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  • 1. Level 2 (Grades 8, 9 and 10) Vancouver 2010: The Party’s Over page 3 Trouble for Toyota page 10 Haiti: The Story Is Not Yet Over page 14 Next, The Best (Electronic) Thing page 20 March 2010 A monthly current events resource for Canadian classrooms Routing Slip: (please circulate)
  • 2. To the Teacher Mission Statement LesPlan Educational Services Ltd. aims to help teachers New for 2009-2010 develop students’ understanding of and ability to • Download FREE REGIONAL STORIES and critically assess current issues and events by providing quality up-to-date, affordable, ready-to-use resources. questions each month from our website. Visit to sign up to receive email Suggested Approach notification when a new story has been posted; What in the World? is a complete current events program that can be used on its own or to supplement • Check out our new NOTE MAKING an existing classroom routine. This resource provides assignment that offers a new strategy for ‘something for everyone’ and can be taught as a whole students to practice every month. or in parts, in-class, or as a homework assignment. Let us know what you think! Customize your current events On our website, Internet subscribers can use their password to open and download the articles and questions from each issue in Word format, ready to be modified to suit students' needs. Paper Saving Tip Photocopy a class set of the news stories for all classes to share, and overheads of question pages for students to copy. Next Issue The April issue will be available on or about March 29. J INFOR M ATION CONTACT What in the World? © is published Please contact us with your questions, comments monthly (except January) or orders at the address to the left or by: during the school year by: Phone: (toll free) 888 240-2212 LesPlan Educational Services Ltd. Fax: (toll free) 888 240-2246 638 Lambie Drive Victoria BC V8Z 2L8 Internet: Subscribe to What in the World? © at a cost of Email: $18.00 per month. Subscribers receive one copy of each issue which they may photocopy for use by Complimentary sample: Please let us know if you or a all teachers and students within one school. colleague would like to receive a complimentary sample of What in the World? or The Canadian Reader. These materials are protected by copyright. Subscribers can photocopy each issue for use by all students and teachers within one school. Page 2 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 3. National VancouVer 2010: The party’s over Imagine the planning that went the men’s competition, 22-year-old for just this moment can succumb into rolling out Vancouver’s Alexandre Bilodeau roared down the to pressure, or just have an off day. recently-completed Winter Olympic bumpy course and soared into his “It’s really hard. I feel like I’ve let my Games. Years of preparations went two aerial jumps – winning Canada’s entire country down,” said Mellisa into this mammoth celebration first gold medal. Canadians were Hollingsworth, a medal-hopeful in of sport and culture. But now, overjoyed, in part because during the the sport of skeleton who ended up in after an action-packed 16 days past two Olympic competitions held fift h place. Many other athletes had and nights, the party is over. in Canada – the 1976 Summer Games their Olympic dreams dashed by a held in Montreal and Calgary’s 1988 The crowds that roamed through poor landing during a figure skating Winter Games – not one Canadian downtown Vancouver streets, performance, a crash on the downhill won a gold medal on home soil. Mr. the free concerts, the enormous ski course, or a few bounces of the Bilodeau had finally broken the curse. outdoor screens showing continuous sled against the walls of the sliding Olympic coverage, the pavilions The medal haul continued. Home- track. Some athletes will be back in inviting visitors and dignitaries town snowboard cross competitor four year’s time to try again. Others to stop by, the long line-ups and Maelle Ricker became the first woman are due to retire after these Games. the security barricades – all gone. to win gold. Speed skater Kristina A death in the The Olympic torch is extinguished Groves made multiple trips to the Olympic family and the athletes have gone home. podium. There was an individual medal in skeleton and Canada’s first- For one Georgian athlete, the trip to Going for gold, but the 2010 Olympics was fatal. On the ever gold medal for ice dance won by silver is okay first day of the Games, luge competitor Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. Still, ten Going into the Olympics, the plan was days into the competition, it was the Nodar Kumaritashvili was coming out for Canada to win more medals than United States, not Canada, that was of a turn during a training run when any other country. That, at least, was the leader in the medal standings. he flipped off his sled and crashed into the stated goal of the federally funded a metal pylon at about 140 kilometres “Own the Podium” program. So, Off the podium an hour. The 21-year-old died from his how did we do on the medal count? Were our expectations too high? injuries. His death cast a shadow over As veterans know, anything can the Opening Ceremonies held that The excitement began on the second happen at an Olympic competition. evening. The Georgian team received day with freestyle skier Jennifer Heil’s Athletes who’ve spent years training a standing ovation as it entered the silver in the moguls event. Then, in Definitions dignitaries: important or influential people succumb: be fatally overwhelmed; give in mammoth: so huge as to suggest a giant or mammoth veterans: experienced people who have given long service March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 3
  • 4. National VancouVer 2010: The party’s over stadium wearing black armbands, ‘Glitch Games’ Meanwhile, around the world, as and the ceremony included several During the first week, the foreign many as three billion viewers watched tributes and a minute of silence. media focused on various mishaps Olympic events on television. They that occurred as the 2010 Games learned the finer points of unfamiliar Olympic-sized headaches got off to a bumpy start. sports like skeleton and ski cross. They A high-profile event such thrilled to see the best in the world as the Winter Olympics is a At the Opening Ceremonies, for competing in favourite winter sports magnet for the news media, example, a hydraulic glitch prevented such as hockey and figure skating. protesters, and critics alike. one of the four ‘ice pillars’ that make The drama of the competition – the up the Olympic cauldron from rising joy of winning intermingled with the During the lead-up to the Games, out of the floor. At the Richmond agony of defeat – was mesmerizing. much of the criticism focused on the speed skating venue the ice surfacing It seemed as if the rest of the world event’s price tag. Security alone was machine broke down, causing delays stood still while all eyes focused costing tax payers almost a billion (officials eventually brought in a on Vancouver and Whistler. dollars. Critics felt that there were Zamboni from Calgary to help get the better things to spend money on than Next up – the job done). Buses transporting athletes a glittering sporting event, particularly Paralympics! and spectators from Vancouver up during tough economic times. to Cypress Mountain broke down. But every party has to end sometime. Protestors, knowing they would get And the initial wet weather caused The good news? Olympic fans plenty of publicity, threatened to the standing room area for spectators feeling withdrawal at the close of the disrupt the Games. One anti-Olympic at Cypress Mountain to become Games won’t be deprived for long. protest turned violent, with vandals unstable and unsafe, forcing the After a short break, the Paralympic smashing windows at the Bay store, cancellation of 28,000 