Tuesday, 19 November 2013

I can't breathe!!

Agenda:
Nov 19th and Nov 21st - Lesson 12 - What atmospheric problems have we created?



First, we reviewed on the demo we did last class.  In our taskbooks, we filled in the blanks to multiple incomplete sentences based on our background knowledge.

Key:
Human History, Fuel and the Industrial Revolution
1)wood
2)amount/reserves
3)underground
4)high
Water in the mines
5)low
6)10 
7)high
Engines
8)trains
9)automobiles/cars
10)planes

Next, we discussed the problems about air pollution around the world. Mr. Pro introduced that we would have another essay, but this time written only in class.

Air Pollution Problems
1)Global Climate Change
2)Smog
3)Thinning of the Ozone Layer

Moreover, we watched a Brainpop video on Air Pollution.



Brainpop Task Questions and Answers:


1)How does burning fossil fuels in factories, power plants, cars, and in our homes affect the atmosphere?
It releases harmful chemicals, soot and dust into the atmosphere that can make us sick.


2)What damage can air pollution do you to your lungs?
It will stick to your lungs.  It can also contribute to formation of cancer and asthma.

3)Define smog.
It’s a mixture of smoke and fog that forms over cities(Smog= Smoke+fog).

4)Describe why ozone is not good on the surface, but good in the stratosphere.
It reacts with other molecules forming very harmful chemicals.  But in the stratosphere, it protects us from UV radiation.

5)Describe a problem caused by acid rain.
It can kill animals, especially ones with permeable skin (like frogs), and plants.

6)What causes pollution?
Burning fossil fuels, forest

Then, we went back on the topic of the essays. We talked about the different ways we will research on the essay topics. Additionally, we went over the essay rubric.

Paragraph Content
Descriptions





A
B
C
D
F
Paragraph 1: Introduction
Introduces the problem _______________.


clearly and in an interesting way


clearly and in sort of interesting way


in an indirect and sort of interesting way


in an indirect way


in an unclear way

Paragraph 2
______ the causes of the problem and the science involved.


Explains



Describes



States



Attempts to state


Omits

Paragraph 3
_______ what people are doing to solve the problem.


Explains


Describes


States


Attempts to state


Omits
Paragraph 4
_______ how nature acts to solve the problem.


Explains


Describes


States


Attempts to state


Omits
Paragraph 5: Conclusion
________ the main ideas.


_________ other ways to solve the problem in the future.


Outlines well



Explains & Discusses


Outlines  some of


Describes



Partially outlines


States


Attempts to outline


Attempts to state


Omits



Omits
Final Content Grade
A
B
C
D
F


Writing
Descriptions





A
B
C
D
F
Organization
The sentences and paragraphs are _____ to follow and understand.



very easy









easy









sort of easy






difficult



very difficult



Voice
The voice of the essay is __________.


scientific and informative


mostly scientific


a mix of scientific and unscientific


mostly unscientific


unscientific and subjective
________ relevant scientific words in context.
  • Use specific and accurate words.
  • Use language to enhance and clarify meaning.
  • Choose words and phrases that are precise.


Effectively uses


Uses


Partially uses


Uses few


Doesn’t use
Sentence Fluency
The sentences are _______ .                                                                                           
  • Vary sentence length and structure.
  • Write in full sentences.
  • Minimize grammar and spelling mistakes.


well constructed with few to no mistakes.


well constructed with some mistakes.


constructed with many mistakes.


simply constructed with many mistakes.


poorly constructed with many mistakes.
Final Writing Grade
A
B
C
D
F


  • Cite at least two sources.
  • Use in-text citation for specific facts.


fully,
with an attempt at using in-text citation, all


fully most


partially most





partially few




few to no
Final Citing Grade
A
B
C
D
F

Moreover, we discussed the in class essay fast facts. Here they are:

In-Class Essay Fast Facts
  • What?
    • You will choose one of the three problems we are looking at in class
      • global climate change
      • thinning of the ozone layer
      • city smog
    • You will be provided with two articles to take facts from.  
  • When?
  • Where?
    • here, and you will write your essay on a paper provided
  • Why?
    • In high-school and university, in-class essay are a big part of exams.  I want you to gain in-class writing skills so you will get good grades and go to wherever you want for university.  
  • How?

The following questions will guide your essay:
  • Introduction:
    • What’s the problem?
  • Body:
    • What is causing the problem?
    • What are people doing to solve the problem?
    • How is nature acting to solve the problem?
  • Conclusion:
    • What are other ways to solve the problem in the future?

Not only that, but we have to write it by hand, this was a surprise for many students. The reason is to improve our in-class writing skills and prepare for the future where we will have to do the same with exams in a university.

Also, we discussed the problems of Global Warming and the rest of the air pollution problems. We watched another video on Brainpop to learn more about Global Warming.

An effect of Global Warming is that the sea level will rise because the polar caps and the ice will start melting due to the rise in temperatures.
video
What are people trying to solve Global Warming and its terrible effects?



Smog is also another factor that critically influences many places such as China, London, Japan, etc.

Finally, we completed a form about City Smog using the resources on this document.
Skills:
  • Learning about new topics
  • Knowing what we will have to do on our essay
  • Researching on air pollution
  • Reviewing the content learned from last class



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  4. Max,

    Congratulations on your post. It is overall amazing and you summarized the class really well. For example, when you wrote the sentence, "First, we reviewed on the demo we did last class. In our taskbooks we filled in the blanks to multiple incomplete sentences based on our background knowledge." you didn't only describe what we did, but you also explained our procedure. In this case, we were doing a demo, and you explained it further by saying that we had to use our task books to work.

    Not only did you summarize the class, but you also took images that illustrates the concept of your writing very well. For example, if you look at the photo of the survey, you can clearly see that it is below a sentence that explains that we had to fill the document. Furthermore, this shows that you tried to enrich the sentence by using pictures, and it worked because you show what we were really doing at that time.

    Even if your post was really good, there are concepts that you are missing. You are missing on showing the skills. In the last part of the blog post, you can see four sentences saying the skills we learned. The problem with this is that you didn't explain how to do these skills. For example, you said that a skill was to research on air pollution, but you didn't explain how to do this skill. In class, Mr. Pro said that using databases was the best way to research because they have good information. Adding on how to use databases would enhance this post because it would teach people that don't know the skill learn a new skill.

    Overall, this post was very well made.

    Daniel

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