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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WHAT HAPPENED TO FLIGHT MH17? GUIDED NARRATIVE


The tragic downing of Malaysia’s MH17 is still being investigated by the Dutch who have also taken on the harrowing task of identifying the victims. What exactly happened during that doomed flight and why did it happen? Use the links below, in the order suggested to write a guided narrative. Before you do so, make sure to carefully study a sample narrative to remind yourself of the structures and tenses used in such writing:
“Gunther, Christine and Otto: a love story” http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29521102
The following link will give you background information which you might want to use in your introduction:
“MH17 Malaysia plane crash in Ukraine: what we know”  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28357880
The following link will give you the events that took place up to the moment of the crash in chronological order; you will need to join them together using the narrative structures you have learnt to form a coherent paragraph – your first developmental paragraph:
 “MH17 crash: Dutch investigators’ first findings” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29122816
 The following link will give you information about the possible Russian link; this information could go into your second developmental paragraph:
·         “MH17 disaster: Russians controlled BUK missile system” http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-29109398
Last of all; write a restatement as a conclusion.

Congratulations: you have now written an essay!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

HOW CAN ONE DEVELOP POSITIVE TEACHER STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS?


Successful learning cannot take place if the teacher and the students are at logger heads. It is essential that the members of the team – the students and their teacher – get on well, like, understand and respect each other to ensure high achievement. So how can one develop positive teacher student relationships? Do your research and write an essay on the topic.
Suggestion:
Start with the PowerPoint presentation and then cover two of the texts and two of the videos. Do the rest of your research the following day to guarantee that what is learnt has staying power.
Familiarize yourself with the issue: PowerPoint presentation:
·         “Positive relationships foster my learning” http://prezi.com/kyulc8tirjd-/positive-relationships-foster-my-learning/ 
Reading material to annotate:
·         “Tips for developing positive teacher student relationships” http://teaching.about.com/od/Information-For-Teachers/a/Tips-For-Developing-Positive-Teacher-Student-Relationships.htm
·         “Making classroom discipline decisions for teachers” http://teaching.about.com/od/classroommanagement/a/Classroom-Discipline-Decisions.htm 
·         “Qualities of an effective teacher” http://teaching.about.com/od/pd/a/Qualities-Of-An-Effective-Teacher.htm 
Videos to watch and make notes on:
·         “Student teacher relationships as motivators v1” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YyPd_KAdQY
·         “Message to a teacher – care and compassion determine student outcomes” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WERHEEujpIs
·         “Principal Kafele  says ‘you can’t teach them if you don’t know them” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTCrhnGiWXI

·         “Message to a teacher – you  don’t have discipline problems … It’s bigger than that” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OW8TjY4ulU