Everyone was lined up, as if in an army. Their outfits were all the same, and they all had the same worried look on their face. Who was going to be chosen? As I heard my name being called out, my stomach dropped. I broke a sweat, and my eyes started stinging. Every year, one student was chosen to be taken to the science lab and be used for experiments. Most of which resulted in death. I took the paper, and as I read the contents of the letter, I was aware of the smile on my face. I was going home. I wasn’t being tested. Confused murmurs arose as I was escorted out the door. I was going home. I smiled to myself. This was it.
Summary: This BTN was about 2 families getting put to the test on natural disasters, by recreating one, and trying to take action.
Facts: It’s dangerous to go on the roof during a fire.
Hiding in a room is not a good idea.
People’s brains stop working in stressful situations.
Questions: Would they have the same reaction if it was real?
Is the reason they picked these families that they live in a high danger zone for natural disasters?
Understandings: Having an evacuation plan is a good idea.
Link to video: Don’t panic- BTN
Jemma nodded, acting as if she was listening. Nothing seemed right anymore, and the world would never be the same, no matter how many people acted like it was. It was frustrating, having people just ignore everything from the past week. She fiddled with her pen, completely ignoring everything her mother was saying. “However, she couldn’t believe what she had done!” Jemma watched as the minutes turned to hours, and wondered if she would ever leave her Mother’s office. This wasn’t even her house. She couldn’t live at her house, Jemma’s sister burned it down. “Where’s Cara?” Jemma wondered out loud. Her mother opened her mouth to reply, but got drowned out by the sound of a crackling fire.
Summer head out to the bridge just before sunrise. The ground was sprinkled in snow, giving the signs of winter starting. She shivered, and breathed on her hands to make them warmer. Her falling apart cardigan wasn’t doing much. There was a huge hole in her shoe, giving not much more help than the cardigan. She hadn’t seen anybody for months. She wondered where they would all be. Would they be happy that they decided to leave her in the burning down orphanage? Were they angry that she was still alive? She shook of the angry voice in her head, and looked for the pink daffodil. Mr. Worth would leave one there, every thursday, signifying that the kids were headed her way. Those kids were her biggest fear.
Summary: this BTN was about the drought in Cape Town
Facts: on June 4 it’s day zero
they might only get 25 liters of water everyday
the drought has been going on for years
Questions: couldn’t they do things like not have a shower everyday?
How long until rain comes in Cape Town?
Insights: I know that Cape Town is in a really bad drought and that 50 litres doesn’t get you that far.
Imagine a world where you couldn’t do what you wanted because of your age. A world where you were restricted from your will, where you have ideas but no one will listen. What if I told you that kids feel this way? We kids should be able to do the same thing adults can. We need a voice, and soon we won’t even be able to do things independently, because we aren’t being put up to real-life situations now. We kids are trapped in a dark cell that is our life, only capable of what adults tell us. Do you want us to be clueless and lost because of you?
Do you enjoy being restricted from your will? Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if your decisions were made for you? This is what you’re doing to your kids. Imagine living with the guilt of destroying a kid’s hopes and dreams with one word. “No.” This could happen. You could ruin someone’s life. Do you really want that? If you really love your kid, you will help them grow by giving them a say in their life. Telling them they can’t is not respecting them, no matter how much you say you do it because you love them. Your kids could have no friends because you said they had to be home by five, but everyone else stayed later. I bet you don’t get curfews from your parents! Just give your kids a chance!
Adults are always talking about how kids need to be more mature, well here’s the perfect chance! Giving them responsibilities will help them learn and be more independent. If you don’t let your kids walk to school until they’re 18, they will be scared! If you don’t let your kids pay for something at the checkout until they’re 17, they won’t know what to do. Being overprotective is not helping your kids at all. Don’t you want your kids to be mature?
Imagine you’re at the beach swimming, and start to drown. You can’t speak, but you can hear everyone else’s voices. You scream for help, but no one will listen. You would feel alone, scared and trapped. Have you ever realised that kids can’t do anything about global issues? It’s ridiculous. Kids have great ideas, and kids need a voice too. There are 1.9 billion kids in the world, and none of them can vote, or have input on the law. Why don’t you listen to us? We need to have a say.
I know some people will be thinking that we are too immature and disrespectful. Well, we can learn from mistakes, and also, not everyone is immature. That’s just like saying that adults shouldn’t have a credit card because some people steal. Yes, some do, but not everyone. It just doesn’t make sense. Why waste your time disagreeing, when you could make the world a better place?
So, do you want the world to be a horrible place because of you? Kids need to be able to do more, because we are being restricted from our will, we will learn to be more responsible, and we should be able to share our ideas. You can help this world by doing only ONE THING! Just trust kids! Is that really so much to ask?
Summary: This text was about the continental drift and how Africa has a huge crack in it, and it might actually split in half over millions of years.
Facts:The African continent will break apart over the next tens of millions of years.
The tear in the earth is more than 15m deep and more than 15m wide.
The Somali plate is moving away from the other plate at a rate of 2.5cm.
Questions: Will any other countries break apart like this? What will the two sides be called?
Understandings: I understand that Africa is slowly breaking apart because of the continental drift.
Lilia hated her life. She hated the world, she hated the bleakness of it. She wanted something more from it, but she knew she couldn’t get it. That’s why she did what she did. She didn’t understand people the way you were meant to, didn’t interact right with others. That’s why she did what she did. She knew where she ended up would be better for her, even if it meant losing everyone she knew. Not like she did know them anyway. She set off on a journey to leave this green plant. Headed to a better life. The spikes, and the people, it just didn’t make sense. Then she found planet earth, and immediately knew, she belonged. Not in her old home, but this is where she belonged.
Summary: This BTN was about the volcano that is currently erupting in Hawaii called Kilauea.
Facts: Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously since 1983.
It’s a slow-moving flow but it is very hot, about 2000 degrees.
Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Questions: Has anyone died from it? Is everybody safe?
Understandings: I understand that being in an area with an active volcano can be very scary.
So I went to IKEA instead of the mall, only because I felt like a meatball.
I didn’t know they sold stuff for my home, let alone a table in the shape of a dome.
I decided to buy it with my every last penny, but did I have knowledge of furniture? Not any.
I waited in a queue for hours and hours, there were people with boxes the height of 4 towers.
But when I finally took out the parts, I didn’t know where or how to start!
I didn’t understand the instructions! This was going to conclude in a lot of destruction.
So I went back to IKEA, gave them a call, and said “Let me talk to the chef who makes the meatballs.”
I guess that tonight I’m staying right here, because guess what? I now work at IKEA!