Thursday, November 29, 2007

Debate Post

. School team debates
. School team debates usually occur in school auditoriums or in school theater.
. The purpose school debates serve is to learn how to debate or to express your opinion about a certain subject in an argumentative way in a educational way,
. Yes it usually does help arrive at a better decision.
. The debate is usually structured with rules, time limits and such.
. It usually make the decision making process more difficult mentally because there is a lot of pressure for time, competition and lack of experience debating.

. Civil Court debates
. Civil Court debates usually occur in civil courts (hence the name)with a judge.
. The purpose of civil debates is usually to decide how much money someone owes another person when they do something bad to them with evidence.
. Yes it does help arrive to a better decision usually but sometimes it doesn't (like in the movie Civil Action).
. The debate is structured because it has rules and sometimes has time limits also.
. It makes it difficult to debate sometimes because they have to remember all sorts of rules and have to really think about what they say because a mistake can hurt his/her case.

. Criminal Court debates
. Criminal Court debates usually occur in courts with a judge.
. The purpose of criminal court debates is to decide whether or not the criminal is guilty with evidence.
. Yes it does help arrive to a better decision usually but sometimes the criminal is innocent when he is really guilty or vice versa.
. The debate is structured with time limits etc.
. It makes it difficult to debate because there are many rules and you have think about what you say or it could hurt the case.

. Sport debates
. These debates can occur all over the place like in cars, lunchrooms classrooms etc.
. The purpose these debates is to decide who is the best sports team, player, coach etc.
. Usually it helps arrive to a better decision but often it comes down to who is th best debater on these sort of things.
. This type of debate is unstructured because it has no rules.
. This can effect the decision making process because anything can be said no matter how outrageous or inappropriate (like saying that the Vikings are the best team in the country.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Section 2 Post B

This is a section that really relates to me. It relates to me because it is mainly about Wayne Rooney's early teenage years. In this section he talks about things like young love, his soccer success and just normal things that he would do as a teenager. One of the things I found interesting was that he would things just like me when he was my age. He would do simple stuff like going to movies with friends, play alot of soccer and watch alot of TV. This section also shows that he is not perfect and does make bad decisions. I found this out on page 61: "During that difficult year, I seemed to develop a terrible temper and found myself getting into lots of fights on the pitch. If I made a mistake, I would throw myself into a tackle and commit a foul, or if some bigger older lad on the other team was trying to rough me up, I'd react and punch him one."(61). This ,to me, shows the bad side of Wayne Rooney who has been known in his later years to react violently to things that occured on the pitch. This happens to me sometimes too. When I'm playing soccer and I miss a tackle or make a mistake I get angry at myself and also at the opposing team. So I would be a little to rough for the referee's liking and would get a card. I remember watching one game Wayne Rooney played a few years ago where he got into a fight with his own teamate in the middle of a game. For me, that is a little to outrageous but it is understandable. Sometimes I get really frustrated with my teamates and yell at them in the middle of the game.

Section 2 Post A

. "Osgood- Schlatter Disease" (61)-Osgood-Schlatter is defined by a characteristic soreness and swelling at the tibial tuberosity. It usually originates in those between the ages of 10 and 15 who are both physically active and in a "growth spurt". If unresolved it can be painful, of long duration, and have permanent detrimental effects both on the bone, as well as on a young athlete’s potential for both immediate performance and future college scholarships.

"Assessment" (58)- 1. The act of assessing; appraisal.
2. An amount assessed, as for taxation.

.One emerging theme in the book is to not let anyone judge you for being to small or different and if they do prove them wrong.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Section 1 Posts A and B

Post A
. rosette (pg. 31)-a rose-shaped arrangement of ribbon or other material, used as an ornament or badge.
adjudge (pg.40)-to declare or pronounce formally; decree.

."I was about average size and weight, but some of the kids in the Everton Under-10's were much bigger than me" (pg.39) This is signifigant quote because because Wayne Rooney had to deal with people much bigger than him his whole life. He was only 16 when he scored a goal in the most difficult soccer league in the world, playing against big and tough defemder when he was a literally a kid.

. I think that one emerging theme in the book is if you work hard and make the right decisions, you can be the best.

Post B
The first section basically describe Wayne Rooney's childhood, his family and his early intrest and excellence in soccer. One of the things I really found inspiring
occured on page 52: "Sadly, some of the kids I knocked around with on the estate became addicts. There's one or two I see now, when I go back- they're still on drugs and look terrible. It was partly wanting to be fit for football, that was one reason I never got involved, and also because I was scared my mumwould find out. She would have battered me, although more likely my dad and uncles." (52). Wayne Rooney is one of those role models who keep you off things like drugs and alcohol because you know that if you work hard and stay off those things you may, someday, be as successful as Wayne Rooney.

I can really connect to Wayne Rooney when he talks about his childhood in England because I was a kid living in England. Things like the English culture and lifestyle of a child is something I am really familiar with and makes this section a very joyful and nostalgic read. In England, when your a kid, the thing to do was buy lots of candy (they call them sweets across the pond)when you got your allowance and hord them for later. When Wayne Rooney recalled these evenings of getting sweets, it brought back delightful memories of myself going to the post office down the road and buying all sorts of chocolate and candy. It great experience reacalling those old memories. It is so difficult nowadays with my busy lifestyle to sit back and think of those precious memories but it is great when I do.

Outside Reading Quarter 2, 2007-2008

Monday, November 12, 2007

Quarter 2 Book Approval

. "Wayne Rooney: My Story So Far" by Wayne Rooney.
. 2006
. 299 pages long.
. This book is nonfiction.
. After reading some reviews on the book the book is supposed to talk about the pressures of being soccer player not only the glory of it. Things like drugs, partying ,gambling etc. It is also supposed to written in the words of an Englishman in the lower middle class with all sorts of English slang. Understanding the slang will be a challenge in itself.
. I chose the book because I play soccer and I know that Wayne Rooney is a very good soccer player so I thought that it would be and interesting read.

Quarter 2 Book Approval