Homework Assignments

Homework for Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hi Youjung,

How was your time in China?  Did you eat delicious food like spiders, snakes, monkey brains, (lol)?  How was the weather in China?  Was it hot enough to go swimming?  Or was it the same as here?  I can't wait to hear about your vacation spent there :-)  Anyway, take a look at your homework and do your best.   
Mr. H

1.   Listening ~ In the Garden
  "Click" on the title above and listen to the article.  You can start, stop, or review as many times as you like. 

2.    Vocabulary
              This week your vocabulary lesson is a little different.  There are 7 blanks that need to be filled-in.  At the bottom of this exercise, there are 15 words to choose from.  Read the article and do your best to match the missing word in the correct space.  Good luck!

The Year in Review

2011: The Year in Review

The biggest news events of 2011


Super Bowl XLV was the most-watched __________ program in U.S. history. On February 6, more than 111 million viewers saw quarterback Aaron Rodgers lead the Green Bay Packers to a 31-25 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.


A wave of protests known as the “Arab Spring” swept across the Middle East and North Africa. Last winter, people started demanding more _________ from their governments. Protesters in Tunisia and Egypt forced their dictators to step down. Those successes inspired people across the region to demand more freedoms. Some governments agreed to make changes, but others responded with violent crackdowns.

In August, Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi (moo-am-mar ehl-kah-dah-fee) was forced out of office after more than 40 years in power. He was captured and killed in October. Libya, like Tunisia and Egypt, is working to form a new government.


On March 11, one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded struck Japan. The magnitude 8.9 quake began in the sea off Japan's northeast coast. It created a series of huge waves known as a tsunami. Waves as high as 33 feet crashed against the shore, killing more than 15,000 people. Two nuclear power stations were damaged, releasing deadly radiation into the air. It may take years for the most heavily damaged areas to rebuild.


On April 29, Prince William of Wales married his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton, in London, England. Millions of people around the world watched the wedding on TV and on the Internet. William is the grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. He is second in line to become King of the United Kingdom. 


On May 1, U.S. forces killed the most wanted __________ in the world—Osama bin Laden—in Pakistan. Bin Laden was the leader of Al Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. In October 2001, U.S. troops invaded Afghanistan, where Al Qaeda was based. Bin Laden had been on the run ever since. 


The southwestern U.S. sweated through one of the hottest, driest summers ever. Record high __________ and a lack of rain fueled a harsh wildfire season. Wildfires scorched more land in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas than in any other year on record. The dry times continue in Texas, which is suffering through one of the worst droughts in its history. 


Joplin, Missouri, is still recovering from a deadly tornado that hit the city on May 22. It killed 159 people and injured more than 750 others. The twister was the deadliest in the U.S. since 1953. About 2,000 homes, schools, and other ________ were destroyed. Joplin wasn’t alone. More than 300 twisters occurred in the U.S. in May, killing a total of 177 people.


After eight films, the Harry Potter series went out with a bang. Released in the U.S. on July 15, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 went on to make $1.3 billion in theaters worldwide. 


It was the end of an era when the space shuttle Atlantis touched down in Florida during the early morning hours of July 21. After 30 years and 135 missions, NASA’s space shuttle program came to a close. American ___________ are still traveling into space, but now aboard Russian rockets. 


On September 11, Americans remembered one of the saddest days in U.S. history. To mark the 10-year ____________ of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a new memorial opened at the World Trade Center in New York City. The memorial features two large reflecting pools where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of the more than 2,700 people killed in the 9/11 attacks are listed around the edges of the pools. 


Steve Jobs, who died on October 5, was one of America’s greatest __________. The computers and gadgets he helped create changed the way people communicate, listen to music, shop, and even learn.

In 1976, at age 20, Jobs started Apple with a friend in his garage in California. At the time, _________ were large, clunky machines. Jobs wanted to create affordable computers that people could easily use in their homes.

Under Jobs’s leadership, Apple went on to create Mac computers, the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Today, Apple is one of the top technology companies in the world.

Jobs also co-founded the animation film studio Pixar. Its hit movies include Finding Nemo and the Toy Story and Cars series.

Following Jobs’s death, people honored him by placing notes and even real apples in front of Apple stores around the world.


On October 16, President Barack Obama officially dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. People traveled from around the country to attend the opening _________. It was originally scheduled for August 28, the anniversary of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, but was postponed because of Hurricane Irene. 


On April 4, President Obama, a Democrat, __________ that he would run for another four-year term. But who will face off against him? Several Republicans are hoping to become their party’s candidate. The race for the White House will really get going in January, when Republican voters in each state will begin the process of choosing the person to run against Obama in the November 2012 presidential election.

Choose from this list of words:
computers, innovators, announced, temperatures, television, anniversary, buildings, freedoms, ceremony, astronauts, criminal

3.    Speaking Practice

        -   I hope you like this site for practicing dialogues. The site includes a recording, too! The teachers speak really slow, so you will be able to follow their pronunciation and intonation very easily.  You should practice it  5x everyday. And please MEMORIZE! The title of this article is: Borrowing Money. Please click HERE to listen to the recorded dialogue.  Thank you for your hard work :-)

Too Much Crime

A: Why is there so much crime?
B: Because parents don’t teach their kids right from wrong.
A: Is that it?
B: Also, there aren’t enough police.
A: But there are a lot of police.
B: There’s only one police officer per 100 criminals.
A: Can’t we hire more police?
B: No. It costs too much money.
A: Doesn’t crime cost more than police?
B: Yes, it does.
A: So it would be cheaper to hire more police?
B: Yes, it would.

4.    Writing Practice

        -    Read this article: 

Read  "The Amazing Penguin Rescue", and write a three (3) paragraph summary of your feelings and thoughts about this story.  To see the story, click here.

5.    Translation Practice

        -    No Homework this Week!

6.     Speech 

        -    No Speech This Week!

Against Going to War with Iraq

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this Administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism. What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by certain people who are arm-chair, weekend warriors in this Administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats....

So for those of us who seek a more just and secure world for our children, let us send a clear message to the president today. You want a fight? Let’s finish the fight with Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, through effective, coordinated intelligence, and a shutting down of the financial networks that support terrorism, and a homeland security program that involves more than color-coded warnings.

You want a fight, Mr. President? Let’s fight to make sure our so-called allies in the Middle East, the Saudis and the Egyptians, stop oppressing their own people, and suppressing dissent, and tolerating corruption and inequality, and mismanaging their economies so that their youth grow up without education, without prospects, without hope, the ready recruits of terrorist cells.