Week of Jan. 12 – 16

Social Studies

This week students got to see all of their classmates analogy of a revolution posters and compare thinking about the stages of revolution. They then did a brief review of the history of the Philippines that led up to the People Power Revolution. They also began making a map of metro Manila and watched some introduction videos about Cory Aquino and Imelda Marcos. These videos served as a starting point for the next series of videos called Lakas Sambayanan. The Lakas Sambayanan  videos give a detailed account of the events surrounding the People Power Revolution and the people involved. The video is split into ten minute chunks that students will watch and take notes. The videos can be hard to follow and are in Tagalog with English subtitles. I highly encourage students to watch them multiple times and to compare their notes with the teacher notes that I provide them. They will begin to watch these videos next week and I have posted a separate page for those videos and notes here.

English

We are continuing to read our selected books and are completing discussion group sheets to focus on our essay topics that have been chosen. I have encouraged students to choose either to write the essay about the theme of the book (such as friendship, acceptance, over coming difficulty) or on the main character and how that character changes as the story progresses. The reading for the books will be done next week and we will spend some class time working on writing after that. The first focus for the writing will be making a thesis statement and supporting it with evidence from the book.

Science

This week concludes the unit on physical and chemical changes. Students had a great time cooking their breakfast and eating the results. They will now have to do an individual write-up explaining all of the physical and chemical changes that took place in the lab. Next week will be the introduction to our physics unit and the terms they will need to know.

Math

In math, students are still focused on all of the ways to find angle measures in parallel lines with a transversal, triangles, and quadrilaterals. I have posted some extra practice below for review of what we have learned. Next week we will begin to learn about the Pythagorean Theorem and how it applies to finding the length of triangle sides.

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Week of Jan. 5 – 9

Science

We are concluding our physical and chemical changes unit this week and next. This week has been a review of all the concepts in both physical and chemical changes, along with a lab on baking cupcakes (which students were able to eat afterward!). The cupcake lab was very similar to one of the tasks in the final performance task for the unit. The final performance task will begin next week as students prepare a breakfast and have to identify all of the physical and chemical changes that take place during the preparations. Below are some videos that explore the science of cooking and describe many of the changes that students will have to identify.

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Math

In math, students have been continuing with the geometry unit and are now working with polygons and angles. The main concepts this week have focused on angles inside triangles and angles of two parallel lines with a transversal line. There have been a lot of new vocabulary words introduced and I have posted below the lesson slides from Ms. Chung’s classes this week below for students to review.

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English

As we begin the new literature unit this week, students have been introduced to several selections of novels they can read for the quarter. They have now selected their books and are in groups base on their selections. As they read their books, students will fill-out discussion sheets that will be used to help facilitate conversations on the reading and hopefully get them to make deeper connections to the reading material. Once they have finished their reading and discussions, students will be writing an essay on their books. Below are the topic choices they will have on writing the essay. Certain books fit certain topics better and we will be helping guide topic selection over the next week. Knowing what they are going to write about will help guide their discussions and give more time to gather evidence from the reading to support their essay. Next week students will have two literature discussion groups that they must prepare for by writing a summary of what they read, finding five quotes that are meaningful, and asking three open-ended questions to discuss.

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Social Studies

Students this quarter will be focused on revolutions and in particular, the People Power Revolution that took place in the Philippines. This week students were introduced to the “Stages of Revolution” by Crane Brinton. Below is a presentation and video that reviews the four stages. Next week on Monday or Tuesday (depending on block), students have a poster due that uses an analogy to compare the stages of revolution to something they are familiar. Many students choose to use sports as their analogy. They might choose soccer/football and compare a game to the four stages of revolution. As a reminder, all social studies classes have a read and respond assignment due Friday Jan. 9 by 9pm.

Please refer to this presentation while making your analogy poster.

Watch this video by Mr. Jhay to help make connections to the stages of revolution with the Hunger Games movies.

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Week of Dec. 1 – 5

Math

This week in mathematics we did a review of transformations and took a quiz over transformations. Most students did well on the quiz and only made a few minor mistakes. We will be continuing with our geometry unit into next semester and I have attached a review sheet below that revisits the basic skills students will need along with some introductions to the concepts we will be exploring next semester. Students can follow the links in the review sheet to see videos and do practice problems on Khan Academy. Next week, teachers will be using that time to challenge students with the skills they just learned and do some problem solving that relates the concepts to real world applications.

