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ENGLISH LANGUAGE
SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT
Candidate Name: Jamela Shukura
Centre # 100367
Candidate #1003671583
Name of Scho...
Table of Contents
Plan of Investigation Page 1
Artefacts Page 2-3
Reflection 1 Page 4
Reflection 2 Page 5
Reflection 3 Pag...
PLAN OF INVESTIGATION
The theme that I chose was “Drug Abuse” and my topic is, “How does marijuana affect the
adolescent’s...
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  1. 1. ENGLISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL BASED ASSESSMENT Candidate Name: Jamela Shukura Centre # 100367 Candidate #1003671583 Name of School: Irwin High Name of Teacher: Mrs. K. Bailey-Streete Year of Exam: 2021 Theme: Drug Abuse Topic: How does marijuana affect the adolescent’s brain?
  2. 2. Table of Contents Plan of Investigation Page 1 Artefacts Page 2-3 Reflection 1 Page 4 Reflection 2 Page 5 Reflection 3 Page 6 Group Report Page 7 Plan of Oral Presentation Page 8 References Page 9
  3. 3. PLAN OF INVESTIGATION The theme that I chose was “Drug Abuse” and my topic is, “How does marijuana affect the adolescent’s brain?” I became interested in this topic after noticing how many underaged teenagers abuse marijuana or even have access to other illegal drugs. As an English student, I expect to improve my English skills and to gain some sort of knowledge about marijuana. In addition I would like to learn about its harmful effects and why so many teenagers abuse it. I will be using a newspaper article, a video and a podcast via the internet browser to gather information for my investigation.
  4. 4. ARTEFACTS One Time Use May Alter Teen’s Brain Dr Derrick Arron Sunday, July 21, 2020 MANY research reports have revealed that the most harmful effects of ganja on users are to be found among teenagers. In 2015, the American Academy of Paediatrics published a technical report stating that children and adolescents may be harmed when adults have easier access to marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. It further stated that campaigns to decriminalise or legalise marijuana could have the effect of persuading teenagers that marijuana is not dangerous, and this could have a devastating impact on their lifelong health and development. Prior to that, in an article published in the Sunday Observer on March 1, 2014, before the decriminalisation of ganja in Jamaica, the country was warned thus: “We need to be pre-emptive in our approach as we contemplate decriminalising ganja in Jamaica, and we must concomitantly discuss the safeguards we need to implement to protect our children. Symptoms of children exposed to marijuana are varied, but are primarily neurologic. Lawmakers should therefore consider specific requirements when drafting marijuana legislation to minimise the effects on children. Such requirements would include child-resistant packaging, warning labels, and public education.”
  5. 5. Protecting In Jamaica, we do a very poor job of protecting a significant portion of our children, and in respect of the inhalation of ganja, a major challenge is how to reduce contact between children and ganja within the home, or eradicate the belief that 'a little weed good fi di youth dem'. Ganja affects children's ability to learn, thereby blighting their future prospects for effectively competing intellectually in the global marketplace. The report of the American Association of Pediatrics reminded that marijuana can affect memory and concentration, and interfere with learning in children and adolescents — making it harder for them to complete high school or pursue a university degree. Article: One Time Ganja Use May Alter Teen’s Brain https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/your-health-your-wealth/one-time-ganja-use-may-alter- teen-s-brain_170438?profile=1213 Video: By Hamilton Health Sciences (October 15,2018) Entitled: (Cannabis & Youths) https://youtu.be/OiO97mvKeN8 Podcast: By Adurey Hamilton (2014) Entitled: (Marijuana The Brain Changer) https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/marijuana-brain
  6. 6. Reflection 1 The article entitled ‘One Time Ganja Use May Alter Teen’s Brain’ written by Dr Arrons stated that smoking at a young age can cause psychotic illnesses. Initially I thought that the use of marijuana clears the mind and allowed one to think clearly. After reading this article, I found out that it alters the brains of youths making them unable to make sound decisions. In the video entitled, “Cannabis & Youth”, I was introduced to statistical data showing evidence of how popular the smoking of marijuana is among youths and how addicting it can be. Before watching this video, I thought that it was impossible to become addicted after a few uses. In the podcast entitled, ‘Marijuana The Brain Changer,’ it highlighted that nowadays teenagers are actually using marijuana more than adults for recreational purposes. Before listening, I thought that adults were actually the ones that use marijuana more than teenagers.
