What kind of mood is Céline in? Why?

Annoyed, because she is having a bad day.

Name three unfortunate things that happened to Céline.

She missed the bus, she got to school late and she forgot her homework.

How does Hector react to Céline’s story?

He doesn’t think it’s that bad.

What are Céline’s plans for the afternoon?

She’s going to bed, so nothing else bad will happen.

  1. D’abord, son réveil n’a pas sonné.
  2. Ensuite, elle a raté son bus.
  3. Et puis, elle est arrivée à l’école en retard.
  4. Après ça, elle n’avait pas ses devoirs.
  5. Et puis, elle a eu dix à son interro de maths.
  6. Finalement, Hector a renversé son verre sur sa jupe.
  1. Hector apologizes. Désolé.
  2. Céline makes light of an accident. C’est pas grave.
  3. Hector wants to know what happened to Céline. Raconte!
  4. Céline complains about her bad day. Tout a été de travers!
  5. Céline is annoyed. Ça m’énerve!
  6. Hector consoles Céline. Ça va aller mieux!
  1. Je me suis réveillé(e) en retard.  Ça m’arrive aussi.
  2. J’ai couru pour attraper le bus. Ça ne risque pas de m’arriver.
  3. Je suis arrivé(e) à l’école en retard. Ça ne risque pas de m’arriver.
  4. J’oublie mes devoirs quelquefois. Ça m’arrive aussi.

Est-ce que, comme Céline, tu as déjà passé une très mauvaise journée? Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé? Qu’est-ce que tu as fait?

Je vais avoir une bonne journée. Je me suis réveillé en retard, mais je suis arrivé à l’école dans le temps. Je n’ai pas eu de devoirs.

§668 · August 26, 2014 · French 10 · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


One of the most important parts of leading a healthy lifestyle are basic habits that you create regarding nutrition and sleep. I try to be very conscious about these different aspects, and improve my quality of living through the practice these healthy habits.

Overall, I have been trying to focus on improving my health. The purpose of this focus was to make my lifestyle better and generally create positive habits regarding my health. I also expected to learn the properties of a healthy lifestyle based on everyday habits.

Over the course of this past year (starting June 2013) I have been using an app called Sleep Cycle. This app tracks how you sleep, and creates graphs that analyze your sleep. It also works as an alarm clock. I used this app to make sure that I got a healthy amount of sleep every night. On average people aged 12-18 should get at least 8 hours of sleep a day.

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Throughout most of this year I tried to sleep about 8 hours a day. As you can see, I usually don’t quite reach 8 hours of sleep.

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In this second screen shot you can see the average amount of sleep that I get everyday. On the weekend nights, I usually get a good amount of sleep, around 8 hours.

 

I worked hard on going to bed early so that I would get at least 8 hours of sleep, because getting the right amount of sleep has many benefits such as relieving stress, and improving your immune system. When I slept around 8 hours, I felt much happier and energized during the day. Using this app was a really important part of the process because it helped me analyze my sleeping habits, and create healthy sleeping cycles.

Another important element of creating healthy habits is nutrition. One of the ways that I focused on this was to focus on how much water I was drinking. Drinking water is very important, because it helps keep the balance of your body fluids and gets rid of toxins within your body. My goal was to drink 2 liters of water a day, because that is the general amount of water recommended for my age group and body weight. I tracked how much water I drank a day using an another app called Waterlogged. This app allows you to easily record the amount of water that you drink in 1 day and helps you set goals for the amount of water you would like to drink in 1 day.

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In this image you can see that in the past week I have been getting close to my goal for most days, but I only manage to reach my goal on one day. It is somewhat difficult to remember to drink a lot of water each day, but I have been able to increase my daily water intake from from about 500mL  to about 1,500mL per day. When I drink more water in a day, I feel much more energized, and less sluggish than when I drink less water. This improvement helped me become more motivated to drink 2mL of water a day.

Focusing on these two aspects of a healthy lifestyle had given me a larger understanding of how small habits can effect my health and how these habits can make my life better. When I created good habits, I felt much better, health wise, and felt more motivated during the day. I think that some of my strengths during this process was that I could create long lasting healthy habits, that I will continue to use. There were also a few different things that I could improve on my habits. I think that I could have reached my goals more, and worked a bit harder on drinking 2L of water and sleep 8 hours a night.

