Monday, 20 January 2014

Independent Learning Log T1W2

T1W2
14/1/2014
7.30pm - 8.30pm

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/14/us/florida-man-is-shot-to-death-for-texting-during-movie-previews.html?_r=0

What I did:
Wanting to improve my general knowledge and comprehension skills, I went to read up on the latest news to analyse the article. 

What I learned:

General Knowledge
I learnt that the technology available to us these days have been causing a lot of trouble, especially with teenagers. These days, technology has been so widely available to us that we get frustrated easily just because our electronic devices are not near us or because our internet connection is very slow. These minor factors start to build up in us, causing us to not be able to control our emotions. In this article, a retired police officer shoots a mobile-phone user in the theatre. This is one of the few examples that depict an impatient man. He clearly knows the laws of his town, considering the fact that he was one of the law enforcers in his country. Sometimes, in life, we have to learnt to control our anger and emotions so as not to put another’s life on the line. 

Comprehension Skills
I learnt that when picking up important information, you need to be careful of the irrelevant information in the text. As comprehension passages always require the key points, especially for the summary questions, I need to sieve out those important information so as to meet the word requirements. Therefore, I practiced these skills and sieved out the important information. 

Points: 
Man used cell-phone in cinema to text his daughter. 
Retired police officer got upset with mobile-phone user. 
The retired officer told the man to stop several times. 
He then stormed out to get a manager, but returned without one. 
They then argued and the officer shot the mobile-phone user. 
Nurse in the audience did CPR on the injured man but failed to save him. 

Officer charged with second-degree murder. 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting read! Picking out significant key points and eliminating irrelevant information are really important skills to have. I like how you related it to the summary questions in Comprehensions. Keep it up!

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