tickets. Games will begin on March 12 and which was selling Olympic souvenirs. run until the 21st. The crowds won’t or Great Games be as huge, and the medals hype Police moved in to arrest seven people among the crowd of 200. However, the But for many, the Olympic experience and the media frenzy won’t be as protesters were far outnumbered by was a never-to-be-forgotten thrill. overwhelming. But the world’s top the throngs of enthusiastic Olympic The spectacular Opening Ceremonies Paralympic athletes will be just as supporters enjoying the celebration. scored high praise. An important intensely focused, just as competitive, element was the inclusion of the and just as determined to lay down Weather woes the performance of a lifetime. four host First Nations, welcoming The unseasonably warm weather also the world to their traditional lands. Go Canada, go! J made headlines. As the Olympics Spectators thrilled to see five of began, Vancouver was basking in its Canada’s biggest sports heroes bring warmest stretch of winter weather the Olympic flame into the stadium. in 114 years. Rain and mild weather The flame was passed from wheelchair threatened to wash away the freestyle athlete Rick Hansen to gold-medal skiing course on Cypress Mountain, winning speed skater Catriona Le May just north of Vancouver. Olympic Doan to NBA star Steve Nash to gold officials had to build up the course medal skier Nancy Greene and, finally, with a layer of hay covered with a to hockey great Wayne Gretzky. layer of snow brought in from other sites. When the skies cleared and the For more than two weeks, Vancouver sun came out, visitors in Vancouver was awash with international strolled about in shirt sleeves. They visitors, sporting celebrities, news really didn’t need the souvenir red media, street parties, big-name mitts and other trademarked Olympic entertainment events – even a gear that was flying off the shelves. breathtaking zip line ride high over the city’s Robson Square Plaza. Page 4 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 5. National VancouVer 2010: The party’s over ON THE LINES A. Vocabulary: Match each vocabulary term with the best definition. a. veteran b. mammoth c. succumb d. dignitary 1. very large 2. important or influential person 3. to give up or give in 4. experienced person who has given long service B. Answer the following in complete sentences: 1. What was the objective of the federal “Own the Podium” program? 2. Who won Canada’s first gold medal in the 2010 Games? 3. Why was this first gold medal significant for Canadians? Explain. 4. Identify four glitches or mishaps that occurred early on during the Games. 5. Describe four highlights of the Games for Canada. March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 5
  • 6. National VancouVer 2010: The party’s over JUST TALK ABOUT IT 1. Protesters gathered outside BC Place prior to the start of the Opening Ceremonies. One of their concerns was that too much money went into the Olympics. As you see it, is the estimated $6 billion cost a waste of money or an important use of funds? Explain your thinking. 2. During the Olympics, the final torchbearer in the Opening Ceremonies is always kept a secret. In the 2010 Opening Ceremonies, organizers chose to have five famous Canadians instead of just one carry the torch into BC Place to light the first-ever indoor Olympic flame. For what reasons do you agree with organizers’ torchbearer choices? For what reasons do you disagree? Explain. 3. Now that you’ve seen the Winter Olympic sports in action, which one would you like to train for and participate in? Give reasons for your choice. ONLINE Go to and click on the What in the World? tab to: 1. Find out the final Medal Counts for the Games (or visit a) Which country placed first? b) How many medals did the first-place country win? Gold Silver Bronze Total c) How many medals did Canada win? Gold Silver Bronze Total 2. Submit your thoughts to our forum: The Olympics brought us new heroes, exciting moments, and many new memories. What was the highlight of the Games for you? Which athlete or event did you find most inspiring? Be specific, and support your response with reasons. A good submission is clearly written, logically organized (including an introduction and a conclusion), and supported with plausible reasoning. We’ll post the best submissions! 3. Vote in our monthly poll: The federal government and corporate sponsors contributed $117 million to pay for Own the Podium. (Some $66 million was taxpayers’ money.) The goal of this program was to fund Canadian athletes so that Canada could win the most medals of all the countries at the Olympics. Halfway through the Games, it became clear that Canada was not going to realize this goal, although our athletes were well on their way to winning .Canada’s most gold medals ever in a single Olympics. Now that the 2010 Games are over, what do you think: Should Canada continue to fund the Own the Podium program? Yes. The funding did make a difference – and anyway, Olympic success cannot always be measured in terms of the number of medals won. / No. The money that was spent on Own the Podium should go to other priorities. J Page 6 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 7. Images in the News VancouVer 2010: The party’s over Write the inner and outer dialogue for two or more people in this scene. Show what the person is thinking/ feeling (inner voice) and saying (outer voice). A believable conversation conveys appropriate ideas, thoughts, feelings or reactions; is on topic; extends the details of the scene; and is convincing. Men’s podium in moguls at Cypress Mountain during the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C, Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. From left, Dale Begg- Smith of Australia, silver, Alex Bilodeau of Rosemere, Que., gold, and Bryon Wilson of the United States, bronze. (CP Photo / Mike Ridewood) Prepared with assistance from TC2, The Critical Thinking Consortium. © 2010 March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 7
  • 8. Editorial Cartoon Background Information WHAT ARE EDITORIAL CARTOONS? Editorial cartoons are found in the editorial – or opinion – section of a newspaper. They are created by cartoonists as a way of visually commenting on and often criticizing the world around them – with humour. Editorial cartoonists express their ideas and opinions about issues (for example, what to do about Canada’s economy), events (such as the Olympic Games) or public figures (like the Prime Minister). Because cartoons are drawn from the viewpoint of the cartoonist they do not tell the whole story about the event, issue or individual, but they reveal important messages. Their purpose is to grab people’s attention and cause them to re-examine their views on a subject. Editorial cartoons typically send a particular kind of message. The message is conveyed through images and wordplay. Their tone is generally ironic (portraying events in ways that are unexpected or contrary to how they seem), satiric (ridiculing the event, individual or issue), or humorous (inviting readers to laugh at themselves or at others). In order to interpret the message of an editorial cartoon it is helpful to understand the context – the time, place and situation. It is also useful to understand some of the common art techniques used by cartoonists to emphasize their points. Considering these things will help you better decode and appreciate the message behind the cartoon. WHAT COM MON ART TECHNIQUES ARE USED BY EDITORIAL CARTOONIST S? 1. Caption (a sentence or phrase that is the title or explanation of the cartoon); 2. Labels (words or numbers in the drawing to identify people, objects or dates); 3. Relative size (some images are drawn much larger or much smaller than others); 4. Light and dark (use of dark shading and white space to create an effect); 5. Composition (the arrangement or location of figures or objects in the centre or background); 6. Symbols (a sign or image to represent something else); 7. Caricature (a distorted, simplified or exaggerated representation of a figure). (To learn more about interpreting political cartoons, read the Toolkit: Decoding Political Cartoons by Charles Hou on the Library and Archives Canada’s web site at Prepared with assistance from TC2, The Critical Thinking Consortium. © 2010 Page 8 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 9. Examining an Editorial Cartoon Vancouver 2010: The party’s over YOUR TASK: Examine the editorial cartoon by Adrian Raeside. Then, use the questions below to help you decode the cartoon’s message. Be specific and include as many details as possible in your answers. Initial reading: What can an initial look reveal? 