Finally, I think that in the future, I can create larger goals for myself. For example, I could make a goal to drink 2.5L of water a day, or a goal to always sleep 9 hours each night. I also hope to research a bit more about nutrition, so that I can make more habits regarding food, and healthy eating habits. I think that focusing on creating healthy habits has helped me a lot and has improved my every day life. I hope to continue the habits that I created, and work towards creating even more beneficial habits.



This year I decided to join both Cross Country and Track. Although I have not played many other sports, I became very interested in pursuing activities involving running. Running is a very intense sport that involves lots of practice, and high physical fitness. During the course of this year I was able to improve my physical fitness, and my willingness to practice these sports.

This year I wanted to improve my physical fitness, because it is a very important part of the human lifestyle. I expected to become healthier though the means of regular exercise. I also hoped to make a routine to practice running so that I would be able to prepare for Cross Country meets and Track meets.

At the beginning of this year, I decided to join Cross Country. Each week I attended three practices where we practiced different skills needed to run Cross Country. The practice was very tiring, and I would often feel very tired afterwards. After many practices I started to feel healthier, and more excited about running long distance. Finally, it was time for our Cross Country meets. Every week on Saturday, we would travel to Tama Hill Recreation Area to compete against other schools in the Kanto Area. To prepare for each competition week, I had to practice a lot, and get used to running long distance. We had a small High School Girls team, so the first meet, we all competed as Varsity runners. Each week I was able to improve my performance, and fix my mistakes. I was also to meet new people at the meets, and create new friendships. Some of my results can be viewed here, on Athletic.net.

Another sport that I joined this year was Track. This sport was also very strenuous and I had to practice a lot to prepare. Each week I attended 1 practice, and I practiced a few times during the week at home. I found that Track was very difficult for me, and it required a lot of practice to improve my short distance running skills. During the weeks leading up to the track meets, I persevered through lots of hard work. When we went to our first meet it was very intimidating to see everyone there, but in the end the experience was very enjoyable. When I found out my results I was slightly disappointed and motivated to work on improving my results. That week I worked really hard on practicing to improve my running times. The next week at the meet, I was able to improve my time, and it was clear that my hard work practicing had paid off. The results for my races are here.

The track team at our first meet.

The track team at our first meet.

The most important part of these experiences were the habits that I learned to create. I was able to create a routine that involved running long and short distances multiple times a week. I learned that practicing often could really help me out which gave me an incentive to continue to practice certain tasks, along with running. The most difficult part of this experience was learning how to get into the habit of practicing multiple times weekly, and feel motivated to continue this routine. These experiences were very successful as I was able to gain a lot and learn very important skills.

After these experiences, there were a few things that I considered about what I learned and what I had done. If I were to repeat these experience, I think that I would be more cheerful about practicing, and running a lot, because it would always turn out as a positive result. I think that being more cheerful would have also made the experience more exciting! After this experience I also had some inquiries for the future. In the future I would like to learn how to make a routine for running that is useful, but doesn’t take up too much time, because sometimes it is difficult to practice on a tight schedule.

Finally, participating in these two activities has really taught me how to create a routine for physical activities. I learned that it is really important to practice to improve your skills. Although I was definitely not the best on the team, I learned some important skills during the course of these experiences.



This year, our Grade 9 class was given the opportunity to visit Phuket, Thailand. While on this trip we visited a school for children of Burmese workers in Phuket. We were able to work on this school, to make the school environment better for the students.

 

At the beginning of the visit we planned on accomplishing a few things. First of all, we planned to paint many areas within the school. We also planned to begin creating a playground for the elementary students and create a fun mural for the main area of the school. Finally, our group planned to create an understanding of the culture of Burmese workers and their families in Phuket.

 

Many Burmese workers come to Thailand to attain jobs, so that they can support their families. These workers have a difficult time making money, and are forced to live in the unfortunate conditions of the work camps. Sadly, many children in these work camps are not able to receive an education, but fortunately, the area we visited did have a school for the children. We planned to make a comfortable environment for the students, so they would be able to make the best of their education.

