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Name: ____________________________ Grade/Section: ____________ Date: ______________

A. Paraphrasing Activity: Practice paraphrasing the following sentences.


1. We need more proof that active learning really works.
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2.They will build a huge medical center on the old site in the near future.
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3. The organizers cancelled the talk because the main speaker was ill.
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B. Summarizing Activity: Summarize the original text below in the space provided.
Text A

Tiger sharks are named for the dark, vertical stripes found mainly on juveniles. As these
sharks mature, the lines begin to fade and almost disappear. These large, blunt-nosed
predators have a duly earned reputation as man-eaters. They are second only to great
whites in attacking people. But because they have a near completely undiscerning palate,
they are not likely to swim away after biting a human, as great whites frequently do.

They are consummate scavengers, with excellent senses of sight and smell and a
nearly limitless menu of diet items. They have sharp, highly serrated teeth and powerful jaws
that allow them to crack the shells of sea turtles and clams. The stomach contents of
captured tiger sharks have included stingrays, sea snakes, seals, birds, squids, and even
license plates and old tires.
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Text B

“The movement toward education by computer is developing fast. Massive Open Online
Courses, called MOOCs, are changing how people learn in many places. For years,
people could receive study materials from colleges or universities and take part in online
classes. But such classes were not designed for many thousands of students at one time,
as MOOCs are.”
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C. Outlining Activity: Write an outline out of the words found in the box.
Text A _________________________________________________
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Team sport _________________________________________________

Water polo _________________________________________________


Water sport _________________________________________________
Swimming _________________________________________________
Diving
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Basketball
Individual sport _________________________________________________
Golf _________________________________________________
Football _________________________________________________
Skiing
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Grade 1 Grade 7
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Grade 2 Grade 8
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Grade 5 Grade 11
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GAS ABM
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SMAW
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D. Summarizing Activity: Summarize the text below. Write you answer in the box.
Text A

Children have been known to influence either directly or indirectly what a family
purchases. A infant, of course, has a special food and clothing needs that affect what
parents purchase. Older children (ages 5 to 10) more directly influence their parents’
choice of food, particularly breakfast cereals. Some parents blindly allow their children to
purchase whatever breakfast product they have seen advertised on television.

Text B

The scientific method involves three significant steps. You begin by collecting data
that will help answer a specific question. Second, having collected the data, you begin to
analyze and interpret your finding. Finally, from your analysis you form a hypothesis or
possible explanation.

E. Position Paper: What are the issues in which a position paper may be effectively used in
our present society? Give one examples for each number

1. Social Issues:________________________________________________________________________
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2. Educational Issues:__________________________________________________________________
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3. Technology:_________________________________________________________________________
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4. Media:______________________________________________________________________________
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5. Relationships:________________________________________________________________________
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6. War and Peace:_____________________________________________________________________
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7. Environmental Issues:________________________________________________________________
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8. Politics:_____________________________________________________________________________
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Writing Activity: Write your own position paper. Follow the instructions below
A. Choose an issue where there is a clear division of opinion and which is arguable with
facts and inductive reasoning.
B. You may choose an issue on which you have already formed an opinion. However, in
writing about this issue you must examine your opinion of the issue critically.
C. Prior to writing your position paper, define and limit your issue carefully. Social issues are
complex with multiple solutions.
D. Narrow the topic of your position paper to something that is manageable.
E. Research your issue thoroughly, consulting experts and obtaining primary documents.
F. Consider feasibility, cost-effectiveness and political/social climate when evaluating
possible
Note: Use the outline below as your guide in writing your essay. Write your answer in
the box below.
I. An introduction
A. Identification of the issue
B. Statement of the position
II. The body
A. Background information
B. Supporting evidence or facts
C. A discussion of both sides of the issue
III. A conclusion
A. Suggested courses of
B. Possible solutions