1. Glance quickly at the cartoon. What is your first impression – your “gut response”? 2. Consider your background knowledge. What do you already know about the context of the cartoon – the time, place or situation? (List key facts) Closer look: How do the cartooning techniques help to present the message? 3. Read the text. How do the words in the drawing express ideas or identify people or objects? 4. Notice the caricature. How do the exaggerated, oversimplified or distorted features of the figures or objects add to the effect of the cartoon? What message does this send to the reader? Draw conclusions: What overall impression can you draw? 5. Identify possible biases. Whose perspective or point of view is expressed in the cartoon? 6. Explain the overall message of the cartoon in a paragraph. (Remember, a good interpretation is specific and detailed.) J March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 9
  • 10. International Trouble for Toyota It’s the dead of winter. The roads are controls the brake systems. Nearly 8.5 million Toyota cars, trucks, icy. You and your mom are in your 200 people in Japan and the U.S. and vans around the world have family’s brand-new Toyota Prius, have reported instances where been recalled for different reasons. cruising toward an intersection. braking was slow in cold or slippery Some were unsafe because there The light is red . . . but the car’s not conditions and on bumpy roads. was a possibility the accelerator slowing down. You glance at your might become trapped by the floor mom. Doesn’t she see the red light? did you know...? mat. Others – including 270,000 in Canada – were at risk of having Suddenly she says something that Car manufacturers produced more their gas pedals stick. And recently, scares you: “The brakes aren’t than 70 million vehicles worldwide steering problems have been reported working!” The next minute, she in 2008. Canada is the 11th largest on some newer model Corollas. relaxes. “There they are. Whew.” The automaker in the world. car glides to a stop and you look at Public embarrassment each other. What was that all about? “We have decided to recall as we The recalls, particularly the ones The Prius problem regard safety for our customers as our involving the Prius, have thrown foremost priority,” the company said. the well-known automaker into On February 9, Japanese automaker Toyota was forced to recall about Old news isn’t crisis. It’s an uncomfortable situation 437,000 vehicles, including the always good news for a company that prides itself on 2010 Prius and other hybrid quality. So uncomfortable, in fact, models. The reason? The cars have The braking problem was the most that the automaker recently turned a problem with the soft ware that recent in a series of Toyota vehicle down an energy efficiency award malfunctions. Since 2007, some from the Japanese government. Definitions hybrid: a vehicle that combines an internal combustion engine recall: when a manufacturer issues an alert to customers who (a typical fossil fuel-powered engine) with an electric propulsion have purchased a certain product; the alert tells customers that system. These cars use less fuel than conventional vehicles. there are problems with their product. The manufacturer fi xes these flaws free of charge. Page 10 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 11. International Trouble for toyota investigation into the Japanese None of the repairs will take The world’s automaker. They say Toyota has more than an hour to complete. largest automaker been turning out too many faulty And they’re absolutely free for car Toyota is one of the world’s leading vehicles, and that the company owners. But the recalls will cost companies. It offers financial has been too slow to respond to Toyota more than an estimated $2 services, builds robots and, of consumer complaints. It’s a serious billion in costs and lost sales. J course, makes cars. Toyota owns the matter: the problem of uncontrolled Lexus and Scion car brands, too. acceleration in some Toyotas – which dates back to 2003 – has been linked The automaker employs about to 19 deaths in the U.S. alone. 4,600 people in Canada. It has three manufacturing plants, located in B.C. In early February, Toyota’s North and Ontario. Five major assembly American chief executive officer, plants are based in the United States. Yoshimi Inaba, testified in front of the U.S. Congress. Toyota President Akio Toyota cars are known for high quality. Toyoda had his turn on February 22. So the company wasn’t as badly affected by the recession as North “I apologize for causing trouble American automakers were. Even so, and worries for many customers Toyota lost $4.4 billion (U.S.) last year. over the quality and safety of It had to borrow $3 billion from a bank Toyota,” Mr. Toyoda said. backed by the Japanese government. He explained that the mistakes Toyota’s Prius is the world’s most happened because Toyota officials popular hybrid car, and was Japan’s hadn’t been overseeing quality top-selling vehicle in 2009. The control. They were too busy focusing automaker’s Highlander and Camry on launching the new Prius. Now, models are also available as hybrids. however, the company will redouble In the future, the company plans its efforts to concentrate on producing to make every model a hybrid. only the highest quality vehicles. A pricey problem to fix “The Prius is their shining example of Meanwhile, Toyota will repair all their vision of what we should all be affected vehicles. The brake problems driving and it is everything the new on Prius cars can be fi xed with a Toyota represents. So for them to have soft ware update. Vehicles at risk of to acknowledge a recall of hundreds having their pedals stick will have a of thousands of them is a tremendous special bar installed into the pedal blow to their image,” said a British setup. That way, there will be no expert on the Toyota company. chance of friction causing the pedal Subject of a safety to malfunction. Priority will be investigation given to cars that are already owned As a result of the Prius recall, U.S. by customers. After that, dealers safety officials have launched an will fi x the new cars on their lots. Definitions recession: a state of economic decline; a widespread drop in a of goods and services produced by workers and capital within a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), employment and trade country during a given period) lasting from six months to a year (GDP: the total market values March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 11
