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A MORAL TALE
A true story: The Book Review
Once upon a time there were two
students called Abdulla and Ahmed. They
were good guys and had lots of friends. However they had a lot to learn about
Their teacher asked them to write a
book review as part of their portfolio in the Diploma year. In the car park
before they went home they had a chat. " Let's copy a review
from the Internet, I'm sure we can find a description of a book there. Our
teacher is a nice friendly woman She'll never guess that we haven't written it
ourselves and it will save us lots of time. We're both smart guys and she'll
think we have worked really hard.
Ahmed scanned a huge piece from the back of the book, cleverly used his skills
to change the font and make it look personal. Abdulla searched the Internet to
find some writing about a famous book, downloaded it and did much the same.
The next day they met in the car park on their way to class and showed
each other their work. . They looked at the text, full of complex sentences and
long words and they felt very pleased. This must be what their teacher wanted
and it had been so easy! . Why an
English person couldn't have written better.
The next part of this tale is very
sad, so be prepared! The teacher
was not overjoyed; she was upset and dismayed. . She sat down with Abdulla and
Ahmed and explained to them that what she wanted was
She would have been happy with half
the text in 'THEIR OWN WORDS' 'It took the guys a few minutes to understand why
the teacher was upset. She pleaded with them to write it again in their own
words, even if there were mistakes. The important thing was that he should be
expressing their own thoughts. If they made mistakes in spelling and grammar, it
was still better than copying long words that they didn't really understand.
The end of this story is a happy one.
Abdulla and Ahmed listened to
the teacher and took on board what she had said. Before they
went back to Baniyas that evening, they took out two books from the
library. Two days later they were both ready to write about what they had read.
The books they chose were not difficult to read, but they found the time even
though they had morning jobs and afternoon study. This time, what they wrote was
much shorter, about 125 words. It didn't have such impressively long words in
it. However, Abdulla and Ahmed understood every word. In fact they even enjoyed
writing and felt quite proud of what they had done. What is even more important,
the teacher was really pleased and they both ended up with very good marks!!!
the names in this story have been changed to protect the innocent!!