The Man in the Water 8A

Hello dear grade 8A

Below you will find the people responsible for writing the GIST and the paragraph assigned to each one.

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GIST SENTENCE PARAGRAPH (5, 6, 7…)

Your sentence.

 

ARANA VELANDIA, JULIANA 5
ARIAS PRIETO, MARIA MONICA 5
BUITRAGO CARVAJAL, SOFÍA 5
CORONADO MENDOZA, MARÍA JOSÉ 6
CORREDOR SUAREZ, ANA SOFIA 6
DELGADO GARCÍA, MARÍA PAULA 6
DIAZ AREVALO, ANDREA 7
DUARTE PEREA, LAURA 7
ERAZO AVENDAÑO, MARIANA 7
GUTIERREZ CASTAÑEDA, GABRIELA 8
NIETO SEPÚLVEDA, JUANITA CAROLINA 8
ORTIZ ROMERO, DANIELA 8
PATIÑO PULIDO, MARIA CAMILA 8
RODRIGUEZ CASALLAS, ALEJANDRA 9
RODRÍGUEZ OROZCO, ADRIANA CRISTINA 9
TOVAR VEGA, MARIANA 9
URIBE CARMONA, JULIANA 9

5. Still, he could never have imagined such a capacity in himself. Only minutes before his character was tested, he was sitting in the ordinary plane among the ordinary passengers, dutifully listening to the stewardess telling him to fasten his seat belt and saying something about the “no smoking sign.” So our man relaxed with the others, some of whom would owe their lives to him. Perhaps he started to read, or to doze, or to regret some harsh remark made in the office that morning. Then suddenly he knew that the trip would not be ordinary. Like every other person on that flight, he was desperate to live, which makes his final act so stunning.

6. For at some moment in the water he must have realized that he would not live if he continued to hand over the rope and ring to others. He had to know it, no matter how gradual the effect of the cold. In his judgment he had no choice. When the helicopter took off with what was to be the last survivor, he watched everything in the world move away from him, and he deliberately let it happen.

7. Yet there was something else about the man that kept our thoughts on him still. He was there, in the essential, classic circumstance. Man in nature. The man in the water. For its part, nature cared nothing about the five passengers. Our man, on the other hand, cared totally. So the timeless battle commenced in the Potomac. For as long as that man could last, they went at each other, nature and man: the one making no distinctions of good and evil, acting on no principals, offering no lifelines; the other acting wholly on distinctions, principles and one supposes, of faith.

8. Since it was he who lost the fight, we ought to come again to the conclusion that people are powerless in the world. In reality, we believe the reverse, and it takes the act of the man in the water to remind us of our true feelings in this matter. It is not to say that everyone would have acted as he did or as Usher, Windsor, and Skutnik. Yet whatever moved these men to challenge death on behalf of their fellows is not peculiar to them. Everyone feels the possibility in himself. That is the abiding wonder of the story. That is why we would not let go of it. If the man in the water gave a lifeline to the people gasping for survival, he has likewise giving a lifeline to those who observed him.

9. The odd thing is that we do not even really believe that the man in the water lost his fight. “Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature,” said Emerson. Exactly. So the man in the water had his own natural powers. He could not make ice storms or freeze the water until it froze the blood. But he could hand life over to a stranger, and that is a power of nature too. The man in the water pitted himself against an implacable, impersonal enemy; he fought it with charity; and he held it to a standoff. He was the best we can do.

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  1. María Mónica Arias

     /  November 4, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 5
    Some minutes before the disaster the man in the water knew the trip would not be ordinary.

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  2. Andrea Díaz

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST SENTENCE PARAGRAPH 7
    Nature did not care about the 5 passengers. Nature was acting against man; because man did care about other´s lives. He was acting wholly on distinctions, principles and on faith. In contrast, nature had full opposition toward man´s attitude.

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  3. Gabriela Gutierrez

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST sentence paragraph (8)
    “The man in the water” was a hero because he prefer saving others before saving himself.

