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Re: Ngugi wa Thiong'o - A Kenyan Author

He is also known for being one of the first modern Kenyan writers to write in his mothertongue (in his case Kikuyu). Did you know he was forced into political exile to escape persecution because of his criticism of the the tyrannical regime.
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Re: Ngugi wa Thiong'o - A Kenyan Author

Evaline Njoki (Mentor) ·
Thank you Emma... This is one of my favourite authors. I read Petals of Blood when I was 10 and a few more times as an adult. Do you know why he sought refuge in America?
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Re: Margret Atwood - A Canadian Author

Emma! Your project seems to be going smoothly. I'm impressed by how fast you work. Question: Are you picking the authors from Kenya and Canadian randomly, or by your personal favourites, or are you picking ones that you think may have connections with each other?
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Re: Ngugi wa Thiong'o - A Kenyan Author

George Gitonga (Alumni) ·
He is a very good writer I also love his books very much,his whole family is into writing so they have it in their blood just becoming as their father,keep up
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Re: Ngugi wa Thiong'o - A Kenyan Author

Hi As a matter of fact,Ngugi wa Nothings writings are so fascinating to a point that you will never put down when you start writing.
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hi Sophie! I thought the point about an authors background and experience plays a huge part in whether the story is legit and not just taking advantage of trauma victims. They are stories where author's will do extensive research into disorders arising from trauma like PTSD or Dissociative Disorders related to ptsd, and i think it really depends on how much time they put into understanding people who go through these horrific events. It could also be looked on in the way that it matters...
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Kylie Mantei (LFAS-Teacher) ·
Hey Sophie! Well thought out project plan + potential sources. It's great how you have so many considerations within your inquiry to explore. Really excited to follow this along!
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hey Sophie, This seems very well planned out. Might i ask if you will be looking at specific stories, (example, Lolita) or common themes in certain genres? (Example, consent or safe sex practices in romance novels, or grotesque body injury in action stories)?
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Jordan Stuart (Mentor) ·
Hi Sophie, this topic is really interesting to me as well. I am also wondering if you are going to focus on any specific novels to demonstrate your point? I really like how you’ve shown the websites you’re getting your information from. If you want to check this out it is a paper written on an authors perspecitve and purpose: https://iblog.dearbornschools....s-purpose-packet.pdf I’m really excited to read more of your posts!
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hello Sophie, I absolutely love this topic. I think it is such a prominent issue that not only relates to authors degrading the significance of these issues, but how we as an audience perceive this issues. Especially with the rising "coolness" of mental health issues, this is a rich, significant topic. I think it would be brilliant to see the relation between the author's past and their writing, but also the audience's futures and what they have read (are teenagers who read stories that...
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hey Sophie, I really enjoyed reading your project plan. Your topic is something that I am looking forward to following up on as you post your research! Perhaps you could also look at the effects these books and their messages have on our society and people the book is geared towards. Good luck!
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Re: RR2: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Hey Sophie, It's always interesting to see where author's get their inspiration from to write a book. I like the examples you gave showing where authors can get their inspiration and turn the events into a novel. For your next round of research you could also look into why authors tend to put dark subjects into their novel and why glamorizing unpleasant subjects is sometimes for captivating for readers. Anyways great work!
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Re: RR1: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sarnaver Mwende (Alumni) ·
Hi Sophie! i have been listening to the audio book of all the bright places and the first sentence caught up with my senses."is this a good day to die". i think the writer used this words to explain the stigma the subject is experiencing as well as trying to catch the readers attention.this also apply to thirteen reasons why.looking forward to your next post
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Re: RR3: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Erica Won (LFAS) ·
Hey Sophie, I think it's really cool how you divided your research up into the positive and negative aspects of glamorizing traumatic events in fiction. You've also gone beyond novels and have looked into TV shows, which was a great choice. It's amazing how one can appeal to a certain demographic, say teens, by heavily focusing on the romance whilst bringing awareness to issues that impact whatever romance occurs in the story. It's a sneaky yet effective way of engaging and enlightening...
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Re: Earthquakes

hi wallace so far so good you are still doing nice job go on your research next on i would like you to check on ways to follow when an earth quakes occurs. its just the other day an earth quake occurred in London and many people lost there lives https://www.google.com/search?...=chrome&ie=UTF-8
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Re: Earthquakes

Dorcas Akinyi (Sweetwaters) ·
hey wallace Fantastic,You have clearly explained on how one should prepare for an earthquake.nice research,waiting for your next post. here is a link ; http://topex.ucsd.edu/es10/es1...ith.pics/node10.html
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Re: Earthquakes

Hey Wallace, A nice topic you have about earthquakes and how you ware able to come up with its precaution so as one to prepare him\herself before the occurrance of it in various places. Hope the following links will help you on your next research, good work and looking forward on your next topic. http://www.geo.mtu.edu/UPSeis/why.html
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Re: Earthquakes

Brian Gichuki (Tigithi) ·
hey wallace, what a nice topic you are researching about.i have learnt alot on how to prepare for an earthquake.looking forward for your next post.https;//www.gov/earthquakes.
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Re: Earthquakes

