:

I think this toothbrush is way too expensive. Even though one might be rich and choose to live a classy life, they won't be bothered to spend 5 thousand dollars on a single toothbrush.Furthermore, even though they said it should last forever, the bristle of the toothbrush can be detached and replaced after using the current bristle. Doesn't that contradict the fact that it is supposed to be an everlasting toothbrush?

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Raymond's Independent Learning Log

T1W3
29/1/14
10:00pm—11:00pm

What I did: I would like to know more about the situation right night about football, so I chose to read an article on BBC, which indicated some fiery points.

Vocabulary

1’impinge: have an effect, especially a negative one: 
several factors impinge on market efficiency.

2’curtail:reduce in extent or quantity; impose a restriction on: 
civil liberties were further curtailed.

3’nuisance:a person or thing causing inconvenience or annoyance: 
it's a nuisance having all those people clomping through the house 

Summary



During the January transfer window, all the giants in the Premier League are willing to sign a dozen of super star in order to get more opportunity to win the championship. Arsenal, whose forwards is not sufficient, is eagerly to sign a super forward. However, because of the World Cup is coming, the best forwards are not willing to leave their own club. This plainly increases the difficulty of getting the champion. Of Man City, signing a marker is unequivocal necessary. Although Company is considered as one of the best centre back in the world, injury affects his times to play matches. Chelsea also needs a fabulous forward. Eto, Torres and Ba, the three forwards in Chelsea, whose goals are less than 10. If Chelsea could get one of the best forwards in the world, they would be the best one in the Premier League.

Francis' Independent Learning Log

T1W4
3pm-4pm
29/1/14

Source: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/retiring-27-ambitious-lazy-crazy-140000847.html

What I did: I read an article about a man plans to retire at 27

What I learned:

New words:

litany- a tedious recital or repetitive series
Example: a litany of complaints.

proficiency- a high degree of skill; expertise
Example: he demonstrated his proficiency in Chinese.


Summary: The author believed that he only have one shot,  could not be more motivated to craft the exact life he want to live.  With retirement as his starting point, he decided $7 million after tax was the number and age 27 would be the deadline. He was 21 then, only having 1 year of experience operating a business. He then created a business and used the manpower he had from his old business to staff his new business and groom a good CEO. His new business have a net worth of 20 million and it had caught his mind that he was already 27. Most people think that retiring is to play golf but retirement means he can choose when he want to work and when he want to golf. He can design his life everyday. When he feels to plan a media tour to expand their franchise awareness or just to go somewhere to enjoy life, he can.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Greg Lim's Independent Learning Log

T1W3
8pm-9pm
24/1/14

Source: Discovery channel magazine

What I did: I read an article about how to survive on a deserted island.


Words I learned:


Driftwood: A pieces of wood that are floating on the sea or have been washed ashore.
Example: “Look the beach is filled with driftwood.

Critters: A living creature; an animal.
Example: Some critters are creepy.

Sanctuary: a place of refuge or safety
Example: Sanctuary is impotent in survival



Summary:


To survive, check what the island have. It will be stupid to build a shelter out of driftwood and debris when you are on a five star resort. Secondly, do not panic. Most people are found in a few days. Getting hydrated is impotent too. Although you can survive two weeks without food, you cannot live four days without water. Do not drink sea water as they will further dehydrate you. Fish eyes contains fresh water too. Coconuts are the best source of  water and food. Do not eat pufferfish or jelly fish as they are poisonous. Build a fire to scare of predator and cook food. Create a fake friend with a coconut or something. It prevent you from loosing all sense of reality. But what is the point of surviving without getting rescue. Write a SOS symbol with stones to signal for help.

Ek Hern's Independent Learning Log

T1W3
26/1/14
7:30-8:30pm
Source: Nat Geo Magazine February 2011

What I did:
I read an article on the opium cultivation in Afghanistan and the steps taken to curb the issue there.

What I learned:
Even in the world of today opium is still illegally smuggled from Afghanistan through the mountain ranges into Russia and neighboring countries.

Russia has the highest amount of drug addicts.

Even though the government is doing what can, the people still feel that the government have made empty promises due to corruption.

The Taliban which once ruled the area now use opium trade to fund their insurgency.

Summery:
In Afghanistan, the government is taking steps to curb the issue of opium cultivation. Steps like having a special narcotics police and having the United States bring in other seeds for the farmers to cultivate as well as building new infrastructure like markets and roads to facilitate farming. However, in other parts of the country, farmers who get no help still resort to growing opium as their only source of income. The Taliban run most of the opium trade and sell it overseas.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Francis' Independent Learning Log

T1W3
23/1/14
8:15—9:15
Source: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/5-common-money-saving-tips-160000914.html

What I did:

I went to read up on a news article on Yahoo! talking about how to save money when going to vacation trips.