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English

Students have been given this week to work on their scrapbook collection of poems. The scrapbook will be due Monday or Tuesday of next week Dec. 8 or 9. I have posted the requirements for the scrapbook below. Also reading logs will be turned in next week. I have attached a blank reading log for the past two months below. We will finish next week with some fun activities dealing with poetry. When we return from break, students will begin their literature unit where they will chose a book to read and then analyze it with the theme of “power” in an expository essay.

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Science

We have been doing labs that explore the four pieces of evidence that a chemical reaction have taken place. Precipitate formation, temperature change, color change, and formation of gas. They will do a practical lab that covers lab skills and their ability to interpret data to show evidence of a chemical change next week. I have included the lab write-up document below that also has sentence starters to help students explain there evidence of a chemical change. This will be their final assessment for the semester. Once we return from break, students will do their performance task of cooking a breakfast and explaining all of the physical and chemical changes that occur. They will make pancakes, jello, and cook bacon (if allowed). In an assessment that follows the lab, they will explain all of the changes that took place. So have your child cook breakfast for you over the break and relax as they feed you as part of their homework!

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Social Studies

In social studies this week, students have been busy with the Model United Nations conferences. They have proposed operative clauses on the topic on nuclear disarmament and are in the middle of debating those clauses now before a vote takes place. Next week will continue with the conferences to finish the semester. Once we return from break students will begin their unit on “power” and will be studying the Philippines People Power Revolution. At the end of the unit of study, students will write a persuasive essay on their opinion (based on evidence) that either the revolution was a success or failure.

Week of Nov. 24 – 28

Social Studies

This week was a very busy one for social studies. Students needed to complete a total of 10 notecards from researching their assigned countries stance on nuclear disarmament. They then had to use that research to write a policy statement for their country along with three operative clauses for action during the MUN conference that will begin this week and carry over until next. Time was given in class to complete a lot of these requirements, but most students needed to work outside of school of these assignments. Below is a template for a general guide in writing the policy statements. Most policy statements were due Thursday, but a few classes still have until Friday morning to complete. I am also posting example statements below to refer to so students have a good idea of what the finished statement looks like. Next week will be all about the Model United Nations Conference. Students will read their policy statements and submit their operative clauses for debate. This conference will be the final assessment of the semester. Students will be given a grade on their participation and talking points during the conference.

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Math

In math class this week, we worked on our hubcap design project and began to review for the assessment on transformations. The hubcap design is due for all students no later than Friday Nov. 28! Even if students are not finished, they should turn in the partially completed design to their math class student Google folder. On the assessment next week students will need to be able to recognize each of the four transformations (translation, reflection, rotation, and dilation) and be able to quantify what happens during each transformation. They will also have to perform these transformations on a four quadrant graph. The assessment will be the first block they have math class next week (Monday or Tuesday). I have posted below some review materials from Ms. Naggea and Ms. Chung for students to practice with at home. Next week students will begin with an in depth look at similarities and congruence that will then lead to working with triangles and Pythagoras Theorem.

Ms. Naggea review materials:

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Ms. Chung review materials:

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English

This week has been dedicated to supporting students with working on their poem analysis essay.  They have been given opportunities to get teacher and peer feedback on their ideas and writing. The essays will be due on Monday Dec. 1. They will turn this in by having it in their English student Google folder. I have included below the template that students can use to pattern their essay writing. Next week they will spend the remainder of the semester working on their poetry scrapbooks. The requirements for the scrapbook are posted below in a “brain frame” format. Scrapbooks are due Dec. 8th or 9th depending on block.

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Science

Science has been focused on physical changes for the past couple weeks, and this week we concluded with our exploration of physical changes. Many of the activities focused on states of matter and why these changes take place. Students completed a lab on the state changes of water and looked at the reasons that temperature does not increase during a state change. I have included the main ideas of these state changes below. Next we will be exploring chemical changes and looking for evidence that a chemical change has taken place. The first lab will be about endothermic and exothermic reactions. Students will be given a grade during the lab on their practical skills in using proper lab techniques and ability to analyze the data that is recorded. I have also added the lab write up below for an idea of the skills they will need to use.

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Week of Nov. 17 – 21

Social Studies

Things are progressing quickly with the Model UN Conference. This week students are working on the research phase of the conference by finding information about their assigned countries stance on nuclear weapons. They are required to use EBSCO as a source (see below for login from home computers) and one print source. I have provided a print source that students can use below from the International Panel on Fissile Materials (this is also a great site to find information). They need to have a total of 10 notecards in NoodleTools by the second class of next week along with a finished policy statement. Here is a list of due dates for the upcoming conference:

Week of Nov 17: Research Week
Block 1 – Research Time, EBSCO
Block 2 – Research Time, EBSCO, Print Source, Website
Block 3 – Research Time, EBSCO, Print Source, Website
Due Friday Nov 21, 10pm:
1. R&R (last one for the quarter)
2. 5 NoodleTools Notecards (1 EBSCO, 1 Print Source at least)
Week of Nov 24: Research and Drafting
Block 1 – Research Time (EBSCO, Print Source, Websites) / Drafting P.S.
Block 2 – Drafting of Policy Statements and Operative Clauses
Block 3 – Practice of P.S. / Conference Starts!
Due end of Block 2:
1. Policy Statements and Operative Clauses
2. Total of 10 NoodleTools Notecards
3. They’ll need to come with their notecards printed before the conference.
 
