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Covid-19 Rap

Here I leave you the song I made with Lucas:

You don’t have to panic, you should stay at home, don’t be scared, cause you’re not in this alone. Don’t feel like you are locked up in a dome, to cheer up you could watch funny videos on google chrome. You should be careful, but this ain’t a nuclear bomb, wash your hands until they start to make some foam. If you feel inspired you may want to write a poem. If you don’t feel like your own, feel free to call somebody with your phone.  Go to the grocery store and grab things that are delicious, if someone coughs, do be suspicious, because this virus is malicious, grab fruit, that’s very nutritious, be very ambitious

Reflection on Online School

In my opinion normal school is much better because right now everyone is giving us way more work to do than per usual, and my eyes hurt at the end of the day because of staring at a screen for 8 hours. What I like about virtual learning is that I can wake up later than I used to, I can be in class with my pajamas on, or I can work from my bed. another cool thing is that on breaks I can play with my playstation. All in all, not that bad of an experience but at times it can be very hard.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

  • The meaning of the word “harness” is to tame.

 

  • William Kamkwamba is a kid who lived in a very poor country in Africa called Malawi and built a windmill that harnessed the wind and powered the water pump to give water to the people.
  • Malawi was a poor African country that was poor. The people there earn their money by working on the tobacco harvesting business.

    • He harnessed the electric wind by building a windmill. The elements that he needed were, a dynamo, blades, wood, metal. The knowledge that he needed to do it was how to use the dynamo, where to place the windmill, and how to build it.
    • Famine: Extreme scarcity of food in one country. Starvation: To don’t have any food and be extremely hungry. Both of these things were happening in the story.
    • I can connect this quote with William’s attitude because he was always determined and never gave up.

 

 

  • The Boy That Harnessed The Wind

 

 

       A 13 year-old kid did what seemed the impossible, he saved his village from starvation.

       William Kamkwamba was a teen who lived in the village of Malawi with his father, mother, sister and his baby brother. William’s family were very poor and his father worked in the tobacco fields. Their main food was corn. They kept the corn in a shed that lasted for the year. One day people in the village got paid 2000 kwachas to the people who signed a form agreeing to cut the trees. The trees were cut, and when it rained, the fields flooded. William had the great idea to build a windmill using dynamo, a bike and a lot of wiring. At first, his father did not approve of his idea but a few days later he put his belief in William and gave him his bike. William started working, and eventually he finished. To the whole village’s surprise, it worked, the windmill William built on his own worked. The windmill harnessed the wind and produced electricity. The water pump started working, and it pumped more water than ever before.

  William Kamkwamba saved his village from starvation, and even death.

 

War Article

This is a cold war article.

The cold war of poisonous Soviet-American feelings, of domestic political hysteria, of events enlarged and distorted by East-West confrontation, of almost perpetual diplomatic deadlock is over.

The we-they world that emerged after 1945 is giving way to the more traditional struggles of great powers. That contest is more manageable. It permits serious negotiations. It creates new possibilities – for cooperation in combating terrorism, the spread of chemical weapons and common threats to the environment, and for shaping a less violent world.

True, Europe remains torn in two; but the place where four decades of hostility began is mending and changing in complicated patterns. True, two enormous military machines still face each other around the world; but both sides are searching for ways to reduce the burdens and risks. Values continue to clash, but less profoundly as Soviet citizens start to partake in freedoms.

The experts who contributed to a two-month series on the Op-Ed page called ”Is the Cold War Over?” agreed, with variations in emphasis and definition, that Soviet-American relations are entering a new era. They differed over whether Mikhail Gorbachev can last and whether his policies can outlast him, and over how much the West can or should do to help him and what to ask in return. But these questions are the stuff of genuine policy debate, not grist for old ideological diatribes.

In his four years of power, what has Mikhail Gorbachev done to bring about this reconsideration of the cold war?

Words that I didn’t know:

Perpetual : continuing or enduring forever.

Deadlock: a state in which progress is impossible, as in a dispute, produced by the counteraction of opposing forces.

Diplomatic: engaged in diplomacy.

Mend: to repair something that is broken.

Mikhail Gorbachev: Soviet political leader: generalsecretary of the Communist Party 1985–91; president of the Soviet Union 1988–1991

Grist: grain to be ground.

Diatribe: a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack,or criticism