Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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RH:1 Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.

In Mr. Paul's class we read the book "The Alchemist". The Alchemist follows a young shepherd named Santiago in his journey to Egypt, after having a dream of finding treasure there.  We read and comprehended this book through discussions during class. We were all given the oppurtunity to interpret it in our own way because what i take from this book might not be the same as what you take. Through this process i found that if you have a dream you should follow it and never let anybody stop you.

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SL:5 Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and
interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings,
reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

Not just punks skateboard. Some skaters are only a little punk, some are jocks, some are nerds, some are Goth, and many don't fit into a box. But they are all "skaters". They have all picked up a skateboard, given it a shot, and loved it. There's something a little different about real skaters. And that is another reason skateboarding is so popular - skateboarding will take anyone, as long as you have the heart. You can suck at skateboarding but as long as you really try, and as long as you love skating, you're in. And most skaters get along pretty well, considering who knows what else they're into. At the skatepark I've seen my fair share of jerks, but I've also seen a shocking number of cool people. Older skaters encouraging younger skaters, good skaters giving tips to crappy skaters, and total strangers getting along, hanging out and having fun. There's plenty of attitude, but not all of it is negative. I think that this willingness to take anyone, as long as they truly try, is a another big reason why skateboarding is so popular.

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W:1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts,
using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

a. Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of
the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims,
and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counter-claims, reasons, and evidence.

b. Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the
most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and
limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audience’s knowledge
level, concerns, values, and possible biases.

c. Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major
sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships
between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and
between claim(s) and counterclaims.

d. Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to
the norms and conventions of the discipline in which they are writing.

e. Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports
the argument presented.

f. Use specific rhetorical devices to support assertions (e.g., appeal to logic
through reasoning; appeal to emotion or ethical belief; relate a personal
anecdote, case study, or analogy). CA

Simple Self Expression

One reason is the simple anatomy of skateboarding. All you really need is yourself and a skateboard. Technically, you don't even need shoes! The skateboard itself is fairly low cost, especially if you don't need a "top of the line" skateboard. Plus, anyone can try skateboarding. It doesn't matter if you are fat or thin, short or tall, young or old - there's a board and a style that will work for you. Skateboarding is all about self expression. If you are a slow, soulful guy, it will show in your skateboarding style. If you want everything fast, that will show. If you're a dare devil, if you're graceful, or if you're comical, it will all come out in your skateboarding. Being yourself, learning the tricks and developing the style that is all you - that's easily one of the biggest reasons that skateboarding is popular.

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RI:9 Analyze seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-century foundational
U.S. documents of historical and literary significance (including The
Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, the Bill of
Rights, and Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address) for their themes, purposes,
and rhetorical features.

The point of the Declaration of Independence was to say why the colonies were leaving England; to say what justification they had to essentially commit what was seen as treason, and explain why it wasn't treason. The Declaration of Independence basically said that the government has certain responsibilities to those being governed, and that the British government was not adhering to its responsibilities to its citizens in the colonies. So the colonists had the right to leave and form a government that would adhere to its responsibilities.

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RI:8 Delineate and evaluate the reasoning in seminal U.S. texts, including
the application of constitutional principles and use of legal reasoning (e.g.,
in U.S. Supreme Court majority opinions and dissents) and the premises,
purposes, and arguments in works of public advocacy (e.g., The Federalist,
presidential addresses).

1. Separation of Powers
Powers are divided among three branches of the government:
  • Legislative (Congress, which is further divided into a House of
    Representatives and Senate
  • Executive (President)
  • Judicial (Supreme Court and other courts)
2. Checks and Balances
Each branch of government needs another branch to function. One branch cannot do much by itself.
3. Federal Form
Sovereignty is divided between the national government and the state governments.
4. Presidential Form
The chief executive (the President) is elected separately from the legislative branch (Congress).
5. Mixed Government
The framers of the Constitution wanted to include the best aspects of three forms of government:
  • Democracy, rule by the common people: House of Representatives
  • Aristocracy, rule by aristocrats, the intelligent, educated, wealthy: Senate
  • Monarchy, rule by a king or queen: President
6. Limited Powers
All powers of the government must come directly or indirectly from the Constitution. To reinforce this limitation, the Bill of Rights (first 10 Amendments) was added in 1791.

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RI:4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text,
including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an
author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course
of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10). (See grade
11–12 Language standards 4–6 for additional expectations.) CA

Longboard is an outdoor activity that you ride longboard that has wheels on it. The shape of the longboard is little bit different than the skateboard. Longboard is longer and wider and also has more stability, durability because of lower wheels. Purpose of the longboarding is for transportation, slalom which is weaving in and out a line of obstacles, free ride and downhill. 
            Longboarding originated in Oahu, Hawaii. Surfers used longboarding as a trainer. Surfers imitated the moves on surf board by skimming their hands across the ground, carving quickly or changing their positioning on the board. Early longboards were homemade creation by teenagers who thought the regular skateboard was too short for them. Instead of putting regular skateboard wheels they put roller-skate wheels. Longboard was not common back in the time because the cost of the board was expensive. However lately people started to use longboard as their transportation and the use of longboard has been increased. Also now there are many longboards companies that provide long boards in affordable prices such as Sector 9, Santa Cruz, Gravity and Arbor. Some companies such as Sector 9 or Arbor use bamboo instead of plywood which increases the durability of the board. Longboard used to be famous only in west coast but as people started to use them as transportation, now you can see people riding longboard everywhere in the United States. Also you can see way more female skaters than it used to be because longboards are easy to ride and they are faster so you do not have kick as much as the regular skateboard to gain speed. 

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RI:3 Analyze a complex set of ideas or sequence of events and explain how specific
individuals, ideas, or events interact and develop over the course of the text.

We read the alchemist and from Santiago's point of view you see how he becomes wiser through his adventures. At a certain point in the story he turns into the wind and its mostly just to show the men that are about to kill him his powers. But really, turning into the wind was a way to show that you can be whatever you want to be if you keep moving forward and don't give up.