Week of Dec 1: Debates
 
Week of Dec 8: Debates, Reflection, Vacation!
As you can see they will be very busy next week with the research and writing of the policy statements. In support of that I am posting a writing guide for the policy statements along with a couple samples of statements from previous years.

EBSCO Databases- Link: http://goo.gl/HOaEaF  username: ismanila password: makati

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English

We are finishing up with the “brain frames” this week and beginning to write the rough draft of the essay on the transformational analysis of their poet’s poem. The final draft of the essay will be due on Friday November 28th. Next week will be dedicated to writing the essay and supporting students with one-on-one conferences to look at their writing and give suggestions for improvements. All students will be given a template to help guide their writing using the expository format. Below are two templates. They can download them and type directly into them for the rough draft. For the final draft they will have to take their sentences out of the boxes and format them into paragraphs. The first template is a basic template with guiding statements on what needs to be written in each box. The second is a more scaffolded template that has sentence starters and descriptions of what goes in each blank.

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Math

In math we started the performance task for this unit where students will perform all of the transformations that they have learned (translations, reflections, rotations, and dilations). They are going to be using a software program called Geometer’s Sketchpad. This program is only available on the computers in the labs here at school. They will have a total of three class periods to work on the performance task, but after that they will need to use tutorial time or after school to finish up. Below I am posting a few videos that guide students on how to use the program. I also have posted below the task explanation/rubric and some examples. Students will need to post a picture (screenshot) of each step in the making of their hubcap design along with a explanation of what transformation they completed. The performance task will be due Friday November 28th.

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Science

This week in science was a lot of fun! We did many mini labs on phase change and focused on the properties of physical changes of substances. At this point students should have a strong understanding of what a physical change is compared to a chemical change. We have a full lab the last block of this week on the phase change of water. The lab will require the whole period to complete and each student will have to carefully complete their role in the lab. They will then have to use the data from the lab to complete their own individual graph of the results. Below is presentation covering the mini labs and notes from class along with the procedures of the full lab. I have also included a few videos that reinforce the concepts learned this week. Next week we will begin with chemical change.

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Week of Nov. 10 – 14

Social Studies

This week students began to learn about nuclear disarmament and the stance of many countries around the world. They were given a background guide (below) to learn many of the facts surrounding the issue. This week students learned what country they will be representing in the model UN conference. Now that they know their country, next week they will be doing specific research on their countries stance and to find resources to help them create the policy statement and operative clauses for the conference. There is a read and respond due this Friday. Next week I will post specific resources to help support students in writing their policy statements.

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English

In English students have been researching their poet that they pick last week. They are researching their lives and looking at the events that shaped their poetry writing. They are also looking at the poet’s poems to find one that is viewed as a “transformational” poem. We are having students use “brain frames” to represent the information they are finding on their poet to help plan for the essay writing. They will make several brain frames to visualize the information and plan for each paragraph of the essay. I have included a slideshow that explains the use of the brain frames in the writing process. In the essay student will be analyzing one poem and looking at how that poet used poetic devices to transform the readers thought on a specific topic or idea. We are also having the students use an “understanding map” (below) to analyze the poem and look for the connections between poetic devices and transformations. This will be the heart of the essay and should be the strongest consideration as they write.

Science

Students began this week with the introduction into the transformations unit. In this unit students will be exploring the ideas of chemical and physical changes that we observe in chemistry. The final performance task will be to cook a breakfast and be able to explain all of the chemical and physical changes that occurred. So don’t be surprised if all of a sudden your child wants to practice cooking pancakes. Or better yet, make them cook you breakfast to get the practice! Next week will be focused on just physical changes and being able to identify when a physical change has taken place. Particularly with phase change is a substance (ice to water, water to steam). In the unit there are a lot of new vocabulary, and below I have embedded a Quizlet with all of the terms they will need to know for the unit.

