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Today, Febuary 9, In Class

Today, Febaury 9, in class we started the day off with a warm-up.

The Warm-Up was: WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO A SPEAKER TO SHOW CHANGES IN THE DELIVERY. After a few tries, the complete answer was said by a student. The answer is: IF YOU USE A DIFFERENT DELIVERY YOU WILL KEEP THE AUDINCE'S ATTENTION, AND TO IMPHASIVE A CERTAIN POINT.

Activity 1: Mrs. Abrams first finished the calendar for presentation dates. Remember your date, because we can't post the calendar on the blog.

Activity 2: Students were to pull out their hard copy of their research paper, along with their "Oral Presentaion." Also, they needed to pull out all their rough drafts. After putting them in order, rough draft, research paper, then oral presetnation, the students stapled them togethor. This is their final paket.

Activity 3: Students got their "Criteria for an Oral Presentation" sheet , and for about 10 minutes, students shared their new introductory paragraph.

Night Write: Finish the "Oral Presentation" worksheet

Read for 30 minutes and fill an entry in your reading log.

posted on: February 09, 2006

Class Notes for January 25

By not taking on a lot of tasks that may cause pressure and not doing a lot of things that may cause stress, most eating disorders can be avoided. There are two main eating disorders. They are Bulimia and Anorexia. Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder. Anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves. Anorexia is when a lot of people refuse to eat. Bulimia is an emotional illness. It is also when individuals expieience frequent and uncontrollable periods of over eating. These eating disorders usually occur in girls between the ages of 12 and 18. Eating disorders are incresing in young children. There are many different signs to know if someone has an eating disorder. They usually deny feeling hungry or they might avoide eating. There are also some emotional, behavioral, and physical signs to tell if someone has an eating disorder. Some emotional signs may be depression or mood swings. Maybe severe self-critisism, a loss of control. Also they might withdrawal themselves from friends and activities. Behavioral signs may include: going to the bathroom after every meal or a disappearence of a lot of food. They also might exercise excessively. Physical signs might be like sweeling of the feet and legs. It could be stomach pain, weakness or fatigue. Dry or sallow skin may be one. Maybe broken blood vessels in the eyes. Or brittle hair and nails. One sign could be swelling of the cheeks and jaw area. Another sign might include: deterioration of tooth enamel, discoloration or staining of the teeth. Those are some signs of an eating disorder. As you go on you will read about some symptoms, causes, effects, and the treatments or solutions of teenage eating disorders.

Symptoms of Eating Disorders
There are many different symptoms of teenage eating disorders. Some might be muscle wasting, preoccupation with body weight and size. They might exercise excessivly. Some people's symptoms might be anxiety, or shortness of breath. Some may have strange eating habbits, such as refusing to eat in public. They might be obessed with dieting and losing weight, they might refuse to maintain normal body weight. They also might have swollen ankles. Those are some symptoms of eating disorders.
What Do You Think the Causes of Eating Disorders Are?
There are actually a lot of causes to eating disorders. They are anywhere from stress, to life transitions, to caultural values. Some causes might be from stress or pressure. It might even be an emotional illness. Some people might have a quest for perfection. Some might have difficulty expressing feelings or they might just have low-self esteem. Maybe they want the need for distraction. In some cases it might be a genetic predispostion. For some people it might be a family influence or childhood experiences. Or it could be pressure from society or emotional problems. There are also mant differnet types of cause. They include: physical and emotional, social, or biological. There are a lot of details under each of these catigories. I will first start with physical and emotional. Some of these causes are sexual abuse, physical abuse, or major life transitions. It may be caused by emotional upsets, or approval seeking. Low self-esteem, perfecionism, or obsession might also be a cause. With some people it may be caused by withdrawal, irritability, or all or nothing thinking. Some social might include: ballet, gymnastics, sports, and modeling. It also might be influenced by cultural values, families that are over protective. Now for some biological causes. They might be higher levels of neurotransmitter or genetic predispostion. As we move on there are many effects that eating disorders cause.
The Effects of Eating Disorders
There are a ton of effects that happen when you have an eating disorder. There are two main types of effects they include: physical and emotional. Some things that eating disorders effect are heartbeat, growth, bonemass, wight, and personality. There are also a ton more. They include changes in hormone levels, low blood pressure, and major weight loss. Others might be sore throat, dehydration, damage to teeth and gums, and your body processes might slow down. Some of the physical causes might be tooth and gum problems, electrolyte imbalance, or inflammation of the esophagus. Others might include kidney problem or failure, vitamin or mineral deficencies. Hair loss, dry, brittle bones, hair, and nails might be some of the effects. Some people might bruise easily, and some people might have hypertenstivity to heat and cold. Some emotional effects might include depression, shame, guilt, or irritability. Others might be perfectionism, low self-esteem, emotional regression. In some people it might be impaired family and social realtionships, isolation from family and friends, or diffiuculty concentrating. Those are just a few of the effects that eating disorders might have on people.
What Are the Treatments or Solutions to Eating Disorders?
There are actually many ways of recovering from eating disorders. There are many different therapies that people could go to or facilities, but there are also some things that arent that severe. There is psychotherapy, group therapy, family therapy, and nutritional therapy. In some cases it might be too severe for therapy and they will have to be placed in a facility. While in others it won't be that severe. They might just have to be put on medications, massage, a relaxation exercise, counceling, or behavioral techniques. Those are just some of the ways that people might recover from an eating disorder.