Grace Sun (Charles Best) ·
Hi Wallace, especially with all the natural disasters that happened recently, like the floods in Texas, hurricane Harvey and Irma, then the earthquake in Mexico your topic is very important. I have learned a lot about how to prepare my house for an earthquake. Just five days ago, there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.1 in Mexico and it flattened dozens of buildings. If the buildings were earthquake proof then, more people would have survived. I would also like to know what people...
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Re: Earthquakes

Caroline Lu (Charles Best) ·
Hi, Wallace, i think your topic about how to prepare the earthquake is very useful, especially for those people who live in the active plate. besides the precaution, i think you can research some examples of the different levels earthquakes. Also, i heard that there will be some tiny things happen before the earthquake. this will help us to predict the earthquake so that we can get prepare for it. this link might help you for the next round research:...
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Re: Earthquakes

Hi Wallace, What an interesting topic and a great round of research! Your organization with adding those bullet points to separate the ideas really helps to display the information. I was just wondering, how do you think other countries/continents cope with earthquakes? Do you think that some places are more prepared for these emergencies than others? If so, is there a better number of people who survive? By comparing these statistics, you can have a better insight on what works and what...
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Re: corruption

Lauren Jang (Charles Best) ·
Hey Charles, Great topic choice on corruption! I think it's quite upsetting that the government is taking funding out of education and putting it towards themselves. Do you think they realize we are the future of the world? If we don't get properly educated the world may not survive under our generation's ruling. Bribery is something that has been around for a long time, but now money can buy you anything. Sadly I read online that an average urban Kenyan has to pay 16 bribes a month to get...
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Re: corruption

Hae Irungu your topic is very intresting. you said that corruption is causing the problems that we are facing.i have an idea. i think you should try and look for the problems that we face due to corruption. and why is corruption practised and the effects that corruption bring. i will be looking down to your next research. good luck
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Re: corruption

Hey Irungu, a nice topic you have about corruption, by the way if Kenya could not be corrupted, it could be in a better place now, but also its our duty to educate people on the effective of corruption, even though it help in some ways, we should not relayed on it oftenly. Nice work anyway and looking forward on your next research
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Re: corruption

Hey Charles its indeed true that corruption has drugged our country down and hindered the development of both the counties and country.Kenya is so much into corruption that my worry is if its ever going to end. Corruptions starts with you and me and if we act and decide to say ''NO'' to corruption i believe that its going to end.
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Re: How can we alleviate bribery which is detrimental to our country,Kenya?

Ben Laird (LFAS) ·
Bribery is certainly, as it has been for ages predating civilized culture, a major contributor to corruption. Bribery always causes complications as it is based on the desire of an individual in terms of acquisitions, land, influence and power. And almost always when somebody makes a compromise for somebody else's benefit it is because they have been bribed with something that they desire such as food, land, and rights. I like how you touched on the effect that bribery can have on the...
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Re: How can we alleviate bribery which is detrimental to our country,Kenya?

Jim Liu (Charles Best) ·
Hello Jackline! Interesting inquiry to go on! Just like Ben said, its been around for such a long time. Bribery causes shifts in many things one being the generic power/control shift. But go further than that, it comes from a different core: that is being dishonest and while to say, cheating. I would say, acquiring unity, we will need to conquer bribery. But bribery would only be the one of many other things to fully acquire unity. So it won't be the only thing, but definitely one to go over...
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Re: How can we alleviate bribery which is detrimental to our country,Kenya?

Newton Mwangi (Tigithi) ·
There is no silver bullet for fighting corruption. Many countries have made significant progress in curbing corruption, however practitioners are always on the lookout for solutions and evidence of impact. Here are five ways that citizens and governments can lessen corruption. 1. END IMPUNITY Effective law enforcement is essential to ensure the corrupt are punished and break the cycle of impunity, or freedom from punishment or loss. Successful enforcement approaches are supported by a strong...
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RR1: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello everybody! I have looked into my question and this is what I have so far. Important note ; I brought this up in a post a while ago, but I will be using language relevant to traumatic events, such as suicide. Another important note; many of you asked if I will be looking at specific novels. Right now, the examples I'm working with the most are Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher), The Fault In Our Stars (John Green), and All The Bright Places (Jennifer Niven). But I'm open to suggestions if...
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RR2: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello folks! In my last round of research, I looked at reasons why authors glamorize traumatic subject matter in their work. In this round, I am looking at the author's backgrounds and how it may influence their writing. The three authors I will be looking at are John Green (The Fault In Our Stars), Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) and Jennifer Niven (All The Bright Places.) This will affect if the authors intended to glamorize their stories. Here is what I found out; 1. John Green was...
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RR3: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello folks! This will be my final research round for this inquiry, and then I will write a reflection. In this round I will be trying most of my loose ends together, and looking at the pros and cons of glamorizing unpleasant scenarios in fiction. Most of my information and sources was taken from my previous research, since I'm basically just organizing it all. Here is what I found; The positive aspects: 1. Appeal to target audience. T his could be relative to age, since small children don't...
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Ongoing Reflection #1

