• Voice recording:

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    I chose the play Othello to record my own voice for. I chose Act 3 Scene 4, lines 110-120.

    I played Desdemona.
    I learned that tone is very important when reading plays such as

  • First Passage Paraphrase:

     

    Desdemona:

     

    Father,

    I feel very divided by this decision,

    To be with you forever in education and in life;

    Both those help me grow thanks to you,

    But I do not know how to be l

  • Paul,
    this is such a beautiful piece that you have written. I was able to resonate with it very well, and I agreed with many of your points and statements. Your writing portrays a very wise, educated, and eloquent voice, and I have every reason to believe that that is a perfect reflection of yourself. Well done, I loved reading this!

  • Tess,
    this was an excellent article and very well written. This is a very important topic and I cannot thank you enough for sharing. The myth about these so called gender roles has been very prevalent and domineering for so long now, that nobody even knows why or how they originated in the first place. As a society, we are slowly seeing a change…[Read more]

  • Brandon,
    this was truly an incredible post and I enjoyed reading every part of it. Batman sounds so sweet and awesome! Anyway, I also have a cat, and I am almost a hundred percent positive that she is smarter and much more intelligent than any other member of my family. She does the kind of stuff that you mentioned in your post all the time. Well done!

  • On February 14th, 2018, there was yet another mass school shooting South Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. This heartbreaking act left 17 innocent victims dead, and many others wounded. This event

    • Hey Ellie, I agree with your post that there should be a change in the gun control in America. There are way too many innocent people dying because of guns and like you stated earlier I agree that there really isn’t a need for semi-automatic guns or automatic guns. I think guns should be ban in general but I don’t think that is a possibly since guns are part of the constitution and it is use for “safety”. I really like how you conclude your post by saying “enough is enough. Never again” because it’s deep and there really should be no more gun violence in classrooms or anywhere around the world. I found an interesting article about Trump embracing gun control that you may want to read (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/us/politics/trump-gun-control.html). Anyways, thanks for your post and I look forward to see what you write next.

    • Ellie, I completely agree with your stance on this subject. We have seen this happen to many times to not make a change. Innocent lives are being taken for no reason because we make it so easy to have access to fire arms. I think that the solution is gun control and regulation to make sure that they are properly stored, taken care of, and in the hands of somebody who isnt violent or mentally unstable. I truly hope we take action to make sure this never does happen again.

      https://getpocket.com/explore/item/america-s-gun-problem-explained-1060655345

    • Ellie,

      Thank you for sharing your post. I found it very interesting and intriguing. This is a huge issue within our society today. I know the USA has the most shootings in the entire world as we hard ahead by many deaths in the world by mass shootings then any other country by hundreds of deaths. Safety is a caution for every person in this country. Gun control laws are needed to be put into place and I feel as if there needs to be stricter safety of school regulations. Getting into schools are easy and convenient to an individual. Thank you for sharing your post this is a huge issue that needs to be addressed in society today more reasonably. Below is an article from the Salt Lake Tribune on gun control and the reasoning for what will be put forth in the future according to law.

      https://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/guns-and-gun-control

    • Thank you for sharing.
      I found your post very interesting and appealing, this is one of the critical topic most people try to avoid in this country and over time and time again we end up at the same start. Gun violence in America is not just a disease that needs to be cured but destroyed. We see so many children, teens, old people, I mean so many people killed by gun violence and we are yet to find solutions to end those tragedy and the best way in doing so is having gun controls.

    • Ellie, This is an incredibly moving and relatable piece. The emotion that you contribute to this essay really helps portray the need for a change in gun laws. When you said, “People are sick and tired of being afraid to go to school, and parents shouldn’t have to live in constant fear that they will drop their children off at school and never see them again.”, I really connected to it because just two days ago at my school, we were put into an internal lockdown due to two bomb threats that were tipped in to the police. It was a very scary moment in my life, and many at our school believed it was a setup for a school shooting, just like how the fire alarm was set off in the Parkland shooting. As students, we should not have to go to school afraid we won’t be going home that day, and gun laws will help change that.

      The second thing I really liked about your piece was when you talked about your counterclaim. Many of the people opposing the restrictions of guns are hunters. What these people need to understand is that they can still have their guns, just getting them should involve a much more secure and hard process. It is the big guns that aren’t necessary for hunting that is deteriorating our society. Mental health is a big issue, but without guns these people with psychological problems aren’t killing, and that is what needs to be stopped.

      Great work!!

  • After the Parkland shooting in Florida on February 14th, gun control must be implemented. I have decided to write a research paper regarding gun control, especially in the aspect of school. I am very interested to

    • I have to say I am completely anti-gun. I cannot imagine anyone being pro gun after everything that has happened this year alone. If we look at other countries such as Great Britain, Italy, and Sweden we see that they have little to no issues with guns because of their strict fun laws. It is time for us to change and I am glad students are voicing their opinions and are starting to make a change, but this should have happened years ago. It is disappointing that it took this long for people to realize we need change. This is just the first mile in a marathon, but I believe this is a step in the right direction!

    • I would like to say that I am not fully anti-gun, but I believe that the average citizen should not have access to weapons of war and weapons of mass destruction. If our troops in the military and navy and air force need weapons, by all means, give them weapons, but our militia is NOT a military force. They should not have access to automatic weapons. what if people under age 18 only had weapons to knives and, one day, someone decided to take a knife to school and kill as many people as possible? They wouldn’t get very far, would they! But if someone comes to school with a gun, they can shoot out windows, bolts, and locks and they will end up killing several more people before the police arrive. Now, if someone was able to have access to automatic weapons, I have a few things to say: 1. they do not need automatic weapons for hunting! Besides, that is cheating. 2. They can fire an unfathomable quantity of bullets per second and can kill hundreds of people within a few minutes. Mental health is not the main problem! Any student, anyone who is angry or bored, can buy a gun and shoot up the school. Mental health does not play a main factor. Automatic weapons, weapons of war, and weapons of mass destruction are no necessary in every-day life! The NRA just sits with sticks up their butts, but they really need to do more than just raise the age for automatic weapons.

