Writing a Report on Plastic Pollution

After listening to the TED Talk on The Surprising Solution to Ocean Pollution and the ABC News article on Plastic and how it affects our ocean it’s your turn to do some more research on the topic of plastic pollution to prepare a report on.

Choose a country to focus your research on to find out more about the problem of plastic pollution in that country and any things they have done to solve the problem.

  1. Find at least three different resources about plastic pollution in your chosen country.
  2. What are the problems?
  3. What are the solutions?
  4. Prepare your report with:
    • a cover page that includes the title of the report, the date and your name
    • a contents page that lists what is included in the report in order of page numbers
    • an introduction to outline the topic and purpose of the report
    • a body that is divided into headings and sub-headings
    • maps, charts or diagrams where appropriate
    • a conclusion that sums up the main ideas of the report and offers your own conclusions or opinion on the topic
    • the reference list

For more information on how to write a report go to Unit 13 Report Writing.

Plastic Waste

This month is highlighting the awareness of living Plastic Free, trying to reduce our use of plastic and to recycle as much as possible.

Read this article from ABC news titled Plastic and how it affects our oceans.

Write a short summary for each of these questions.

  1. How much plastic goes into the ocean?
  2. How long does plastic last in the ocean?
  3. What is plastic made from?
  4. Where does the plastic go?
  5. What impact does plastic have on marine animals?
  6. So what can we do about it?

For a class divide the class into 6 groups and have each group read and summarise one section to then share with students from other groups.

For more activities on summarizing go to Unit 12 Summarising.

Ocean Plastic

What do you know about plastic waste and the impact on the ocean?

Listen to this TED Talks by David Katz titled The Surprising Solution to Ocean Plastic and take notes the first time you listen.

Listen for a second time and answer these comprehension questions:

  1. According to David Katz, what is the last thing we need to do?
  2. How much plastic is produced each year?
  3. Where is 80% of ocean plastic coming from?
  4. Plastic Bank encourages recycling by offering trade with plastic bags for what type of things?
  5. What do Plastic Bank do with the plastic they get?
  6. What does plastic neutrality invest in?
  7. What are the advantages of social plastic?
  8. Complete this phrase: We ……. all be a ……. of the ……..  and ……. the ………

 

Answers: 1. clean the ocean 2. over 300 million ton 3.  countries with extreme poverty 4. school tuition, medical insurance, Wi-Fi, cell phone minutes, power, sustainable cooking fuel, high efficiency stoves 5.  the plastic is sold to suppliers for manufacturing 6. recycling infrastructure 7. social plastic is a tradable currency that alleviates poverty and cleans the environment 8. We can all be a part of the solution and not the pollution

For more note-taking activities go to Unit 6 Scanning, Skimming and Note-taking.

Writing a film review

What did you think of the film Ocean’s 8? Write a film review to let others know about the film and give your opinion.

Use these questions to help you write your review:

  1. What is the title of the film?
  2. Who are the main actors?
  3. What year was the film made?
  4. What is the plot of the film? Write a summary of the plot – but remember don’t give away the ending!
  5. Describe the main characters – what is their name? what do they look like? what do they do?
  6. Where is the film set?
  7. What is your opinion of the film?
  8. Rate the film – give it a score out of 10.

For more activities on summary writing go to Unit 12 Summarising.

 

Film about a scam: Ocean’s 8

Ocean’s 8 is an American comedy about a group of women who plan to steal a diamond necklace worth 1.5 million dollars.

Listen to the trailer for the film and fill in the missing words:

Good ……………… Miss Ocean, as you know ……………………..is a privilege. It was a ………………….., ahhh but it ………………….., and umm if I …………………..to be released I would umm I would …………………..want the simple ……………….., I just want to …………….down a ……………., make some …………………, yeah, ……………..my bills. Even if this was ………………..you’d need 20 people. 7 …………………. Why do you …………………..to do this? Cause it’s what I’m ………………….at. How ………………….would it take you to make ………………pieces of jewellery? 5 or 6 …………………….. How long if I ………………..you you didn’t have to ……………….with your mother ……………………? Less. What’s your ……………….? Nine Ball. What’s you …………………name? Eight Ball. I’m gonna be ………………..poor. What if we ……………….make all this go ………………….. Can I get my ………………..back please? And hers as ……………….? Sorry. It’s ok. I am with my ……………………I told you not to. I’m in ……………..garage. Do you want …………….to tell you how …………………..the job is? No ……………out. I’ll tell ……………..how big the …………………..is…I’ll be back ……………………..you know it. Can I ……………..with you? This is Mommy’s ………………..special work ………………. In ………………….and a half weeks The Met will be …………………it’s annual ………………….and we are ………………..to rob it, not the ball itself, on the ………………..of Daphne Kluger. Valued at ……………..100 million dollars, ……………….million actually. …………………it’s a two for. Do ………………run a job in a ……………….. Kluger Smith? Can’t ………………..just go to ……………..? Do we have to ………………stuff? Yes. Is ………………..genetic? Are the ………………….family like ……………..? Literally.

