11/18/19 – blog writing

Prompt: Write a couple of paragraphs on your blog regarding which aspects of climate change issues in one of your peer’s responses you agree with and why; how your ideas are similar or different from that of your peers; how those ideas relate to climate changes issue from your own country/town you are familiar with

 

Writing:

I read Kaashvi’s response and we both agree that climate change is a result of us; human beings. Most of the global population doesn’t believe in climate change because they believe that the Earth is able to withhold these drastic changes. This is true, however humans will not be able to live in conditions that the Earth will have as a result of this climate change. We can adapt, but only to a certain extent.

A phenomena that is happening around the world due to climate change is called ocean acidification. As we burn fossil fuels, we emit Carbon Dioxide. Having too much Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere can cause the pH of the oceans to increase. When Carbon Dioxide is absorbed by the ocean, a series of chemical reactions occur resulting in the increased concentration of Hydrogen ions. Increasing the amount of hydrogen ions in the ocean decreases the amount of carbonate ions, which is key building block in seawater. As a result, marine organisms wouldn’t be able to form their shells and skeletons and their existing shells would begin to dissolve.

In most tropical countries, like the Philippines, the production rate of corals are decreasing. Raising the acidity of the oceans threaten coral reefs by making harder fro them to build their skeletons. This can also be seen in the Great Barrier Reef with the bleaching of the coral. With a birds eye view you can see white corals in the ocean.

11/18/19

Subject Verb Agreement Activity:

It was January 17, 2005 and three cadets were training to become police detectives. The sergeant decided to test their skills at recognizing a suspect. He  showed the first cadet a picture for five seconds and then  hid it. Then he  said, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

“That’s easy,” answered the cadet. “We would find him fast because he only has one eye.

The sergeant thought for a minute and then answered, “Well that’s because the picture I showed you  was a profile. It showed only a side view.” He  couldn’t believe the cadet  gave him such a ridiculous answer, but he  went on to the second cadet. Flashing the picture for five seconds to him. Again, he  asked, “That was your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

The second cadet smiled and said, “It would be easy to catch the suspect, because he has only one ear!”

The police sergeant shook his head in disbelief. Then angrily responded, “What’s the matter with you two? Of course, only one eye and one ear are showing, it’s a picture of his profile! Was that the best answer you can come up with?!”

Extremely frustrated at this point, he showed the picture to the third cadet and in a very testy voice asked, “This is your suspect. How would you recognize him?” He quickly adds, “Think hard before giving me a stupid answer.”

The cadet looks at the picture intently for a moment. Then she said, “The suspect wears contact lenses.”

The sergeant was speechless. He  went to his office and checked the suspects file in his computer and came back. He was beaming. “Its true! The suspect does indeed wear contact lenses. Tell us how you were able to make such an astute observation!

“It was easy,” said the cadet. “He can’t wear glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”

Nov. 15 In class writing

Prompt:

What is the most significant historical event that has positively (or negatively ) shaped the future of your country and people? Please select any one event that is considered to be remarkable in the history of your culture and illustrate with examples (in two to three paragraphs) how that becomes relevant today and why you selected it. Please consider using effective topic sentences and supporting details as we discussed last time.

 

Response: 

In my opinion, the most significant historical event that has massively effected the Philippines would be when the Spaniards ruled the Philippines. The Philippines was claimed by Spain in the year 1521 by a Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. During this period of colonization, the Spanish influenced their beliefs and culture onto the indigenous Filipinos causing most of the pre-colonial information to be lost.  The Philippines is the product of various countries that have discovered the archipelago and was mesmerized by its natural beauty. The result of becoming colonized was that we lost a big part of history that allows us to truly identify ourselves.

There were 3 major aspects that fostered the Golden Age Exploration of the Spaniards and they were known as the 3 G’s; Glory, Gold, and God. Glory stood for greater power and a larger empire, Gold stood for wealth, and God stood fore the desire to spread Christianity. Before the Spanish Colonized the Philippines, the indigenous population believed in Animism which was the idea that there was spirit in plants, inanimate objects, and natural phenomena. Filipinos today still believe in animism, however not as strong as Christianity. Another influence that can be seen today would within the language of the Philippines, Tagalog. There are words in Tagalog that are the same in Spanish. The way the Spanish would influence their beliefs onto the indigenous Filipinos would be through coercion. It was either accept the cross or die (symbolized by the sword). If you flip the cross upside down it turns into a sword. This shows that the cross was the main benefactor towards being able to persuade Filipinos to accept Christianity.

