Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Daylight Saving Time

This is for an English speaker class 9-12th grades.  Have fun!

Here is the link for the article: http://news.consumerreports.org/health/2011/03/daylight-saving-time-health-risks-short-term-health-risks-long-term-gains.html

Here are the questions and vocabulary:

Vocabulary -  Look these words up in the dictionary:

 health risk   sleep deprived    grouchy  temporarily 

heart attack   stress   lingering   cardiovascular 

seasonal affective disorder   motivate  tend   suffer  translate

Students look up the vocabulary as the Do Now to start class. 

Here is the worksheet, the lines are set for a standard A4 page, so you can just cut and paste. 

Name ___________________________________


1. What are the health effects of Daylight Saving Time?

a. ______________________________________________________________________

b.  _____________________________________________________________________

2. Which day of the week are people most likely to suffer a heart attack?

a. ______________________________________________________________________

Why? .   
  b. _____________________________________________________________________

3.  What are the advantages of Daylight Saving Time?

a. ______________________________________________________________________

b. ______________________________________________________________________

4.  In your opinion, does Daylight Saving Time help you?


5. What do you do differently in order to get up earlier?


Vocabulary:  Use 5 vocabulary words in a sentence:

1.. ______________________________________________________________________

2 . ______________________________________________________________________

3. ______________________________________________________________________

4 . ______________________________________________________________________

5. ______________________________________________________________________

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Science Fiction poetry Mars and Earth

Mars and Earth   by Rachael Orbach

Blue sunsets on Mars, I will always remember
But pink sunsets on Earth will always make me feel tender

I look up at the blue ball so far away
I know that I'll never go back there anyway.

Colonists on a one way trip,
We live in domes and can't sip

I miss water that flows from the cup,
instead of the ice to suck.

We live inside
Oxygenated,Pressurized and  Magnetized

Because Mars doesn't have a magnetic field
our fate here is sealed.

We stay in contact with radio
and my family and I will go into limbo

Remember us people of Earth
Mars is a world of truth,

We should have never come here
I really fear.

To teach this poem you need to have some background on the conditions
on the Planet Mars:
(if this is too hard, choose the simple English translation)

Go over any vocabulary words: 



1.  Which facts does the author use in the poem?

2.  How does the rhyme scheme help the poem?
3.  Is the poem realistic? 

4.  How does the main character in the poem feel about the Earth?

5. How does the main character feel about  Mars?

6. What is the conflict in the poem?

7. What happened before the poem started?

8.  What do you think will happen afterwards?


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Long Road to Jerusalem

By Rachael Pittler Orbach 

It was a hot day and I had only arrived in Israel that week. I was visiting a family that I had never met, who were friends of a friend of mine. The lived in Beer Sheva, in the southern part of Israel. I had been a bad guest, sleeping when they were awake and awake when they were sleeping. The big excitement in town in the middle of summer was the Bedouin Market near the city. We went there, and saw a shopping mall encamped on the sand. Almost any dry goods that anyone would want to buy, was sold out in the open, clothing, jewelry and full bolts of cloth were all available. If you wanted to buy some wool, you could, as long as you bought the sheep as well. But would it fit on the bus to take it home? 

After the outing of the week, I bought a ticket to Jerusalem. My halting Hebrew was enough to buy the ticket without butchering the Holy language too much. I waited at the outside benches sipping water. Soldiers, only young boys and girls just out of high school walked by, machine guns slung on their backs. The buses to other cities, Tel Aviv, Tsfat, and Masada came and went, while I still waited. An old lady was mumbling to herself. A young family, loaded down with two carriages and many kids was trying to keep the children under control. The bus to Jerusalem was late. Even though it was my second trip to Israel, I was still nervous about seeing the Kotel, the Western Wall. Had it changed? Would it be safe? My trip was after the incident when rocks had been pelted upon the worshippers there. 

Finally, a bus came. But it was not the express, it was the local that went through Hebron. I was so anxious to get to the Holy City, that I got on. The old lady said, ”I wouldn’t take that bus! Better wait for the Express!” But I didn’t care, I hopped on the bus, showing my ticket to the driver and taking a seat near the front, put my backpack beside me. The ride was long, hot and dry. I found out why the old lady didn’t want to take this particular bus.. Every now and then, the bus would stop to let people on. No one would get off. There were a few soldiers that were on the bus and they took whole seats and dozed, their guns uneasily on the seats next to them, within arm’s reach.

The scenery was uninteresting. The green hills soon gave way to brown, and the smooth pavement gave way to bumpy uneven blacktop. The road became narrower, and rock quarries dotted the hills, while white rocks dominated the landscape. Great metal spiders hugged the hills breaking huge boulders from their resting places. 

I asked one of the soldiers why there was no other traffic on the road. He said to me in Hebrew, “We are in the West Bank.” 

I though to my self, “Oh, this is why the bus isn’t too popular. But there was no way the I was going to get off because nothing was going to keep me from reaching Jerusalem,. The road got worse and worse. I began to feel sick as I tried to read my Hebrew Primer, in preparation for the Ulpan that I would be taking upon reaching Hebrew University later that week. It got so bad that I gave up reading and resorted to looking out the window, not that there was anything to see. I saw signs in three languages, Hebrew Arabic and English. Finally I saw it in the distance. The city showed itself by a few warehouses, one story with the doors and windows closed tight, everything looked deserted. As we moved on the soldiers dozed a little lighter opening an eye now and then. One of them was lazily chewing gum. We came to the city itself to find soldiers with guns ready, walking the streets in groups. No one turned around even to acknowledge the bus passing through. It was scary to see the soldiers walking in this way. It was a strike called by the Intifada and all the residents were inside their houses, their businesses closed for the day. 

All of a sudden, we heard a loud smack! Everyone on the bus jumped, and the soldiers reached for their guns. We were afraid that rocks had been thrown at the bus. I tried to take cover, using my backpack as a shield toward the window, which already showed signs that a rock had been thrown at it. Then, laughter broke out on the bus. The gum chewing soldier had cracked his gum! 

After a while, we regained out composure, and the bus went on. We passed the Tomb of Rachel, on the way to Jerusalem and we waved at the guards, who waved back. By and by we came to the Central Bus station. The long way to Jerusalem was over and I gladly traded the noisy environment of the street over the nervous quiet of the bus from Beer Sheva. 

Name _____________________________________

Short story Review Page:


1. Title of the story _______________________________________

2.Author ________________________________________________

3. What clues does the author give to determine the time and place of the story?


4. Who are the main characters?   ____________________________________________

5. What do the minor characters add to the story? _______________________________


6. What are the events that happen in the story?



            c. ________________________________________________________________



7. Climax of the story: _____________________________________________________

8. Author’s tone: circle one  Serious, Ironic, Humorous, Sad, Pity

9. New vocabulary I learned while reading the story


10. Significance of the title __________________________________________________

11. Choose a quote that you liked from the story. _________________________________

12. What questions would you like to ask the author  about the story?


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