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The School
When we first entered the school area, I was surprised and saddened by the state that grounds were in. Seeing that state that the school was in really motivated me to work hard on improving the state of the building. Then we entered the main room of the school, where our supervisors explained what we would accomplish during the day. We also had a chance to meet the woman who leads the school, and one of the school teachers. Then we began working on the school. First, we split up into multiple groups. Some of us were working on sweeping up the school, and some of us were working on moving furniture and preparing the walls to be painted. A few people also worked on an area allocated for the school’s playground. After these tasks were finished, we split up into smaller groups to paint. Katie and I were given the task of painting classroom doorways. While painting these doorways, we were able to bond, and get to know eachother better. After we finished painting doors, a few of us moved on to repainting some of the walls that were originally painted last year. As our time at the school finished, we were very happy with what we had achieved in the modification of the school.

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Sweeping the School Before Painting
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Painting Doors With Katie
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Cleaning Up
Later on in the week, after we had finished our work on the school, our grade visited the school for a final time. While visiting, we delivered some supplies that we had brought from Japan, to donate to the school children. Luckily, it was a school day for the children, so we got to meet some of the students at the school. They all seemed very happy, and were eager to sing songs with us, and interact with the group. It was an amazing moment to see how we could help these children, and improve their time in school.

 

During the course of our work in the school, I learned many different things about the situation of Burmese workers and their families. This experience was very profound, and it really gave me a new perspective on our situation, and what we take for granted. While visiting the school it was very surprising to see the condition of the school, and unfortunately, this school is considered a luxury for the students to attend. For many of us, school is not considered a luxury, but an expectation that we fulfill. Seeing the students being so happy from our small contribution really showed me a new perspective, and taught me to be thankful for the privileges that I have. The experience made me extremely grateful for the education that I receive at YIS. Throughout this experience I was also able to learn a lot more about teamwork. While working on the school, we had to work well with others to make the operation run smoothly. I was able to learn how to work well with a partner while painting the walls by cooperating with eachother. I learned how to make compromises and understand others opinions and ideas. This was a very important part of modifying the school, because we had to work efficiently, to finish the work in time.

 

This experience was amazing, and it lead me to consider how it would affect me in a longer time period. After the trip I was curious about how I could continue to help out people who are less privileged. I immediately thought of contributing to charities that benefit underprivileged people around the world. I also thought of different opportunities that I could take to visit other countries to work with and help people with less privilege. In the future, I hope to research more about these two options, and continue my journey of helping out others in disadvantaged situations.

 

Finally, this experience has really changed my perspective on our situation and the situation of others. I think that the experience has made me aware of how people in different positions live, and has taught me to be additionally grateful for my privileges.



 This unit in art class, we have been learning about graphic design. Throughout the unit we have competed a few different designs including a poster for the Personal Project Blog and a unit poster for an art class. Our final project was a design for the YIS 2014-2015 School Handbook. While creating this design we followed a process that would help us create a successful design. 

The Design Process

The Design Process

The first step of the process was to define the task. This was very simple, and only required us to listen to instructions from the teacher.

The next step was to research. This step is very important, because it could help us get ideas for the project and find out how to make a successful design. During this process, I think that I could have looked at more handbook cover designs, and collected more ideas. Although I did not look at too many different designs, I was able to find a few good designs that helped me come up with many ideas for the handbook cover.

Defining the Task

Defining the Task & Research

The third step was brainstorming, I think that during this process I could have created a few more ideas, and explained more about what I wanted to create.

The fourth step was creating thumbnail sketches. I created six different thumbnail sketches that gave many options to choose from while working on the next step. I think that it was very useful to include many different designs, but I could have created a larger variety of designs during this step.

Brainstorm & Thumbnail Sketches

Brainstorm & Thumbnail Sketches

The next step was to develop a few of your thumbnail sketches. During this stage I created three different designs that were slightly different from my thumbnail sketches. I think that I was very successful in creating designs that had variety and were interesting.

Design Direction

Design Direction

Design Direction #2

Design Direction #2

The sixth step was to make an accurate sketch that would represent how the final design would look. In this step I chose three different designs, with one design being the main design. I think that I was able to choose good designs, but I should have been more specific while choosing these designs.

