The Ancient Study of Astronomy

 

3 Facts:

  • Ptolemy was most known for because of his discovery the Ptolemaic System
  • Hipparchus cataloged lots of stars and discovered Procession of the Equinoxes – a term for the wobbling of the Earth around its axis.
  • In about 12,000 years the north star will no longer be Polaris and will actually be Vega.

 

2 Questions:

  • What was the very first astronomical discovery made?
  • In ancient times where there any countries or cultures that were unaware of any astronomical knowledge or had no access of calendars and other astronomical discoveries that helped other peoples lives?

 

1 Understanding:

  • I  now know and understand how limited they were in the ancient times to all the resources we have now days.  Yet they were capable of all these life changing discoveries,  that we should be really taking for granted.

Once Review

Morris Gleitzman

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Summary: Felix a young orphan is longing to see his parents. Felix isn’t loving the life as an orphan. When people come to burn the orphanages Jewish books. Felix is desperate to find his parents. So he decides to escape from the orphanage. All though Felix may think, he is free he is in lots of danger. Through his adventure he discovers friendship, loyalty, hope and luck.

 

Difficulty: the genre of the story is a little complex and scary to kids below 8 or 9. But the difficulty of the wording, sentences or complexity of meanings isn’t difficult. The most complex technique is Morris Gleitzman’s use of symbolism. The overall age rating is 9+.

 

Overall Recommendation: I would recommend Once to people who are interested in the Second World War. Once is a great for people who love stories about cruelty, war , sadness  and a bite of reality that shows us how brutal our world really was.

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Special prompt #2 (18)

 

Tears rushed down the face of a stressed and depressed face of beautiful girl. Opening her eyes expecting to see the comforting layers of sheets that covered her from the shivering cold night. Instead see saw the lushes green ferns of a perplexing and breathtaking forest. An object indescribable from the distance. The girl took steps closer to what now seemed to be a mirror. She thought about what this could symbolize. She looked at the mirror with a look of realization. Not because she realized how beautiful she was but because she realized that there was only one person stopping her. Herself.

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PROMPT:

however she couldn’t believe what she had done.

 

The loud speaker mumbled: “In lane 1 Florence Westful “. The name belonged to the girl who stood up quite relaxed from her chair and walked over to the track. Someone nudged her.

“Are you nervous Florence?”

“Puff no!” she replies. In the background people were chuckling. Someone whispered discretely, “Florence has actually turned up, she’s going to embarrass herself like always.”

Florence tried to look like an Olympic athlete doing her stretches and waving to people. By the time she looked up the siren had already gone. Everybody was way ahead. With great speed and desperation she raced to catch up. The sweat was trickling down her face and body. She had no sense of what was happening around her. She suddenly heard the crowd gasp and she looked up to see what was happening however she couldn’t believe what she had done. She had just came first.

BTN Don’t Panic

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http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3895042.htm

 

This article was about how a team of experts the ABC’s science show Catalyst put two brave families to the test with a fake natural disaster with help from some cameras, special effects, and a team of experts the ABC’s science show Catalyst put two brave families to the test.Keeping a clear head when you’re under stress isn’t easy. Your brains designed to work differently when you feel fear. You stop focusing on details or listening to instructions.The kids are actually doing better than the adults and that might be because they’ve spent more time thinking about cyclones. They’ve done assignments at school so now they can remember what to do. When the family tries to evacuate the kids stop them from making a huge mistake, driving through flood water.Whereas, in Sydney the fire front is approaching and the Matthews are battling small fires started by embers.They’re wearing glasses to make things dark just like the smoke would in real life and in earphones they can hear the roar of the fire. Then there’s an alarm from inside. With their kitchen on fire the family head into the bathroom, again, not a great idea. In here they’re trapped with no way of knowing what’s going on in other parts of the house. Then water floods in.Experts say it’s really important to have a plan and know it well. Everyone in the family should have jobs to do and you should practice them together. That way when fear kicks in and your brain turns to mush your memory and your instincts will guide you in the right direction.I now understand that we all hope that a disaster never affects us, but being prepared and knowing the risks is the best way to stay safe.Do you get paid to be put under this test or do the people have to pay?Has any test gone wrong?