  • 12. International trouble for toyota ON THE LINES A. Multiple Choice: Write the letter that corresponds to the best answer on the line beside each question: ______ 1. How many vehicles were produced worldwide in 2008? a) 22 million b) 45 million c) 56 million d) 70 million d) 124 million ______ 2. A hybrid vehicle can run on gasoline or _____. a) natural gas b) petroleum c) electricity d) solar power d) hydrogen ______ 3. What is the name of Toyota’s most popular hybrid vehicle? a) Prius b) Highlander c) Corolla d) F250 Pickup d) Camry ______ 4. How many Toyota vehicles have been recalled worldwide since 2007? a) 103,000 b) 270,000 c) 875,000 d) 4.2 million d) 8.5 million ______ 5. Which of the following best explains why Toyota recalled these vehicles? a) owners were dissatisfied with the overall performance b) gas pedals were sticking and steering problems were reported c) hybrid models had a problem with the braking system d) both b and c e) all of the above ______ 6. What is Toyota doing to earn back consumers’ trust? a) repairing all affected vehicles free of charge b) apologizing for the drop in quality of its vehicles c) promising to produce only the highest quality vehicles from now on d) both b and c e) all of the above B. True or False? Mark the statements T (True) or F (False). If a statement is false, write the word or words that make it true on the lines below. ______ 1. Canada is the fourth-largest automaker in the world. ______ 2. Toyota’s Highlander and Corolla are available as hybrids. ______ 3. U.S. Safety officials are investigating Toyota. Page 12 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 13. International trouble for toyota BET WEEN THE LINES Making an prediction: What do you suppose might happen to sales of Toyota vehicles over the next five to ten years? A plausible prediction is supported by evidence in the article and is consistent with known facts outside of the article. BEYOND THE LINES In January, 20010, overall sales of Toyota vehicles in Canada dropped by 14.8 percent compared to sales in January, 2009. However, there were several Toyota models which showed strong sales in January, 2010: Toyota truck sales increased 3.7 percent over January, 2009; Toyota Venza sales increased by 114.6 percent; and the Toyota Tacoma 4x4 increased by 12.3 percent. What reasons can you suggest to explain why sales of these vehicles increased despite Toyota’s recent troubles? JUST TALK ABOUT IT Imagine that your family is in the market for a new vehicle. For what reasons would you try to persuade your parents that buying a Toyota vehicle would be a good idea? For what reasons would you try to discourage them from considering a Toyota? Explain. ON LINE Visit, click on the What in the World? tab, then on Toyota Price List to view pricing information for 2010 Toyota vehicles (or visit ). Using this information, create a bar graph on a separate piece of paper to compare the 2010 prices for at least six different Toyota vehicles. Your graph should be easy to read, accurate, and neatly completed. J March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 13
  • 14. international Haiti: The Story is Not Yet Over The earthquake that devastated Haiti the airport. The port has re-opened, bring Jacmel’s airport, the second on January 12 has slipped from its so hundreds of containers of relief largest in Haiti, back into operation. place at the top of TV newscasts. Most supplies are arriving each day by sea. Forecast: rain foreign media reporters have now The United Nations, whose Yet the long-term challenges are returned home from the quake-hit headquarters in Haiti was hit hard huge. A million people were made country. Yet the crisis is not over – by the quake, has established a homeless by the quake, out of a not by a long shot. And the massive tent-and-trailer city on the airport population of roughly nine million. effort to rebuild is just beginning. grounds. From there, it coordinates More than 500,000 are now living Creating order the efforts of 900 aid agencies. in temporary camps. Officials are amidst the chaos Camps have been set up for the worried that when the rainy season Despite the huge relief operation that homeless. Two million have received arrives, followed by the hurricane was rolled out in the days following some form of food – usually bags of season that begins in June, these the devastating tremor, many in this rice – at food distribution points. makeshift camps will be washed poverty-stricken Caribbean country Canada on the ground away by floods. Another concern? are still without adequate food, The camps will create a breeding Canada has sent almost 2,000 troops water, shelter and medical treatment. ground for diseases such as malaria, to help out. Our country’s efforts have Emergency aid is still a priority. dengue fever, measles and cholera. been focused on the cities of Jacmel, “We need it now, just as we needed on Haiti’s south shore, and Leogane, “People are crowded in together,” said it yesterday,” stated Haitian Prime epicentre of the earthquake. In CBC News reporter Laurie Graham. Minister Jean-Max Bellerive Jacmel, the DART (Disaster Assistance “This is where they eat, sleep, go to recently. “The emergency which Response Team) has daily been the bathroom in all the same space, so has been declared over will feeding 2,500 people and providing the medical community is concerned continue for some time.” medical treatment to over 300 patients. about infectious disease. There’s a lot It has been purifying 26,000 litres a of worry about what might happen Still, progress is being made to bring day of seawater obtained from Jacmel’s in the weeks and months ahead.” order to a logistical nightmare. port. The team has also managed to Flights can now get in and out of Definitions epicentre: the point on the Earth’s surface directly above the United Nations: an organization of independent states formed focus of an earthquake in 1945 to promote international peace and security logistical: of or relating to the handling of an operation that involves providing labor and materials be supplied as needed Page 14 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 15. international Haiti: The Story is Not Yet Over Alive, but not well by mid-February reached more “Ten years of hard work, at Aid groups have launched an than 95 percent of its target. In all, least, awaits the world in Haiti,” emergency vaccination campaign governments, organizations and Mr. Harper told reporters. to try to prevent this scenario individuals have donated over $1.79 Haiti’s Prime Minister was grateful from developing. Meanwhile, the billion to the shattered country. for the world’s support. At the same death toll from Haiti’s earthquake Canadians have been among the most time, he stressed that Haiti itself has now reached 230,000, and it generous. By February 8, the federal should lead this reconstruction effort. may rise further. That’s equivalent government reported that individual to the number of people who “The prime responsibility of our Canadians had donated $113 million died in the 2004 Asian tsunami. future lies in the hands of the Haitian to relief efforts, an amount that Thousands are still missing. government and the Haitian people,” the government was planning to said Mr. Jean-Max Bellerive. J What about the survivors? They are match. In addition, Canada had no doubt thankful to be alive, but provided about $85 million to many have experienced trauma and various humanitarian aid agencies. injuries that will scar them for life. A ten-year project Some 4,000 people crushed by falling Much more money will be needed, buildings have had limbs amputated, however, for the massive task of for example. And as many as one reconstruction that lies ahead. in five Haitians are suffering from Government buildings, schools, mental trauma and disabling fear as hospitals, homes and large parts a result of the earthquake. They’ve of the country’s infrastructure lost their parents, children, brothers need to be rebuilt – to earthquake and sisters. Many may have had to standards, this time. bury them in mass graves without a funeral, and without a chance to On January 25, Canada hosted properly grieve. They won’t be able an international conference in to cope without professional help. Montreal to draw up a road map for this rebuilding. The conference “The most urgent need … is not brought together foreign ministers food and water which is temporary,” from more than a dozen countries. said one official who has been Also attending were international assessing the needs of victims funding bodies such as the United and relief workers. “The most Nations and the World Bank, as urgent need is for psychiatrists.” well as major aid organizations. Money pours in Prime Minister Stephen Harper said One bright note in the disaster has he hoped the meeting would “set the been the response by the world stage for broad international action to Haiti’s mountain of need. An on reconstruction that will mobilize emergency appeal for $577 million the will and resources of all of Haiti’s launched by the aid community partners.” A second meeting is within days of the earthquake had scheduled for New York in March. Definitions infrastructure: the basic facilities and equipment needed for trauma: an emotional wound or shock often having long- the functioning of a country or area, such as bridges, hospitals, lasting effects and power generation world bank: a United Nations agency created to assist developing nations by loans guaranteed by member governments March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 15
