Thursday, December 14, 2017

INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP


There are leaders and there are leaders. Some really stand out and achieve great things along with the people they are working with. What makes them different from other leaders? What makes them special? Do your research and find out. When you are ready, write an essay in which you discuss inspirational leadership.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: 
Familiarize yourself with the issue:

·         Qualities of Leadership - Inspirational Leadership Quotes

An example
·         Martin Luther King - I Have A Dream Speech - August 28, 1963

Reading material to make notes on:
·         How to be an inspiring leader https://hbr.org/2017/04/how-to-be-an-inspiring-leader
·         How leaders inspire; cracking the code http://www.bain.com/publications/articles/how-leaders-inspire-cracking-the-code.aspx
Videos to watch and take notes from:

·         7 Characteristics of inspiring leaders https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/252916

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

IS TORTURE EVER JUSTIFIED?


Some claim that torture is the only way to access the truth others disagree and state that it is inhuman and unacceptable. Do your research and determine where you stand and then write an argumentative essay.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com.tr/  
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Guantanomo bay protest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTSXA1sUayA
·         Police torture videos cause uproar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qU4lg4oZV7Y 
Reading material to make notes on
·         Is torture ever justified? http://www.economist.com/node/9832909
·         Is torture ever justified? http://www.debate.org/opinions/is-torture-ever-justified
·         The ticking bomb problem http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/torture/ethics/tickingbomb_1.shtml
·         Is torture ever justified? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/torture/justify/
Videos to watch and make notes on
·         US interrogation techniques not torture ex CIA lawyer – BBC NEWS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BRg9PUYyjc
·         There is nothing honorable about torture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpNY1ZH_nWY
·         Torture can never be justified https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkz_FLxaKnI
·         CIA interrogation report renews old debate: Is torture ever justified?

·         When is torture justified? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3548Ac9wGN8

SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED


The first thing the uninitiated think when they hear the words ‘He is in solitary confinement’ is ‘What has he done?’ but they change their minds when they become more familiar with this barbaric and inhuman form of punishment that is far worse than the death penalty. Do your research and find out why; then write your essay.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com.tr/  
Familiarize yourself with the issue
·         Welcome to your cell ; a virtual experience of solitary confinement
Podcasts to make notes on: Click on each person and hear their story
Audio commentary
Reading material to make notes on
·         What is solitary confinement? http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/27/what-is-solitary-confinement
·         Concern over political use of solitary confinement in European prisons

·         I have never been in solitary. But my friend has – I play her nightly on stage http://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2016/may/01/olitary-confinement-prison-6-x-9-mariposa-and-the-saint-theater-julia-steele-allen

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

SOCIAL MEDIA: WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE?