Tight Sketch

Tight Sketch

The seventh step was to receive client review. In this case, we asked the Head of School, Mr. Coutts for feedback on our accurate sketch. During this step I think that I asked good questions that helped me receive important feed back about my design.

Client Review

Client Review

The final step was to create our final project. I spent a lot of time on this step to make the design as good as it could be. I used all the feedback that I received, and made changes to my design from step six. During this step I think that I could have made a few more changes to my design, but overall, I think that I was successful in creating a design that looked good.

Finalizing the Design

Finalizing the Design

The Final Product

The Final Product

I really like my final design for this project. Overall, it looks how I hoped it would look through the graphic design process. I think that color scheme that I used was very successful, because it features the school colors, which really shows school spirit. I think that I could have included more grey in the design, because it is one of the school colors. The font that I used was very simple and easy to read, so I think that it matched the design well. I also think that the composition was good, because the text and logo were placed along the lines of the rule of thirds.

Design with Rule of Thirds

Design with Rule of Thirds

I also think that the spacing was very interesting because it mixed crowded spaces (the lines) with the more simplistic design of the text and logo. I think that the mood definitely describes the mood of the school, because it is lively and energetic, like the YIS community. I also think that the design matches the target audience of middle school and high school students. The design is exciting while not being too childish.

While I was creating my design, I asked for feedback from my peers. This is very important, because to make a design interesting to different people, you need feedback from different points of view. I used a lot of this feedback while making the final design, because I wanted the design to be appealing to most people. For example, a few people commented on the spacing of the logo and the text, so I made edits to those sections.

During this unit I learned many different things that would help me in the future. Firstly, I learned that it is very important to receive feedback from many different people while creating something. This is a very important tactic that should be used while creating a design. Another thing that I learned was that it is important to create a variety of different ideas, so that you will have more to choose from when creating your final design. I think that in the future, I will use these techniques more often, because they really helped me while creating my final design.

At the end of this unit there were still some questions that I had about graphic design. One specific question is: What criteria will the client use to pick a handbook cover design? Another question is: When can I use the skills that I learned, in my daily life? In the future I hope to research these questions more, and find the answers.

 

§596 · May 21, 2014 · Art 9 · (No comments) ·


In Grade 9 our class was given the opportunity to visit Phuket in Thailand. During the visit we were able to experience the culture of Thailand, and try many different activities. One of the most interesting activities that we participated in was snorkeling in the beautiful Thai oceans.

The purpose of this snorkeling trip was to learn about marine life, and how our society has affected the life in the ocean. It was also an excursion that challenged our physical skills in a new situation. For me, this snorkeling trip was a great undertaking. This adventure brought me outside of my comfort zone, and encouraged me to take new risks. As we started out I was determined to learn about the oceans of Thailand, and experience snorkeling. When we reached the location that we would be snorkeling at, I was both amazed and apprehensive. The view of the ocean was stunning, and I could not wait to begin the excursion off the boat.

On the boat to where we would snorkel (with Hye-Won.)

On the boat to where we would snorkel with Hye-Won.
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Where we snorkeled in Phuket.

Where we snorkeled in Phuket.

While being impressed, I was also worried about going into the ocean. Although I can swim, I was new to snorkeling, and it was not one of my strengths. Jumping into the water was probably the most difficult part for me. As soon as I was in the water it soon became easier for me to orient myself in this new situation.  We then proceed to explore the ocean floor and see different type of coral. Our group was able to see the affects of pollution on the coral, and how our population has impacted life in the ocean. Later on, we also snorkeled in another sheltered section where we were able to see coral that had been less affected by pollution. This experience was very challenging for me, because we swam a lot, and this took a large toll on me, physically. I had to mentally prepare myself to continue swimming, while also managing my snorkeling technique. By the end of the trip I was exhausted, and hardly had any energy left. It was also a great time for me to reflect upon how this experience had challenged me, and forced me to take risks.