posted on: January 25, 2006

LA3 Mid. Paragraphs

Teen obesity can be caused by many things like to much body fluid and even unhealthy eating habbits. Docters have done a research that explains why so many teens are becoming obese. Here is what happened, the horemone Leptin, is supposed to help burn fat in the cells, once you eat so much the efficience of the Leptin disappears and allows the fat to attach to your body and make's it expand. Obesity is also caused by emotional stress and reduction of rest. Did you know that if you have a midnight snack it is more fatning than a lunch or dinner? This is because when you eat during the day you walk or even play outside, if you eat at midnight you go stright to bed without any activity, which causes a gain of weight. Teenage obesity is caused by many different reasons.

Did you know that obesity is fat beneath the skin which is throughout your body? Obesity had increased dramatically in the late 1900s.Teen obesty has doubled in the last 20 years. Journalist have said that obesity is no longer an American disease itis a world wide disease. Many obese teens eat the same diets as skinny teens but they store more of the calories as fat. Some teens are big and stocky because they have big skeletal frames. Obesity tends to get worse overtime unless intensional steps are taken to change your activities and your diets.

Turning obese has a lot of side effects to it such as; heart attacks, asthma, diabetes, and ect... Health effect causes a condition called "Metabolic Syndrome", if you keep gaining weight as you get older. Obesity can also cause some disabilities, unhappiness, gallbladder disease, and also a short life expectancy. Teenagers have osteoarthritis, bad cholesteral, and tumors if they are not treated to good medication. Teens also tend to through things and have temper tantrums if they gain more weight or if they dont get their way. Many teens need to be treated fast otherwise many teens will end up in the hospital.

Some solutions that will help you lose weight is to have atleast three servings of dairy products a day. You should also eat less fast food resturants and do more exercises to lose some weight. Many teens have gotten gastric bypass done to help them lose all of their fat. Teens need at least 2-3 houres of brisk walking every week and some out door activity to keep them active. They also need to drink lots of water and less caffine. After they have lost the weight they need to have a plan to keep the weight off of them.

posted on: January 25, 2006

Class Notes for January 25

Today in class we started with a warm- up. The warm up had to do with making an inference and recognizing persuasive devices. We then moved on to getting out our first paragraph. If you do not like your first paragraph you may re-write it at home. After we got them pu we started to work with partners to do peer editing. They will check over your paper and make corrections. Here is an example of what i wrote after we edited it:By not taking on a lot of tasks that may cause pressure and not doing a lot of things that may cause stress, most eating disorders can be avoided. There are two main eating disorders. They are Bulimia and Anorexia. Bulimia is a psychological eating disorder. Anorexia is an eating disorder where people starve themselves. Anorexia is when a lot of people refuse to eat. Bulimia is an emotional illness. It is also when individuals expieience frequent and uncontrollable periods of over eating. These eating disorders usually occur in girls between the ages of 12 and 18. Eating disorders are incresing in young children. Also as you read on you will read about the causes, effects, signs, symptoms, and the treatments/ solutions.
All i did was say the description of certain eating disorders and when they occur. I also told what else would be in the redst of the paper.
On your paper you need to have headings for each of the sections. For example I might do The Causes of Eating Disorders. As the heading for my causes.

We then moved on to beginning to write the middle paragraphs for your paper. You might have atleast four paragraphs or you might have more. It depends on how many keywords that you have. Make sure that when you write your paper that you have headings for each keyword, an introductory sentence for each, a closing sentence, and you need to have at least six sentences in each paragraph.

posted on: January 25, 2006

Today in L.A.