  • 16. international Haiti: The Story is Not Yet Over ON THE LINES A. Vocabulary: Use each of the following words from the article in a well-written sentence of your own that clearly shows the meaning of the term: 1. logistical 2. infrastructure 3. trauma B. Answer the following in complete sentences: 1. In which country did a large earthquake occur in January? 2. What is the population of this nation? 3. List the four basic needs that many quake survivors are still lacking. 4. Describe the progress that has been made so far to bring order to the ‘logistical nightmare’ in this country. 5. What are Canadian troops doing to help out in this country? Explain. 6. Describe the challenges that many earthquake survivors must still overcome. Page 16 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 17. international Haiti: The Story is Not Yet Over BET WEEN THE LINES Making an inference: An inference is a conclusion drawn from evidence. A good inference is supported by evidence in the article and is consistent with known facts outside the article. What inference(s) can you draw from the following quote by an official working in Haiti: “The most urgent need . . . is not food and water which is temporary . . . The most urgent need is for psychiatrists.” BEYOND THE LINES Imagine that you are overseeing the relief effort and reconstruction in Haiti. With a partner, rank the priorities below from 1 (most important – must be done first) to 12 (least important – can wait till the other priorities have been addressed). Be prepared to share your rankings and provide reasons for your choices. Road and highway repair Providing clean water Rebuilding homes Providing medical care Rebuilding the airport Providing security (police and military protection) Rebuilding government buildings Providing psychological help to survivors Re-establishing communication from Haiti to overseas relatives Funding adoption efforts Rebuilding businesses Bringing in supplies from other countries (food, clothing, medical equipment, etc.) LITER ACY CORNER Good readers make connections with what they are reading. As they read, they think about what the text reminds them of. This thinking – or reminding – is called connecting. A good connection is meaningful – it helps readers to better understand their reading. What connections can you make to the article “Haiti: The Story Is Not Yet Over”? JUST TALK ABOUT IT Consider: A staggering number of Haitian children were orphaned by the earthquake. In response to their plight, people in many countries have offered to adopt children who lost their parents. So far, 217 orphaned Haitian children will be brought up by Canadian families. For what reasons would orphaned Haitian children benefit from being raised by families in other countries, including Canada? For what reasons might it not be a good idea for Haitian children to be raised by families in other countries? Explain. J March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 17
  • 18. Map assignment Haiti: The Story is Not Yet Over Complete this map assignment to better understand the article Haiti: The Story is Not Yet Over. INSTRUCTIONS 1. Obtain the required resources and read all the instructions before starting. 2. Colour your map after all labelling is completed. 3. Print in pencil only first, then go over the printing in black ink. 4. Work carefully and neatly. Resources Required: pencil, black pen, pencil crayons, ruler, eraser and an atlas. Part A Locate and label the following countries in CAPITAL letters and shade each as indicated: Mexico (yellow) Belize (pink) Guatemala (brown) Honduras (orange) El Salvador (green) Nicaragua (purple) Costa Rica (red) Panama (yellow) Jamaica (green) Haiti (brown) Dominican Republic (purple) Cuba (red) The Bahamas (yellow) Part B Locate and label the capital cities of these countries and underline each city name. Part C Locate and label the following countries and territory in CAPITAL letters and shade each as indicated: Colombia (green) Venezuela (pink) Turks and Caicos Islands (U.K.) (orange) Part D Locate and label the following U.S. states and shade each as indicated: Texas (brown) Louisiana (orange) Mississippi (green) Alabama (purple) Georgia (red) Florida (pink) Part E Locate and label the following bodies of salt water and shade them dark blue: Pacific Ocean Caribbean Sea Yucatan Channel Gulf of Mexico Straits of Florida Atlantic Ocean Part F Colour all remaining territory grey. Part G Colour the flag of Haiti using the correct colours. Part H Complete your map with a frame, title and compass bearing. J Haiti Page 18 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
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  • 20. Science, Technology and the Environment The Next, Best (electronic) Thing Computer-maker Apple Inc. (you navigate by moving your finger recently rolled out a new on the screen instead of using a Apple Inc. digital gadget – the iPad. mouse or keypad). Users can type In 1976, a few young California on it using an onscreen keyboard. men started building and selling “We want to kick off 2010 by introducing a magical and The iPad can be used to do anything a simple computer called Apple 1. revolutionary product today,” chief a laptop can do: create documents; Steve Jobs was one of the founders, executive Steve Jobs said on January play music, games, and movies; send and when orders began coming 27 during the launch of his company’s email; and surf the web. It can also be in, he used his parents’ garage as a innovative new tablet computer. used as an e-reader, and is compatible temporary manufacturing site. with the 140,000 applications Today Apple is an American-based, Introducing the iPad available from Apple’s online store. multinational corporation with According to Mr. Jobs, the iPad annual sales of over $40 billion. is a product that bridges the gap So far, so fast Among its most popular consumer between a smart phone and a Apple’s latest launch is just another electronics products are Macintosh laptop – “better than the laptop, in the dizzying series of advances computers, iPods and iPhones. The better than the smart phone.” in digital technology over the past iPod alone has sold 250 million units. few decades. Think about it. Your parents can probably remember when Apple is known for its aesthetic did you know...? people still used typewriters instead designs and quirky advertising The iPad will sell for about $500 to of computers to type letters and campaigns. It has a big fan base of $800 (U.S.), depending on the model. reports. The first personal computers, loyal customers, and its trademark when they were introduced, didn’t logo – an apple with a bite taken out do much more than computations of it – is recognized worldwide. Sleek and feather-light, the device is about the size of a hardcover and word processing. But they were