Jamie Oliver TED Talk answers

1. What is Jamie Oliver’s main message in this talk (filmed in 2010)?

Jamie Oliver is strongly concerned about the health issues of people world-wide related to food and he says that it would only take something simple like educating our children, inspiring people to cook in their homes again and bring together other people to stop obesity.

2. What is your take-away?

The three things that really struck me were kids not knowing what vegetables were and this is really sad because it proves that the children of today are not being educated well enough about food. Just out of a cup of chocolate milk two times a day the amount of sugar that you intake is horrifying and companies want to double that amount. For me the diet that people are having is not sustainable at all and that these people eat a mountain of ‘junk food’ per week if people generally are eating these things world-wide it could have a real impact on us in the future.

3.Although this video speaks to Americans, how does it affect YOU and we who live in Turkey?

My personal experience in cooking good food is at a good level because in my family we are taught to cook good healthy food and learn about the high quality ingredients we use. My Mum cooks, my dad cooks, my grandparents cook, my sister cooks and I cook. Related to Turkey there isn’t an enormous amount of fast food and I think the ingredients are fresh and good quality but on the other hand if young turkish people continue to imitate the american way of eating then even in Turkey they will have to be careful.


T.O.D (The Omnivore’s Dilemma)

Discussion Questions (The Big Ideas)

Ch. 1

  1. HOW is it possible for corn to be in almost everything we eat? Give EXAMPLES of where corn is found.

Corn is in almost a lot of things we eat because if you think about it if you’re a farmer and you’re breeding chickens what do you feed the chicken? corn and then after the chickens meat is processed in the factory with high fructose corn syrup to make chicken nuggets (or should I say corn nuggets) then the batter is made from corn flour, the starch that holds it together is corn starch and the oil it was fired in is corn oil. Now I think you should have a ‘clear’ perspective of how corn is in most american produce.

 

2.  If you were to look at the ingredients on a food label, would corn be LABELED as “corn”? Why? Why not?

(TO ANSWER PROPERLY)

 

3.   WHY is corn used in almost everything we eat? (Why do food companies use it so much?)

Because in the late 1400s columbus reached what we call America without even knowing it  along most of his wonderful discoveries he found a plant named Teosinte it was nothing like corn it was thinner and ears no bigger than you’re thumb with little white seeds on it, but it evolved into maize. After that Columbus returned to Spain and showed all of his wonders to the queen of Spain and from then on it was used in most foods around Europe, Asia, Africa, Canada, and South America. (So basically all around the globe).

Ch. 2

  1. WHO is George Naylor? WHY is he featured in Chapter 2? (Why is he important?)

George Naylor is a farmer in Iowa and one of the very few farmers in N.A that refuse to use GMO seeds in they’re farms. This is important because he is a primary source to the author who can use that in the book he made and spread awareness to the consumers that read this book.

2.   What’s ‘hybrid corn’? What nickname does Michael Pollan give them?

Hybrid corn is when a different type of ‘corn plant’ is created by mixing to totally different random types of corn for example as Micheal Pollan says in the book you could have a disease-resistant type of corn and cross it with corn that produces lots of ears so then in the end you get corn that is disease-resistant and produces a lot of ears sounds great doesn’t it! but it’s always the same identical corn. the nickname he gives the hybrid seeds are franken-seeds because frankenstein is a hybrid of two things coming together.

3.   For WHAT REASON did GMO seeds start?

It promised even higher yields than hybrid seed.

4.   How has the increase in corn production changed the American farm?

The arrival of high yield corn changed the american farm by changing the very landscape of Iowa, they had so much corn that they didn’t need to feed wheat to the animals and instead fed them corn.

Ch. 3

  1. WHY did the U.S. government get involved in agribusiness?

One of the main reasons it got involved because it had a whole surplus of ammonium nitrite left over from the weapon industry of the WWII. The department of agriculture decided to use this as fertiliser and  so the government helped to create the fertiliser industry.

2.  After WWII, the U.S. government had a surplus (tons of leftovers) of ammonium nitrate. What did they do with it? WHY did they use it for that?

Ammonium nitrate contains nitrogen which is one of the main ingredients of fertiliser. The hybrid corn caused the soil to get poorer and poorer.

