• Enzo, you make a very compelling argument. I liked how you started off with talking about how underage drinking is dangerous and stating facts that you found related to that. Then, you talked about what you think should be done about it: educate youth about these dangers. I think it is very clever to have mentioned that what is happening today,…[Read more]

  • Evelyn, I really enjoyed reading your argumentative essay. I think you brought up some great points about how cyber bullying is a real issue today and how it can affect a large spectrum of people. I think it is also important to keep in mind that not all online speech is bad. It can be used to bring people together, to set up meet-ups, raise…[Read more]

  •       Nowadays it would be hard to argue against the claim that technology is very prevalent in our society. You can see it everywhere, from smartphones, to cars, to machines. Some of these things, such as ho

  • Emily,
    I very much enjoyed reading this. I think you structured your essay very well. I like how you began by talking in general about American values, then you went on to summarize the book “Breakaway”, and then in the end relate it to others, all the while maintaining the topic of values. I have never read the book “Breakaway”, however after…[Read more]

  • Emma,
    This essay is very fascinating and thought-provoking. I enjoyed reading it because I feel like I became better informed after finishing it. I think it is great that you present all different perspectives in regards to vaccines. You mention that “not enough evidence exists to prove that they are more harmful than helpful”, however I think you…[Read more]

  • Amani commented on the post, Based on Race 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I really enjoyed reading this. Your idea is great and so are your arguments. My favorite part of this essay is when you said, “diversity isn’t just having a lot of different people in one place but also having these different people interact with one another.” This is a wonderful statement and I completely agree with you. I also like that…[Read more]

  • Matt,
    Your arguments are solid and you gave credible resources, however I think you could have organized your ideas and evidence in way that is easier to read. This is a very interesting topic and I am curious to know what stance you hold after doing research. Here is an article that argues for the “death of the death penalty”: htt…[Read more]

  • Li, this piece is wonderful! I love the topic and I love what you said. Blind photographers are not people one would normally think of on the daily; I didn’t even know there were such types of photographers. However, I learned a lot, like how blind people can feel the temperature of pictures to get an idea of what it looks like. I also really l…[Read more]

  • Anna,

    I really enjoying reading your piece about gun violence and gun control. I like how you brought up a new side to the “is this unconstitutional?” debate, because while many argue that banning guns goes against the second amendment, we are also supposed to have the “right to live free of violence, discrimination and fear”, which is definit…[Read more]

  • When looking at the evidence and scientific studies, it is hard to deny that there is some correlation between playing violent video games and aggressive mentalities. However, the real debate comes when

    • Amani, this post is incredibly informative. I too have been a part of many discussions over the effects of video games on the behavior of kids today. You make an important distinction about the question that should be asked. Surely violent video games don’t make people directly more violent, but just how much do they affect how children’s thoughts and behaviors. This article talks about the affects of video games on the brain https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318345.php. I’d be interested to hear what you think, and maybe answer your own question.

    • This is a great post. I have thought about this topic a lot lately with the popularity of Fortnite expanding significantly. My little brother plays it every day for extended periods of time. I agree that these games could not change a person’s whole behavior, but that it can impact it. I would be interested in learning about the different impacts between cartoons and more realistic games. In addition, I think it is important to discuss what is considered violent.

    • Amani, this post is very intriguing and well written. Being a person who enjoys playing video games with others,I often see very young kids playing violet video games and I’ve been slightly concerned. I would agree with you saying that violent video games does have an impact on someones aggressiveness. I love the way you point out that violent games do not directly make someone violent but It influences someones thoughts and behavior which might make them more aggressive or more violent. I’d be interested to hear about more studies people conduct about this topic! Check out this link, they have both the good and bad about the influence of violent video games on young lives: https://videogames.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001608

    • Interesting article, Amani! I really liked how in the end you talked about how it isn’t so much an issue of cause and effect but rather how they contribute to and influence the way that children think. Based on your post I think you would enjoy this article (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318345.php). I look forward to reading your future posts!

  • Li, this is a very interesting and thought provoking essay. I enjoyed reading it and I loved how you used different points of argument to strength your writing. For example, you talked about how app designers try to make their games as addictive as possible, and not only do they take away your money, but “they are stealing your time” as well. I…[Read more]

  • This is a very interesting outlook and argument regarding policing immigration, Gwen. I find your arguments about how immigrants’ fear of deportation can affect the rest of the community, not only the immigrants directly. It is also interesting that you wrote about how what the police officers are doing is unconstitutional and not a part of their…[Read more]

  • According to Craig Anderson, director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University, video games “change a child’s or adolescent’s personality in some sense, so that they start to see their w

    • Great work Amani, I didn’t know video games had such magnitude

    • I loved this essay so much because of the detail and helpful evidence to back up your ideas. For example, you mentioned Mr. Anderson who is the director of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University. So you found someone who is an expert on your topic and found hard facts to support the idea if violent video games are having an aggressive reaction to the people who are playing the game. The essay was organized very neatly with the introduction to the facts or body and then ending with a strong conclusion that left the reader thinking. I thought it was very interesting how “studies that show that video games can increase the possibility of someone engaging in aggressive behaviors. However, they do not link video games with violence. ” I always thought video games would result in aggression and violence. I found this really cool article that I think you would enjoy. https://videogames.procon.org

    • Amani, I really enjoyed your post and specifically how you used your sources to help back your point, without them overwhelming your post. I’ve enjoyed playing video games pretty much my entire life, and the stigma that video games produce violent children is something I’ve heard on so many occasions. I thought how you identified and explained the misconception that while video games are linked to aggressive behavior, “aggression is not the same as violence.” I think looking at the article the National Center for Health Research wrote on Violent Video Games and Aggression. It touches on a lot of your points and is a federal institution which as a source has a lot of weight. Your writing style is both informative and engaging, which really helped me enjoy what i was reading while understanding the information.
      Does this apply to all video games, or just the ones that are qualified as violent?
      Is certain age more susceptible to the effects of violent video games than others?
      I’m excited to see what other topics you post about!

      Violent Video Games and Aggression

    • Amani, I really liked this article and thought it was supper interesting. I agree with you that violent video games contribute will contribute to angry or violent feelings. I think that these feeling can contribute violent acts but are not the sole cause of these violent acts. It made me think about suicidal rates and how some people think that one factor drove someone to kill them self when really there were many other factors that people overlooked. Here’s a link to another article that talks about video games and their affect on the brain. Hope to read more articles from you soon. (https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318345.php)

    • Amani, I really like the way you structured your argument. I think your transitions flowed well together. I didn’t realize the impact violent video games have on a youth population although it makes sense how you explains that it is violent video games in combination with other factors, such as an unstable family life. I think this insight will encourage me to research this topic further.

    • Estimado Amani:
      Estoy asombrado port tu tema”Do violent video games increase youth violence?porque aprendi sobre las actitudes de estos juegos
      change a child’s or adolescent’s personality y de resolver los problemas a golpes cuando se puede solucionar con un perdon
      gracias por tu escritura espero que escribas a continuación y aprender sobre tus temas

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