Each week you should complete one task from the list attached. At the end of term you will have designed your own island (similar, but better, to the one in year 8). You must hand in your completed tasks as a project in the last week of term. You may decide how you present your project (you may use the computer if you wish) and you can do the tasks in any order you like.
How successful is the character of Christopher at teaching us about Autism awareness?
Meet CHIP, An Ultra Tiny, Ridiculously Cheap Fully-Functional Computer
Need a computer but can't afford the high cost? Then you are in luck. That's because a team of brilliant engineers from Oakland-based Next Thing recently unveiled one that costs a mere $9 USD! Called CHIP, the tiny machine is equipped with a fully-functional operating system that includes dozens of open-source applications such as pre-installed word processing, photo and audio editing, web access, and email.
Users can unlock CHIP's talents by connecting the credit-card sized computer to a screen and keyboard via its integrated composite output or by using a simple adapter. Those that prefer to go wireless can make use of the machine's built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. CHIP can be used to play audio, videos, and even games, just not the ones that contain 3D graphics.
For people that prefer a portable solution, there is the PocketCHIP. Equipped with a 4.3-inch touchscreen, standard keyboard and a 5-hour battery life, the pint-sized laptop is small enough to fit inside a pocket. Though not as inexpensive as CHIP, it is still priced at an affordable $49 USD.
Given its amazing capabilities and affordable price, it is not surprising that CHIP has become an overnight sensation even before the first unit has come to market. The company's campaign to raise $50,000 USD on crowdfunding site Kickstarter currently has pledges of over $1.9mm USD and with three days to go before it ends, the numbers can only go up.
Though the inventors had suspected that CHIP would be a success with tech-savvy computer programmers and gamers, they had not expected the general public to be so excited. In addition to the demand on Kickstarter, the company has also received numerous inquires about the computer from teachers, schools, and NGOs in the U.S. and even from as far away as Mozambique. Some enterprising entrepreneurs are even considering using CHIP clusters to build satellites.
This is not the first time Next Thing has made a splash with a unique product. A few years ago, they introduced Otto, a customizable digital camera that attracted a lot of attention. However, it failed in the market largely due to its hefty $249 USD price tag. According to the company co-founder Dave Rauchwerk, the camera's most expensive component was the $35 USD Raspberry Pi computer. So about a year ago, the inventors embarked on a mission to create a cheaper version and CHIP was born.
Though it proved to be Otto's nemesis, the Raspberry Pi, which is about the same size as CHIP, has been extremely popular since it was first launched in 2012. Experts, however, believe that CHIP will be even more coveted. That's because, in addition to superior features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, the tiny machine also has a bigger processor and requires no assembly. CHIP's biggest selling point? It costs just $9.00 USD, making it much more affordable than the Raspberry Pi, which retails at $35 USD.
1. What is CHIP?
2. How much does it cost?
3. What are some of the applications it comes with?
4. What does a buyer need to buy in addition to purchasing CHIP?
5. What is PocketCHIP?
6. In what ways is CHIP superior to the Raspberry Pi?
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
It was a bright, cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. Winston Smith, his chin nuzzled into his breast in an effort to escape the vile wind, slipped quickly through the glass doors of Victory Mansions, though not quickly enough to prevent a swirl of gritty dust from entering along with him.
The hallway smelt of boiled cabbage and old rag mats. At one end of it, a coloured poster, too large for indoor display, had been tacked to the wall. It depicted the face of the man of about forty-five, with a heavy black moustache and ruggedly handsome features. Winston made for the lift. At the best of times it was seldom working, and at present the electric current was cut off during the daylight hours. It was part of the preparation for Hate Week. The flat was seven flights up, and Winston, who was thirty-nine and had a varicose ulcer above his right ankle, went slowly, resting several times on the way. On each landing, opposite the lift shaft, the poster with the enormous face gazed from the wall. It was one of those pictures which are so contrived that the eyes follow you about when you move. BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.
1. What month is it?
2. Why was the electric off?
3. Who is watching Winston?
4. What is the name of the flats that Winston lives at?
Compare the two poems:
revise the content and techniques used.
SIMILES Use ‘like’ or ‘as’ to describe and compare…
• What words can you think of to describe a storm?
e.g. The storm raged through the tiny town like a wild tiger.
YOUR TURN- The storm ____________________________ like a _____________________.
• What is the weather like during a storm?
e.g The weather was as horrifying as an encounter with the unknown.
YOUR TURN- The clouds were as ___________________________ as ____________________.
• How does the wind move? How does the rain fall?
e.g. The wind whistled and howled like a lost soul in the night as the rain rolled down streets like the Nile had burst its banks.
YOUR TURN- __________________________________________________________________.
Writing a Film Review
Imagine that your review is to be posted on an Internet film website. It will be read by people of all ages.
1. Film title. You could also include a star rating here.
2. Introduction: what you expected from the film
3. Genre: what type of film is it? Does it have a message?
4. Plot: what happens in the film? Does the plot make sense? Is it easy enough to follow? Is it believable?
5. Characters: Who are the main characters and what are they like? Who are the actors playing these parts, and are they good in the parts?
6. What is the camerawork/ animation like? If there are special effects, what are they like? Are there beautiful scenes? Are there moments when the camera is used in an interesting way?
7. Did you enjoy the film? Why/why not? What were its good and bad points?
8. Write about a scene you particularly enjoyed or remembered. Why was it good/ memorable?
9. Would you recommend this film? To what sorts of people? Why?
10. Are there any other films you can compare this film to?
Read the extract taken from Oliver Twist
It was a chill, damp, windy night, when the Jew: buttoning his great-coat tight round his shrivelled body, and pulling the collar up over his ears so as completely to obscure the lower part of his face: emerged from his den. … It seemed just the night when it befitted such a being as the Jew to be abroad. As he glided stealthily along, creeping beneath the shelter of the walls and doorways, the hideous old man seemed like some loathsome reptile, engendered in the slime and darkness through which he moved: crawling forth, by night, in search of some rich offal for a meal.
What do the underlined words/phrases tell you about the character?
What verbs add violence to this scene (underline them)
He had in his hand a heavy cane, with which he was trifling; but he answered never a word, and seemed to listen with an ill-contained impatience. And then all of a sudden he broke out in a great flame of anger, stamping with his foot, brandishing the cane, and carrying on (as the maid described it) like a madman. The old gentleman took a step back, with the air of one very much surprised and a trifle hurt; and at that Mr. Hyde broke out of all bounds and clubbed him to the earth. And next moment, with ape-like fury, he was trampling his victim under foot and hailing down a storm of blows, under which the bones were audibly shattered and the body jumped upon the roadway. At the horror of these sights and sounds, the maid fainted.
Extract from Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
The hose is a slippery snake that slithers across the lawn
The car was the colour of blood
Caitlin’s smile was as wide as the sea
The little boy stood as straight as a soldier
He was a tiger in the board meeting
It was as blue as the sky
The bed was as soft was a cotton ball
The fence was a row of soldiers standing to attention around the perimeter
The wave is a dog rushing to the beach for its bone
It was as cold as a freezer on the mountain top