Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Reading Log Entry #3


Alice in April 


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Alice in April. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c1993. 164 pages.


Alice has a set of friends and there's this girl who's named Denise Whitlock,Alice’s former bully, is being abused by her mother and winds up committing suicide. I did not expect that it will happen in the last part because the character of Denise in the story is so mysterious that's why what she did was so unpredictable. I know it was hard for Alice to believe what had happen and felt guilty because she was the last person whom Denise talked to before she died. she was not aware that those things that Denise gave to her serves as a sign of goodbye. And for sure, if she only knew what Denise is planning, maybe Alice had stopped her and talk about Denise's problem instead if committing suicide.

2.Connect-  Now that i'm in the legal age, I can now be called the woman of the house just like Alice. I'm the one who is in charge with the household chores because it is my responsibility as the eldest child in the family. I can somehow relate to Alice because sometimes I can feel that being the woman of the house is stressful because I need to think about of everything. Aside from my school works, I need to watch after my brothers: check if they already did their home works and ask if they have already eaten their meals and things like that.. So, to handle these situations, i am asking help from my parents and just taking things easy.

3.Question- I wonder if Alice could do the duty of being the woman of the house well? I also wonder if Patrick have a special feelings for Alice?

4.Predict- I think Ms.Summers and Alice's father will get married in the future. And Alice will no longer mind what will the boys say about her.

Part 2:

#10. Describe your favorite part. Make a prediction about what will happen next.

 The last part was my favorite because it was hanging and it made me excited to read the next series. Maybe in the next part, Alice, her friends, and Patrick will become more mature and will try to do more exciting things together. For sure Alice's father and Ms. Summers will get married and Alice would be happy if that will happen. 
In the next part, more excitement, more of Alice experiences and more lessons that can be learned .

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Comics and Jokes Are Serious Teaching Tools for Linguists

Spook [the prisoner]: Have you ever eaten squid fried?
Turnkey [the guard]: Yes.
Spook: How was it?
Turnkey: Better than when I was sober.
The study of linguistics is not a laughing matter -- unless you happen to have Stan Dubinsky as your professor. The University of South Carolina linguist has been sharing jokes and puns and cartoons with students for more than 20 years as a way of helping them understand complex concepts about the science of language.
Using cartoons like the one above, which features the ambiguous use of the word "fried" (referring either to Turnkey's having been drunk or to a way of cooking squid), Dubinsky is able to clearly explain how the structure of a sentence can alter its meaning. Seeing students' amusement and satisfaction when they get the joke and the concept has kept him clipping cartoons for decades.
Dubinsky is particularly enamored of humor that involves play on words, sounds or grammar. Over the course of years teaching undergraduate linguistics he came to realize that the comic strips and panels he enjoyed so much were a wonderful teaching tool for a subject that he says can "sometimes rival physics or chemistry in detail and difficulty."
"Cartoons and jokes are very useful as a teaching tool," Dubinsky said. "Students love it when you present them with something amusing that also illustrates a main point in the lecture. In this respect, language-based humor turns out to be a great way to illustrate difficult-to-grasp linguistic concepts."
Once he realized that cartoons offered such linguistic gems, Dubinsky began perusing newspaper cartoon sections.
"I became an obsessive cartoon reader," said Dubinsky. "I perused the cartoon section of The State newspaper every day on the chance that there might be a cartoon I could use. Sometimes I would find two cartoons in a one day or sometimes not find one cartoon in two weeks. Gradually, though, my cartoon collection became enormous, and part of my regular teaching preparation was picking out the comic strips that would work in class."
Dubinsky said some of his best finds came from the comic strips Shoe, Dilbert, Mother Goose and Grimm, B.C. and, of course, The Wizard of Id.
Cambridge Press thought Dubinsky's approach to explaining the workings of language through humor was an idea worth sharing. As a result, linguistic students and lovers of language everywhere can benefit from Dubinsky's favorite cartoons and his humor-inspired teaching techniques, without taking his class.
With research assistance from Hannah Peace, a USC Honors College alumna, Dubinsky and USC rhetoric professor Christopher Holcombe, co-wrote the book, "Understanding Language through Humor," which was released by Cambridge late last fall.
Much like Dubinsky's use of cartoons to supplement his lectures, the book provides students with entertaining examples in very plain language to supplement linguistic textbooks. Each chapter begins with an illustrated cartoon and features more than a dozen jokes, many from comic strips. They also use carefully selected bits of humor to explain a particular aspect of linguistics, such that a reader can come out with a fairly comprehensive understanding of the field.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Reading Log Entry #2

Now on Earth the Mogadorians are hunting down the Loriens before they fully develop their Legacies, which are super powers. But the Mogadorians have their hands full because the Lorien kids are protected by a spell in which they can only be killed in sequence.

I am Number Four 
Pittacus Lore

As I read the book, I was hooked by the story. 
The plotting of the story was so exciting that once you've started reading, you don't wanted to stop.
While reading, my imagination won't stop from imagining and picturing out the things which are stated in the book.
This book is so great!

The story reminds me of my childhood because when I was still a child, I wanted to have super powers so that I can do things that others can't. Everybody will be amazed because of the things that i can do. I will help those who are needy as much as I can. Then after that, everybody will make me as their hero. BUT, unfortunately, everything remains as an imagination because we are just mortals who were created by God as ordinaries who can only do ordinary and nothing unusual things. We can be heroes not because of super powers but instead of doing heroic things just like helping others in times that they really need some helping hand.
The story also reminds me of my friends who were always their whenever I need their help.