    • The issue of gun control is obviously one of the most pressing today. I believe that we need stricter gun control laws. I see statistics comparing the US to other countries, and the numbers are staggering. All countries that have effective gun control laws have considerably less shootings, which makes sense. To me, no citizen should need an automatic assault rifle for any reason. I’m glad to see students standing up and promoting change; something might actually be done this time.

  • Sara,
    this post was so well written and I really enjoyed reading it. It is a very important topic so thank you for sharing. I completely agree with your stances on gun control, and with regards to the shooting in Florida yesterday, our government has got to make a change. We cannot allow this to continue in our country. Check out this article…[Read more]

  • Brooklyn,
    thank you for sharing about this topic. I believe that it is a big issue, especially at judge. We should not have to cover ourselves up so that thew boys can focus on their schooling and academics. It is somewhat of an injustice, and I am not okay with it.
    Check out this article, I think you will enjoy…[Read more]

  • Social media has taken over the teenage population of America. Almost 100 percent of the teenage population checks at least one version of social media everyday. With the huge rise in social media and technology,

  • Jaden,
    this was a very good and well written poem. I really enjoyed the part when you mentioned the paint on your clothes and the ink on your hands/skin. This was very beautiful and I could really hear your voice as I read this poem. Great job!

  • Hailey, thank you for sharing! This is such an interesting topic to me as for ma y others I am sure. Being a twin myself, it is very interesting to hear your take on this. People assume all twins are similar/the same, however life changes people and they actually end up being very different. As an example, my twin brother and I are very different…[Read more]

  • Research has shown that suicide rates among teens have increased by extreme amounts since the development of social media. Many correlations between the two have been found by researchers and byu social media

    • Ellie,
      This is a great post and unfortunately, very truthful of today’s society. Watch this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPh8QoSdBPM&t=876s I wouldn’t necessarily say it has the most accurate information, but it is very revealing and honest about youth today. The most important and undisputed fact in the video is that since social media provides instant gratification (a like on a post for example) and teens constantly get it every day, all teens want is instant gratification. Today’s teens lack patience when it comes to life, and when something bad happens, it feels like the end to them because they don’t have that instant satisfaction. The only thing that can be done now is to spread awareness of this idea, since social media is so ubiquitous nowadays. Social media has inadvertently changed our lifestyle. How else do you think social media has shaped us? Thank you for your post.
      Bobby

    • Ellie, I really enjoyed reading your post and I think, sadly, that it is a very relevant topic in todays society. I really liked when you said, “Social media shows the ‘perfect’ aspect of one’s life, however, what is never seen/shared is the real part.” I think you were really honest in your post and I think you highlighted facts that people often times never share. Suicide and mental illnesses are topics that society refuses to talk about and address, even though it is a huge problem that is only growing. Here is an article I think you would like: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3477910/ I can’t wait to read more.
      Tess

    • Ellie,

      I think this is a great topic to research. I do agree with your point that social media has put much more stress on people to be perfect, and the perfect side you see on social media is not one someone’s life is really like. As a Judge student, it is easy to see this side, because it seems like so many people are so privileged online, but you do not realize all of the hard classes and hours of homework that people have each night. Not to mention that people often have jobs. So with school, homework, jobs and the added stress of trying to be perfect online it is easy to see the correlation between suicide and social media. This is a society where the culture is to be the best or you’re no good. This must be stopped in order to drop suicide rates. I found this awesome website about what we can do to stop the social media crisis–through using social media. Check it out! https://www.psychiatry.org/news-room/apa-blogs/apa-blog/2016/08/using-social-media-to-prevent-suicide

  • Calvin,
    This is a very beautifully written piece. Thank you for sharing. The leaders of America are truly putting the citizens at a disadvantage by allowing racism and divides to exist in our country. Thank you smooch for sharing this.

  • Carter!
    Thank you for sharing about this topic! I feel very very very strongly about this issue. I hate zoos, and I don’t think that they are humane. The animals deserve to be free, just as humans do. Please read the link below to an article that I believe you will find very interesting. Thank you so much for sharing, this is so…[Read more]

  • I recently found a very interesting article by NBC news that relates to my research topic of how social media is affecting/correlated to a rise in teen suicide. In this article, there were many interesting and

  • Ellie commented on the post, Where I'm From 1 year, 7 months ago

    Melees,
    I absolutely loved reading your poem. Everything about this was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this, it is so important for our wold to be diverse and to be able to respect and cherish everybody’s cultures and backgrounds. Thank you, this was so beautiful.

  • Isa,
    This is a very interesting issue and I am very glad you wrote about it. All of your points were very compelling and accurate. I would recommend checking out this article, I will post the link below, that I believe you will really enjoy reading. Great post Isa, and I look forward to reading more about what you have to say regarding this…[Read more]

  • Soaronn,
    I completely agree that we need to find a solution to this problem immediately. It is important that we find unity in our country. However, I don’t know if groups as radical as the KKK will subside or change their beliefs. I am not sure of how this will all shake out, but I think the Government needs to step in.
    Thank you again for…[Read more]

  • Anna,
    Thank you so much for sharing. This is such a crucial subject and issue going on right now. So many teenagers and young kids are on anti-depressants. It is very scary but also very heartbreaking. I believe that this article below will be very interesting to you. Thank you again for…[Read more]

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