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Summer of Nothing

All of the authors friends had summer plans in which they were going to different places, or working over the summer break. The author didn't want to do much during the summer. She was happy doing nothing. The author was able to hatch a plan where she was going to do absolutely nothing but relax over the break because she was so stressed with school. The author is relating nothing to relaxing. This stressed-out teenager plans to spend her summer relaxing and soaking up the sun.

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Lost

Anasazi people of the Chaco Canyon in New Mexico built their dwellings near the river because water is an important resource in the dessert. Machu Picchu was one of the most powerful cities in South America because it’s emperor Incan made his home there. The author of the article suggests we should learn from these past cities to ensure disasters do not ruin our cities in the years to come.

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Bypass

The article would be most likely found in the opinion section of a newspaper. If the highway bypass were to cut right through the Ellwood Acres subdivision, it would depreciate the prices of houses in the area. People would get as much money for the houses as the current price. The prices would be lowered because of increased noise, pollution, and traffic, which is unsafe for kids.

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Interview with Mr. Samuels

The interviewer was doing a research project on collect stories from real Americans to be entered into the historical registry. He was primarily focused on researching the effects of slavery on the slaves psyche. Slavery was a blight on the otherwise glorious U.S. history. Though the narrator went on in his history career, he had never found the rest of the research as strong to learn from.

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I’ll Do It Tomorrow …

Dr. Piers Steel from the University of Calgary conducted an experiment to show 95% of people procrastinate. This is a very common problem. The author used the example of being hungry. When you go to the kitchen you can have a bag of chips, or make the sandwich. You have all the ingredients to make the sandwich but you have to prepare it and clean up, rather than open the bag and through it out. Most people would grab the bag of chips even though it won’t keep you as full for very long. The bag of chips is instant gratification and delayed gratification would be the sandwich. Instant gratification occurs when you get to enjoy something right away; conversely, delayed gratification requires a person to wait until the enjoyment can happen. Instant gratification may be immediately rewarding, but it is not always the best choice. Procrastination can cause stress and anxiety. Procrastinators tend to give into the pleasure principle, and will most often choose instant gratification over delayed. One of the best ways to avoid procrastinating is turning of your cell phone and television.

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The Head of the Household

Miss Gilder had performed all of the duties like scrubbing floors to cooking to answering the doors and then finally to overseeing Lady Kirsten’s wardrobe and calendar. Of course she had to work to get from scrubbing floors to overseeing the wardrobe and calendar. The Head of the House was Miss Richards. However, she was retiring and a new Head of House was necessary. Lady Kristen assumed Miss Gilder wanted to, so she asked her and Miss Gilder cried and exclaimed, “This is the happiest day of my life!” Though Miss Gilder was respectful to the servants, and only needing to be stern when they weren’t performing, she didn't care about their personal lives. Miss Gilder at Chambord Manor was polite, professional, and serious.

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Hunting for Pearls

As a kid, the author would spend hours looking for pearls on the beach. Since jewelry stores were filled with bracelets, necklaces, and rings made of pearls, she thought if she looked carefully she would find one herself. When a foreign object like sand gets trapped in the oyster’s shell, it covers the object in nacre. Nacre is the inside part of an oyster’s shell and what a pearl is made of. Layers upon layers of nacre are placed on the object. This forms a pearl. If no human interference occurs in this process, a rare and very valuable natural pearl is formed. Cultured pearls are made the same way, but an oyster farmer places the sand inside the shell. Natural pearls are almost impossible to find. It is estimated that one ton of oysters will only contain three or four natural pearls.

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Gold

Gold jewelry is made using alloys. Pure gold is not used to make rings, however if mixed with other metals it creates a alloy to be created for jewelry. Adding metals can also make gold change colours to be a desirable white or rose gold. The lower the karat rating, the less pure the gold. The higher the karat rating, the more expensive the gold. The higher the karat rating, the more valuable the gold.

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Wall Drug

The original advertisements for Wall Drug advertised free water and were based on other highway signs around the same time (1920-1930s). Wall Drug became successful for two cataclysmic forces in twentieth-century America: road trips and advertising. The owner enticed people to try something new by offering free water, it was a nice relief on a hot days in cars lacking air conditioning) and telling people the store was not out of their way. Wall Drug was a budding business ready for customers. It was in a great location, too. Located close to Mount. Rushmore was part of their success.

