Word Roots Presentation

*Please observe this PowerPoint only 5 and 6 page.

While learning English, I often saw words of similar shape. This project helped understand those words meaning and developed the ability to guess the meaning of words while the reading. I learned from this activity that many English words came from Latin. And I realized that there were many words associated with a single root word.

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Time Reading

*wpm: word per minute

We read as much as we could for five minutes to increase reading concentration and speed. I was slow to read for five minutes because I wasn’t good at reading as other friends as and didn’t want to miss the detail. When I first challenged the time reading for these reasons, reading every sentence was slowing me down. So in the next reading, I tried to skip the unnecessary information and read it. According to the table, this clearly reduced reading time but did not increase accuracy. Because I missed a lot of the problems in mini test that based on the content after finishing the time reading.

But in the end, it also succeeded in checking only really important information and saving a little time. As a result, the accuracy of reading comprehension has also been improved because only useful information can be obtained when solving problems. Through this activity, I learned not only importance of focus and check carefully, but also read quickly and become familiar.

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“Fresh Water” Reflection: Overcome the Paradox and Irony

Water: Overcome the Paradox and Irony

Barbara Kingsolve. (2010), Fresh Water, National Geographic.

Name: Hyomin, Shin

Teacher: Mary Newbegin

Class: Reading & Discussion

In this article, “Fresh Water, Barbara Kingsolver(2010) describes water and all its connections to human life. At the same time, she explain how these connections have changed compared to the past and how they have affected human life. The most impressive point is that article used metaphorical expressions instead of describing directly how humans destroyed the environment. “Fresh Water” ironically explains by providing examples of how  water, which has made the earth and has been an essential element of human development, is changing. The wonders of nature and the wonders of the environmetal systems of water that have kept the Earth safe for a long time.

Barbara Kingsolver was only talked about water, and all the natural cycles were connected to it. She raise awareness about the importance of water and the changing ecosystem for all the people in the earth who use water or live their lives using water. While analyzing the causes of the changing environment, this article share the social problems that effected by these cause, like disasters, water shortages and melting glaciers. So all of the article, Barbara lead a story with a calm and cautious tone. Especially when author explain and describe nature, “One astonishing morning, we had a visitation of frogs. Dozens of them hurtled up from the grass ahead of our feet, launching themselves, white-bellied, in bouncing arcs, as if we’d been caught in a downpour of amphibians. It seemed to mark the dawning of some new aqueous age.” even I feel some wonder in this description.

During the reading, there were many parables and symbols in the article. Such parts were difficult to understand, but the strategy that helped me was the taking notes by checking the main points or underlining each paragraph to identify unknown words was most helpful way for understanding. The biggest feature of this article is that used it rich vocabulary more than all the material I’ve been seen. So the process of finding unfamiliar words was especially interesting. The most interesting vocabulary word was ‘Irrigate’. The word is not only a new

Finally, I think the main theme of this article and each paragraphs come together into one point. The cycle of nature, which is a huge social issue, must be solved for humans living in modern society. Humans depend on nature and at the same time, destroy it. In Fresh Water (Kingsolver, 2010) said, “Our vital fluids are saline, like the ocean.” This strange paradox has been constantly questioned and ignored for the human comfort and development. If nature is finally destroyed beyond retrieval, how can mankind survive? There are many ways. To find new planets, build marine cities, and recycle resources, but no clear answer has been given yet. However, there needs to be constant discussion as it has not yet been resolved. In 「No Apparent Distress」 (Rachel Pearson, 2017), Rachel Pearson said “Matt cares about fish more than anyone I’ve ever known -he thinks they’re neat animals, and beautiful, and he loves them- so I trust him on this point.” Humans catch fish and protect them at the same time , just as fishermen Matt. As we were discussing the paradox and the irony of the strange coexistence of nature and man.

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Literature Circle Role







During one semester, we read the “No Apparent Distress” (Rachel Pearson, 2017) which wrote social problems from the point of view of the doctor. Based on this book we read, we changed the role for played the discussion in every week. While I read the whole book, I’ve done all of the literature circle roles at least once. All the roles were interesting, but the most interesting thing for me was the culture collector and the discussion leader. I was fascinated by the serious social problems that appeared in every chapter and the topic of the writer’s feelings from our different perspectives. And this book was very personally meaningful to me because it was the first English book that I read. So I was totally got into the process of all the stories, all the characters and all the discussions that made up the book. At first, there was a lot of confusion and incomprehension, but as a result I read both this book and Rachel Pearson’s life. And I’m feel proud of the wonderful discussion that me and my classmates have made.

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