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Prompt : Bridge  Sprinkled  Pink  Daffodil  Huge

 

 

My heart raced as my feet slowly crossed the wooden air bridge. In the distance, there were fields of pink daffodils that complimented the sprinkled colors in the huge horizon. As my foot left the bridge, my sigh broke the silence. As I looked into the distance, the picturesque mountains perplexed me and took my breath away. My exhaustion made me lie down among the flowers that smelt like the most beautiful thing in the world. The smell was indescribable. As this beautiful moment captured my breath, a loud noise destroyed the harmony around me.

BTN Cape Town

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http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4804140.htm

This article was about how Cape has a huge drought.Cape Town is a city in South Africa, and for a couple of years now, it’s been struggling with a really bad drought. But in recent months, the situation’s got worse, and a bit of rain isn’t anywhere near enough to help. Water reserves are so low that the whole city is at risk of running out.Authorities predict taps could be turned off by June 4, and they’re calling that “Day Zero”. Here in Australia, water restrictions are something many of us have experienced.  People have been allowed just 50 liters a day, since February 1st.As the drought continues, people are asking questions about how it was allowed to get so bad, and what’s going to happen next. In 2014, the city’s water sources were at capacity. But as drought stretched on, water supplies have been stretched to their limits.If ‘Day Zero’ does arrive, many will have to go to collection points guarded by security forces for a daily ration of just 25 liters of water. But in the meantime, the restrictions are making a difference. Pushing back the date of ‘Day Zero”, from April, to May, and now June. Hopefully by then these areas will be recovering.How many years has the drought been going for?When is the estimated time the drought will stop or will it never?I now understand how much distraught this drought gives to the residents living in Cape town.

Persuasive Writing WONDER

SUBJECT: 

Wonder is a great book but an even greater movie!

Against

 

When we compare books to their movies it is always a controversy which is one is better.  The majority of people mostly prefer the movie to the book. In this text, I will be arguing that the book  ‘Wonder’ by R.J Palacio is more powerful than the movie by Stephen Chbosky.

 

Books describe to the reader what the characters are thinking and how they are feeling. However, in films the characters speak but do not always say what they think. ‘Wonder’ the movie has this disadvantage. This might be a shock to most people because they are not thinking about this in real depth. The audience prefers films as they are shorter and they don’t have to visualise or think as they do when reading. However reading a book like ‘Wonder’ is more engaging and enjoyable.

A film based on a book is a summary of a book band the movie ‘Wonder’ seemed like a very brief and far too rushed summary of the events that took place in the book. This film felt far too fast and could have slowed the scenes down and given the audience deeper detailed scenes. It felt so rushed that for someone who has not read the book would get very confused. If you have read ‘Wonder’ you probably know the unique features that the book uses to cover different perspectives. The book hones into these perspectives and this is what makes the book so rich and beautifully written. The movie however, neglects the perspectives of the different characters and this is a big disadvantage. The scenes in the movie changed a bit too suddenly and the storyline was a bit patchy and not very smooth. Are you now starting to understand why the book is better?

 

In addition, the film does not allow us to visualize the characters the way we want. One magical thing while reading ‘Wonder’ is that we have a glimpse of the vivid and beautiful world that the author draws for us. However, while watching the film, I was constantly cringing because it was crushing the little world of ‘Wonder’ I had created in my mind. For example, I had an image of wide hallways throughout the school, however, the film had the school hallways as very narrow. I imagined Mr Tushman younger in the movie, although in the film he was much older. I imagined Julian a bit stout but in the film he was short and skinny. Now you can probably understand how much of a disappointment this was for me.

 

The book is much more perplexing, humorous, descriptive and just simply beautiful. The film however, was very disappointing as it felt rushed, patchy and was not able to vividly portray what the characters were thinking and their perspectives. Wonder was such a beautifully written book but unfortunately a very disappointing film.