book, and weighs .68 kilogram (1.5 quickly replaced by smarter and Meanwhile, the Internet was linking pounds). It is wireless, and has a faster models, able to process and these computers together into online 25.4-centimetre (10-inch) touchscreen store ever larger amounts of data. networks. They would later pave the Definitions aesthetic: characterized by beauty or good taste revolutionary: markedly new or introducing radical change applications: programs or groups of programs (suites) that smart phone: cell phone that also functions as a computer, perform a given task allowing users to text messages, snap photos, browse the net, find digital: of or relating to a device that can read, write, or store themselves on a map, and download many other applications information that is represented in numerical form Page 20 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 21. Science, Technology and the Environment The Next, Best (electronic) Thing search engines such as Google became from a common network hub About E-readers indispensable for finding information. in cyberspace. It will be similar E-readers are devices that can to the way we watch YouTube download and display electronic Computers continued to evolve, videos online, without actually books. These gadgets are relatively becoming portable and wireless. In downloading the videos onto our new, but they are shaking up the way recent years, they have converged computers. As a result, our computers the publishing industry works. Will with mobile phones to create themselves will be much simpler. readers switch from buying printed smart phones, which have become books, magazines and newspapers probably the most common form And experts predict that computers and instead curl up with their e-book of computers in existence. will become even faster still. By readers? Will students ditch their using nanotechnology and light Our digital age backpacks full of textbooks and instead waves instead of electric current, Today’s electronic technology has they’ll be able to process large download their texts onto an e-reader transformed many aspects of society. amounts of data at lightning speed. they can slip into their pocket? If Communication can be instantaneous the public embraces e-books, what Get ready for it! J and global. Popular videos or ideas will this mean to the people who can go ‘viral’ and reach millions of now produce and sell traditionally- people in a short time. People living printed books and magazines? at opposite ends of the Earth can A similar digital transformation has share information. The power of this already rocked the music recording technology is illustrated when people industry. Instead of going into stores living in disaster zones such as Haiti, to buy CDs of their favourite music or in countries such as Iran where recordings, more and more people are the government has clamped down downloading music from sites such on all foreign media, are still able to as Apple’s iTunes to play on iPods send out reports and let the world and other digital music players. know what is really happening. While e-reader technology hasn’t What’s the next yet caught on in a big way, millions great thing? of people do already own a Kindle What computer advances can we – the competing e-reader made by expect to see next on the digital Amazon. The arrival of the iPad could frontier? Nobody knows for sure. accelerate the trend towards e-books. But some industry watchers say that Apple has also launched iBooks, an smart phones are just the beginning, online book store from which users and that we may soon have many can download their reading material. other ‘smart’ devices in our lives. They’ll drive our cars, and do all way for online social networking sites manner of household chores. such as Facebook and Twitter. As the Others mention ‘cloud computing.’ World Wide Web became an ever- Instead of needing to store programs increasing storehouse of information, and data on our own computers, we will be able to access this information Definitions converged: came together (to form a single product) nanotechnology: the branch of engineering that deals with cyberspace: the whole range of information resources avail- things smaller than 100 nanometres (one nanometre equals able through computer networks 0.000 000 001 of a metre) indispensable: absolutely necessary March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 21
  • 22. Science, Technology and the Environment The Next, Best (electronic) Thing ON THE LINES A. True or False? Mark the statements T (True) or F (False). If a statement is false, write the word or words that make it true on the lines below. ______ 1. The iPad weighs less than two pounds (or 0.9 kg). ______ 2. It is expected the iPad will sell for under $500. ______ 3. Aps available for other Apple products like the iPhone and iPod will be compatible with the new iPad. ______ 4. The iPad faces no competition from other companies for production of e-readers. ______ 5. “Cloud computing” means the ability to access information without downloading it to a computer. ______ 6. Apple Inc. started as a small store in California. B. Answer the following in complete sentences: 1. What is an e-reader? 2. What might some advantages and disadvantages of the e-reader be for publishers? For computer companies? For consumers? 3. Would you like to read from an e-reader rather than from conventional books? Give reasons to support your response. Page 22 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 23. Science, Technology and the Environment The Next, Best (electronic) Thing FACT OR OPINION? Facts are descriptions of what is the case or of what has or will occur. They can be verified or tested; they are true or false. Opinions are unconfirmed beliefs or conclusions that indicate what could be or what is a good or bad idea. They can be justified or argued for; they are reasonable or unreasonable. Mark each statement F (Fact) or O (Opinion). ______ 1. The new iPad is better than smart phones and laptops. ______ 2. The new iPad is magical! ______ 3. Everyone would benefit from owning an iPad. ______ 4. iPads are very affordable for everyone. ______ 5. Steve Jobs was one of Apple’s founders. ______ 6. Technology has transformed many aspects of society. ______ 7. Apple is know for its aesthetic designs and quirky advertising campaigns. ______ 8. The Internet has made social networking sites like Facebook possible. ______ 9. Apple’s most popular products are Macintosh computers, iPods and iPhones. ______ 10. Apple products are superior to similar products made by other companies. BET WEEN THE LINES Making an inference: An inference is a conclusion drawn from evidence. A good inference is supported by evidence in the article and is consistent with known facts outside the article. What inference(s) can you draw from the following statement: “Today, Apple is an American- based, multinational corporation with annual sales of over $40 billion.” JUST TALK ABOUT IT 1. The iPad will be a big seller; many people will want to own one of these devices. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Support your response with reasons. 2. Technology has transformed our world over the past 50 years. As you see it, in what ways have computers and the Internet changed our lives for the better? What might some downsides to technological advances be? Explain. March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 23
