Wednesday, October 22, 2014

HOW TO WRITE ARGUMENTATIVE ESSAYS


The purpose when writing arguments is to defend your own views and refute the counter arguments. One way to do this is to take each counter argument and refute it individually. The rebuttal thus provided should ideally be accompanied by examples too. Below you will find the link to a wonderful video and short data commentary on the issue of government involvement in healthcare. Listen carefully and study the data and data commentary to come to grips with how the process works.
“What If America Had Canada's Healthcare System?
It would not be a socialist paradise.”

TELL THE STORY OF POCAHONTAS


We all know the Walt Disney film about Pocahontas but who was the real Indian princess and what was her true life story? Do your research and write an essay or a paragraph based on the notes you make.
Reading and writing skills: review a well structured lesson on Pocahontas:
·         “Who was Pocahontas?” https://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/888-who-was-pocahontas  You will need to create a free account to access this sight but it is a good idea to take the time to do it. When you have done so, view and listen carefully to all the video lectures on the topic; there are five in this case
Reading material to annotate:
·         “The real Pocahontas” http://pocahontas.morenus.org/  This website will lend itself to a comparison as well.
Videos to make notes on:
“Pocahontas”  http://www.biography.com/people/pocahontas-9443116

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

LINKS FROM “LEARNZILLION” WHICH WILL HELP WITH WRITING


About this site: the site contains video lessons on various aspects of writing.
Below you will find sets of video lessons created by experts on issues ranging from punctuation and subject verb agreement to coherence. View them at your leisure
·          “A collection of Write Along lessons created by Lauren Jarrell” https://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/821
·         A collection of Write Along lessons created by Michael Signal.
·         A collection of Write Along lessons created by Juaneuka Agyeman. https://learnzillion.com/lessonsets/876
·         A collection of Write Along lessons created by Kristi Steele.
·         A collection of Write Along lessons created by Katherine Learnard.
·         A collection of Write Along lessons created by Stephanie Clarke.
·         A collection of Write Along lessons created by Kathleen Bowski.



Monday, October 20, 2014

TELL THE STORY OF ‘EARTH’


Study the links below to find out more about our wonderful and amazing home, planet Earth, and write the story.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
Reading material to annotate:
·         “The history of Earth” http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/history_of_the_earth
Documentary to watch and make notes on:

·         “The history of Earth” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQm6N60bneo

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TELL THE STORY OF THE PEASANTS’ REVOLT


The Peasants’ revolt of 1381, which took place during the 100 years war, was an unprecedented event with far reaching consequences. It followed the Black Death or the Plague and created some radical changes. Do your research and tell the story of this historic event.
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Peasants Revolt” http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/peasants_revolt.htm
·         “Peasants’ Revolt” http://www.britannia.com/history/articles/peasantsrevolt.html
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “The Causes of the peasants’ revolt of 1381” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8UKbOlE_YE
Documentary to watch and make notes on:

·         “The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381”  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6pZTBxNTMc

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF EPIDEMICS


The world has lived through numerous devastating epidemics from the Black Plaque to Spanish influenza; from AIDS to the current Ebola crisis. Each has wreaked havoc on populations but they have had equally serious economic and social effects. Write an essay in which you discuss these effects.
Your purpose:
To discuss the economic and social effects in general; not to discuss the Black Plaque, AIDS and Ebola separately
Structure
Deal with the effects in general – you will find many common points – but also give specific examples based on your research
Plan
It is suggested that you discuss the economic effects in one paragraph and the social effects in the next. Alternatively, you can match up economic and social effects but you will need to think carefully about the planning.
 
Reading material to annotate: Relatively simple
·         “The social and economic effects of the plague” http://www.brown.edu/Departments/Italian_Studies/dweb/plague/effects/social.php
·         “The economic impact of HIV/AIDS” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_impact_of_HIV/AIDS
·         “The worst case scenario for Ebola” http://www.vox.com/2014/9/23/6832023/ebola-virus-global-health-panic This text comes with a video
Reading material to annotate: more challenging alternatives
·         “Economic impact of the Black Death” http://eh.net/encyclopedia/the-economic-impact-of-the-black-death/
·         “A look at the social effects of the Black death” http://www.brighthubeducation.com/history-homework-help/88775-social-effects-of-the-black-death/
·         “The economic impacts of HIV/AIDS” http://www.fao.org/wairdocs/ad696e/ad696e05.htm
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “The Black Death” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3W1YZKbYDWw
·         “The impacts of HIV /AIDS on economic development in Southern Africa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4cOSkQz4Is
Documentaries to watch and make notes on:

·         “The Black Death”   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fAhOVFp54E

Monday, October 13, 2014

TELL THE STORY OF THE FIRST CONCENTRATION CAMPS


A concentration camp is described as a place where people are detained or confined without trial. Nazi Germany is accused of establishing the first concentration camps during the Holocaust but this isn’t strictly speaking true; another nation set a precedent. Do your research and find out how the first concentration camps were established.
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         “Concentration camps in the second Boer War” http://prezi.com/kgonylutlfrj/concentration-camps-in-the-second-boer-war/  
·         “Boer War concentration camps” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwA7JEK5eJc
·         “South African war: concentration camps” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TkjVrzoI-s
Reading material to annotate:
·         “The concentration camp” http://www.historywiz.com/didyouknow/concentrationcamp.htm