Thursday, May 3, 2007

Outline for R paper


  • attention getting device: There is a growing threat that has now come to our doorsteps, it is the increasing development of nuclear weapons in other countries of the world.
  • preview of main points: a few examples of these countries would be North Korea and Iran, and their development of nuclear programs. But there are some who believe that it is "OK" for them to have nuclear weapons of their own, so the worlds nuclear market would not be cornered by the leading powers of the world. But along with those who believe that those countries should be allowed to have nuclear weapons there are those who think that their programs should be stopped as quickly as possible, before it is to late.
  • transition to thesis statement/main question or point of the paper: as the world adds another year on to their calender, the growing debate over nuclear weapons has become more heated, some of the debates include: The nuclear programs in question, whether or not those programs should be allowed, and what is the next step.



  • topic sentence about one side of the issue: There is now a lot of worry with the nuclear programs of the non-superpowers of the world, a few of these in question are the programs of North Korea and Iran.
  • research and quotations from sources to prove the topic sentence is correct


  • topic sentence about one side of the issue: With the nuclear programs comes a huge argument that non-superpower countries should be able to have the weapons.
  • research and quotations from sources to prove the topic sentence is correct


  • topic sentence about one side of the issue: To the other side of the issue are those who think that they should be banned from and nuclear programs what so ever, even if they are not a threat.
  • research and quotations from sources to prove the topic sentence is correct


  • topic sentence stating your position on the issue: Out of both the sides that i have presented i side with the one that says that Iran and North Korea should not be allowed to have the nuclear programs that they have because of the threat.
  • reasons and research that say why you chose this standpoint


  • Re-state thesis: as the world as the world keeps growing, the debate over nuclear weapons has become more heated, some of the debates include: The nuclear programs in question, whether or not those programs should be allowed, and what is the next step.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Annotation #8

Deplomacy with iran 'appears to be working,' Gates says- ELM

Although previous attempts to stop Irans nuclear program ran into trouble, but now attempts to negotiate with iran might actually be working. The talks were hampered by Irans taking of british hostages, but now seem to be back on track. The talks were also hampred by the fact that iran my be selling weapons to Iraqi insergents. Gates says the soultion may just be to open up trade and try to settle problems in the middle east.

Annotation #7

Head of the world nuclear body intervied- Proquest

Bin-Jiddu said that the middle east should be allowed to create nuclear weapons. he said that Iran has nuclear military capability but it just doesn't realize it. Iran has stated that theirt nuclear program is for the peaceful reasons and will not use then for nuclear weapons. The article closes by saying that Iran is not the only one getting hassled by the world, north korea is also getting the same problems.

Annotation #6

North Korea agrees to Nuclear Disarmament-SIRS

North korea has agreed to disarm their main nuclear reactor and begin to disarm their nuclear weapons program. From this agreement North Korea will recive a lot of oil and other resources. America and N Korea are now trying to reastablish relations and are looking to restart trade. This is also the case with many other countries including Japan and russia.

annotation #5

Nuclear and Strategic policy- EBSCO

After the cold war many other countries begain to develop nuclear weapons, it is predicted that by 2012 the US and Russia will have over 5000 nuclear bombs each. Now people are forced to figure out a stratagey for dealing witht the world today and trying to rid the world of nuclear weapons. The US must also dicide weather or not to update their nuclear weapons, in which some parts date back to WW2.

Annotation #4

Whats Iran thinking- EBSCO

Twice now in the past hundred years Iran has taken hostages and top ranking oficals are getting worried. But unknowen the the general public is a report from the international Atomic agency, which stated that Iran was developing Uranium. In fact it satated that Iran would have enough to make a nuclear wepon by 2009. Ammbassetors are now saying that Iran is ready to talk and possablity prevent another hostage crsis.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Annotation #3

North Korea Withdraws from the Nuclear Non- Proliferation treaty- From SIRS

In 2003 North Korea tested what may have been their first nuclear weapon, this bomb was one tenth of the US's second nuclear bomb. North Korea also has been testing long range missiles, which is making that countries that border it nervous. Although china and other countries are annoyed they keep friendships with NK, except for Iran which is comdeming NK's nuclear program. Although NK has said that they do not mean harm, many people are scared and are asking for a solution.

