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ENGLISH 836/ READ 836 BL2 Prof. K. Malavade Fall 2011 (Students in these courses should keep these handouts in their binders. You will need them for in class work and for homework assignments). 1
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New York Times March 6, 2007 BANGKOK JOURNAL Breathing Easier as the Battle for Blue Skies Pays Off By T HOMAS FULLER BAD  pollution in the  past now Bangkok a role  model Laws don’t change  even w/ changing  govts. Residents notice big  difference in air  quality BANGKOK –Black smoke billowing from tailpipes into the humid, tropical air was once a Bangkok trademark . But a decade and a half after Thailand began a battle for better air quality, this erstwhile icon of smog has emerged as a role model for pollution-choked capitals in Asia , with considerably cleaner air than Beijing, Jakarta, New Delhi and Shanghai. Some buses here still belch toxic vapor. Yet the skies in Bangkok on most days are blue , thanks to the work of a small, dedicated group of people. They have pressed the case for cleaner air despite a history of weak, short- lived governments and the country’s current efforts to extricate itself from the tangled results of the military coup last September. “There’s a huge difference when you walk around the streets,” said Jitendra Shah, a coordinator at the World Bank for environment and social issues in Southeast Asia who has worked in Bangkok since the 1990s. “Breathing is definitely easier.” Thailand’s battle against air pollution provides a virtual how-to manual of environmental cleanup, say Mr. Shah and other air quality experts in Asia. Thai officials cajoled oil companies to produce cleaner fuel, MP Bangkok has experienced a  positive turnaround in  pollution problems MP Success is due to activists, not  govt. Verb, to free from entanglement Comment from resident MP Other cities can learn from  Bangkok’s efforts Verb, to persuade by flattery 2
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ANNOTATION PURPOSE: Annotation involves note taking for better reading comprehension. Marking the text while you read helps you focus on your purpose for reading, concentrating on the relationship between the main ideas and the details in the margins of your lecture notes or in the margins of your books. These key points in the margins also serve as a recall column when you review for a reading or your lecture notes for class discussion, a writing assignment or an exam. PROCEDURE: 1. After previewing the selection and establishing a purpose for reading, read carefully and reflectively. Speed is not important at this point. 2. After reading a few paragraphs or a short section, stop and think about the key ideas. Recite these ideas out loud in your own words. 3. Write these ideas as brief summaries in the margins of the text. You can use nutshells ” of 5-7 words to force you to keep your margin notes brief.
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