With all the opposing views in the world today, it’s hard for people to agree on most topics; stem cell research falls into this category. Different political beliefs, religions and backgrounds can cause many p
You have lots of great statistics, and it seems like you’ve done some great research. This is a very important subject, especially now with the change in office and the new secretary of education, and you have presented some really informative points. I also didn’t know that the budget was being cut by that large a margin.
You picked very interesting topic to explore. I think you did a good job conveying a lot of information in a way that’s not too wordy; this is a true infographic. You did a good job of including lots of research and making your claims all credible. Your infographic presents both problem and solution.
Hi Sejal! Great job with your info-graphic! I like how you really went in depth and had explanations for the different uses and issues regarding stem cell research. I can tell you put a lot of work into it. I’m proud of you!
I think you picked a very important topic to research. You highlighted some key ideas and you found some great statistics. Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign is especially relevant now due to the change of office. I think you also did a great job picking out the most impoartant details and not actually highlighting the entire article.
We used the website hypothes.is to annotate articles regarding our research topics. This article explains where these cells come from and how they are harvested. It also explains what to expect next in terms of
Over the past decade police have been using civil forfeiture to decrease the power of large gangs and reduce the amount of drugs circulating the streets. Civil forfeiture is a process that allows law enforcement
You organized this piece very well, and that makes it easy to follow. You presented some great points about what freedom means to each individual and your opinion makes a lot of sense. I agree with what you said, in that when two people disregard skin color and racial prejudices, they can overcome a lot and achieve even more. Huck and Jim are two…[Read more]
I agree with this, when we first picked up the book this opening “notice” was entertaining because I knew that the reason we were reading it was because of the complex plot and big picture. This section does show Twain’s great writing with literary devises.
Many people can agree that The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn covers some heavy topics, and it’s very upfront about it. One of these controversial subjects is equality and racism. Mark Twain writes using r
Hi Sejal, really good job writing this! We both chose the same subject to write about, so I very obviously have many opinions about this topic, too. I agree with your point of Mark Twain not being racist, and you bring up some very good points. Mark Twain was known for realism, and in realism comes local dialect. Would you agree that Mark Twain used the local dialect in a graceful and non racist manner instead of slightly racist way? I would have to say that he did it in what I would consider a tasteful way. It would be hard to be a realist writer because of the fact that it is never known as to how his use of local dialectic will be received by the general audience.
I completely agree with everything you brought up. This was also was a great piece that I really enjoyed reading! In my opinion Mark Twain wasn’t being racist in the book “Huckleberry Finn.” He may have came off that way to some but I don’t think that was his intention. I feel he was just trying to capture how it was back then and how people viewed everything. It defiantly was a different perspective, but it also was a different time period with different society norms. Twain just as you said called it how it was. He talked about how life was. I think he was just trying to show how both Huck and Jim were trying to become free, that it’s okay to be different. So overall I agree with everything you said, Mark Twain isn’t a racist. This was a very well thought out piece and all of the points are very valid.
Hi Sejal, I found this piece very well written and interesting. I personally agree with you that Twain was not racist, but rather trying to shed light on racism in the south. I really like the point you made that if Twain really was racist he wouldn’t be trying to humanize Jim or bring up the issue of racism in his writing. The fact that the audience of the book, as well as Huck, feel for Jim and see good characteristics in him proves this point. However, I wonder if you think he did this in the best way possible. Do you think his use of satire and slyly working racism into the framework of the novel was the right thing to do, or should he have more out-rightly spoken out against racism and discrimination. I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter. Amazing job with your writing and keep up the good work!
Great post! I love how you pulled in that direct quote and embedded it so flawlessly into your argument. Your view that Mark Twain was not racist is one that many people would agree on, including me! The part where you discuss that Twain gave Jim characteristics that he wouldn’t have if he’s racist, is solid evidence. Nice job!
Very recently I went out to California for a special family event: my cousin just had her baby. She and her husband live out in California, so whenever I told someone I was going out to L.A. for the weekend they
Wonderful post! I totally agree that laughter is the best medicine! I’m a person that tends to stress about the smallest things so whenever finals approach or when there’s a big test, my anxieties increase significantly. However, whenever I’m stressed I can always look to my dad to cheer me up. He just always knows what to say to make me happier!
Hello Sejal! I agree with your thesis of laughter being the best medicine because it always makes life better. I am an advocate for not taking things too seriously because in the end it does not help your cause. Your quote, “They do whatever it takes to raise their spirits” makes me very happy and want to meet your family.
In chapter 6 of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Huck says, “I had been to school most all the time and could spell and read and write just a little, and could say the multiplication table up to six times seven i
I really like like the way you’ve written this. It’s projects like these that really make you think about what’s important in life. I think your adaptation of George Ella Lyon’s poem is really well done and thoughtful.
This is a really well written article! This topic is something that does not get as much media coverage as it should and is something I wish were more addressed during the election season. This is a very strong and very good topic to choose for a letter to the president
I agree that the mandatory minimum should be repealed, not only is it ruining lives, but it is very costly to have people in prison, if they don’t really deserve to be there, we are wasting a lot of government money with the mandatory minimum.
Women should have the right to chose what happens to their bodies when it comes to pregnancy. Even if you do not believe this stance, most people admit there are some instances where abortion is necessary.
Sejal, I had no idea these TRAP laws were a thing and I find it so interesting that these laws exist. Instead of helping women and making abortions safer, these laws hurt women in serious trouble or women who not only want, but in some cases need abortions. I researched sexual assaults on college campuses and I found that 23% of women get sexually assaulted in college. It’s just so scary to think that these young women could have their whole lives changed because they get raped, end up pregnant, and can’t get an abortion due to these TRAP laws.
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