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  4. Laura Duarte

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 7
    Nature didn’t care about the five passengers, so nature was against man; because man did care about others lives. He was acting wholly on distinctions, principles and on faith. In contrast, nature had full opposition toward man’s attitude.

    Reply
  5. Alejandra Rodríguez

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH #9
    We don’t believe that the man in the water lost his fight against nature as he fought with the power to hand life and took the fight with his enemy to an end.

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  6. Adriana Rodriguez Orozco

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 9
    The man in the water had his own natural powers, he could hand over a life to a stranger. He fought an impersonal enemy, he was the best we can do.

    Reply
    • Good work Adriana! A few corrections.

      The man in the water had his own natural powers; he could hand over a life to a stranger. He fought an impersonal enemy; he was the best we can do.

      Reply
  7. Ana

     /  November 6, 2016

    PARAGRAPH 6
    The man in the water knew that if he kept doing the same he wouldn’t live, but in his judgement he had no choice.

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  8. Mariana Erazo

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 7
    In the Potomac river, the battle between man and nature started, nature didn’t care about the passengers but man did.

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  9. Sofía Buitrago Carvajal

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST SENTENCE PARAGRAPH 5
    An ordinary person (The Man in the water), minutes before the accident had a normal life until few seconds later, he decided to help people and risk himself.

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  10. Juanita Carolina Nieto Sepúlveda

     /  November 6, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 8
    Although the man in the water is powerless in the world, inspires to others to feel the possibility in their selves.

    Reply
    • Good Juanita! A few corrections though.

      Although the man in the water is powerless in the world, he inspires others to feel the possibility in themselves.

      Reply
  11. Juliana Arana

     /  November 7, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH #5
    A couple minutes before the accident “The man in the wáter” was having a regular flight as all the other people who where in it. He could never have imagined he would be a hero for them by saving their lifes and “The man in the water” never thought he had the ability to do it. But then he realized and got the feeling the flight would not be as any other.

    Reply
    • Good work Juliana! A few corrections.
      A couple of minutes before the accident, “The man in the wáter” was having a regular flight as all the other people who where in it. He could never have imagined he would be a hero for them by saving their lives and “The man in the water” never thought he had the ability to do it. But then he realized and got the feeling the flight would not be as any other.

      Reply
  12. GIST PARAGRAPH 6

    The man began to realize he was going to die at any moment, if he didn’t grab any floating ring. At the end he just let it happen.

    Reply
  13. Maria Camila Patiño

     /  November 7, 2016

    Gist sentence paragraph 8

    Many people believe that we are powerless in the world but the man in the water doesn’t, that’s why he decided to safe others instead of himself. Not everyone would acted like him and that’s why he is a hero.

    Reply
    • Good Camila. A few corrections though.

      Many people believe that we are powerless in the world, but the man in the water doesn’t; that’s why he decided to save others instead of himself. Not everyone would have acted like him and that’s why he is a hero.

      Reply
  14. Mariana Tovar

     /  November 7, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 9
    We can’t believe that the man in the water lost his fight because he has his own natural powers. He couldn’t do extraordinary thing but he could safe lives.

    Reply
    • Good work Mariana. A few corrections though.

      We can’t believe that the man in the water lost his fight because he has his own natural powers. He couldn’t do extraordinary things, but he could save lives.

      Reply
  15. Juliana Uribe

     /  November 7, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 9
    As nature has its own powers, so does the man in the water. Even though, he doesn’t have these same powers as nature, he has the ability of risking his life to save others without second thoughts.

    Reply
  16. Daniela Ortiz

     /  November 8, 2016

    GIST PARAGRAPH 8
    The man in the water lost his fight, he reminds us our true feelings and gives a lifeline in this matter

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  17. The main idea of this paragraph is how the Man In The Water was just an ordinary guy and he was basically “just another passenger” but even if he was just like everybody else on that plane he decided to become a hero and save five other lives just by giving his.

    Reply

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