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This past week we discussed the troubles that Mika faced as he advanced further and further into the competition. We all noticed that the book seemed to pick up not only in pace, but in excitement once Mika discovered the truth and the abilities to “the light”. As we went around the table we realized that most of us liked the scenes in which the characters used the pod fighters. The whole idea of being in a simulator flying around the world and battling, sounds like an amazingand awe inspiring experience.

Next week we plan on discussing how Mika finds Ellie through their twin bonds. Also we plan to go deeper depth into the mutations characters throughout the book have. Most of us will have finished the book by the so we will also discuss what we think of Mal Gorman.

During the book talk my group realized that several people had not read far enough to have a productive book talk. So during the me we talked about what everyone though the “secret” was. Everyone thinks it will be that the plague never happened. 

 

Next session we hope to talk about the pod chase scene and how we felt aboutmika after a chapter ofintroduction.

Will the weighted horror of textbooks ever vanish into thin air? Let’s hope so because the lines of text that seem to drone on bore everyone I know. But if I can’t get the information itself to go away I’ll side with Secretary Duncan on tablets. Transferring information from textbooks to tablets is a simple copy and paste procedure. Everything is already typed up and save on the computer, so why not transferr it? The fact is textbooks to tablets is the way to go.

Secretary Duncan’s challenge is easily achievable. With most schools now carrying some form of apple devices, whether it be an iPod or iPad, every on of those devices can have a book uploaded to it. These tablets are light weight and fast, unlike textbooks which weigh you down, and require you to use a glossary or index to find something. Another downside of textbooks is they cost too much to update every year. Each year I look in my textbook back to the list of Presidents, and it stops at Geroge Bush (after Clinton)! Then I look at the publishing date which reads 2005! With tablets for textbooks a simple tap on the “Update” icon will give you the most recent and correct information.

Textbooks give us boring and seemingly pointless information, that quickly loses our attention. This results in us slamming the book shut and saying we “read it”. The idea of it being on a tablet is exciting enough, but if the writers can incorporate videos and maybe some simple games, we’ll be dying to read our “textbook”. Two of my teachers already do this, in math we learn our daily lesson through videos, and in English we learn vocabulary through a website called “quizlet.com”. Also in my English class we have iPads for every student, so if we’re already using tablets in class their is no excuse not to

Kids in this generation are constantly adapting to the technology they grew up with. Therefore the teacher must do their job and teach the kid in the way they learn, otherwise it’s neglecting on the teachers part. Why waste life lugging around books when you can carry one small, light, and simple device? Buck minster Fuller once said “I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented”. Right now Apple is waiting around for us to realize we need tablets not books.

Everyone will forever remover the age of the tree hugging hippies. But is their cause slowly dieing with the progression of our generation? Studies today show that, yes, kids this generation are becoming less and less environmentally aware. That’s not to say there aren’t kids out there who still do try to conserve the environment. But are we as a whole, doing enough to conserve our planet in this day and age?

In school we recycle hundreds of pounds of paper and plastic each week, but is that enough? We could have a compost pile in which all of our lunch scraps go in (cause we have plenty of it). The buses upon arrival to the school for pick up, idle easily for ten mins or more. That might not seem like much, but that’s a huge amount of pollution that we’re putting off. If the drivers would turn off the bus and step aside they’d get the same feeling, with less pollution. These are small changes that majorly effect our school enviromental impact.

At my home my family recycles, like everyone else in our neighborhood. We recycle paper, glass, tin/aluminum, and plastic, all the essentials of recycling. But the fact is, we could so much more! Sometimes I feel as if every light in the house is turned on, even when we’re all in the same room. If everyone in our neighboorhood would only use lights during dark hours, and let natural light fill our house during daytime it would be huge. People did it for hundreds of years, so why can’t we?

In conclusion, doing something as minor as stepping into the school, or turning off your lights, could have a huge impact on the world. Many of you may say “we already know this”. But the problem is that kids don’t know about it. We need to spread these simple tips throughout the schools, social sites, and public places. It’s like Dr. Seuss said in “The Lorax”, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Students need to learn about the Holocaust because it is one of the most devastating, and historically important events in human history. People must realize, and understand the full impact of what happened. We model our choices, and government in a way that prevents such a thing from ever happening again. If people don’t know about The Holocaust they could make the same mistakes Hitler did and could bring back the horrors and problems of The Holocaust.

The one current issue that everyone needs to know about is Kony issue. Joseph Kony is like Hitler but is kidnapping children and using them as his soldiers. People in Africa live in fear of this man who fights only to stay in power. Although the U.S. does have advisors in Uganda their is no way they can find Joseph Kony on their. Own the people need to get educated and act upon it. We need to find Kony and bring him justice. His rein of terror must stop.

The authors purpose in Night is that you have everything to live for. You need to live your life to the fullest, and don’t ruin it.
The authors purpose in the allegory is to illustrate how the taking on people was enacted. It shows us if we would’ve stood together the Holocaust would have never happened.
The poem’s author purpose is that we should always stand together and we can resist authority it numbers.

Will the weighted horror of textbooks ever vanish into thin air? Let’s hope so because the lines of text that seem to drone on bore everyone I know. But if I can’t get the information itself to go away I’ll side with Secretary Duncan on tablets. The fact is textbooks to tablets is the way to go.

Textbooks give us boring and seemingly pointless information, that quickly loses our attention. This results in us slamming the book shut and saying we “read it”. The idea of it being on a tablet is exciting enough, but if we can incorporate videos and maybe some simple games we’ll be dying to read our “textbook”. Two of my teachers already do this, in math we learn our daily lesson through videos, and in English we learn vocabulary through a website called “quizlet.com”. Why wouldn’t you use what’s at your finger tips?

Kids in this generation are constantly adapting to the technology they grew up with. Therefore the teacher must do their job and teach the kid in the way they learn, otherwise it’s neglecting on the teachers part. Why waste life lugging around books when you can carry one small, light, and simple device? Buck minster Fuller once said “I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented”. Right now Apple is waiting around for us to realize we need tablets not books.