43 – Buy or Reuse (Unit 7)

Answer the question below with a short paragraph (50-75 words).

Do you agree more with the writer of Reading 1 or Reading 2?
In other words, do you think our throwaway society is a bad thing that must be changed, or do you think it is something to enjoy?

In your paragraph:

  • Begin with a topic sentence that clearly states your main idea.
  • Support your topic sentence with a reason, an example, and details.
  • End with a conclusion restating your main idea.

Your paragraph is DUE THURS 9 OCTOBER, 11:59 pm
Your reply to your classmate is DUE FRI 10 OCTOBER 11:59 pm
When replying to classmate, don’t just say “I agree.” or something similar. Add to the conversation with a two or three sentences of more detail or another example.

Unit 7 discussion questions – Day 4 (Lv2)

I will ask the class several discussion questions. Students should with specific examples. To receive participation points, students must raise their hands and share their thoughts. Prepare to discuss the following in class.

Key Discussion Questions

Reading 1

  • Grandpa suggests the writer get his shoes fixed. Have you ever done something like this? Is it easy to do in Korea?
  • The writer says “Products are plentiful and prices are low.” Give examples.
  • Do you (or someone you know) use too many disposable products? Explain.
  • The writer says we have an addiction to new products. Do you agree?
  • Do you think advertisements cause us to buy new things?
  • Do you think Korea does a good job of recycling? Why?
  • What effort do you make to reduce your trash?
  • What do you do with your old things when you no longer want them?

Reading 2

  • Explain how life is better than before. Think about technology, public health, education, social relations, etc.
  • Do you like repairing things? If not, why not? If you do, what have you repaired?
  • In paragraph 4, Mad Anthony explains that when the price of fixing something is too high, people would rather just buy a new item. Have you made a decision like this before?
  • What are things that cost a lot of money when you were young, but are now quite cheap.
  • Mad Anthony says increased features is another reason to buy something new. What new features is he talking about? What features are important to you?

Finally

  • Do you agree more with the writer of Reading 1 or Mad Anthony? Explain.

See you in class!

Unit 7 discussion questions – Day 2

DO NOT give your answers below.

I may ask these questions next class. Prepare some answers. Get some participation points!

Reviewing Reading 1: Think Before You Toss

1. Why is it easier to replace something than to fix it?

2. Why are many of our possessions impossible to repair?

3. Why do we love disposable products? Explain with an example.

4. The author says we (in general) have an appetite for new things. Think fashion and electronics. Do you agree?

5. According to the author, what is the solution to our throwaway lifestyle? How could you do this? How do you already do this?

Preparing for Reading 2: In praise of the throwaway society

6. What are good reasons not to repair your old possessions?

7. Some people think products made a long time ago were made well, while modern products are made poorly. What do you think? Examples?

8. Why do people buy inexpensive clothes? Is it only because they don’t have much money?

See you in class!

Unit 7 discussion questions – Day 1

DO NOT give your answers below. Reply here only if you have a question. Answers will be shared in class.

The following are questions we may discuss next class. Answering them will make class more interesting and get you participation points.

Unit 7 – Is it better to save what you have or buy new things?

1. Below are examples of people fixing their possessions so they can continue to use them. What are some things you’ve repaired?

Patching ripped jeans
Patching ripped jeans
Upgrading memory on a computer
Upgrading memory on a computer
Fixing a broken laundry machine
Repairing a broken laundry machine

2. What is the oldest piece clothing you still wear?

3. What do you do with your old clothes?

4. How much trash do you think you throw away each week?

A lot, an average amount, very little

5. What is an example of trash we create too much of?

Examples: tissue, plastic bags, soda cans

6. Do you think it is okay to not finish eating all of your food? At restaurants, it is common to see lots of food left uneaten. What do you think of this?

7. Do you think it’s important to recycle? What and how do you recycle?

8. How often do you replace your cell phone or computer? How often would you like to replace them?

9. Do you have something useful and in good condition that you no longer want? What can you do with that item instead of throwing it away?