Math

We are continuing with translations, reflections and rotations of polygons in math. We introduced reflections and rotations this week and have been practicing them in class. The rotations are hard for many students to visualize and we have been helping with this by using tracing paper. You can watch a quick video on how this is done below. There is also a nice resource on Khan Academy that helps with the understanding of the concepts here. Next week we will begin to use a program called Geometer’s Sketchpad (GSP) to give a more hands-on approach to learning these three concepts. Students will be creating a hubcap design using the concepts. Some how-to videos from Ms. Naggea are found below.

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Week of Nov. 3 – 7

Social Studies

This week students were given a crisis of the cafeteria being burned down, and then were put in groups to represent students, parents, administration, teachers, and vendors. They then had to write a policy statement as a group on how to best solve the issue of not being able to serve food in the cafeteria while it is being repaired. This will then lead into next week when they will debate the solutions using parliamentary procedures used in the UN. Students will have to prepare arguments for or against the solutions being offered by the different groups. This is great practice for the next part of the unit where they will be assigned a country and have to find solutions to nuclear disarmament specific to their countries perspective. This will require students to do research and reading of some technical documents. Below are three Quizlets that cover vocabulary they will encounter in the readings. Reviewing this vocabulary should help them better comprehend what they are reading.

Math 

This week students were given time to complete their infographic performance task, which is due Monday Nov. 10th. I have included the task guide below as a reminder of what is needed to be completed. We have also begun the geometry unit and have been working with translations, reflections, and rotations of polygons. Below are class notes from Ms. Naggea and here is some practice that they can do from Khan Academy to reinforce the concepts.

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English

The students have been practicing how to analyze poems in their scrapbooks and are now picking their poets to research and study for the up coming expository essay. The important parts of the analysis include poetic devices and deriving meaning from their own background knowledge and understanding the author’s life and time to help with interpreting the meaning. Once they have selected a poet, next week they will be producing a “Brain Frame” to represent the information they have found by researching. Below is a presentation on how to use the “Brain Frame” structures to suit the information found. I have also included below the poetic devices list to review the ones we will be studying during our poetry unit.

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Science

This week is the conclusion of the systems unit and we are finishing with an individual write-up on their system disorder model performance task. They will be given prompts to answer questions about their disorder and model. They will need to be able to provide a detailed description of their disorder, explain how their model accurately represents their disorder, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the model, and suggest improvements they could make to the model so it is more scientifically ideal. Next week we will begin the transformations (chemistry) unit that will start off with us looking at physical and chemical changes.

Week of Oct. 20 – 24

Math

This week students were introduced to their unit performance task on making an infographic. They can make the inforgraphic on anything that interests them that can be translated into numbers and represented in a graphic form. Below is the performance task guide on the requirements and rubric. Students will be given some time in class, but a majority of the work will need to be completed at home. The research will likely be the most time intensive part if they pick a topic that does not have easy access to numbers. They are to pick their topic by the end of this week, and begin researching the facts. Next school week (Nov. 3) they will be using their time to manipulate the numbers into interesting facts for the infographic. The project will be due on Monday November 10th.

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Science

This week has been focused on the performance task on system disorders. Groups decided on their system and disorder, researched the disorder and are now building their model of the system with a representation of the disorder. Below is a list of what needs to be completed by the time they return to class after break. After they return the task will become an individual write-up on the system disorder and its effects on the system. Also below is a copy of the performance task criteria.

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English

We are getting into the learning of poetic devices as we study our poems. Students will need to have a strong understanding of poetic devices and they will be using this understanding to analyze a poem in an expository essay in a couple of weeks. I have included a list of the poetic devices below with definitions and examples.  They will need to understand how poets use these devices to influence the readers emotions and build empathy. When we return from break, students will be selecting a poet to research and examine their works to find a poem that is transformative. They will base their essay off of this poem as they analyze it. I have included a video below as an example of how poems can be transformative and a call for change in society.

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Social Studies

Students have concluded their reading of the UN informational packet on part one and had an assessment this week. Now that the foundation has been laid for how and why the UN functions as an international organization, they will be moving on to doing model UN activities that mimic the functions of the UN. Their first task will be to write a policy statement on Nuclear Disarmament from the perspective of an assigned country. Various countries will have different opinions on the topic. North Korea, U.S.A., Norway, and Switzerland are all going to have very diverse stances on the topic. Students will have to research their assigned countries stance and write a policy statement about the topic.  After the policy statements have been written with operative clauses, the class will do a model UN session using parliamentary procedures used in the General Assembly of the UN.

