Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Extreme Sports

Today you are going to learn about some extreme sports and prepare a short presentation about one for the rest of the class.

1. Open the ESPN Action Sports website in another window.

2. At the top of the page you will see a list of the following categories of extreme sports. Choose an unfamiliar sport to learn about.

2. After you go to your sport page, you will see a list of "headlines" on the right side of the page. Choose one headline story to read about. Below the headlines, you will also see some interviews. You can read an interview if that is more interesting to you.

3. Take notes about the story so that you can explain it to the class. Remember to include an introduction and a conclusion.

4. Make a list of new vocabulary from the story or interview that you read. We will write these words on the board and explain them to the class.

5. Make your presentation.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Alternative Marriage Practices

In this activity, you will research an alternative marriage practice.

1. Choose one of the topics from the list, or think of your own. Next to each topic is a link to an internet resource that you can use in your research.

civil unions (Sample link)
dowry (Sample link)
mail-order & internet brides (Sample link)
matchmaking (Sample link)
polygamy (Sample link)
serial monogamy (Sample link)

2. Research the topic on the Internet. Take notes. Use the questions below to guide your research:

What is / are ________________________?
In what cultures might you find___________________________?
Would _____________________________ be legal in your culture? Why or why not?
What do you think about______________________________? Why do you feel this way?

3. Organize your information into a short presentation to share with the rest of the class. Remember to use some of the transitional phrases we talked about in Unit 8 on page 146-147.