1. Article #25
a.) The Earth is being driven to extinction by human activities. Studies show that climate is also greatly affecting the survival of species, as an experiment showed that with every rise in temperature, the risk of extinction increases. If humans continue to willingly destroy the Earth, there will surely be a mass extinction in the next century, which could be the end of the human races and many others.
b.) The purpose of this article is to warn society about the environment. Many businesses are making money off of the Earth’s resources, and soon the Earth will be drained of them. For example, we are cutting down the Congo rainforest in Africa. This rainforest is home to over 10,000 species of animals, and most are only native to this rainforest. If we continue to cut it down until it’s gone, all of these species will go extinct. Many people are unaware of the impact humans have on the rainforest, much less how we’re affecting the entire ecosystem. This article is trying to inform everyone of the constantly changing environment and the negative impact of human activities.
c.) The text structure of this article is cause and effect. It first explains what factors are negatively affecting the ecosystem, such as human activity and global warming, and then tells how they are affecting the environment in the end.
d.) The article uses text features such as illustrations and photographs, graphics, and font effects. The author inserted a picture of the last male rhino to support his claim that species are going extinct due to climate and humans. The author also included a graph to show how much humans are affecting species such as insects. The font is the same throughout the article because the author is trying to prove a point and doesn’t want one part to distract from another.
2. It is obvious that males and females are not equal today. Women are constantly discriminated against by the world. The biggest example is perhaps the wage gap between men and women. Females will get paid less for doing the exact same job as a man. This article states that though women take up two-thirds of the workforce, they only get 10% of the world’s income. This fact and many others are alarming, seeing as to how much women contribute to the workplace and to the entire world in general. So why did 50% of the boys that took the survey say that women are equal? There is a simple explanation: some males believe women are equal to men because they choose to turn a blind eye to the truth. This is why the other 50% know that women most certainly do not have equal rights to men. I personally have seen men stand up for women being harassed by other men, which is proof that not all men are oblivious to the discrimination against women.