People all around the world are in constant need of help and support from others. Reaching out to others or serving others, to me is an amazing thing. The easiest of actions can make huge benefits in people’s
I really enjoyed your descriptions of what you did with the kids. I also really appreciated that you commented on how the experience made you more grateful for everything that you have. The line “It showed me how much impact you can make by doing the smallest of things” really resonated with me. You went on an amazing adventure and you did so many great things to help out the community. But you also realized how much of an impact one can make by just doing something small. One reason that I really liked your essay was that it reminded me of my service trip to Thailand. I remember feeling so lucky for everything that I had once I saw kids with almost nothing. I also remember feeling guilty for all the times I had complained about first world problems like how my steak was under cooked. Did you feel any of that? I am would love to learn more about the overall situation that was going on in Haiti when you went. This link could help you explain the dire poverty these people you helped were in (http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/TOPICS/EXTPOVERTY/EXTPA/0,,contentMDK:20207590~menuPK:435735~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:430367,00.html). I think those details could make your essay even better.
I hope that you continue to write about this topic because I think a lot of people, even if they have been on a service trip, need to be reminded of how lucky we are. I also think your message that it is important to help others regardless of their nationality or beliefs is a message that the world could really use right now. Thank you for writing this Grace! 👍
Relationships make up America. Whether it be relationships between citizens and immigrants, relationships between people with different races, religions or sexual identities, or relationships between people in
All Americans should have freedom, equality and rights. Many people moved to America to live the American Dream. But what exactly does that mean? The American dream could be defined many different ways depending
This is a really interesting view, Grace. When most people think of their achievement of the American Dream (or lack thereof), they often refer to their position of employment and their possessions. I wonder what factors changed the perception of it. Perhaps you could continue your writing with possible reasons as to why the perception of the American Dream has shifted from “freedom, mutual respect and equality of opportunity” to what it is now. I’m looking forward to seeing where you can take this in the near future.
This is a very interesting topic. I agree that the American dream has changed. I liked how you pointed out that “it is sad to me that people base their life off of material success and not freedom and happiness in a safe country where you have your own rights to live whatever life you want to live.” Have you looked into current pressing issues? The link below has some interesting points about social issues that are facing America today. Some of these issues could be reasons why people aren’t able to live the American Dream. I look forward to reading your future posts because I think they bring a new perspective to interesting topics.
Hi Grace. This is an engaging topic to discuss at this period of time. I, too, think this is sad how society says how successful you is only based on popularity, money, and expensive property. I think the American Dream should be that you can do whatever you want to do, and you are happy about your situation. I am aware that racism still exist, and it’s still a problem we need to face today. This article actually goes through history of the US on how the American Dream has been changed. Starting from Declaration of Independence protecting this idea to Obama’s Affordable Care Act. It is pretty interesting to read through. What do you think we, as society, can do to change society’s view of “materialistic American Dream”? I am excited to read what more information you will find for this topic in the future!
I agree with you how it is sad how our American Dream has morphed into being about material things instead of focusing on the exact ideology of being American. Yes, being materialistic has become a huge part of what defines Americans but it shouldn’t be the only part of what makes you American. I like how you tied in a part about the “I have a dream speech”, this speech is widely popularized and most people when they read your post will understand what you are talking about. I also like how right away we can tell what your stance is so we don’t have to waste time searching through every sentence.
I agree with your claim that the first amendment rights are the most important. If we weren’t able to voice our own opinions, this world would be a lot different today. Although racial equality has improved immensely since Martin Luther King’s time we still have a lot to work through. I am really interested in the part where you talk about the transformation of the American dream. It really has become this very materialistic outlook whereas it should be more about a society that is free and peaceful. I also used that as one of my articles to back up my claim!
Very interesting idea, Grace. I also find the new, and changing, idea of the “American Dream” to be different from where the United States first started. It is interesting that people today look at success at material goods. I believe that success does not equate to how wealthy a person seems, but by the “content of their character” as Martin Luther King said. I believe it is important to look how far the United States has come in terms of racial equality, as you said, but also look for ways to improve upon this issue. What do you think is the most pressing problem that should be addressed today in the U.S.? If you would like to read more about How the United States has strayed from its original ideals, you should read this article: http://business.time.com/2011/12/01/american-dream-deferred-we-now-embrace-more-modest-personal-goals/. I really enjoyed your thoughts in this piece, specifically about “racial equality…in America.” I look forward to reading more of your writing in the future regarding this topic.
This is a youth-powered publishing platform that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
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