Monday, January 29, 2007

The African continent: a documentary called The Lost Boys of Sudan

The current project is to summarize the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan. Their village of Yirol is near Bor, along the Mountain Nile, in the extreme south.

Dinka dance / Southern Sudan
Lost Boys of Sudan (LBOS) is a documentary that provokes several culminating activities. One takes place Thursday; it is the comparison essay on Peter and Santino. Another one is to make a summary powerpoint presentation on the immigrants' story. Wednesday we began planning the summary by writing notes for a storyboard.

What has happened to Peter and Santino subsequent to the film?

There is much to learn and enjoy at the web site of the documentary Lost Boys of Sudan. The site is

Understanding Sudan- add demograhics to village images

Understanding Sudan- add demograhics to village images
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Terminology for the essay to be written in class Thursday:

demograhic info
United Nations
refugee / asylum
Peter Dut
Santino Chuor
South Sudan
INS: Immigration and Naturalization Service
fu fu
Eastern Africa
Acacia tree
English / British colony
Arabic / Muslims
Nairobi, Kenya
Houston: 4.5 M
Kansas City: 2 M
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Sunday, August 21, 2005

From East Africa to Houston and Kansas City

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Dinka tribesmen Peter Nyarol and Santino Chuor are the subjects of Lost Boys of Sudan. Thursday in geo class students will compose a comparison essay on either a) Peter and Santino and how they reacted to their immigrant challenges, or b) Houston and Kansas City from the point of view of an African immigrant.

The rubric (required elements) that will guide essay writing in geo class includes:
1. Colorful opening. There are 3 recommended ways to create an interest-getting opening: a) use a quote b) ask a question c) write with vivid description.
2. Blend the topics continually in the paper. Do not write a block of material about one topic and then write a separate block about the other topic. Integrate the topics as you offer insight and evidence.
3) Use comparison terms:
* different from,
* the same,
* Both,
* similar to,
* Neither, ... nor,
* like X is (adjective),
* ... than X is (adverb) than.
* both, ...
* either...or
* likewise
* similarly
* although,
* but neither...
* nor
* however
* on the other hand
4. Specific examples must be used to support generalities. An example: generality - The Incredibles was an awesome movie. specific - The Incredibles appealed to me because the characters (especially the mom and the teen sister) were believeable. They sounded like people I know.
5. Grammar counts.
6. Spelling, too. When in doubt, see a dictionary or ask me.
7. Punctuation is paramount. Again, ask me or your Grammar Check software.
8. Include documentation via "according to ...". This means include your source - from World Book to your little brother - in the body of your writing. Usually you place it at the end of the first or second sentence, says Grammar For Today.
9. Write a snappy title. Ways to make a title fun are to tweak a song or movie title or use alliteration. Also, write an explanatory subtitle. Example: "Dinkas are Incredibles;" "Many refugees from the Sudanese Dinka tribe have moved from poverty in east Africa to comfort in the US."

Finally, please don't put quotation marks around your title - unless you are quoting someone.

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