I wonder if number four and number six could find the other Loreins left and If they could defeat all the Mogadorians?
And I also wonder how exciting the next book series would be?

For sure, as time pass by, John will develop his legacies even without his Seipan Henry. Number Six will help him out and never leaves number Four's side as they fight against the Mogadorians.

Part 2:

#34. Which character is most like you? Connect with this character and explain how you are alike and how you are different. Use story details for support.

 The character that is more like me is the main character Number Four also known as Jhon.
He is so dependent on his seipan Henry. It is Henry who decide for him and organize all the things that he needs to do everyday.
 Just like me. I don't decide for myself, instead, I ask for somebody's help because I'm afraid to make wrong decisions.

And like Jhon, I am also adventurous and willing to develop my legacies or my good traits so that like Jhon, I can be a hero.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

DREW NOTES: "I just want everybody to know that I’ve always said you should follow your dreams, and just because I’m not on the show anymore doesn’t mean I followed my dreams and lost. I’m going to keep going beyond this show, and I encourage everybody who has a dream of their own to do the same thing and never give up."

Reading Log 1st entry..


The Name Of this book is “SECRET”

Part 1:

1. Reflect- I really admire the characteristics of the two main characters of this book. The adventurous eleven-year-old detectives Cass, an ever-vigilant survivalist, and Max-Ernest, a boy driven by logic. Because of their curiosity, they discovered the Symphony of Smells, a box filled with smelly vials of colorful ingredients. They accidentally stumble upon a mystery surrounding a dead magician’s hidden diary and the hunt for immorality.

2. Connect- I can see my childhood in Cassandra. When I was still eleven years old, I was as curious and as adventurous as her. I kept on figuring out things that had been making me curious and never afraid to try new things and see how it works. Like Cass, I had friends just like Max-Ernest, who had been with me at the times of my curiousness and still with me while trying to figure out and explore new things. 
Another connection with this story is that, it is somehow alike to the movie Spy’s Kids. Just like the movie, this book has little boy and girl main characters. But their being little doesn’t stop them to figure problems and face those villains.

3. Question- I couldn’t figure out how did Max-Ernest made it to the Resort when it’s not that easy to have a booking and come in to the said resort. I wonder if Cass will share everything what happened to her mom. And also wonder if the Midnight Sun Resort was really demolished. And if did the explosions really break the Pyramid.

4. Predict- I think if Cassandra’s Mother will know everything about what happened to Cass while she’s not around,  maybe she’s going to be crazy and will get angry not only to Cassandra but also to Grandpa Larry and Grandpa Wayne, because they didn’t put their eyes on Cass while her mother is not around.  And because of what happened, I think Cass will be grounded again, maybe for a month or more, so that she will learn her lessons.

Part 2:

#34. Which character is most like you? Connect with this character and explain how you are alike and how you are different. Use story details for support.

♦The character that is most like me is Cassandra ,one of the main character. We are alike in terms of attitude. I was exactly like her, when I was at her age. That's why I enjoyed reading this book because I can relate to Cass's activities and doings in every chapter of the story.

There's one scene in the story that Cass was sent to her Grandpas because her mother went to a business trip. I experienced that too, when I was her age. My mom keep on bringing me to my Grandparent's place because they need to go to work and its my Grandparents that they only trust that could watch after me.

Then while staying at her Grandpas place, Cass did everything that she loved to do and felt free without her mom around her. Her, Grandpas were busy,and don't notice whats happening to their little girl, so Cass always found time to go out and go home late. That's what my attitude too when I was her age. I love it when my mom send me to my grandparent's place because I can do whatever I wanted to do; play outside, sleep late at night, eat junk foods, watch cartoons, etc.. 

That's why I can say that Cass and me are almost alike but theirs only one thing that we are different at, and its the Braveness that she has. Before, I was not as brave as she is. I can't go to distant places without anyone to guide me where to go. Unlike Cass, she took it easy to went to that mysterious resort alone, just to find out what really is happening inside.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

First Time :)

Smile-smile sa kabila ng nerbyos! XD

Overview of equestrian activities

Horses are trained and ridden for practical working purposes such as in police work or for controlling herd animals on a ranch. They are also used in competitive sports including, but not limited to,dressage, endurance riding, eventing, reining, show jumping, tent pegging, vaulting, polo, horse racing, driving, and rodeo. (See additional equestrian sports listed later in this article for more examples.) Some popular forms of competition are grouped together at horse shows, where horses perform in a wide variety of disciplines. Horses (and other equids such as mules and donkeys) are used for non-competitive recreational riding such as fox hunting, trail riding or hacking. There is public access to horse trails in almost every part of the world; many parks, ranches, and publicstables offer both guided and independent riding. Horses are also used for therapeutic purposes, both in specialized paraequestrian competition as well as non-competitive riding to improve human health and emotional development.

Horses are also driven in harness racing, at horse shows and in other types of exhibition, historical reenactment or ceremony, often pulling carriages. In some parts of the world, they are still used for practical purposes such as farming.

Horses continue to be used in public service: in traditional ceremonies (parades, funerals), police and volunteer mounted patrols, and formounted search and rescue.