 

 

 

Nov. 6 (Plagiarism) Maurica and Heather

1. Yes

  • Only put page number
  • Needs to add the Year
  • add quotes around exact words from original text

William Ellis asserts that world problems such as “poverty, pollution, war, and hunger are inherent in the current system of world order based on nation-states and economic competition” (Ellis, 2011, p. 23).

2. Yes

  • Needs to have Year of publication

Global tensions and inequities can be solved if people begin to help one another on a grass-roots basis, moving beyond the current world order of economic competition (Ellis 2011 pg. 23).

3. No

  • Has name of Author, year of publication, and page number

4. Yes

  • needs to have year of publication

Economic competition is at the basis of many of the world’s problems (Ellis,  2011 pg.23). Only by seeing ourselves as a single family without the separation of national boundaries can world tensions begin to be eased.

5. Yes

  • Manipulated the source and made up the content which is not in the original text

6. Yes

  • paraphrasing the text but needs to include citation
  • (Hall, Frayer, Wilen, 1997)

7. No

  • Has author’s names
  • Has the year it was published
  • Has the page number

8. Yes

  • Needs to add the year of that the article was published
  • (“Tires Return as Mulch” 2000)

Nov. 6 Essay 2 Feedback

In my comments, it states that I brought up good points when comparing my essays. Another good component in my essay would be that I gave good background information on both essays so that the audience could comprehend what I am trying to say.  The things that I would need to fix would be my APA citations and including another outside source to expand and critique my ideas. To improve my draft, I would fix my citations, add more outside sources, and add my personal experiences to back up my main points.

10/30/19 (Heather, Yijie, & Miraj)

Analyzing a short video on how to make an effective presentation:

  • In our group we watched a TED talk called “Try something new for 30 days”.
  • The speaker, Matt Cutts used graphs and statistical data to interpret his main ideas more effectively towards the audience.
  • He used realistic and personal examples to make the information more intriguing to his audience.
  • He adds humorous comments to make the audience more engaged with his talk.
  • He doesn’t read off of a script and he makes a lot of eye contact with the audience.
  • He always goes back to his main point which is trying something new for 30 days.
  • All his points connect with each other, which makes a nice flow.

TED TALK: https://www.ted.com/talks/matt_cutts_try_something_new_for_30_days?language=en

10/28/19

I read: Maurica Young’s response

Similarities: 

  • The first thing that we talked about was how the essay incorporated Pengfei’s experiences in order to explain some of the main concepts that were conveyed
    • the main concept being how mothers were afraid of giving birth because of the possibility that they have to get an abortion if their child is a girl.
  • We also talked about how the images also helped the reader understand the main points of this essay
    • showed the lifestyle of Pengfei
    • showed a video about the mainland China

Differences: 

  • The main difference between our responses is how detailed we explained the essay

 

INTERVIEW QUESTIONS FOR VIDEO ESSAY:

  • What interests you about the field?
  • Did you have an experience in your life that made you want to study biology?
  • What did you enjoy about your classes or research?

 

 

10/23/19 – Maurica and Heather

Heather Miller and Maurica Young

 Topic: Biology 

Video Essay Outline

 

What is Biology? 

  • The study of life

What we do as biology majors?

  • Lectures (learn about concepts)
  • Labs (take those concepts and apply them to real life)

What we want to do in the future

  • Heather: Biomedical engineer or a food scientist 
  • Maurica: General Surgeon 

Why you should major in Biology? 