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Recommendation

The author recommends Amanda for the abroad studying because she has gained much needed confidence in the authors three semesters with Amanda. Amanda used to be taciturn, but the confidence boost helped her better come out of her shell and discuss ideas she thinks about during class. Also, she is able to work well with others. IN a group project, her group didn’t agree with her thoughts, however they highly respected the way she presented her views and continued to work well with the group, even though she hadn’t persuaded them. Amanada’s teacher, the author, believes the program will benefit her as well. The author believes the summer session in Berlin would be an important opportunity for Amanda to benefit from, as well as an asset to the summer program.

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Biographies

According to the passage, a biography is an attempt to explain someone's life. Most biographies have been written about men who deemed important to history, and have often overlooked the lives of people that have been a paramount to society. Napoleon, Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt, and William Shakespeare have all had dozens of biographies written about them. The author’s project is to find history about women, as history has not been kind to them. ¨If I can find those women’s true lives, I can make them live now for us, not as maniacs but as women,¨ Biographies. The author also believes biographies overlooks the contributions of millions of people, like the ones who gave Roman Caesar’s their power. Many books have been written about T.S. Eliot but few on Vivienne Eliot, his wife.

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Vietnam Visitors Centre

A giant black granite wall, in the shape of a V, is in Washington D.C. to honor the fallen soldiers in the Vietnam War. People who supporters of the center hope that visitors will leave better educated about the sacrifices made by soldiers. People who are opposed to the building of the centre support the thought of people going to libraries and museums to learn about the war, rather than turning the monument into a education facility. The monument should be a place of solace for those to mourn for the loss of the soldiers.

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The Importance of Minerals

According to the passage, salt is a mineral that maintains fluid balance in the body. Fluorine minerals strengthens teeth. Many food manufacturers add minerals to their products to make them more desirable to consumers. In conclusion, people are more likely to buy products that advertise a lot of minerals.

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A “Mitey” Solution

According to the passage, dust mites are mostly harmless. When you make your bed, you give the dust mites a dark, moist place filled with food. Making your bed increases the amount of dust mites on your bed. This affects people with asthma and allergies as dust mites can cause sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes. The passage was written to explain the health benefits of not making your bed.

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The Birth of Food Culture

Prior to Marco Polo’s adventure to Asia, food must have been bland in Europe. (Europeans did not have spices till Marco Polo brought them back from Asia in 1200s.) Though he brought the spices back, it wasn’t until the Industrious Revolution, and the formation of the middle class, that people were able to by food for the pleasure of eating it. The revolution brought an abundance of money as before most people were living in a state of indigence and need. The Columbian Exchange had also played an effect on the food in Europe. Sugar was abundant, new crops were brought back to Europe (crops like corn, tomatoes, potatoes, and vanilla beans.) The author seems a primarily correlation between the rising concern with the taste of food, and the creation of the middle class.

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Anna Maria’s

The excerpt would most likely be found in letter to the editor part of a newspaper. The author has some flaws with the passage however. He/She believes her thoughts on Anna Maria’s restaurant are universal and accepted by everyone. Also, the author attempted to refute one of the ideas, of an online complaint, with irrelevant information. “She is not "rude" or "snobby" at all! The last time I ate at the restaurant, she cooked the best pasta primavera I have ever had,” Anna Maria’s- ReadTheory.org.

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A Tale of Two Revolutions

The author believes that the American Revolution and the French Revolution are similar so the different results doesn’t make sense. The French King ousted, and France had to defend itself from neighbouring countries, the American’s only had to win a revolution. The Reign of Terror occurred because of all the infighting in France. Some historians believe the location relative to Europe, American and French characters, and political cohesion (or lack of political cohesion.) The French also had a lot of stratification, making it impossible to unite everyone.

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A Theory of Humorism

Ancient Greek doctors relied heavily on the theory of humorism. They believed that black bile, yellow bile, phlegm, and blood corresponded with air, fire, earth, and water. For example, yellow bile: fire. Too much of one would cause disease. For instance, an excess of black bile in your body meant you were melancholic. Though today it is easy to deride the theories, we can thank modern doctors for figuring out a cough is not be from a lack of blood. The author believes that the humours should be studied for historical purposes.