3.  WHAT POWERS the industrial farm? Why is this important?

The industrial farm is powered by fossil fuels. It needs fossil fuels to make pesticides, to move tractors and to harvest, dry and transport the crop. As it takes approximately ten calories of fossil fuel to produce one calorie of food energy this means industrial farms are using more energy than they produce. The opposite used to happen when there weren’t chemical fertilisers and the farm’s nitrogen was recycled in a natural loop.

4.  WHAT’S WRONG with the current system of food production?

The main problem with the current system of food production is that the government’s subsidies don’t really give us cheap food. It gives us the kinds of cheap food made from corn and soy but only because taxpayers have already paid for part of it. Added to that the corn and soy are only cheap if you don’t  count the hidden costs like the cost of pollution from chemical fertilisers. The excessive use of nitrogen fertilisers creates acid rains, global warming, polluted well water and poisoning of the ocean.

Ch. 5

  1. They eat more meat because CAFO’s make the meat so cheap by subsidies from the government.

2.   A CAFO is a concentrated animal feeding operation. It is a series of fenced off areas called cattle pens that contain hundred or more cows. The pens are around a corn mill and are filled with animals and their manure. In an old fashion farm cows were raised in pastures and  ate  grass and hay what they naturally eat, in a CAFO they are forced to eat corn.

3.   Steer 534 is a cow that Micheal Pollan bought to follow the production of a hamburger from the beginning to the end.

4.   Cattle are being fed antibiotics to help them survive the feedlot because they are consistently ill, without these drugs they can’t survive.

5.   The problem is the more you give antibiotics the more the bacteria can change and breed new super bacteria that the drugs don’t affect.

6.   Feeding cattle corn goes against nature and causes the animals to be sick with blot, acidosis or worse.

7.    “Mad cow” disease is a deadly brain disease that was in England, it spread by eating the brains of infected animals. Ground up cattle brains were put into cattle feed and some of the cows got the disease.

8.    – liquified fat (beef fat)

– Protein supplement (molases, urea.)

– Liquid vitamins

– Antibiotics

– Alfa Alfa hay

– Silage

 

 

Ch. 6

 

  1. Taco shells, peanut butter, powdered sugar, mayonnaise and potato crisps.

 

2.  Adding value means making a certain type of food look better in quality when you see it not to what it has. For example corn’s value is added because companies genetically modify the corn’s shape to make it look straight and pointy, they also can sweeten the corn and brightly colour it so they can convince consumers to pay more for processed food.

 

3.   No, because it doesn’t help the corn in any nutritional way. It doesn’t improve it’s quality to how it tastes, it just improves it’s quality to appeal to the eyes.

 

 

Ch. 7

 

  1. Fast food advertising and lack of exercise are some of the reasons why childhood obesity is increasing. It is also caused by the super sizing of portions, the incredible amount of HFCS used in foods and the fact that the cheapest calories in the supermarket are the unhealthiest.

 

2.   Customers do not want to buy two portions because they don’t want to look greedy or feel piggish but that feeling goes away with one serving twice the size.

 

3.   Our built in instinct to eat sugar and fat is a button the fast food industry pushes. Fast food chains offer huge amounts of sugar and fat that we instinctively and we end up eating more than we should.

 

 

Ch.8

 

 

  1. Give examples of some dilemmas omnivores face.

 

The modern omnivore no longer knows what to eat because of the enormous variety of food we have created. Sometimes we don’t know what we are eating thanks to the food industries of the world or why we eat in the first place. We have an infinite variety of food that is so huge that we can’t decide what we should eat because there is another 17,000 choices added to the market on average every year. This is the omnivore’s dilemma.

 

 

2.  Why are there so many omnivores all over the world versus herbivores like koalas? (What does what you eat have to do with geography?)

 

There are so many omnivores over the world today because the omnivore has more choice to what it eats than what a carnivore and a herbivore eat. A generic example is if a herbivore loses its only source of food (specific plants) than that is the end for the herbivore.

 

3.   The four different tastes of the human tongue (excluding umami) are: Sweet, bitter, salty and sour.

 

4.   Humans feel disgust because it helps them make wiser choices of what they eat. For example the body feels disgust when it thinks of eating/drinking things like carcasses, decaying flesh and animal waste.

 

5.   I am half Italian and my Italian culture side has an strong culture of food for example in our family some recipes have been handed down over the generations. My dad cooks and teaches me to cook and how to cook dishes that my great grandmother cooked. In Italy there are strong food traditions in every small town you visit.

 

6.   Food Fads in America come and go like fashion at alarming rates and this is because they have no real food culture in America. It is important to know that they are not based on scientific facts.