  • 24. assignment Note making This month, you will be practicing making notes using the GAP strategy (Generate a list of important words, Arrange them in a mini-web to show their relationship, Paraphrase the main idea in a sentence). This structure is helpful in identifying the main idea and supporting details in a paragraph, then summarizing the information in a succinct way. BEFORE READING • Record the topic and purpose for reading on the GAP organizer. Then, list what you already know about the topic – electronic gadgets – in the left-hand column. In the right-hand column, write what you want to know or wonder about the topic. For example, What is the next, best electronic thing? How is it different from (or similar to) electronic gadgets currently on the market? DURING READING • Be mindful of questions that arise. Mark the text with a ? each time a new question pops into your head. Write the question in the margin. For example, in the third paragraph you may wonder how the iPad is like a smartphone and a laptop. • Make connections. Identify connections with the letters T-S (text-to-self), T-T (text-to-text) or T-W (text-to-world) and make brief notes in the margin to explain the connections. For example, in the first paragraph the word ‘iPad’ may remind you of your iPod, another Apple product that you own (a text-to-self connection). Or you may remember the hype generated by the launch of another electronic gadget such as the Wii (a text-to-world connection). • Read to distinguish important information from interesting facts. Use the sub-headings to identify the topic of each section. Then, underline or highlight the important facts related to the topic. For example, does the sentence “The first personal computers . . . didn’t do much more than computations and word processing” help us understand more about the ‘next, best thing’ or is it just interesting? AFTER READING • Make notes using the GAP organizer. Focus on one section at a time. Write the sub-headings on the line above each box. Then, select and list 8 to 10 key words from the sub-section in the left-hand column. (These words should come from your highlighted text. Aim for no more than 2 words per sentence.) Next, decide which one word captures the main idea of the section. Write the main idea in the circle. Then, choose 4 to 5 supporting details that give more information about the main idea. Add these to the circle, creating a web by branching out from the main idea. Finally, write a summary statement (one sentence) that uses all of the words in the web to summarize the main idea (what the section is mostly about). See the example below: The Next, Best (Electronic) Thing Keywords • gadget • January Apple launch • iPad • launch January iPad • tablet computer • innovative tablet computer • Apple innovative • digital Summary Statement: In January, Apple Inc. launched its innovative tablet computer called the iPad. *Hint: you can then combine (reorder and rewrite) the summary statements into a succinct summary paragraph! • When you have finished writing the summary statements, complete the What I think now section of the organizer. Use the following questions to guide your response: What surprised you about what you read? What new learnings or connec- tions did you make? What questions do you still have? What are your reactions to the information in the article (e.g., Will e-readers change the way we access and use books? How will electronic technology continue to transform our lives? Page 24 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 25. Note Making GAP organizer Topic: Purpose for reading: What I already know What I wonder? • • • • • • Keywords • • • • • • • • • • Summary Statement: Keywords • • • • • • • • • • Summary Statement: March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 25
  • 26. Note Making Gap organizer Keywords • • • • • • • • • • Summary Statement: Keywords • • • • • • • • • • Summary Statement: What I think now Page 26 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 27. Quizzes VANCOUVER 2010: THE PART Y ’S OVER A. Write the letter that corresponds to the best answer on the line beside each question: ______ 1. Which country did Nodar Kumaritashvili represent? a) United States b) Germany c) Russia d) Georgia ______ 2. Which athlete won Canada’s first gold medal? a) Jennifer Heil b) Maelle Ricker c) Alexandre Bilodeau d) Kristina Groves e) Scott Moir ______ 3. What was protesters’ main complaint against the Olympic Games? a) poor athlete performance b) long line-ups at the pavilions c) high cost of the event d) cold weather e) inadequate venues ______ 4. True or False? Snow was brought in from other locations for the skiing events on Cypress Mountain. ______ 5. True or False? Canada’s plan for Olympic success was called “Faster, Higher, Stronger.” 6. The 2010 Games were a huge success. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons to support your answer. TROUBLE FOR TOYOTA A. Write the letter that corresponds to the best answer on the line beside each question: ______ 1. What problem forced Toyota to recall thousands of Prius vehicles? a) faulty power steering b) poor cooling system c) broken temperature gauge d) defective software that controls the brakes ______ 2. How does Toyota plan to fix this problem? a) by changing the brake pedal b) by installing a special bar into the pedal setup c) by adding a non-slip cover on the pedal d) by changing the software e) by sending a written warning to its customers ______ 3. How many vehicles has Toyota recalled worldwide since 2007? a) 3.7 million b) 4.2 million c) 5.8 million d) 6.9 million e) 8.5 million ______ 4. True or False? In the U.S, 19 deaths have been linked to the acceleration problem. ______ 5. True or False? Toyota is the second-largest auto manufacturer. 6. People shouldn’t hesitate to buy a new Toyota vehicle. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons to support your response. March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 27
  • 28. Quizzes HAITI: THE STORY IS NOT YET OVER A. Write the letter that corresponds to the best answer on the line beside each question: ______ 1. Which organization is coordinating the efforts of all aid agencies in Haiti? a) NATO b) United Nations c) DART d) World Bank ______ 2. How many Canadian soldiers have been working in Haiti? a) 200 b) 1,000 c) 1,500 d) 2,000 e) 2,500 ______ 3. How much money worldwide has been raised for Haiti? a) $1.79 million b) $7.9 million c) $11.79 million d) $12.6 million e) $1.79 billion ______ 4. True or False? Food , water, shelter and medical supplies are now abundant in Haiti. ______ 5. True or False? The Haitian earthquake killed some 230,000 people. 6. The crisis in Haiti is over. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Give reasons to support your answer. THE NEX T, BEST (ELECTRONIC) THING A. Write the letter that corresponds to the best answer on the line beside each question: ______ 1. Who co-founded Apple Inc.? a) Steve Jobs b) Bill Gates c) Paul Allan d) Jim Balsillie ______ 2. Which new product was recently launched by Apple? ______ a) iMac b) iPad c) iPhone d) iPod d) iTouch ______ 3. Which of the following tasks is this device able to perform? a) send email b) play music c) surf the Internet d) use as an e-reader e) all of the above ______ 4. True or False? An e-reader can download and display electronic games. ______ 5. True or False? Nanotechnology will enable information to be processed at lightning speed. 6. Do you think Apple’s new tablet computer will be a hot seller? Why or why not? Page 28 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 29. Answer Key VANCOUVER 2010: THE PART Y ’S OVER occur. In the final frame, he notes that the weather is finally A. Vocabulary: 1. b 2. d 3. c 4. a just right – but wonders where all the athletes and spectators are. His companion says they are stuck in the city – the buses B. Questions broke down. 1. What is the objective of the federal “Own the Podium” 4. The oversimplified and distorted features of the figures program? Going into the Winter Olympics, the plan was for (bulbous eyes, large triangular mouths, round protruding Canada to win the most medals. (The program was launched noses, short, squat bodies) add humour to the cartoon. in January 2005. It cost $117 million, of which $66 million was tax money.) 5. The perspective is that of the cartoonist. 2. Who won Canada’s first gold medal in the 2010 Games? 