What I learned:

New Words:

skimp: expend or use less time, money, or material on something than is necessary in an attempt to save
e.g.: don't skimp on insurance when you book your holidays.

fringe area: (often the fringes) the outer, marginal, or extreme part of an area, group, or sphere of activity
e.g.: his uncles were on the fringes of crooked activity.

obsolete: no longer produced or used; out of date
e.g.: the disposal of old and obsolete machinery

Not So Short Summary
Common money saving tips might get you to spend more and become angry. Try not to go for the cheapest hotel that is available in that area but go for the hotels which has the best reviews but still cheap as sometimes cheapest hotel is so unbearable that you cannot have a good night rest. 
Moving on, try and not skip travel insurance as god knows what is going to happen to you. You might have to call an air ambulance, which can easily cost you a 5 digit number, to get you out of your situation. What if the doctors there are expensive? You will feel much safer with travel insurance.
Furthermore, people think that group tour packages are more expensive which is wrong. Tour operators can find cheaper hotels and can see more places and have a overall cheaper cost.
Moving on, people sometimes think that uncommon travel methods and lodgings will save money but it does not let you see the good attractions. You might have saved some money but in the end, you would have wasted more time on travel and not seeing any attractions at all. If you sleep in the hotel which is in a fringe area, you would have wasted so much time trying to go into town.
Finally, sometimes people use the old guidebooks as they are cheaper, it is not the case as old guide books are outdated and sometimes the places mentioned there are closed or the prices have changed. It is dangerous for one to depend on the guidebook when crossing borders as the rules might have changed. Its just a 10-20 more to spend on a new guidebook when you have a vacation that is thousands.

Lesson Summary

Today we went through the topic sentence worksheet that was given out last week and improved our understanding of topic sentences.
- When writing a paragraph, the rest of the paragraph must support the topic sentence (supporting sentences)
- Following sentences after the topic sentence that does not support it are redundant/irrelevant and should not be added into your paragraph.
- We learned some transitional words such as: First of all, Furthermore, Moreover, Also, Finally
- Connotations can be used to express one's view/stand.
- Connotations can be negative and positive.

Homework: ILL, readings (all 9 of them) and do not forget to learn your spelling words!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

T1W3
23/1/14
8:15—9:15
Source: National Geographic:Bloodlvory 

What I did:

I was about to be moved in no time when I saw the picture of the blooding ivory, so I decided to borrow the book and peruse it.
The words I learned:

1’ butcher: slaughter eg… The butcher struck off a chop.

2’bloat:bulge eg..The carcass started  bloating. 

3’rite:ceremony e.g… This festival descends from a Chinese rite.

4’monsignor: master 

5’lawsuit:a claim or dispute brought to a law court for adjudication.  e.g…They threatened him with a lawsuit.

6’  protocol:the official procedure or system of rules governing affairs of state or diplomatic occasions eg..Whether anything is done with the identity depends on the protocol.

7’poach:illegally hunt or catch on land that is not one's own or in contravention of official protection.  e.g…20 tigers are thought to have been poached from national parks. 

8’attorn:formally make or acknowledge a transfer of something.  eg..Both membership card cannot be attorn. 

Summary


The story was about the poach happening on the boundary of Cebu. Although there have been a global ivory ban adopted in 1989, the criminals killed the elephant with AK-47 and smuggled the ivory.They dated with the trader stealthily, transferred the ivory with a higher price. Criminal these days are highly increasing, with a number of more than 30,000 species of rare animals or plants.With the considerable enhancement of plunder, the number of the elephants was rapidly diminishing. In my point of view, the barely prohibition is not supportive enough to protect the vulnerable animals, the crimes will still proceed. Protecting animals as well as plants are the instinct duty and everyone should be in charge of. We are not in a position to see elephants if we do not carry out protest towards the crimes and rise up money to protect them.

Raymond's Paragraph

If I were president of the United States, I would allow my army back from mid-asian. Although the world nowadays appears to be peaceful, the army staying in mid-asian may lead to conflict. Even if America is rich and can afford the considerable fare of sending troops to mid-asian, there will be unavoidable destruction in the war.Everybody wants to live a peaceable life.Therefore, I would order my army back if I were the head of the United States.

Podcast Groups

Science and Technology ~ Group Allocations_3-07




Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Genetic Engineering
(Designer Babies)
The Internet
Genetically Modified Foods
Group Members

  1. Metta Ni (Leader)
  2. Greg Lim
  3. Alyssa Siow
  4. Jiawen
  5. Teo Ji Hao
  6. Esther

Group Members

  1. Luke (Leader)
  2. Choon wee
  3. Jordan
  4. Afif
  5. Hamidshah
  6. Ek Hem

Group Members

  1. Chong Xu Wei (Leader)
  2. Cherlyn Tay
  3. Nur Qadirah
  4. Gregory Ler
  5. Oliver Tan





Group 4
Group 5
Genetic Engineering
(Cloning/ Chimera)
Space Exploration
Group Members

  1. Francis Yeo (Leader)
  2. Ang Zhiyong
  3. Ethan Khor
  4. Chiam Chuen
  5. Gabriel Teng
Group Members

  1. Irfan Izzuddin (Leader)
  2. AthiyahTA
  3. Alexandre Shing
  4. Sanjana Suha
  5. G.K.Netraa