 

 

Ch.9

 

 

  1. Why does Michael Pollan try McDonald’s in this chapter if he’s so against unhealthy food?

 

Micheal Pollan choses to consume a fast food meal at Mc Donald’s because every food chain ends in a meal and it was impossible to follow Naylor’s corn or his cow directly to his plate. He had a variety of fast food choices and he wanted to calculate how much corn he would consume in the meal.

 

 

2.  What are the positives and negatives of having a corn-heavy diet?

 

The positives or negatives of having a corn-heavy diet depend on where you stand. If you are in agribusiness it’s a great way to make more money by selling more food than people need. For people with low incomes a cheap corn-heavy diet is a positive thing. For people that keep on eating it the price they pay is obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease. Another perspective is from the farmers point of view. Growing only corn is an economic disaster for farmers because it has damaged the soil of our farms, it has polluted the water and threatened all living organisms downstream.

 

 

3.  How does obesity relate to HFCS? Where else have you heard this message?

 

HFCS is 45% fructose and 55% glucose and tastes exactly as sweet as table sugar. Once that HFCS is consumed the body tells us to “keep eating more because it is an energy rich food and you might not know when you are going to eat it again.” So that sugar is transformed into fat by the pancreas and liver and is stored in our bodies. The fact that we are pushed to eat more by the processed food industry causes more and more fat to be stored and therefore obesity. I have also heard this message when reading chapter 7 page 92-93.

 

 

4.  Watch this video from McDonald’s on how their Chicken McNuggets are made. What questions or comments do you have about the video?

 

From Michael Pollan’s point of view the way Chicken McNuggets are made and consumed is totally negative but from McDonald’s point of view the production of the McNuggets is made to seem almost entirely healthy. It is very hard to have the correct information and make good decisions.

I found that the people describing the production process of McNuggets weren’t totally specific. They didn’t give all of the detailed ingredients. I found that they concentrated on the good and healthy additives rather than the not so healthy.

I also need to comment that the “healthiness” of a food does not only depend on the ingredients used but also on the way you cook it. Frying a food rather than steaming it or frying in olive oil rather than canola oil also effects the quality of the ingredients and how healthy that food is.

 

 

Ch.10

 

 

1.  What time period led to the birth of the organic food movement?

 

The 1960’s and the counterculture of young people rebelling against the violence, corruption and immorality of the society led to the birth of the environmental movement and organic food movement.

 

 

2.  What book inspired the environmental movement at about the same time?

 

“Silent Spring” written in 1962 by Rachel Carson. In this book she made people aware of the dangers of pollution and of pesticides like DDT.

 

 

3.  How can something be organic and have HFCS?

 

This can happen because the government rules allow companies to make organic high-fructose corn syrup and several synthetic additives are permitted under federal organic rules.

 

 

4.  Page 136 shows the large corporations that own organic companies. With which are you familiar?

 

I’m familiar with Ben and Jerry’s an organic company owned by Unilever. The only other names I know are the large corporations: Coca-Cola, Danone, Heinz, Kraft, Kellog and Pepsi.

 

 

Ch.11

 

 

1.  Describe a typical factory farm for poultry (chicken).

 

There is a shed with twenty thousand Cornish Cross broilers which is a type of chicken bread for the industrial food chain. The chickens are the fastest growing ever they go from egg to full size in 7 weeks. There is a little door in each shed that leads outside to a grassy area but the door remains shut until the chickens are 5 weeks old and by that time they are so used to staying inside that none of the bother to go outside. In the shed they form a moving white carpet and the air is warm and humid and smells strongly of ammonia.

 

 

2.  Describe a typical processing plant.

 

Micheal Pollan visited the fully automated processing plant at Petaluma where the machinery can turn a live chicken into a wrapped pack of parts in ten minutes. The processing plants are usually full of steel machinery for hygienic reasons and there are rows and rows of chickens that get cut up into the various parts and then they get packaged.

 

 

3.  Looking at the pros and cons of importing food from other countries (pgs. 152-153), what is your opinion?

 

Pros are that buying imported food helps the economy of the country that produced them. If they are organic produce it helps to keep that country’s land free from pesticides. Some cons are the amount of fossil fuel burned to refrigerate, to import the food and that in the end the product wasn’t tasty. Another con is that we shouldn’t use farmland in South America to grow expensive food for North America they might need it for themselves.

