Direct Quote: Artemis, the young boy genius from the book series Artemis Fowl has come down with a serious illness called the Atlantis Complex that causes him to become obsessed with the number five. “Five, thought Artemis. A good number. Solid. Predictable. Four fives are twenty.Artemis had decided lately that five was his number. Good things happened when five was in the mix. The logician in him knew that this was ridiculous, but he couldn’t ignore the fact that the tragedies in his life had occurred in years not divisible by five: his father had disappeared and been mutilated, his old friend Commander Julius Root of the LEP had been murdered by the notorious pixie Opal Koboi, both in years with no five. He was five feet five inches tall and
weighed fifty-five kilos. If he touched something five times or a multiple of that, then that thing stayed reliable.” (Colfer, 11)
Paraphrase: Due to his past adventures Artemis Fowl comes down with a condition known as the Atlantis Complex; a rare fairy disease that causes symptoms like obsessive behavior that makes Artemis become obsessed with the number five.
Direct Quote: “American Art is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to exploring all aspects of the nation's visual heritage from colonial to contemporary times. Through a broad interdisciplinary approach, American Art provides an understanding not only of specific artists and art objects, but also of the cultural factors that have shaped American art over three centuries of national experience. The fine arts are the journal's primary focus, but its scope encompasses all aspects of the nation's visual culture, including popular culture, public art, film, electronic multimedia, and decorative arts and crafts. American Art embraces all methods of investigation to explore America's rich and diverse artistic legacy. Formerly known (until 1991) as Smithsonian Studies in American Art.”
Paraphrase: American Art explores all of America’s art from heritage to contemporary times. It looks through famous pieces and famous artists that shaped what art is in America today.
Work Cited- University of Chicago Press. "American Art." JSTOR. JSTOR. Web. 13 Oct. 2010
Direct Quote: Libraries are launching apps to help sync with today’s iPod generation. “Libraries are tweeting, texting, and launching smart phone apps as they try to keep up with bibiotechs-a computer savvy class of people who consider card catalogs as vintage as typewriters. And they seem to be pulling it off.”
Paraphrase: Traditional libraries, a place where people come to get information, to learn, to relax, and to lose yourself in a good book, is going to continue despite all this advanced technology. It just won’t be constrained to physical boundaries.
Direct Quote: “Council members voted 6-1, with Priscilla Leal dissenting, in support of a 10-year contract with BFI Waste Systems, and a five-year contract with Recycle Rewards Inc. that will offer discount coupons with local merchants for residents who recycle. Councilman Brent Chesney abstained and Councilman John Marez was absent.”
Paraphrase: In order to encourage people to start recycling more, Corpus Christi Council has decided to offer discount coupons to residents who recycle. This will encourage the entire community to participate.
Direct Quote: Earlier this year Wal-mart attempted to lower its prices in order to bring more customers in but it didn’t exactly go as planned. “Cutting prices depressed sales, as shoppers took the bargains and ran. For the quarter ending July 31, Wal-Mart’s U.S. same-store sales fell 1.8%. The company's same-store sales have now fallen for five straight quarters. Of the rollback strategy, Bill Simon, the president and CEO of Walmart U.S., told investors at a September conference, "It did not do what we had hoped it would do. It did, however, drive price perception. It did not drive sales or traffic." As a result, Wal-Mart rolled back the deeper discounts, and prices started inching upward this summer.”
Paraphrase: Wal-Mart wanted to increase their sales so they did what any other store would do; they dropped their prices to entice more people into the store. However this only lasted a short time. Customers came but never came back.
Work Cited- Gregory, Sean. "Has Walmart's Price Chopping Come to an End?" Time Magazine 5 Oct. 2010. Web. .
6. Literature Book
Direct Quote: The key to making a good presentation is making the topic we wish to speak about clear and memorable. We also have to think of the audience in front of us who will be the ones listening and being influenced by our words, so make them count “A written script can be a barrier between you and your audience. If you speak from an outline, make eye contact with your listeners to monitor their responses and adjust what you have to say accordingly. Write out only the parts of your presentation where precise wording counts, such as quotations.”
Paraphrase: When we make an oral presentation, it is important to make eye contact with audience and focus on their responses. Also make sure your writing is clear and appropriate for your viewers to understand.
Work Cited- Maimon, Elaine P., and Janice H. Peritz. "Oral Presentations." Introduction. Writing Intensive. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill, 2007. 28-29. Print.