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello everybody! This inquiry has been really good for me, and I think it's a good place to wrap up this round. I'm not sure if I want to continue it or do something else, but overall, I appreciate everything I've learned from this inquiry, and all of your lovely comments and suggestions! How my project impacts my thinking: I've definitely learned not to judge a book by it's cover. When I'm reading now, I encourage myself to ask questions a lot, especially, "Could this actually be believable...
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Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hello folks! I've posted an idea and a starting point, but here is my official project plan. I'd love to hear all your thoughts! My topic (as you may have noticed from the title) is why authors of fiction would want to gloss over an unpleasant or traumatic event, or glorify it in some way. Most people admit they love a happy ending, but many authors will write a story that involves a disturbing event, and they'll make the disturbing event seem exciting, attractive, or glamorous, for some odd...
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corruption

Irungu Charles ·
Its long since i was in touch but now am back , my inquiry question is about corruption.For now i have done my research and found that ,corruption is the cause of problem that we are facing.Moreover,in same instance it have affected each and every person in authority.For example in our Kenyan government,right now there is confusion and also the grabbing of resources that are met to build our country.People in authority put money for themselves and leaving other to server like in health...
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Earthquakes

Hello everyone,, how to prepare for an earthquake. i was away for sometime but this is what i have researched about how to prepare for an earthquake.predicting when an earthquake will strike is one thing that scientists know that the earthquake has happened around this region.some of the authorities like government authorities need to educate people about earthquake prone areas and fault lines in the country. people must also be educated about what earthquakes are,and also what are its...
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How can we alleviate bribery which is detrimental to our country,Kenya?

Bribery is the state of receiving something with the intention of influencing the recipient in some ways which are favourable to the one providing the bribe.It is considered illegal and one can also be punishable.It is the act of unfairness and unequal treatment to people with different complications.It hit the poorest people hardest and undermines economic development.It is also contributing to corruption,which is among the greatest obstacles to economic and social development .They also...
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Margret Atwood - A Canadian Author

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When I thought Canadian author the first person who came to mind was Margret Atwood, who is a personal favourite of mine. She was born in 1939 in Ontario and is a renowned poet, novelist, literary critic and environmental activist. She first realized that she wanted to write professionally when she was sixteen and in 1957 she began studying at the Victoria College in the University of Toronto and started publishing soon after. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in English and a minor in...
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Mother Earth News

Paige Hunter (LFAS-Alumni) ·
Author: Cam Mather [Author, books written about his lifestyle.] Summary: Cam Mather and wife Michelle moved from their home in the suburbs to a 150 acre farm in Eastern Ontario. It took them 5 years to find a property that woul work for their future, as they set out with the intention of having a property without a grid connection. The house came with solar panels already installed, which Cam and Michelle gradually added to over several years. They now have 2,300 W worth of solar output,...
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Ngugi wa Thiong'o - A Kenyan Author

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The first Kenyan author that appeared when I researched 'renowned Kenyan authors' was Ngugi wa Thiong'o. He was born in Kenyan in 1938. He went through both primary and secondary school there before attending the University of Leeds in Britain. As an adolescent he lived through the Mau Mau War of Independence which became a major theme in his early works. His first major appearance on the literary scene was in East Africa with the performance of his play 'The Black Hermit'. In 1967 he became...
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Re: corruption

Hello charles Corruption is a tragedy facings most of our continents in the world.It has affected many oparts of our development.its irritating that many leaders are trying to curb this but its even growing wide.it would be more better if you try to fight with the causes of corruption first and later look at results and how to overcome them.You can also follow my research and try to add what its not in it. maybe this will help you; http://www.mindcontroversy.com...corruption-in-india/ Good luck.
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Re: corruption

Hi Irungu, Your topic is very interesting,of course i have known more about corruption.But i have an idea that you can search about the factors that led to corruption.I am looking foward to your next research.Thank you.
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Re: corruption

hi Charles, You have a very great topic on corruption.This minster has affected so many poor and yet innocent people from many countries.I hope you have already found some possible solutions of this monster and the link below may help you in creating your next post: https://www.transparency.org/n...on_5_key_ingredients
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Kylie Mantei (LFAS-Teacher) ·
Hi Sophie! I am annotating some readings for a course I am taking this summer at SFU, about the nature and nurture of gifted children. I read this section of the assigned passage and it made me think of your inquiry. I know you've moved on from this topic but don't doubt it's still on your mind from time to time, so I thought you might find this interesting: "Emotional Trauma. Many eminent individuals experienced family tragedies early in life or lived in dysfunctional, chaotic, and...
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Re: Why do authors of fiction glamorize unpleasant or traumatic events?

Sophie Holland (LFAS) ·
Hi Ms. Mantei! Thanks for sending this. I found it really interesting, especially how it says that emotional trauma is often reflected through creative works. I also find it a little odd, it almost seems like they’re looking at trauma in a positive way. I guess it is partially true though, some of the world’s greatest stories stem from some kind of traumatic experiences. I do still think about this inquiry from time to time, thanks for sharing!
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