Month: February 2012

Descriptive Writing

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Now that we have some spent some time focusing on how to write descriptively, I want to see a final product on Kingfisher here. I want to not only hear and feel, but I want to see what is happening as I read your writing.

Make sure our figurative language and exaggeration doesn’t interfere with the meaning!

Today’s Task

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Today I have a number of things I would like you to do on the blog.

First, I want you to go to the Kingfisher page and post some comments. I want you to tell me some things that you are looking forward to, as well as what you might not be so keen about. Is there any advice you have for newcomers?

Second, I want you to look back to our older post on Divergent. This thread is always open for comment. Please give us your thoughts, feelings, and predictions about the novel.

Third, please go back to our last post on Renewable and Non-renewable resources. Read Mrs. Reimer’s responses to you and comment back if you wish.

 

Happy Blogging!!            

Renewable and Non-renewable Resources

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I’m not sure what I should think about renewable and non-renewable sources of energy.  We live in Canada, and we’re used to living well.  We are rich.  Our electricity is almost always on, and I don’t remember a time when I couldn’t heat my house.  I like driving my car to the store instead of walking.  I love flying to other countries where I can see strange and interesting things.  Without non-renewable resources (gas, oil, coal) I couldn’t afford to do any of those things.

BUT…. what about the future?  What about all the pollution that burning coal and gas makes?  Will we really be out of gas and coal in 100 years? If so, then the children of the students in Mr. Purdon’s class might not be able to travel unless they figure out how to make cars and airplanes go using renewable sources of energy.  Maybe I should care about the future.  Maybe I should be willing to pay more now so that my children’s children can continue to enjoy Canada the way I do.  But I won’t be here, so maybe it doesn’t matter.

What do you think?  Should we keep going as we are, relying on the non-renewable sources of energy, or should we think about the future?

Mrs. Reimer

Nissan Leaf – Podcasts

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In this post the students have created a podcast discussing the Nissan Leaf electric car commercial with the polar bear. This was the culminating activity to our Media Literacy unit. During the unit they learned about the different forms of media and the different constructions that all media share and use to create the intended message.

In the podcast they were to use their knowledge from the unit to analyze and dissect the commercial. Their podcast had to meet a certain criteria as well as a target audience.

Click to listen.

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