See you in class!

43 – Technology and Self-Reliance (Unit 6)

Answer ONE of the two questions below with a short paragraph (50-75 words).

  1. How does technology save us time and make our lives more convenient?
  2. Why is it better to get help from people instead of machines?

In your paragraph:

  • Begin with a topic sentence that clearly states your main idea.
  • Support your topic sentence with a reason, an example, and details.
  • End with a conclusion restating your main idea.

Your paragraph is DUE SAT 20 SEPTEMBER, 11:59 pm
Your reply to your classmate is DUE SUN 21 SEPTEMBER 11:59 pm
When replying to classmate, don’t just say “I agree.” or something similar. Add to the conversation with a two or three sentences of more detail or another example.

Unit 6 discussion questions – Day 4 – Due Sept 18

DO NOT give your answers below. Reply here only if you have a question. Answers will be shared in class.

We will have a class discussion on Thursday, September 18.

I will ask the class several discussion questions. Students are encouraged to reply with specific examples. To receive participation points, students must raise their hands and share their thoughts. Prepare to discuss the following in class.

Key Discussion Questions

Reading 1 Review

  • What is good about digitial dining from the point of view (관점) of a:
    • customer?
    • server?
    • manager?
  • What is NOT good about digitial dining from the point of view of a:
    • customer?
    • server?
    • manager?

Reading 1 Explore

  • What is an example of self-service technology you have used? Think of things like digital dining or the machines on page 104. How does it work? Explain the process.

Reading 2 Explore

  • The writer shares two frustrating experiences with technology. When have you been frustrated with technology?
  • Does technology really save time and make things more convenient?
    • When does technology do this?
    • When does it fail to do this?
  • What are some good reasons to live in an age without the technology we have?
  • Why is life better because of the technology we have?

 

43 – A family business (Unit 5)

family_business

Do you like the idea of working in a family business? Explain in a paragraph (75 words).

To help you prepare your answer, think about:

  • the challenges the An family must have had,
  • why the An family was able to be successful,
  • why many family businesses do not last for more than one generation,
  • why the Bancroft family decided to sell The Wall Street Journal.

Your paragraph is DUE SAT 24 MAY, 11:59 pm

43 – Unfairness (Unit 4)

Write a short paragraph (75 words) answering the following question:

Competition can be found in most areas of life. Reading 1 discusses how wealthy teams have an unfair advantage over poorer teams. Reading 2 discusses the runner Oscar Pistorius, whose legs may give him an unfair advantage over able-bodied runners.

What is another area of life where some have an unfair advantage over others?  Think about  school, jobs, relationships, etc. Be specific and begin your paragraph with a clear topic sentence.

Your paragraph is DUE SUN 4 MAY, 11:59 pm
Your reply to your classmate is DUE MON 5 MAY, 11:59 pm

 

43 – Courtesy (Unit 3)

Bad manners

Write a short paragraph answering ONE of the following questions (50 words):

  1. Do you think people are generally polite or impolite? Begin with a clear topic sentence then explain your main idea with supporting details.
  2. What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to Korea for the first time?
  3. Do you know the etiquette of another culture? What etiquette advice would you give to someone traveling to another country? Everyone try to write about a different culture.

Your paragraph is DUE THURS 17 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.
Reply to a classmate by FRI 18 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.

43 – Colors (Unit 2)

Write a short paragraph answering ONE of the following questions (50 words):

  1. What is a color that is special to you? How does it make you feel? Where is this color in your life? (ex. bedroom wall, clothes, accessories, etc.)
  2. Think of a company with a logo that uses colors effectively. What does the company do? Describe the logo. Why do you think the colors are effective? How do they make you feel?
    • NOTE: Everyone should write about a different company. Look at your classmates’ posts before writing.

Your paragraph is DUE THURS 3 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.
EXTRA CREDIT! Reply to a classmate by FRI 4 APRIL, 11:59 p.m.