Strange signs

Spotted in a toilet of a London office:
TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BELOW

In a Laundromat:
AUTOMATIC WASHING MACHINES: PLEASE REMOVE ALL YOUR CLOTHES WHEN THE LIGHT GOES OUT

In a London department store:
BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS

In an office:
WOULD THE PERSON WHO TOOK THE STEP LADDER YESTERDAY PLEASE BRING IT BACK OR FURTHER STEPS WILL BE TAKEN

In an office:
AFTER TEA BREAK STAFF SHOULD EMPTY THE TEAPOT AND STAND UPSIDE DOWN ON THE DRAINING BOARD

Outside a secondhand shop:
WE EXCHANGE ANYTHING – BICYCLES, WASHING MACHINES, ETC. WHY NOT BRING YOUR WIFE ALONG AND GET A WONDERFUL BARGAIN?

Notice in health food shop window:
CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS

Spotted in a safari park:
ELEPHANTS PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR

Seen during a conference:
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS CHILDREN AND DOESN’T KNOW IT, THERE IS A DAY CARE ON THE FIRST FLOOR

Notice in a field:
THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES

Message on a leaflet:
IF YOU CANNOT READ, THIS LEAFLET WILL TELL YOU HOW TO GET LESSONS

On a repair shop door:
WE CAN REPAIR ANYTHING.(PLEASE KNOCK HARD ON THE DOOR – THE BELL DOESN’T WORK)

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Biography

From – http://homeworktips.about.com/od/biography/a/bio.htm

A biography is a written account of the series of events that make up a person’s life.

A biography will include the basic details. The first information you should gather in your research will include biographical details and facts. You must use a trustworthy resource to ensure that your information is accurate.

Basic details include:

  • Date and place of birth and death
  • Family information
  • Lifetime accomplishments
  • Major events of life
  • Effects/impact on society, historical significance

While this information is necessary to your project, these dry facts, on their own, don’t really make a very good biography. Once you’ve found these basics, you’ll want to dig a little deeper.You choose a certain person because you think he or she is interesting, so you certainly don’t want to burden your paper with an inventory of boring facts. Your goal is to impress your reader!

You’ll want to start off with great first sentence.

It’s a good idea to begin with a really interesting statement, a little known fact, or really intriguing event.

You should avoid starting out with a standard but boring line like:

“Meriwether Lewis was born in Virginia in 1774.”

Instead, try starting with something like this:

“Late one afternoon in October, 1809, Meriwether Lewis arrived at a small log cabin nestled deep in the Tennessee Mountains. By sunrise on the following day, he was dead, having suffered gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

You’ll have to make sure your beginning is motivating, but it should also be relevant. The next sentence or two should lead in to your thesis statement, or main message of your biography.“It was a tragic end to a life that had so deeply affected the course of history in the United States. Meriwether Lewis, a driven and often tormented soul, led an expedition of discovery that expanded a young nation’s economic potential, increased its scientific understanding, and enhanced its worldwide reputation.”

Now that you’ve created an impressive beginning, you’ll want to continue the flow. Find more intriguing details about the man and his work, and weave them into the composition.

Examples of interesting details:

  • Some people believed that Lewis and Clark would encounter elephants in the western wilderness, having misunderstood the wooly mammoth bones discovered in the United States.
  • The expedition resulted in the discovery and description of 122 new animal species and subspecies.
  • Lewis was a hypochondriac.
  • His death is still an unsolved mystery, although it was ruled a suicide.

You can find interesting fact by consulting diverse sources.

Fill the body of your biography with material that gives insight to your subject’s personality. For instance, in a biography about Meriwether Lewis, you would ask what traits or events motivated him to embark on such a monumental exercise.

Questions to consider in your biography:

  • Was there something in your subject’s childhood that shaped his/her personality?
  • Was there a personality trait that drove him/her to succeed or impeded his progress?
  • What adjectives would you use to describe him/her?
  • What were some turning points in this life?
  • What was his/her impact on history?

Be sure to use transitional phrases and words to link your paragraphs and make your composition paragraphs flow. It is normal for good writers to re-arrange their sentences to create a better paper.

The final paragraph will summarize your main points and re-assert your main claim about your subject. It should point out your main points, re-name the person you’re writing about, but it should not repeat specific examples.

As always, proofread your paper and check for errors.

Hope this helps.

Biography

A biography is simply the story of a life.
Biographies analyze and interpret the events in a person’s life. Many biographies are written in chronological order and focus on specific topics or accomplishments.
To write a biography you should:
 
Select a person (alive or dead) who work or worked within Canadian politics – hopefully someone famous. Find out the basic facts (who, what, where, when) of the person’s life. Think about what else you would like to know about the person, and what parts of the life you want to write most about.
 
Some questions you might want to think about include:
What makes this person special or interesting?
What kind of effect did he or she have on the world/Canada?
What are the adjectives you would most use to describe the person?
What examples from their life illustrate those qualities?
What events shaped or changed this person’s life?
Did he or she overcome obstacles? Take risks? Get lucky?
Would the world be better or worse if this person hadn’t lived? How and why?
 

Tell an interesting story. How you do that is up to you…(be sure to check with me before you start). You may wish to write a research paper, create a poster, act out the life in role/character…be creative!

Due: April 16th

 

Math Quiz

Review/study for the up coming survey this Friday. Chapter 9 – lessons: 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 (if I recall).

We will continue to review in class this week.

Off to the Zoo

Create a bird’s eye view of a zoo – style is up to you…petting or safari?

Be sure to design your zoo with irregular shapes (5-6), and include the perimeter and area measurements of each enclosure – it’s actually, much like last night’s homework. Have fun with it!