Wednesday, June 9th

9 06 2010


Once again, I’m suffering from a visit from the Illness Fairy.  Remember her from when you were little?  You leave your snotty tissues under your pillow, and she brings you a chest infection.  Delightful.

Anyway, on with today’s proceedings.

“  (That was my cat walking across my keyboard.  Thanks Socksy.)


Since the TED Talk idea didn’t really fly (disappointing…) we’re going to change tack with the persuasive speaking section of the English course this semester.  You’ll need to prepare a “topic report” on a topic that divides opinion, and put together a persuasive speech.  The first step in this is to inform yourself – choose a controversial world topic, take sides, and develop a really sound understanding of it.  Use informational resources, news sites (be careful to make sure you figure out which opinion the news is selling though!) YouTube, TED… whatever resources you need to find out what you need to know.  Beyond that, we’ll look at persuasive speech techniques (TED is a really good source of this to begin with.)

As for topics, here’s some ideas, but it’s by no means a complete list.  If you think of something different and interesting you’re free to explore and use it, but it should be a topic as big and far-reaching as these ones.  Discussions of the legality of bike helmets, abolishing homework, and 4-day school weeks are a bit limited.

  • Genetic Modification
  • Renewable Energy Sources
  • Nuclear Power
  • Space Exploration
  • Anthropogenic Climate Change
  • Capital Punishment
  • Human Cloning
  • Commercially Patenting Genetic Information


We’re going to start taking a step beyond fractions & decimals into converting parts of a group or number into percentages.  Log into Mathletics, I’ve set up 5 activities (it worked this time!) to get you rolling.  Use the Help button if you get stuck, and we’ll take a closer look when I get back.

Have a good day, I’ll see you all soon!




2 responses

9 06 2010

Can’t we make a TED Talk that involves all of us in the class?

9 06 2010

Do you mean collaboratively write and deliver one talk? That would be a massive undertaking in teamwork, with a pretty microscopic contribution from individual class members. To be honest, I can’t really see it working.

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