  • Many careers that are interconnected with biology (Food Scientist, Forensics, etc.)
  • Interested in how the body works (Doctor)
  • Connect concepts learned in class and apply it to Biology Lab

10/16/19 – Heather, MJ, & Yongji (individual work)

Parallel Structure Practice

1. My dog is not only friendly but also playful.
Correct: My dog is friendly and playful
2. We can go to the park or dancing in the classroom.
Correct: We can either go to the park or dance in the classroom
3. Jeremy likes to read historical, realistically and speculative fiction.
Correct: Jeremy likes to read historical, realistic, and speculative fiction.
4. When I went to the bar, I want to dance, drinking and punch on the rowdy faces.
Correct: When I went to the bar, I danced, drank and punched on the rowdy faces.
Group: When I went to the bar, I went dancing, drinking and punching on the rowdy faces.
5. Buying a car is not a decision to take lightly nor to be careless about.
6. Tyler is for the legalization, not criminalization of marijuana.
Correct: Tyler is for the legalization, and not the criminalization of marijuana.
7. Sally needs a new stove, dishwasher and knives for her kitchen.
Correct: Sally needs a new stove, a dishwasher, and a set of knives for her kitchen.
8. My first grade teacher taught me how to write, how to read and play tic-tac-toe.
Correct: My first grade teacher taught me how to write, read, and play tic-tac-toe.
9. She will not admit it, nor will she apologize.
10. The whole wheat pasta is better than enriched wheat pasta.
Correct: The whole wheat pasta is better than the enriched wheat pasta.
11. Literature classes teach students to analyze texts, thinking critically, and improve writing.
Correct: Literature classes teach students to analyze texts, think critically, and improve writing.
12. Beets are just as nutrient rich as rutabagas even though they are not in season.
Doesn’t need to change
13. Drunk drivers are thoughtlessly taking the lives of other people in their own hands,
risk their own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not consider the consequences of their actions.

Correct:

Drunk drivers are thoughtlessly taking the lives of other people in their own hands,
risking their own lives, thinking only about their own pleasure and fun, and not considering the consequences of their actions.
14. In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly to the crowd,
tell people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gesture.
Correct:
In order to convey the information correctly, the police officer spoke loudly to the crowd,
told people where they should stand, repeated the information to help people remember, and gesture.

10/11/19 (Ning, Heather, & Yongji)

https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/javier-manzano

Two rebel soldiers in Syria guard their position in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as light streams through more than a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel in the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung in the air. Karmel Jabl is strategically important because of its proximity to the main road that separates several of the main battlegrounds in the city. (Photo taken October 18, 2012)

“Two rebel soldiers in Syria guard their position in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as light streams through more than a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel in the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung in the air. Karmel Jabl is strategically important because of its proximity to the main road that separates several of the main battlegrounds in the city. (Photo taken October 18, 2012) ”

 

Background Information:

(https://www.aljazeera.com/topics/country/syria.html)

  • The Syrian Civil War is a multi sided war in Syria fought between the Ba’athist Syrian Arab Republic lied by President Bashar al-Assad along with domestic and foreign allies, and various domestic and foreign forces opposing both the Syrian government and each other varying combinations

(https://www.history.com/news/syria-civil-war-assad-rebels)

  • War started as a nonviolent protest in 2011 then quickly escalated into full-blown warfare
  • The ongoing conflict also encouraged terrorist organizations, such as ISIS and al-Qaeda, to join in on the chaos.

 

Logos (logic into play by using evidence and facts):

  • This picture supports how the Syrian civil war turned from a nonviolent protest to a full-blown warfare
  • In the first five years of war, an estimated 400,000 Syrians were killed (https://www.cnn.com/2013/08/27/world/meast/syria-civil-war-fast-facts/index.html)

 

National Issues that the war has created: (https://sites.google.com/site/thesyriancivilwar/impacts)

    • Syria has a small population, the death toll devastated the country which lead many of the citizens to flee to neighboring countries
      • Seek refuge in other countries (ex: USA, Germany, and France)
    • Entire neighborhoods, and in some cases, some cities no longer exist
      • This leads to many Syrians to have no home and no possessions to sustain them in these difficult times
    • Negatively impacted their economy –> have very little resources to rebuild their country
      • Evidence #1: The mineral sector went from exporting $4.7 billion in 2011 to almost zero in 2015.
      • Evidence #2: The services sector, primarily tourism, was also a major part of the economy and this will take a long time to recover

Global Issues 

    • Unstable governments act as catalysts for harmful terrorist organizations like al Qaeda.
      • If Syria’s government remains in chaos then these terrorist organizations will have a strong foothold in the country

 

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