Friday, 18 July 2014

Independent Learning Log

T3W3
4:00pm - 4:30pm
18/7/14

Title of Article: Case Study - Somali Pirates

Summary: In the so-called "failed" state of Somalia, where poverty is widespread and situations are dire, many fishermen and locals have since turned to piracy. Piracy, the alternative financial institution of Somalia, pays well, as each pirate receives a whopping $30000 to $75000, a far cry from the meagre $600 fishermen earn on average. The men's wives are even given compensation whenever the men go on missions. Furthermore, in this apparently lawless trade, there are rules and codes of conduct set up such that no hostages are to be harmed and rape carries a death sentence. Local Somali communities benefit from these illegal activities as well, providing many kinds of services to the pirates in exchange for loot and ransom money. It is no wonder that many say piracy has done more for Somalia than the government could ever have.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Independent Learning Log

Article:
Public Trust

Summary:
In the recent years, there have been growing doubts about the reliability of businesses as well as the media. With national institutions repeatedly failing to close the gap between performance and expectation, there has been a downturn in trust shown by the public. The revelation that Singapore has come in lower than China on the 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer which measures domestic trust in business to do the right thing is shocking. However, the state of trust in Singapore still remains comparatively high.

ILL

Time Magazine, The End of Iraq

Article: Twilight of the Hunter

Summary:
Although majority of people think that poaching of polar bears are cruel and unscrupulous, many do not realise the rationale of the people who do so. The community of Inuit in Northern Canada face severe poverty, and as a last form of survival, they hunt down these polar bears, as they have poor economic statuses. Instead of shutting down poaching all together, they should invent a way to both save the polar bears, and help the poachers.

Shaun Neo (22)

ILL T3W3

Time Magazine, The End of Iraq

Article: Twilight of the Hunter

In Northern Canada, Inuit hunt polar bears for a living not because they like to, but because they are living in extreme poverty. Hunting polar bears became their only way to make a living as the pelt and meat of polar bears can fetch them a hefty sum of money. 
However, many can agree that such constant poaching of polar bears is not good, since polar bears are known of their endangerment. 

ILL Valence Leung

Time Magazine, The End of Iraq

Article: Twilight of the Hunter

Summary: People may think that the poaching of polar bears is unethical and very cruel, along with the fact that polar bears are endangered. However, many do not realize that for some people, it is a necessity to do so. A community of Inuit in Northern Canada grapple with extreme poverty, substance abuse and a legacy of mistreatment from the Canadian government. In order to survive, they have taken to hunting down polar bears, as they feel that it is their last sources of subsistence. There are social economic factors that force them to continue hunting the endangered animals. It is however not right to let the Inuit protect the bears as they need a form of survival. Many blame them, without listening to their side. Justice is endangered in the Arctic.

English ILL Valence Leung

T3W3
8:00pm - 8:30pm
16/7/14

Sources:
http://literarydevices.net
http://hubpages.com/hub/Literary-Devices-Meanings-and-Examples 

What I did:

I researched about literary terms.

What I learned:

Literary terms are describing words for forms of writing. It is the typical structures of writing that is used to convey meanings simply. When used properly, can evoke appreciation of literature.

Common literary elements include plot, setting, protagonist, antagonist, narrator, narrative method, dialogue, modd, theme etc.

Common literary techniques include personification, hyperbole, imagery, similes, metaphors, irony, alliteration, allegory, etc.

An example would be: 
Irony: the use of words where the intended meaning is the opposite of what was expressed.

~The bread is so soft i could pass as a brick.

~How nice of you to break my phone!


A glossary of literary terms can be found here: http://www2.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/allam/general/glossary.htm

Independent Learning Log (Gabriel Leong)

T3W3
1:10pm - 1:40pm
16/7/14

Sources:

What I did:

In line with the task set for us, I did some research on literary terms(otherwise known as literary devices or literary techniques) and other related topics.

What I learned:


Literary terms include personification, similes, hyperboles, etc. They are used to describe forms of writing. For example, the definition of "personification" is "the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form". Many professional authors use personification and many other literary devices in their writings. An example of personification may be "The wind howled through the trees." This is due to the fact that the wind is not a living thing and is non-human but has been described using the word "howling", a sound that a human or wolf may make. Thus, the wind has a human characteristic or is an example of personification.

-Gabriel