Thursday, November 29, 2007


Debates happen in just about any case you can think of but a few I think of are...

At School- In this case this serves usually for students to try to get an extension or try to help themselves if they are in a bad situation or miss something.

Debate Tournaments- This is more formal debating where they have judges and what you say matters and you need to make your point to win just like in any other situation that people debate in.

Running for office- For all kinds of elections from school council to running for president there are debates about contraversial issues in their communities/ countries.

At home- Often kids will debate their parents for things they want to do but their parents refuse to allow them to do.

In each one of these situation debating usually can help to resolve the problem and helps the other side to recognize where you are coming from. Like I said before debate tournaments and running for often are usually the only kinds of structured debate. For the most part debate is unstructured but still has the key parts of debate which is an argument between two sides with legitiment information to back it up. The decision making process usually is changed because most people after debating decide that maybe the other side isn't so bad. But also sometimes a debate will not effect the decision making process.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Q2 outside reading book

Winkie by Clifford Chase




This book is very jumpy at times and can be very hard to follow going between past, future, and present using many words that i dont recognize.

It look like an interesting story and also had a very funny premise. And as GQ magazine says "A gripping and bizarre story of a teddy bear who gets involved in the War on Terror. You will believe."

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Q2 Outside Reading Post 1

In the beginning of my book "Winkie" you learn a lot about the main character. Winkie was a teddy bear passed down for many years through the same family and became a live. Winkie has become a criminal and is wanted by the police and the FBI. Government officials have Winkie surrouned and arrest him for all his crimes. The first thing they do is take Winkie to a hospital where you begin to find out why he has gotten into so much trouble. While in the hospital he befriends a maid that works there in the night and she talks to him on her break. We find out that Winkie has been caught making bombs and using bombs and that is why the government if after him. The maid Franciose reads the newspaper article to Winkie where he finds out that people think he is an alien, terrorist, demon, ghost, a government coverup, a mutant, a freak of nature, or even perhaps a product of chemical waste. Another interesting part of this story is Winkie confusion with his own sex. He can't remember whether he is a boy or a girl because for most of his life he has been a boy named Winkie. But when he was originally bought by a girl named Ruth and she had named him Marie. So when he was being questioned by doctors he left his name as Winkie but put sex as female. So far this book has been moving kind of slow because so far we are just finding out about Winkie and I dont know what other crimes he may have committed. I like this book so far and i can't wait to see how the rest of the story plays out.