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Little Stinker

Eduardo Jimenez decided to plant a garden out of the desire to eat local, fresh foods. When harvest time came however, he didn’t have on tomato, bean, or leaf of lettuce to show for his hard work. Stink bugs were the thieves of his food. They feed on over 300 species of plants, consisting of figs, mulberries, corn, and citrus fruits as well as soybeans, legumes, and weeds. As member of the Pentatomidae family, stink bugs surprisingly do not share the eating habits of its fastidious cousins. Stink bugs are affecting macro farmer operators and big agriculturists. Though hobbyists, like Eduardo, are left to face the disappointment of a loss of their garden, macro farmers have so much more invested in their crop. This is their job. With the bugs destroying it, they are in danger of starving as they don’t have enough money to put food on the table, or pay bills. According to the US Apple Association, apple farmers in the mid-Atlantic states lost $37 million last year alone. And this year could be worse. With a lack of fresh fruits and vegetables, the prices in grocery stores has gone up dramatic amounts in some states. The North-Atlantic states, for example, have seen pepper prices jump to 14% higher. The biggest problem from these stink bugs is Macro farmers losing their crops. Though scientists are in the works of several solutions to stop the stink bugs, nothing has posed successful.

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Wind Energy: Under Attack

The primary purpose of the passage was to refute arguments against wind energy. The author concedes the fault that wind farms are negative as they require lots of land. Though it is true, the author states, “majority of these plants are built on land that has already been cleared.” The land is leased out the the wind farmers by other ranchers or farmers. The space inbetween the turbines is used for agriculture or grazing. Wind turbines cause so many bird fatalities. The impact of turbines on the avian population is relatively small when compared to other causes of bird mortality. Examples of this included 80,000 birds are killed by airplanes, 57 million are killed by cars, and 97.5 million birds die from flying into windows, while wind turbines are responsible for 70,000 bird deaths. A recent study estimates that the habitat alteration caused by the construction of coal plants and oil refineries causes just as much, if not more, damage to the bird population compared to the presence of wind turbines. Wind farms also have the possibility of catching fire. If this occurs, it's extremely difficult to stop the fire. As the structure burns, toxic fumes can disperse across the area and smaller fires can be ignited below. Though this is a threat, fewer fires have been reported wind wind farms than coal mines, coal plants, oil rigs, or oil refineries. However, the most recent complaints from people living by them, complain about the low-frequency hum, also know as infrasound. The infrasound produced by the wind farms is the same sound produced by many common home appliances. Many people also whine about the aesthetics of the turbines, as they take away from the natural scenery.

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An Update from Home

This passage was written in third place limited, meaning the author only knows the thoughts and feelings of one character in the story. Amir chose to become a full-time artist, though his grandmother wasn’t supportive of the decision. When he went to visit his grandmother’s house, he learned that there were no photos of him on the wall. His brother, who was a doctor, was on the wall with his family. His sister, a lawyer, was also on the wall with her family. Amir asked his grandmother regarding the lack of him on the wall. She told him when he grew up and got a real job she would return the photos. Amir went to see his sick grandmother in the hospital before he went on his vacation to Canada. After seeing his grandmother, he boarded a ferry from Port Angeles, Washington to Vancouver Island. Amir had been in flux the whole ferry ride about his feelings towards the text he got from his mother. It read, “Nana passed this morning, I didn’t call you because I wasn’t sure if you were in Canada yet.” How also struggled with difference between how he is supposed to feel and how he actually feels. A family beside Amir squealed at each other about the sight of the whale. As he strained his head forward to see, he only saw the splashes of the whale. He learned a lesson from missing the whale, that one’s presence can be felt after he or she is gone.

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The End of the Space Shuttle Program

President Nixon’s original goal for the Space Shuttle Program was to make space travel less expensive. Before this program, space vehicles could only be used once. The program led to important advancements in engineering and aviation, and made possible projects such as the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope. Each shuttle mission has costed about $450 million dollars for the US government, by 2011. Critics claim they are wastefully and over-spending.In 1986, the Challenger shuttle lasted only 73 seconds after its launch. This led to the death of all seven passengers. The travesty was broadcasted on national television, leaving many Americans an important reminder of the dangers of space exploration. Again, In 2003, the shuttle Columbia fell apart during its return to Earth, tragically killing its seven astronauts. January of 2004, President George W. Bush announced the end of the Space Shuttle Program. His goal was not to end space exploration, rather make the Space Shuttle obsolete. Replacing the shuttle is a new generation of vehicles capable of taking astronauts to the moon, Mars, and possibly further.