  7. 7. Reflection 2 In the article ‘One Time Use May Alter Teen’s Brain’ by Dr Arrons, the dominant technique that was used is anecdotal evidence. For example, it made reference to publications done in 2014 & 2015. This was effective because it makes the information seem credible and factual. In the video on ‘Cannabis & Youths’ by Hamilton Health Sciences, the dominant technique that was used is rhetorical question. For example, “Does marijuana cause behavioural changes?”. This was effective because it made the viewers think deeply about whether or not marijuana causes behavioural changes. In the podcast, ‘Marijuana the Brain Changer’ by Audrey Hamilton, a metaphor was used. An example of metaphor is, “Years ago, there was a public service announcement aimed at teenagers that showed an egg in a frying pan. The announcer said “this is your brain on drugs.” This was effective because it made a comparison between the egg in the frying pan and a teen’s brain on drugs, so that the listener would have an understanding of what drugs actually do to the brain.
  8. 8. Reflection 3 This SBA has made me a better person by helping me to work more effectively in groups, display better time management and improve my English skills. It also has helped me to gain new knowledge. The process of carrying out this SBA was not easy; it took a lot of time and research to carefully put everything together. The evidence I had researched had also helped me with my oral presentation and writing skills. Working in groups has taught me teamwork and how working together is a good trait to possess. I find it easier to co-operate and be more patient because I had to listen to my fellow group members and help them if they did not understand and the reverse is true if I did not understand. This SBA taught me better time management because I had to put other things aside, focus on and also complete it. I also obtained better English skills through carrying out this SBA because I learnt new words and improved my vocabulary in the process.
  9. 9. Written Report This Assessment started out with our teacher explaining what it was about, further into the conversation she allowed us to place ourselves into groups. The process of selecting our theme was quite simple for us, under the supervision of our teacher, we had put all of our ideas together and merged it into one theme. Once we knew our theme, we began to create and choose our individual topics and objectives. Each group member had a different topic, as such finding three sources of data our theme was not easy. The use of the World Wide Web was very beneficial of gathering the information we needed to complete this assessment. In conducting this assessment, we had very positive outcomes as our writing, reading and comprehension and grammatical skills were improved. In completing this School Based, we found out that people don’t only become rug addicts because of peer pressure or stress, they also become drug addicts because of environmental factors. We were also enlighten with the measures in place to stem drug abuse, some of which are individual or group therapy or rehabilitation. While completing this research our knowledge on marijuana was broadened and we are now aware of how harmful it can be and how to avoid it. Our aim was to examine the causes, effects, measures to be taken for drug abuse and drug addiction. Our objectives were met and we were able to complete the assessment in the time period that was given to us. In conclusion at the end of the research each person was able to improve their English skills and learn to cooperate with other to achieve a common goal.
  10. 10. Oral Presentation Theme: Drugs Topic: How does marijuana affect the adolescent’s brain? Genre: Poem Source: ‘Marijuana The Brain Changer’ Audrey Hamilton Language Used: Standard English and dialect. Main Idea: To encourage students not to smoke marijuana.
  11. 11. References Arrons, D. (2020, July 21). One Time Use May Alter Teen’s Brain https://www.jamaicaobserver.com/your-health-your-wealth/one-time-ganja-use-may-alter- teen-s-brain_170438?profile=1213 Hamilton Health Sciences 2020, October 15). Cannabis & Youth https://youtu.be/OiO97mvKeN8 Hamilton. A. (2014) Marijuana The Brain Changer) https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/marijuana-brain

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