Annotation #2

Iran-From SIRS

After the war in the 198o's between Iraq and Iran, tensions between the US and Iran has been high. Because of this knowledge of Iran's nuclear programs are very important to the US government. According to the IAEA at Iran's nuclear facilities, Iran has no nuclear weapons. But many believe that Iran may be building some secret ficilities in which they may be developing nuclear weapon technology. Also the lack of main stream media coverage has lead to the lack of the world knowing what is really going on

Friday, April 20, 2007

Annotation #1

An International Man of Mystery- From ELM

In 2006 an explosion was set of under a mounton in North Korea, it was suspected to be a nuclear test. This was a surprise to many as North Korea had said that they were stopping all uranium production in 1994. Thanks to this test many countries have become worried about a threat coming from North Korea. Another problem comes from the selling of missiles to other countries that have nuclear weapons. North Korea, although very secretive in everything they do, has been said to be selling missiles to Iran and Israel.

Monday, March 19, 2007

RAFT 1 Tri 3

For my spring break I stayed in Minnesota and slept in and overall relaxed. I slept in until the time I wanted and then when I finally woke up I got to play video games and just hang around the house. I also got to hang out with friends and i got to go to a movie and had a sleep over with my friends that i haven't seen in a while. I also got to have a fun day out with my dad going to out to eat and going bowling. Near the end of break i got to go to church and see my friends and I also got to help move some stuff into the house and hang with my step sister. I am looking forward to tri three and was actually kind of excited to come into school today because I was getting bored not doing anything all day. I expect that this tri should be a fun one and a very good way to end my 2nd year in high school.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Day Five

The problem on Mt. Everest is the death of climbers in the area on the mountain known as the death zone.

Some evidence of this is the amount of people that die in this area. 175 people have died on the mountain and there is said to be at least 41 bodies on the north side of the mountain. Because of the dangers the climbers do not camp a night in the death zone, they only stay in camp four for a few hours. One example of this problem would be the case of Rob Halls final expedition in which he was killed in a blizzard only a little ways from the summat in the death zone. In the video we saw in class last trimester one of the serpias describes a event in which he found a dieing climber who was suffering from pulmonary edema (a sickness in which fluid fills the lungs) and managed to save him. This is just one of many stories which shows the deadlyness of the altitude in the death zone.

Some contributing factors to the death in the death zone is the cold, high winds, lack of oxygen and the high altitude. The death is also caused by the fatigue the the climbers gain by climbing to the summat and not getting much sleep at camp four before they summat. As more and more time is spent in the death zone the climbers bodies deteriorate and the climbers suffer from more and more fatigue. The climbers also run a very high risk of running out of oxygen and then dieing from the lack of oxygen in the death zone.

The only solution to this problem is to train the climbers better and have very strict rules for the people that can climb the mountain. They should also to regulate the number of passes given out to climb the mountain. one final thing is to just expect that sometimes people will die climbing no matter what you do.

Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Day 3: Tartan Problem

1. State the problem:
Large groups of people who budge in the lunch line.

2. Give Evidence:
Very often if it is something good in the lunch line there will be many people who feel it's right to budge in the lunch line. This causes people to get their lunches even later then they were already going to be. It also causes the lunch workers to sometimes run out of the foods that people who were rightfully in the line wanted, which has happened to me on may occasion.

3. Contributing Factors:
This could be caused because people think that it is OK that if they have a friend in the line then it is OK for them to go join that friend in line. But it is usually a group of at least five people. People who budge as I have noticed often pat their friend on the back to show people behind them that they are friends with this person so it must be right.

4. Propose a Solution:
One solution for this is for stricter rules for the lunch line and have hall monitors and the lunch worker watch for these groups and refuse to serve them until they go and wait their turn. Another solution would be for people to take a stand for themselves and their place in line when it is threatened.

Monday, February 5, 2007


Writing Prompt: You have two friends who do not get along but you want them to be friends.

You should take time with each of them and if you don't know already find out what they like then you could get them togther sometime at an event that they both enjoy like bowling. Then if goes well you should keep doing something like this until they are good friends. If the first idea doesn't work you would have to try something else. Find out why your friends dont like each other and try to solve that problem so they could get along.