Snorkeling with Daniel

Snorkeling with Daniel

At the end of this experience, I was satisfied, because I was able to learn new skills and step outside my comfort zone. Snorkeling was an especially difficult experience for me, and it required me to develop new skills such as being able to breathe correctly using the snorkeling tube, and using the correct swimming technique to efficiently travel through the water. Although this trip was challenging, I was able to stay upbeat through my friends and peers. As this was a new experience for many of us, it was comforting to have and give encouragement to my peers. We constantly inspired eachother to persevere. During this trip I was able to take new risks. This gave me an opportunity to view the benefits of taking risks and stepping out of my comfort zone. In the future, I think that I will be more willing to take risks, and try out new things, after this positive risk taking experience. This trip has given me the chance to become more outgoing in unfamiliar situations.  Before this trip I didn’t feel confident snorkeling, and using the appropriate techniques. Afterwards, I felt much more confident snorkeling, as well as improving my swimming techniques.

In the future I would like to complete another snorkeling trip, to improve my skills more. After the snorkeling trip, I became curious about water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving. I think that this trip was a very successful adventure for me, because I was able to become more confident while snorkeling, experience a new environment and learn to take risks. Overall, this trip really helped me develop new skills and encouraged me to be bold when stepping into new circumstances.

§547 · March 4, 2014 · GCD Adventure · (1 comment) · Tags: , ,


Tu as compris?
  1. Où sont Mme Lepic, Sandra et Pamela au début d’Une spécialité française? En ville.
  2. Quelles courses est-ce que Pamela et Sandra font pour Mme Lepic? Du pain.
  3. Qu’est-ce que Pamela achète? Pourquoi? Des fleurs pour Mme Lepic.
  4. Qu’est-ce que Mme Lepic a comme surprise pour Pamela? Des escargots.
Vrai ou faux?
  1. Pamela est allée chez le fleuriste pour acheter du pain. Faux.
  2. Pamela et Sandra décident d’acheter des pâtisseries. Faux
  3. Mme Lepic achète du pain. Faux.
  4. Pamela achète un bouquet de fleurs pour Mme Lepic. Vrai.
  5. En France, on mange des escargots. Vrai.
C’est qui?

Qui a acheté les choses suivantes? Mme Lepic? Sandra? Pamela? Personne? 

  1. Several bouquets of flowers.

    Pamela.

  2. A basket of bread.

    Sandra et Pamela.

  3. A plate of snails.

    Mme Lepic.

  4. Several pastries.

    Personne.

Une journée intéressante

Dans son journal Pamela parle de sa journée. Mais elle a oublié quelques petites choses. Tu peux l’aider? 

Entry in a journal that reads: Aujourd’hui, je suis allée en ville avec Mme Lepic et (1)…. On a acheté du (2)…à la boulangerie-pâtisserie, mais on n’a pas acheté de (3)… parce que ça coupe l’appétit. J’ai acheté des (4)… pour offrir à Mme Lepic. Elle était très contente. On a eu une surprise pour le déjeuner. Des (5)…!
  1. Pamela
  2. Pain
  3. Patisserie
  4. Fleurs
  5. Escargots
Cherche les expressions

What do people in Une spécialité française say to … 

  1. ask for advice? Qu’est-ce que je pourrais lui offrir?
  2. make a suggestion? Pourquoi est-ce que tu ne lui achètes pas des fleurs?
  3. accept a suggestion? Bonne idée.
  4. offer food? …tu veux du pain?
  5. accept food? Oui, je veux bien.
Et maintenant, à toi

Imagine que tu es invité(e) à dîner dans une famille française. On t’offre un plat que tu n’aimes pas. Qu’est-ce que tu fais? 

Je voudrais manger le plat.
§541 · February 20, 2014 · French 9 · (No comments) · Tags: , , ,


This unit in tech class we have been investigating different types of games, and why these games are interesting. We are preparing to create a final project, that will benefit students in Kindergarten. We will create a simple game on Scratch, a website that can be used for coding in a simple manner. The game that we make will be educational, and tailored to the material that the students are learning in Kindergarten.  So far, we have studied different games on Scratch, and brainstormed different ideas for educational games.

There are many different reasons that games are interesting, and we are investigating these reasons so that we can create a fun game for the students. The reason that many games are interesting is that they are addicting. Many games encourage you to beat a high score, which makes the player want to keep playing, until they reach a high score. Many games also include the possibility of you “beating” the game. This makes the player want to keep playing until they have completely finished the game. Many people play games to pass time. There are a lot of games that are simple, and you can easily play for a short time, if you are trying to pass time.

