Early Literacy

Early Literacy

The first discussion I overheard was between my aunt and my two cousins. The older of my two cousins is 15 and the youngest is 2 but is delayed developmentally. He has very limited vocabulary, but is very expressive.
The conversation was taking place during preparation for dinner that night. My aunt was standing against the kitchen counter preparing ingredients for a salad, and my littlest cousin Reese standing on a chair against the counter watching and helping. The conversation was interesting because of the abilities of my cousin that I described earlier. Reese was fascinated with all the products and tools that were on the counter being used to make this salad. As I said, he cannot talk much, so the majority of the things he was saying were only two word telegraphic sentences, but he was very clear about each thing. First he wanted my aunt to tell him what you called the big bowl by pointing to it and saying ?Dis?. My aunt told him bowl, and he tried his best to repeat it. This process went on for almost everything she would bring out of the fridge or cabinet. Some of the items he knew and

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Global Warming

Global Warming

Global warming by definition is an increase in the average temperature of the earths surface. Since the late 1800s, the average temperature has increased about 0.5 to 1.5 Fahrenheit degrees (0.3 to 0.8 Celsius degree). Scientists disagree about the causes of this warming trend. Some say that the warming trend is a natural occurrence; they say that natural process could cause the rise in temperature. Changes in the path of revolution of the Earth around the sun could cause global warming. Orbital variation changes how sunlight is distributed on the surface of the planet. But, evidence suggests that human activities have caused this unusual change in climate.
The greenhouse effect is the major cause. Energy from the sun heats the earths surface and in turn heat energy is radiated back into space. Greenhouse gasses trap some of this outgoing energy to retain heat and heat the planet. Without this natural process, the global temperature would be much lower than it is now. The problem is that these valuable and necessary greenhouse gases build up in the atmosphere and cause more and more heat to be trapped. This causes a long term warming of the planet. When excess amounts of

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An Analysis Of What Is Real

An Analysis Of What Is Real

Reality Television:

Today we find ourselves seeking more then we have ever had before. We seek excitement and entertainment that is lacking from our own lives. This is why America sits and watches the world from inside their home. A world that the television says is real. A world that is full of excitement and pleasure. Is this and honest picture of what is really out there Is what we see on reality television really ?real? As the world tone turns both more serious and more superficial, perhaps as people search for an avenue of escape, a new sub-genre of reality programming has emerged. We must take into consideration how ?reality? television provokes our thoughts of true reality and influences our culture into unrealistic norms. These norms are ones that our youth are adapting to and accepting. Television is painting them a picture that may look beautiful, fun and exciting, but really is just a fake.
People turn to television to fill a gap that they are missing in their lives. However, our media only puts that gap there. Reality television has changed the way we watch

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Critical Issues – Eliminating Small Schools

Critical Issues – Eliminating Small Schools

Eliminating Small Schools ? Consolidation

As schools from all across the nation suffer from both federal and state budget cuts school boards ponder whether or not to eliminate small schools and merge with neighboring schools districts is a way make up for the loss. There are many different pros and cons for consolidating and many different opinions based on those. Coming from a small school I am against merging school districts, I enjoyed the atmosphere and feel that I had more opportunities. However, I will admit that every circumstance is different and will show positive factors for both sides.
As with most things in today?s society the biggest reason for schools to consolidate is money. By merging schools together who are having trouble supporting all their departments they are able to pool their money together for better facilities and more programs for the students. This helps to prevent the communities from having to drive their tax levees up to support the struggling schools. Communities all across the country are trying to hold on to their struggling schools suffering from decline in enrollment and dwindling budgets. Keeping the schools in these small communities costs a high

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Gibberellins Help For Your Garden, From Mother Nature

Gibberellins: Help For Your Garden, From Mother Nature

Japanese plant pathologists studying the “bakanae” disease (“foolish seedling”) of rice discovered Gibberellins (Internet Source #4.) In this disease the seedlings elongated so rapidly that the plant collapsed and died prematurely (Internet Source #6.) In 1898 Shotaro Hori concluded that a fungus, which is now known as Gibberella fujikuroi, caused the disease (Internet Source #3.) Then in 1926 Eiichi Kurosawa reported that a chemical produced by the fungus caused the symptoms and that the substance was heat-resistant, and didn?t lose its activity after 4 hours at 100?°C (212?°F) (Internet Source #7.) Then in 1935 Teijiro Yabuta first isolated a non-crystalline solid and named it Gibberellin (Internet Source #3.) In the year 1938, Yabuta and Yusuke Sumiki first isolated a crystalline compound from the cultured fungus (Internet Source #8.) Since this time seventy-nine different Gibberellins have been in the seeds of a wide variety of species. Gibberellic acid-3 (GA-3) is the most widely used and is produced commercially by growing the fungus in huge vats and then extracting and purifying the GA-3 (Internet Source #5.)
Gibberellic acid (GA) is a very potent hormone whose natural occurrence in plants controls their

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Analyze Class And Power Distinctions In Jamaican Culture

Analyze Class And Power Distinctions In Jamaican Culture

Analyze class and power distinctions in Jamaican culture
Jamaica is the third largest Caribbean Island, measuring 146 miles at its widest point. The population of Jamaica is approximately 2.8 million, with an average annual rate of growth of 1.1%. The people of Jamaica have a historical process in which peoples of many different continents were brought together within a well-defined social hierarchy. The vast majority is of African descent, but there are numerous small communities, Indian, Chinese, Arab, and European. Popular culture is heavily influenced by the African heritage, while recognized behavior is clearly British in style. The popular speech of Jamaicans is a distinct language from English; it was derived largely from English, which has been the official language for over 300 years. Early on in the film The Harder they come, it is easy to recognize Jamaicans distinct language.
Jamaica and the Rastafarians suffer their fair share of oppression. Rastafarians are members of a Jamaican messianic movement dating back to the 1930s; in 1974 they were likely to number at about 20,000 in Jamaica. According to Rastafarian belief the only true God is the late Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie (originally known as Ras Tafari),

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Absurdity

Absurdity

Truly Educated

Going to school and getting a college degree is a form of being educated, but in my opinion it doesn?t consider a person truly educated. In order for one to be truly educated, you need to look outside the boundaries of that degree and look at the other side of it. I feel there are two types of education, book education and life education. Book education, is of course, a form of being educated through school, but learning about life and the aspects of it, is that the more you know about life and the experiences you have will make you a more educated person.
Through out life you are constantly learning and being educated. You experience things sometimes and don?t even know you are being educated, whether it be a good experience or a bad experience, the end result is you learning something. Getting an education is not just being taught by another person, it is teaching yourself. You have the ability to learn, and you decide what you want to educate yourself about. I think that the most important person anyone learns from is themselves. You let yourself

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Funding Environmental Protection

Funding Environmental Protection

Funding of environmental protection projects has always been a controversial subject. The process of calculating exactly how much money and resources should be given to a project is very complex due to the uncertainy of the end results. However, if we neglect the protection of our environment the damage in the future may be irreversable, and the environmental and economic outcomes devastating.

The most important reason that we invest money into environmental protection is to ensure the security and preservation of our natural resources. We must be able to constantly replace the amount of resources we use up and ensure the proper amount be available for future generations to use. This is known as a sustainable economy and is described in Environmental Economics as an economy ?in which investment in social capital allows the economy to grow so that people are at least as well off in the future as they are in the present, while sustaining the health of ecological systems.?pg11.

Sustainable development is a very prudent course of action to take, yet some still do not completely support the idea. The government document SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: CONDITIONS, PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES states that the reason for this is the ?concepts

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