 

 

4.  Is organic food better for you? (What do studies show? pgs. 154-157)

 

The university of California that a crop grown with organic methods contains higher levels of nutrients than one sprayed with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertiliser. Another reason it is better for you is that pesticides cause cancer, damage nerve cells and disrupt the endocrine system. Also cows that have been infected with hormones to boost their productivity might affect the kids who drink non-organic milk but we don’t know so it’s better to avoid them. To finally add on chickens unlike Rosie that are fed non-organic corn with traces of atrazine is proved to change the sex of frogs and who knows what it will do to the children and even the adults. So I do hope I have made the point clear that I do believe organic foods are better for your health.

 

 

5.  Most (about 80%) of the fuel burned by the food industry is used for what?

 

Almost 80% of the fossil fuels used in the food industry are used to just process food and move it around. This means transporting the food from one place to another by plane, truck and boat etc. Also processing it and making it go through stages of non-organic methods to boost the shelf life, taste etc.

 

 

6.  Why wouldn’t Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms ship his food to the author?

 

Because it wasn’t worth burning the fossil fuels to just send a few bits of food to him. It was against his philosophy as a farmer.

 

 

Ch.12

 

 

  1. What is the point of the author working at Polyface Farm for the week?

 

He wanted to know if it was possible that a non-industrial food chain could survive against the industrial food chain that is he wanted to know if organic farming was in the past or in the future.

 

 

2.  Describe Polyface Farm. How is it different from other ‘farms’ you read about so far?

 

The first main difference that I saw was that Polyface Farm produces a wider variety of fruit and vegetables and raises wider variety of stock. Industrial farms grow giant monoculture fields these farms put in seed and fertiliser to produce corn or soy beans. Polyface Farm works in a different way.

 

 

3.  Why does Joel Salatin call himself a “grass farmer”? (pg. 168-169)

 

He calls himself a “grass farmer” because the farm all depends on the many different types of plants that grow in the pasture.

 

 

4.  What is so interesting about the graphic, “A Year of Grazing on a Typical Pasture at Polyface Farm”? (pg. 169)

 

If you look at the graphic you see that the actual time that the cattle grazes in one pasture for the whole year compared to the time that the pasture is rested. I expected the cows to be on the pasture for much more time during the year.

 

 

5.  Compare and contrast the graphic on the Naylor Farm versus Polyface Farm (pg. 173).

 

Polyface Farm is about as far from industrial agribusiness as you can get. There are no pesticides. Any fertilisers they use are natural and local. The farm uses solar energy and has diverse crops and diverse species raised. The grasses used in Polyface Farm are perennial and this farm caters for a local market. There is no pollution or waste from Polyface Farm. The Naylor Farm is anything but ecological. Their grasses must be planted each year and are planted in monoculture. The Naylor Farm uses fossil fuels and artificial fertilisers and caters for a global market. This farm creates tons of waste and pollution.

 

 

Ch.14

 

 

  1. Describe the chicken pens and how they move around the pasture.

 

On Polyface Farm one of the most important morning jobs was giving food and water to the chickens and moving their pens. There are a total of fifty pens spread out across the pasture each pen is ten feet by twelve feet and 2 feet high. The pens have no floor to allow the broilers to get at the grass which represents about 20% of their diet together with worms, grasshoppers and crickets. Joel Salatin also feeds the chickens a mixture of corn soy beans and kelp. The pens were organised very carefully and each one gets moved ten feet a day. At the end of a 56 day cycle the pens have covered every part of the pasture. The idea is to give the chickens twenty-four hours to eat the grass and fertilise it with their droppings and then move on to a fresh area.

 

 

2.  What’s the Eggmobile? What’s the reasoning behind them?

 

The Eggmobile is one of Mr. Salatin’s greatest innovations. It is a cross between a hen house and a covered wagon. On each side there are rows of nesting boxes that open from the outside to get the eggs and every night the hens climb into the coop and in the morning Mr. Salatin moves them to fresh pasture. The reasoning behind the Eggmobiles is that in nature you will always find birds following herbivores. The birds dine on the insects that would otherwise annoy the cows they eat the insect larvae and parasites out of the cows droppings and that protein rich diet makes the chicken’s eggs rich and tasty.

 

 

3.  “It’s all connected,” Joel Salatin says about his farm. What does he mean?