“Social media can boost teen’s self-esteem – or foster depression”
By: Alison Pearce Stevens
Published: Science News for Students, Oct 12, 2017, https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org/article/social-media-whats-not
Level of Difficulty: **
BEFORE YOU READ
·         How social media effects teenagers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgdS7uKKMAE
·         Why I quit social media for a year https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFSwDtspY5c  
QUESTIONS
1.       Read the first four paragraphs of the text and answer the questions:
·         Social interaction has undergone a radical change in recent years in that the traditional venue has been replaced by…
·         What major difference between the traditional venues for socialization and the modern venues is a cause of problems? The fact that…
·         The above issue may have serious repercussions for students in that …
2.       Read the section titled a filtered view and answer the questions:
·         We gain important insight into teenagers’ state of mind from the 2015 experiment. It is that…..
·         The distorted image teenagers present to their social circle is due to the fact that…
·         The down side of the above is that…
·         What conclusion can be drawn from the information provided thus far?
·         We understand from the 2015 study of eighth and ninth graders that the quality of the post/ the length of the post / the nature of the post / the seriousness of the post may have an effect on popularity.
·         What habit mentioned in this section may affect the state of mind of teenagers? Whether …
3.       Read the section titled “A place to connect and answer the questions:
·         What widely held prejudice was disproved by Marwick and Boyd?
·         There are physical / practical/ emotional / social reasons why teenagers hang out on social media
·         What major feature of online communication can cause serious repercussions?
4.       Read the section titled “Online Drama” and answer the questions:
·         The reason why the term online drama is used to describe confrontations online is the fact that………
·         What epithet do teenagers avoid using in this context?
·         The term online drama is used to alter perceptions / change messages/ adapt messages / promote understanding
5.       Read the section titled “Keeping It in the Family” and answer the questions:
·         Read the study Coyne and her colleagues carried out. Connecting with parents on social media benefits parents in that…
·         It also benefitted teenagers themselves in that their level of anti-social behavior was…(Provide a one word answer)
·         We understand from the text that social media is beneficial so long as …
WRITING TASK
Use all you have learnt to write an essay discussing the advantages and disadvantages of teenagers’ use of social media.
SOCIAL MEDIA: WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE? KEY AND TEACHERS’ NOTES
This extremely topical text provides a good all-round analysis of the use of social media by teenagers. The upsides and downsides are clearly explained. As a result the text should generate plenty of discussion and lead to a well rounded essay.
1.       The answers to the questions in this section 
·         Social media (such as instagram, snapchat and facebook)
·         Using social media to connect with others is kind of like having a private conversation in a public place.
·         They can feel cut out, judged, less connected and caught in online drama and cyber bullying
2.       The answers to the questions in this section 
·         Peer feedback plays a big role in how teens view themselves and each other
·         Teens present idealized versions of themselves online
·         Those carefully crafted profiles can make it feel like everyone else is living a better life than you are
·         Students’ use of social media may form distorted perceptions of their peers
·         The nature of the post
·         Whether they make upward or downward comparisons
3.       The answers to the questions in this section 
·         Kids no longer know how to communicate in person
·         Practical
·         Online conversations can stick around
4.       The answers to the questions in this section 
·         The confrontation between people is performed in front of an audience
·         Bullying.  
·         Alter perceptions
5.       The answers to the questions in this section 
·         It helped parents better understand their kids and what they were going through
·         Less
·         People don’t focus on how many likes or shares they have



Monday, November 27, 2017

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE WORLD WENT VEGETARIAN?


Becoming vegetarian is not just a personal lifestyle choice; it could impact the whole world. Do your research to discover what would happen if everyone became vegetarian. When you have made plenty of notes, write an essay on the effects of this hypothetical transformation.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com.tr/  
Familiarize yourself with the issue
Reading material to make notes on
·         What would happen if the world suddenly went vegetarian? http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160926-what-would-happen-if-the-world-suddenly-went-vegetarian
·         If everyone became vegetarian, would the world actually be better off? https://www.popsci.com/vegetarian-environment-health
·         Five things would happen if everyone suddenly stopped eating meat http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/five-things-would-happen-if-everyone-stopped-eating-meat-a6844811.html
·         What if the whole world suddenly went vegetarian? https://www.sciencealert.com/what-if-the-whole-world-suddenly-went-vegetarian
Videos to watch and take notes from
·         What Would Happen if EVERYONE Became VEGETARIAN

Sunday, November 26, 2017

THE TRAGEDY OF THE COMMONS


Is it possible that overfishing, super germs, and global warming are all caused by the same thing? In 1968, a man named Garrett Hardin sat down to write an essay about overpopulation. Within it, he discovered a pattern of human behavior that explains some of history’s biggest problems (ted.com). Do your research to discover what exactly this famous economic principle means and write an essay describing the problem, the causes and the solutions.
Refer to my second blog, The Essay Archive, for sample essays: https://theessayarchive.blogspot.com.tr/  
Familiarize yourself with the issue:
·         The tragedy of the commons https://www.investopedia.com/terms/t/tragedy-of-the-commons.asp
Reading material to make notes on
·         If you can make notes on this text, you are ready for your freshman year: The tragedy of the commons http://science.sciencemag.org/content/162/3859/1243.full
·         Hardin’s tragedy of the commons revisited http://tragedy.sdsu.edu/     
Videos to take notes from
·          Solutions: The tragedy of the commons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bs2P0wRod8U Make sure to click “practice questions” and answer the questions.