Today in Language Arts, the class started off with the warm-up, as you may have already read, and if you did not, here are the answers:
1. A
2. C
After the warm-up, the class was told to retrieve their homework. The work was their Introductary paragraph and their Outlines. Now the students will share what they have written for their introductary paragraph with their table groups.

Since today is a short day (half day) we will have some home work. The home work for tonight is to read for 30 minutes, fill out your reading log, and write your 4 middle paragraphs. And remember, a paragraph has to be at least 5-7 sentences.
What you will do is to use all of your # 2's and put each of the 2s in a sentence. Don't forget to have a main idea, too.

posted on: January 25, 2006

Today in L.A.

Today in Language Arts, the class started off with the warm-up, as you may have already read, and if you did not, here are the answers:
1. A
2. C
After the warm-up, the class was told to retrieve their homework. The work was their Introductary paragraph and their Outlines. Now the students will share what they have written for their introductary paragraph with their table groups.

Since today is a short day (half day) we will have some home work. The home work for tonight is to read for 30 minutes, fill out your reading log, and write your 4 middle paragraphs. And remember, a paragraph has to be at least 5-7 sentences.
What you will do is to use all of your # 2's and put each of the 2s in a sentence. Don't forget to have a main idea, too.

posted on: January 25, 2006

Teen Smoking

1. Discription
2. European explorers took the idea of growing tobacco leaves from the natives.
2. The explorers also took the idea of smoking the leaves, too.
2. The explorers discovered it in the 1500's.
2. Colonists started to grow the tobacco products and then sell them as a good.
2. Smoking became an European culture in the 1600's.
2. Tobacco was used in many varieties, such as the pipe.
2. Tobacco was also used in cigars, too.
2. As crazy as it seems, tobacco was also used as snuff.
2. Since that time period, scientists started to notice an extreme increase of lung cancer cases in the 1930's
2. In 1962, 10 scientists got together to study health effects of smoking.
2. The conclusion was, "smoking is a health hazard."
2. In the 20th century, smokers consumed more than 1000 cigarettes "per capita."
2. The attitude of society was that "it had no effects and relieved you from stress."
2. During WWII, cigarettes were given to soldiers to rilieve stress.

1. Cause.
2. Teens used many techniques to obtain cigarettes.
2. They would use a fake I.D.
2. Another was enlisting an older person to buy them for him/her.
2. Lying about their age.
2. The store owners might know them and give them cigaretts.
2. Some resons that the teens get them are pointless.
2. one is that they want to look older.
2. They think they look cool.
2. and they want to rebel.
1. Effects.
2. Bad breath.
2. Yellow teeth.
2. And wrinkles.
2. Teens that smoke and drink are 30x more likely to use marajuanna than people who don't.
2. Smoking among childern was associated with sexual behavior.
2. Bindge drinking.
2. Physical Violence.
2. And cancer of all types.
2. The effeects of quiting can be hard for some people.
2. Without the usual amount of nicotine, the brain triggers three events.
2. As the lower blood levels of nicotine cause reduced dopamine to the brain, the smoker become many things.
2. One is becoming anxious.
2. Becoming iratible.
2. Becoming frusterated.
2. And becoming depressed.
2. After one month of quiting, your adrenaliine decreases.
2. Your heart rate decreases.
2. Agression increases.
2. Anxiety increases.
2. Hunger increases.
2. Weight increases.
2. "Tremor increases."
2. Vigalance decreases.
2. Depression increases.
2. "Tastes for sweets" increases.
2. The effects of the chemicals gradually undergo.
2. Some symptoms make you less mobile and physically active.
2. 1/6 of all deaths are caused by tobacco.
2. 1/2 of all smokers will eventually die from smoking.
2. 28 min. of life is lost by smoking 1 pack.
2. Smoking a-pack-a-day will leave out 25 yyears of your life.
2. About 442,000 people die from cigarettes in the U.S.
2. 90% of lung cancer deaths are caused by smoking.
2. There are also more cancers from smoking.
2. Here are a list of more cancers:
a. Larynx.
b. Oral Cavaty.
c. Esophogas.
d. Bladder.
e. Kidney.
f.Pancreas.
2. 1/3 of all smokers that get Coranory Heart Diesease die.
2. Also, they get Chronic Airway Obstruction.
2. It has happened to many smokers and unfortuanatley, young youths.
2. Smoking also increases the risk of having a stroke by 50%.
2. 40% for men.
2. 60% for women.
2. Smoking also effects women that are giving birth.
2. When the mther of an unborn child smokes, she gives birth to a premature baby.
2. Or underweight babies.
2. These effects are probably caused by the decrease blood flow to the pacenta.
2. The babies can also die instantly.
2. The cigars are just like the cigarette.
2. they also contain the same toxins.
2. And also compounds found in the smoke.
2. Also pipes.
2. The reason the cigarette is "addicting" is because the smoke destroys a brain cell enzyme.
2. It is called MAO B.
2. The enzyme is used to reduce huge amounts of dopamine.
2. Dopamine is a neuro transmiter thatclicks a pleasure seeking behavior.
2. Smokers have smaller levels of MAO B.
2. Smokers have abnormally increased levels of dopamine.
2. Even non- smokers are at risk.
2. They are by a type of inhaling smoke.
2. It is called second-hand smoke.
1. solution.
2. Smokers who quit before they are 50 have a decreased chance of life threatening dieseases.
2. All in one year.
2. Smokin cessation and methods are very useful and there are many ways.
2. One thing that will help you quit is the nicotine patch.
2. Another is nicotine gum.
2. Another is a nicotine inhaler.
2. 10-20% who use nicotine gum will quit and continue to use it for nine months.
2. 98-99% will eventually quit using it.
2. A nicotine patch will enter the bloodstream in 2 hours.
2. 44% of people who smoke will quit with nicotine patches.
2. Increase daily use to 4 mg. though.
2. useful resources are the following:
a.Books.
b.Produts.
c.Group helping techniques.
d.Also challeng and reward system.
e. Nicotine patches.
f. Nicotine Gum.
g. Tablets.
h. Nicotine inhaler.
i. And nicotine nasal spray.