Here are some examples of interesting games in Scratch.

Hide and Seek 

This game was interesting because it requires you to use your reflexes. It also has a score counter that makes you want to keep going until you beat your high score. It also is an easy game, so you want to keep playing until you do well. This game continues on for a long time so the player can keep playing for awhile.

Flappy Bird (Scratch Edition)

This game is a Scratch Version of a popular game, that was later deleted. This game is interesting because it is very addicting. It is addicting because it encourages the user to beat their high score. It also makes users want to compare their results with other users. This game is also unlimited so you can keep playing for as long as you want.

Claw Vending Machine

This game is interesting because it is simple to play. The game also has different endings so that the user with be encouraged to play multiple times. There is also a award at the end of each play that makes it interesting.

Another important aspect of the game-making process is deciding what to make the game about. In class, we came up with different ideas of what we could make the game about. For example, we could teach letters, simple words, numbers, or simple math problems. In the future, we are going to visit the Kindergarten class, and interview them on what they are learning, so that we can create a fun game that will interest them.

 http://blogs.yis.ac.jp/hamadac/2014/02/03/investigation-3-what-makes-a-good-game/

§531 · February 16, 2014 · Tech 9 · (No comments) · Tags: , ,


During this unit in English class, we have been looking at stories, their content and how the shape of a story can affect the content of the story. We learned about the plots of stories, and the conflict and resolution that occurs in stories. We also looked at example of plot in stories and this short film by Pixar. We also looked at different types writings such as villanelles and sonnets. Then we practiced what we had learned by writing our own short story with a plot, a villanelle, and a sonnet about a specific historical figure.

I chose to research, and write about Helen Keller. Helen Keller was a woman who lost both her sight and hearing at a young age. She had a tutor, who taught her to speak, and they both committed their lives to helping disabled people. In our poems, we had to focus on one specific aspect of our historical figure’s life. I chose to write about her disability and how it affected her.

The unit question that we focused on was “What is the relationship between the content of a text and the form it is presented in?” In this unit I expected to learn about the form and the shape of writing. I wanted to learn about how to create a story, with a clear plot. I also wanted to be able to learn how to successfully write poems and short stories.

In this unit I think that I learned a lot about content and form. I think that I improved on my writing especially in the area of poetry. I have improved on my ability to write poems more fluently. I think that I also improved on my ability to write a story with a plot. At the beginning of the unit it was very difficult for me to write a successful plot. I also think that I can improve my skills on writing a successful plot.

Overall, I think that during this unit I was able to lean many valuable skills, such as being able to write a sucessful plot. I also think that during this unit, I learned how to write sonnets and villanelles well.

§536 · February 11, 2014 · English 9 · (No comments) · Tags: , , , ,


During this unit in English class, we have been studying the use of language, and how it can be used for the use and abuse of power. We learned how to use different rhetorical devices, using example from Animal Farm by George Orwell. We wrote a news report using these rhetorical devices and, at the end of the unit, we utilized the skills that we learned and created a rhetorical speech.

 

In this unit, I think that I learned to use rhetoric successfully. This is a very important skill, because  with this skill you can learn to speak with conviction. Speaking with conviction, will help you to persuade and convey ideas in successful manner. The use of rhetorical devices is a very important skill.

 

The guiding question that we used this unit was; how important is language in the use and abuse of power? Through the course of this unit, we learned many examples of how language can be used and abused for power. I believe that the use of language is very important for gaining power. As seen in Animal farm, the pigs used very successful rhetoric to persuade the less intelligent animals. The book proves that with the correct usage of rhetoric, power can be achieved. In the plot of Animal Farm, the pigs use language to abuse power. The animals create a system that benefits themselves only, and this system become possible thorough the pig’s use of language. Although the pigs use language to abuse power, there are many situations when language is used in a positive way to gain power. For example, many world leaders use rhetoric-filled speeches to convey ideas successfully. In Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a dream speech”, King used skills such as repetition and hyperboles to move thousands of people across America. His speech is a clear example of the positive use of language to gain power.  In both of these situations, language was an important skill used to gain power.

 

 

 

§496 · December 13, 2013 · English 9 · (No comments) ·