 

Joel Salatin says that his farm is like an organism where every part works together to the advantage of the whole. He also says that the animals do the real work on his farm and that he is just making sure that everybody is in the right place at the right time and that the system is balanced and that the animals are used for their natural instincts. Industrial farmers don’t worry about keeping things in balance and often force animals to do what is not natural for them.

 

 

4.  Compare and contrast Polyface Farms from a Factory Farm.

 

If animals can be happy then the animals on farms like Polyface are the happiest. At Polyface they work with the natural instinct of animals, instead on factory farms animals are treated as machines (egg-laying, meat-growing machines). On natural farms the animals are the machines and do most of the work for the farm. These machines do not need fossil fuel to work like the machine used on Factory Farms. On Polyface Farms no antibiotics or chemical fertilizers are used. These are overused on Factory farms.

 

 

Ch.15

 

 

1.  Why is it important for Joel Salatin to process his chickens on his farm?

 

It is important to Joel Salatin to slaughter his chickens on his farm personally because it is part of his philosophy as a farmer. Slaughtering his chickens in an outdoor area as done in his farm is more sanitary and cleanly processed.

 

 

2.  Describe the Polyface Farm processing shed.

 

It is a concrete slab with four columns and a roof and their are no walls for sanitary reasons because Joel believes that fresh air keeps the shed cleaner than washing down walls with disinfectant.

 

 

3.  What are some of the flaws of the USDA rules about processing meat?

 

One of the flaws of the USDA rules is that they don’t set a limit for the amount of bacteria in our meat. The rules assume there will always be a certain amount of bacteria, because in a slaughter house there is no way to avoid it. Another flaw is that government rules say that the walls of a processing plant should be white but Joel’s shed doesn’t have any walls and their is no rule saying that he should have.

 

 

4.  Joel Salatin had an independent (unbiased) lab test his chickens. What was the result?

 

The result was that Polyface’s hens had a much lower bacteria count than supermarket chickens.

 

 

5.  Why did the author participate in killing the chickens?

 

Because he felt that he enjoyed the beauty of the food chain and that this was the last step to go through even though he dreaded it he thought as he is a meat eater then at least once in his life he should participate in the killing of his food and not let someone else do it.

 

 

6.  Why is Joel Salatin against having walls for his slaughterhouse?

 

Because he believes that fresh air keeps the shed clean more than wiping down walls with detergent and that USDA rules can’t confront with him.

 

 

7.  List ways Polyface Farms practices sustainability.

 

They use the waste of the animals as a fertiliser for the fields. They don’t use fossil fuels they use the energy of the sun and the work of the animals on the farm. The pasture on Salatin’s farm together with the forest are all one biological system where the trees, the grasses and the wild and domestic and animals all live as one organism.


The economics of happiness reflection

Questions:

  •           Are there any other places in the world that still haven’t been affected by globalisation?
  • Can globalisation really be the way to connect other people with other people and strengthen our cultures and social life? Or does it break our communities down and destroy our connections to nature and other people?
  • If people know that globalisation does all these negative things to society and economy and people then why do most organisations keep promoting it? It always comes down to one thing trading, finance and money. The need for resources in this world makes a large gap between the rich and the poor and the more money one gets the more greed and want for more in this world increases

 

Disagree:

  •           I disagree that all companies make fake advertisements try to create a more green earth-friendly picture many companies do produce things for the benefit of our earth.

 

Agree:

  •           I agree to the fact that all these facts about globalization are real and what is most saddening about this truth is that it is the truth about globalisation and some of us are lucky to have grown up in a place well globalised because that means that when we look at a can of coke than that’s just a can of coke to us but to people not knowing what it is and this product being mass-produced wherever they live and other people consuming that and sometimes wasting it. Some people can’t cope with the fact that a lot of people in this world waste good food and it really upsets me because me too because this is the horrible truth about globalisation and its outcomes that can hurt people physically and emotionally.
  • I also would agree to the theory that people who live in a more sustainable ecological culture are more connected with people and nature and knowing who they are than people in the urban culture with companies that give you an ‘artificial identity’ in a canned product.

 

Comment:

  •            There is an organisation (that I don’t remember what it’s named) is lead by an Indian man that helps reduce energy consumption in the world.

 

  •            I would question the fact that the people that are in this documentary are not always on the “greener” side of things than the globalization side because it may happen that the people that mention in this documentary this beautiful place in the himalayas might be part of the reason that tourists came.