posted on: January 23, 2006

Power Outline on the Research Project

“Power Outline”

School Uniforms


1. Cause
2. Not behaved
2. Low academics/discipline
2. Inappropriate learning environment
2. Gang related clothes
2. Academics/discipline
2. School creation of reasonable rules
2. School district of controlling discipline sets: dress code
2. Uniforms outweigh free speech
2. So few boundaries
2. Gives limits
2. Easy spotting people who don’t belong
2. Bill Clinton wanted answers on low test scores
2. Improve safety and discipline
2. Safer school

1. Uniforms
2. black bottoms, white tops, and red jackets
2. Black and blue pants
2. Skirts
2. Shorts
2. White shirts
2. Knit shirts
2. Jumpers, white shirts
2. Kakis, jeans

1. Study
2. Required vs. un required
2. Two high school’s within St. Tammany Parish school district
2. 9th-12th grade
2. National Education Longitudinal study of 1988
2. 8th- 12th graders
2. National sample

1. Effects
2. Better behaved
2. High academic achiever
2. Better behaved
2. Great academic potential
2. Gang related clothes are gone
2. Polarized “brand clothing”
2. Performance, security, discipline, and morale
2. Increased community
2. Student self-esteem
2. Violates First Amendment
2. Indirectly effect school environment
2. Poor predictor of Standardized Tests
2. Substance abuse, behavioral problems, and attendance
2. Student academic achievement
2. Standardize Achievement scores
2. No more: hats, head wraps, cleats, metal-heel plates
2. No more: baggy pants, earrings, gang related paraphernalia
2. Teaches hygiene, and maintaining discipline
2. Assuring safety and reducing violence
2. Gang insignia, pornography, racial slurs
2. No gang related clothing
2. No more tempered teachers
2. No more student arguments
2. Fights dropped 40%
2. Documented success
2. Students say: We feel like were in jail!
2. Students say: Totally bogus!
2. Assault and battery dropped 34 %
2. Fights dropped 51%
2. Suspensions dropped 32%
2. No more discipline problems
2. Districts: Oakland, California, Dade, Florida, Seattle, South Carolina
2. Low income families can’t always afford
2. The district can excuse a child from uniforms
2. No: gang colors
2. Discipline
2. Distractions reduced
2. Community
2. Recognize people who don’t belong
2. Violate freedom of speech
2. Too expensive
2. Interfere with religious clothing
2. Students: focus on education
2. Discipline
2. Drugs, assault, battery, and fights
2. Violence, discipline, and environment

1. Results
2. Behavioral problems decreased dramatically
2. Assault and battery charges went down 34%
2. Suspensions went down 32%
2. Improvements in attitudes or preparation
2. Attendance rates, drugs, behavioral problems, academic achievement
2. School environments
2. Violence decreased
2. Have: casual uniforms
2. Outlet own expression
2. Accommodate religious beliefs

posted on: January 23, 2006

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