Now you can go and watch the film!

Answers:
Good afternoon Miss Ocean, as you know parole is a privilege. It was a mistake, ahhh but it happened, and if I were to be released I would umm I would just want the simple life, I just want to hold down a job, make some friends, yeah, pay my bills. Even if this was possible you'd need 20 people. 7 people. Why do you need to do this? Cause it's what I'm good at. How long would it take you to make seven pieces of jewellery? 5 or 6 hours. How long if I told you you didn't have to live with your mother anymore? Less. What's your name? Nine Ball. What's you real name? Eight Ball. I'm gonna be really poor. What if we could make all this go away. Can I get my watch back please? and hers as well? Sorry. It's ok. I am with my family I told you not to. I'm in your garage. Do you want me to tell you how big the job is? No I'm out. I'll tell you how big the job is. I'll be back before you know it. Can I come with you? This is Mommy's very special work trip. In three and a half weeks The Met will be hosting it's annual ball and we are going to rob it, not the ball itself, on the neck of Daphne Kluger. Valued at over 100 million dollars, 150 million actually. Revenge it's a two for. Do not run a job in a job. Kluger Smith? Can't we just go to this? Do we have to steal stuff? Yes. Is it genetic? Are the whole family like this? Literally.

For more listening activities go to  Unit 7 Listening to Lectures.

Scam Awareness

A scam is when someone tries to take something, for example money or identity, from another person through dishonest means. With the increased use of the internet over the years this has increased the chance of people illegally trying to take advantage of others.

There have been many reports of people being scammed in many ways and recently there have been media campaigns to make us more aware to stop the scams. There are a number of different ways scammers try to get your information.

Read through this article Stop and check: Is this for real? Scam Awareness Week 2018 and take notes on each of these sub-headings:

  1. Threats to life, arrest or other
  2. Remote access scams
  3. Phishing
  4. Identity theft
  5. False billing

This activity can also be divided amongst 5 groups where each group reads and takes notes on one sub-heading and then shares their notes with the other groups.

For more activities on note-taking go to Unit 6 Scanning, Skimming and Note-taking.

Jobs of the future

Listen to The jobs we’ll lose to machines, discuss Will a robot do your job in the future? and read As robots replace old jobs, new jobs should be invented to have the background information to write a journal entry.

 

Think about the role of robots and automation in the workforce today and how it is different from the past. How do you think it will change in the future? Write a journal entry of around 200 words on the topic of jobs of the future.

Go to Unit 1 Journal Writing for more writing ideas

As robots replace old jobs, new jobs should be invented

Read through this article from The New York Times by Garry Kasparov titled As Robots Replace Old Jobs, New Jobs Should Be Invented.

Match the words on the left to the correct definitions on the right:

  1. adaptable –                                  A. boring and dull
  2. doomsaying –                              B. copy
  3. replicate –                                    C. use of automatic equipment
  4. capable –                                      D. to change to suit a new situation
  5. liberate –                                      E. waste something without thought
  6. tedious –                                       F. to predict a negative future
  7. automation –                               G. to free or release
  8. squandered –                               H. able to achieve something

 

Answers: 1D, 2F, 3B, 4H, 5G, 6A, 7C, 8E

For more activities on reading the news go to Unit 4 Reading News Reports.

Will a robot do your job in the future?

Discuss these questions about jobs with a partner.

  1. Do you have a job now? What is it?
  2. Could a computer do your job? Explain why or why not?
  3. What types of jobs can computers or robots do now?
  4. What types of jobs will computers or robots do in the future?
  5. What is your opinion on machines doing jobs.
  6. Will a robot do your job in the future?

Now paraphrase to another person what your partner’s opinion is. Use your own words to explain what they have discussed.

For more activities on paraphrasing go to Unit 11 Paraphrasing.