You could describe these events as a chain reaction because I bet tons of people see this documentary all over the world and they are convinced to go there on a holiday and then those tourists convince other tourists to go, and once the tourism side and the people know about this place then companies can join in on the gossip through maybe workers that have friends that went there or maybe the workers have been there there are many options and so then companies decide why don’t we start bringing new things into their town and sell things there because that will eventually give us more money actually selling the merchandise and then one after the other companies start to join in on the fun and the whole place can spiral down to eventually becoming a place where things get dumped and pollution starts and Co2 emissions can start through the trucks importing and exporting goods.

So in the end it’s a real catastrophe of cause and effect one tiny event like one documentary of the millions that are out there can chain react onto such a big result.


Math: Algebra Unit

In the Algebra unit we started doing graphing tables and I think I was mostly being knowledgeable during graphing tables because I was thinking hard during graphing tables and in the end I was just flying through the questions because it was so easy to do but I know that in the future I will have to do this again at a harder level of skill so I will have to think more and try my best.


Unit R.A.F.T Building

We are currently going through the transitions unit in grade 6 which will help us to transition to 7th grade, during the process of transitioning we have been going through the stages of R.A.F.T which are “R” for Reconciliation “A” for Affirmation “F” for Farewell and “T” for Think destination. I really think that I was being very caring in our group because our group was being caring all at the same time, we worked together as a team.


Reading Response Perspective

As we are experiencing and learning new ways of literature we inquire deeper into reading and reading skills. For next few weeks we will be talking about perspective of different people in different books.

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I am thinking of the event when pop’s burns down the shed I am thinking about this from the perspective of Cessie’s mum and dad.

I think that in the book they were happy but at the same time they were a bit worried when the shed burned down. When the shed burned they were happy because the shed kept on breaking to bits and they wanted to rebuild it. Also they were worried because it could have gone a lot worse then just the garden shed burning down.

I do have just one question why would pop’s just go ahead and make a bonfire and then just leave it there to burn to close to the shed and the fence? I know he lost his mind a bit but he should remember not to play with fire.


Reading Response Perspective

As we are experiencing and learning new ways of literature we inquire deeper into reading and reading skills. For next few weeks we will be talking about perspective of different people in different books.

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I am thinking of the event when ‘pops’ goes missing without any notice or message.

I think that Cessie’s mum feels pretty worried at first when she hears this terrible news, she doesn’t know what to do or where to go, but then she gets everything into place with patience she stops and thinks for a moment what would he do? where would he go? And with that she gets ideas of where he could be but she never finds him. So it’s a constant switch between the two first she is worried and then gets everything into order but then she gets worried from not being able to find him. So I think she in this situation is thinking before she takes action.

I don’t really have any concerns for this part of the book because she does everything fine there aren’t any mistakes she makes or things that she does that give me doubts about her, I think this chapter from the book is great because she thinks before she takes action and doesn’t screw up.


Reading Response Perspective

As we are experiencing and learning new ways of literature we inquire deeper into reading and reading skills. For next few weeks we will be talking about perspective of different people in different books.

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I am thinking of the event when Cessie’s grandfather who is named as ‘Pops’ goes missing and I am looking at it from Cessie’s perspective of the situation.

I think that Cessie feels pretty shocked by this news because it happens so suddenly and when she finds out about it she probably feels very afraid of where Pops is or what he is doing. She is very caring for him and that is what is driving her to still be looking for him she never gives up on him she knows he is out there. A question I ask from this viewpoint is did she ever ask herself why he ran away, why did he do this action in the first place because it seemed she didn’t ask herself that throught this turn of events.


Overall Reading Response Word, Phrase, Sentence, Mini paragraph

Here is how I overall summarised the book I am reading called ‘Escape from Shangri – La’ by Micheal Morpurgo.

Word: Meaning

Phrase: Does he mean anything to you.

Sentence: Your real father has returned to you, doesn’t he mean anything to you?

Mini paragraph: Cessie’s grandfather returned to the family out of the blue after many years it was a big shock for her and her mother and father when he first appeared. During their reunion Cessie’s grandfather had a stroke and had to be taken to the hospital. After a while he came back to live at their house but he can not remember his recent past… This creates tension between Cessie’s grandfather and father who doesn’t trust his new found family member.


Reading Response Word, Phrase, Sentence

Here is how I summarised the book I am reading called ‘Escape from Shangri – La’ by Micheal Morpurgo.

Word: Accident

Phrase: My grandfather had a stroke.

Sentence: My grandfather fell and bumped his head and went to the hospital.


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