6. The cartoonist may be suggesting that nothing went right Alexandre Bilodeau (the 22-year-old from Quebec won the during the first week of the Games. First, the weather didn’t men’s moguls competition.) cooperate; it was too warm and there wasn’t enough snow. Then, there were glitches with the transportation system. Buses 3. Why was this first gold medal so significant for Canadians? broke down, and a number of people were delayed or unable to Explain. It was the first gold medal won by a Canadian at an make it to some events as a result. Olympic Games held in Canada. During the 1976 Summer Games in Montreal and Calgary’s 1988 Winter Games, not one TROUBLE FOR TOYOTA Canadian won a gold medal. (Mr. Bilodeau is very close to his older brother Frederic, who has cerebral palsy. Mr. Bilodeau A. Multiple Choice: 1. d 2. c 3. a 4. d 5. d 6. e called his brother “my inspiration.”) B. True or False? 1. False; 2. False; 3. True. 4. Identify four glitches or mishaps that occurred early on during the Games. A tragedy occurred on February 12 when HAITI: THE STORY IS NOT YET OVER 21-year-old Nodar Kumaritashvili flew off his sled and crashed A. Vocabulary: Answers will vary. into a metal pylon at about 140 km an hour during a training run, killing him instantly. His death cast a shadow over the B. Questions: Opening Ceremonies held that evening. (He was the fourth 1. In which country did a large earthquake occur in January? athlete ever to die during Winter Olympics preparations.) Haiti (It was the worst earthquake to hit the Caribbean in more Other, less troubling incidents included warmer than usual than 200 years). weather that melted snow, protests, the failure of one of 2. What is the population of this nation? about nine million the four ‘ice pillars’ that make up the Olympic cauldron 3. List the four basic needs that many quake survivors are still to rise from the floor during the Opening Ceremonies, a lacking. Food, water, shelter and medical equipment. malfunctioning ice surfacing machine, and bus breakdowns. 4. Describe the progress made so far to bring order to the 5. Describe four highlights of the Games for Canada. The ‘logistical nightmare’ in this country. 1) the main airport Opening Ceremonies, Alex Bilodeau won Canada’s first-ever is now open; 2) the port has also reopened, allowing relief gold medal on Canadian soil, Maelle Ricker became the first supplies to arrive by sea; 3) the UN established a tent-and- Canadian woman to win gold at home, Tessa Virtue and Scott trailer city to coordinate the efforts of 900 aid agencies; Moir won Canada’s first-ever gold medal for ice dance, the 4) camps have been set up for the homeless, and 5) two million Canadian women’s hockey team won decisive victories leading people have received food, mainly rice. up to the final game (both men’s and women’s hockey and curling finals, as well as other events, had not been held by the 5. What are Canadian troops doing to help out in this country? publication date). Explain. 1) 2,000 troops were sent to Haiti (the focus is on the cities of Jacmel and Leogane); 2) DART has been feeding 2,500 EDITORIAL CARTOON people daily and treating 300 patients; 3) it has been purifying 26,000 litres of seawater a day; and 4) Canadian soldiers have 1. Answers will vary. also reopened the second largest airport in Jacmel. 2. The 2010 Winter Olympic Games took place in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C. from February 12 through 28. During 6. Describe the challenges that many earthquake survivors the first week, the Games experienced a number of mishaps, must still overcome. Many are living in makeshift camps from the death of a Georgian luger during his training that may be washed away by floods and that may also become run to unseasonably warm weather that melted snow, a breeding grounds for diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, malfunctioning ice surfacing machine, transit problems, and measles and cholera. They have physical and psychological glitches during the Opening Ceremonies.. trauma to overcome, and must rebuild much of their country. 3. The label on the shirt of the man in the first frame identifies THE NEX T, BEST (ELECTRONIC) THING him as a member of VANOC. He comments that the weather A. True/False: 1. T; 2. F; 3. T; 4. F; 5. T; 6. F. is too wet, then too warm, then too snowy for the Games to March 2010 What in the world? • Le vel 2 Page 29
  • 30. Answer Key B. Questions: Fact or Opinion? 1. What is an e-Reader? An e-reader is a device that can 1. O; 2. O; 3. O; 4. O; 5. F; 6. F; 7. F; 8. F; 9. F; 10. O download and display electronic books. NOTE M AKING 2. What might some advantages and disadvantages of the e-reader be for publishers? For computer companies? For Answers will vary. However, the following main ideas should be consumers? Answers will vary, but may include: Publishers captured: the iPad has some unique features; downloadable may lose money if many readers switch from buying software applications make the iPad more useful; digital traditional books to buying electronic books. However, if technology is evolving quickly; electronic technology is e-readers become popular and people read more because changing the way we access information and communicate; of them, publishers might have an opportunity to make electronic devices will continue to evolve and impact our lives; more money if they change their business model. Computer the e-reader is changing the publishing industry and the way manufacturers may benefit if many people choose to buy people read; other companies create similar products and iPads or similar products to be able to read electronic books; software to compete with iPad (and Apple Inc.’s products). they may lose money if this new technology doesn’t catch on. QUIZZES Advantages of the e-reader for consumers are price (only what the reader wants to read has to be downloaded and paid for) Vancouver 2010 1. d 2. c 3. c 4. True 5. False and convenience (people no longer needed to store shelves of books; they can access and store everything on a small tablet Trouble for Toyota 1. d 2. d 3. e 4. True 5. False computer). Haiti 1. b 2. d 3. e 4. False 5. True 3. Would you like to read from an e-reader rather than from The Next, Best Thing 1. a 2. b 3. e 4. False 5. True conventional books? Give reasons to support your response. Answers will vary. Mississippi Alabama (purple) Georgia Texas (green) (red) (brown) Louisiana (orange) Atlantic Ocean Haiti Florida (pink) Gulf THE of BAHAMAS Nassau (yellow) Mexico Straits of Florida TURKS AND Havana CAICOS ISLANDS (U.K.) CUBA (orange) (red) Yucatan DOMINICAN Channel REPUBLIC (purple) Mexico City HAITI (brown) JAMAICA (green) Kingston Port-au-Prince Santo Domingo MEXICO Belmopan (yellow) BELIZE(pink) GUATEMALA (brown) HONDURAS Guatemala (orange) City Tegucigalpa Caribbean Sea EL NICARAGUA San Salvador SALVADOR (purple) (grey) N (green) Managua Pacific Ocean COSTA RICA Panama City (red) San Jose Ha i t i and its PANAMA (yellow) COLOMBIA VENEZUELA n ei ghbours 0 100 200 300 400 500 Kilometres (green) (pink) Page 30 What in the world? • Le vel 2 March 2010
  • 31. Mississippi Alabama Georgia Texas (purple) (green) (red) (brown) Louisiana (orange) Atlantic Ocean March 2010 Haiti Florida (pink) Gulf THE of BAHAMAS Nassau (yellow) Mexico Straits of Florida TURKS AND Havana CAICOS ISLANDS (U.K.) CUBA (orange) Answer Key (red) Yucatan DOMINICAN Channel REPUBLIC (purple) Mexico City HAITI (brown) JAMAICA (green) Kingston Port-au-Prince Santo Domingo MEXICO Belmopan (yellow) BELIZE(pink) GUATEMALA (brown) HONDURAS What in the world? • Le vel 2 Guatemala (orange) City Tegucigalpa Caribbean Sea EL NICARAGUA San Salvador SALVADOR (purple) (grey) N (green) Managua Pacific Ocean COSTA RICA Panama City (red) San Jose Ha i ti a n d i ts PANAMA (yellow) COLOMBIA VENEZUELA n e ig h bo ur s (green) (pink) 0 100 200 300 400 500 Kilometres Page 31
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