Week of Oct. 13 – 17

Math

This week was spent preparing students for their assessment. Students take the assessment Thursday or Friday. I previously posted review materials here. We also took the MAP math assessment this week. Scores on that assessment will be delivered home in the next few weeks through advisory classes. Next week we will do a performance task using scientific notation to create interesting infographics about fascinating facts. Students can visit  these two sites Visual.ly and Information is Beautiful to get inspired. They will be creating their infographic on paper, but for those that would rather use technology, there are a couple websites they can use to create their infographics. Easel.ly and Piktochart are sites that offer limited infographic creation tools for free. The free options are more than enough to complete the performance task.

English

We started the week with students changing paragraphs into poetry by using line breaks and removing words that do not enhance emotion. They have continued with this process of changing prose texts to poems by looking at line breaks, stanza, rhythm, and word choice. They will be taking a paragraph from their memoir at the end of the week and changing it into a poem using this technique. Next week we will be introducing them to transformational poets that had a large impact on society. Examples would be Maya Angelou, Langston Hughs, Emily Dickinson, and Robert Frost. They will pick a poet that speaks to them and then will research their impact on society.

Science

This week students did an investigation on respiration and the production of carbon-dioxide. This was a fun lab that students will now have to complete an individual write-up to summarize their findings using the data they collected. We will introduce the final performance task for the unit this week and you can find the task explanation below. They will have all of next week to complete their research and build their model. Once we come back from Halloween break, students will present their models and explain how the disorder is represented in their model and what impacts it has on the system.

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Social Studies

Students have a read and respond assignment that is due this week Oct. 17th by 10pm in their Google Doc. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to complete their work. They have also spent time preparing for the UN reading assessment next week. They will have the assessment on Oct. 23rd. On the assessment students will have to answer multiple choice questions, short answer comprehension questions, and then they will need to create/use analysis and synthesis questions from the reading to answer. They will be graded on the quality of the questions they created and how they answer their own question. This will be a difficult task for many of our students, and I will spend time on Monday and Wednesday in SI class to help students generate questions.

Week of Oct. 7 – 10

This week is the end of quarter one and most units and finishing up this week and next. As this is the ending of many units there are many performance tasks and assessments happening over the next two weeks.

English

This week we have worked on putting the final touches on the student memoirs which are due last class this week (Thursday of Friday). Students are to have their memoir in their English Google Drive folder labeled with their last name and first initial followed by memoir final draft. Example: “LauloB Memoir Final Draft”. The paper also needs to be in MLA format. I have place a video below from Ms. Monroe on how to set-up that format. On Wednesday we had a reading carnival with all of the grade 8 students in the Little Theater. It was a great time with all of the students sharing their memoirs in advisory groups. It was very insightful to read many of the memoirs and get feedback from their peers. Next week we will begin our poetry unit for quarter two. This is a fun unit that hits the teenagers right in the feels. Along the way, they will be keeping a poetry scrapbook that they will analyze poems from chosen authors and also write their own poems. Near the end of the unit they will write their first expository essay analyzing a poem from an author they pick.

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Math

We have finished introducing concepts in math and have begun to review those in preparation for the upcoming unit one assessment. I have included a review worksheet below for students to use so that they are well prepared for the assessment. The assessment will be the last class of next week (either Oct. 16 or 17). The next unit which will start week after next is on geometry. We will be having students use ideas about distance and angles, how they behave under translations, rotations, reflections, and dilations, and ideas about congruence and similarity to describe and analyze two-dimensional figures and to solve problems. We will also be working with angle sums in shapes and then finally begin to work with Pythagoras Theorem.

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Social Studies

Students continued to learn about WWI, The League of Nations, WWII and the formation of the UN. They watched a few videos that cover these topics and I have posted those below for review. This week we had a vocabulary test that covered the first two sections of the UN reading. Students were also given time to work on their read and respond assignment. I asked for this weeks read and respond to be pushed until next week becasue of the heavy work load this week. LS students should take what they started this week and concentrate on making it a polished R&R for next week. They have been asked to submit there best R&R from the past few weeks for grading. They should use this extra time to do a great job on this for next week and submit it as their R&R for grading.

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Science

We had a busy and fun week in science! We started off the week with a dissection of trachea and lungs. We next did a self-paced learning activity to learn about the respiratory system and finished with students building a model of how the lungs work using balloons.  I have posted below some review materials that include videos and a Quizlet for the vocabulary needed on respiration. Next week we continue with the respiratory system and then introduce the performance task for this unit. The performance task will center on system disorders. Student will have to pick one of the three systems we learned (digestion, circulatory, and respiratory) and then pick a disorder that affects this system. They will then need to model how that disorder interferes with the performance of the system. Posted below is the performance task overview that students will be given next week.

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