Mary, thank you so much for sharing this! I did my Letters to the Next President on college costs, and some of the numbers that I found during research are just stunning. I think you and your group did an excellent job of making the eye-opening stats easier to see with the chart. The fact that you also added a graph into your infographic is…[Read more]
At a young age I listened to my parents’ conversations about the violence in the Middle East and I was dragged out on Grand River at the age of 6 to protest the Iraq war. Since then, I have befriended an Iraqi R
Hey, Abinaov! Not only does your chart contain important information, but it also does so in a nice image! I think the theme that you have relates to your topic wonderfully. Thanks so much for sharing!
Grant, Thank you so much for your work! It’s really important to think about both sides of an issue before forming an opinion, and you did a really nice job showcasing both thoughts on the issue. I also really appreciate the fact that you included a picture on how we actually get nuclear power because most people have no idea and if you’re going…[Read more]
I have highlighted some major events that are closely tied to the U.S. that took place in the middle east. Obviously, I could not include everything, so I focused on the things that were directly related to America.
Jordan, I really like how you chose to do a timeline. Many people did the same type of infographic and I enjoy seeing something different. The timeline also really relates to your topic and can help you use the evidence examples in your future writing and help those reading your writing understand it and see it all laid out.
Throughout the novel, Huckleberry Finn, the main character faces a challenge of going along with society or taking a stand for what is right. I believe that Huck Finn actually fights what society tells him by
Hi Jordan! I really like this and the points you made are very strong. I completely agree that Huck appreciated Jim and considered him family towards the end of the book. I also think that the situation that they were in really helped make these feelings easier for Huck to feel because he depended on Jim a lot more then he realized.Thank you so much for sharing this I really appreciated you sharing your opinion. Hadley
Hi Jordan, nice work on this paper! I agree with you that although Huck struggles with doing what society tells him is right vs what he believes is right, he ultimately chooses to follow his heart. I really liked the evidence you used to support this because it was such a small detail that makes a huge impact on the story. I didn’t even notice that Huck calls Jim family and I think that’s very interesting and adds a new level to the novel. I wonder what other details I could have missed! Huck obviously follows his own morality when it comes to Jim but do you think he would do the same with other slaves or social issues? Do you think him going against society when it comes to Jim is only because he got to know Jim as a good person, or because he genuinely is more of a strong, moral, human being? I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter! Keep up the amazing work!
When I was younger, I used to go out with my dad and protest the Iraq war. At that age, I didn’t understand the purpose of war, and honestly I still don’t. All I knew was that there were children similar to me
Hadley, I also found this part intriguing! I think Huck made a real connection with this deceased child and I think that shows a lot about his character. He doesn’t care about who people are, just what they have to say. I also couldn’t help but think of how Twain had to become a different author in this section! I rarely think about how an…[Read more]
Carmen, This quote really stood out to me as well because it’s hard to believe that someone close to our age would prefer such an awful environment to be in. But for Huck, the very proper way of life was awful for him. Huck could not relate to this higher socioeconomic class! I don’t think it was more of he wanted to be in that abusive…[Read more]
Grant, I am really impressed with your work! I think that so many high schoolers need to gain confidence for so many aspects of their lives! Just like how it was affecting your school work. This message needs to be spread, so thank you for your work.
Maddie, I really loved your piece because I think having enough confidence to stand up for yourself is something a lot of people struggle with. There are times when listening to others can help, but it’s also really important to listen to your gut! Thank you so much for sharing your piece!
Jordan, I totally agree with you on how Huck’s personality and life were shaped by his abusive father who only cares about the money. Like you said, Huck running away on his own is really risky and dangerous, but I kind of understand why he would because of his hard life with his drunk father.
Hi Jordan, I completely agree with you on the fact that his fathers abusive tendencies towards Huck have definitely shaped him into the rebellious child that he is. I also think that Huck was secretly hoping that his father came back for him and not just the money but this lined ruined all of the little hope he had, which really pushed him to run away.
I firmly believe that everyone has control of their own happiness. There are several different things that can bring joy to a person including connections with others, appreciation of the little things, comedy,
I agree with so much that you said. It’s great to hear that people like you have similar ideas to myself. I get caught up in the little things too and you have to remember that in the long run the little things won’t matter. I have to remember this quite often. It is a challenge everyday to chose to be happy and do things that will make me happy even when it seems way too hard to. Thank you for sharing your ideas on happiness. I really enjoyed reading this piece.
Every day I face the stress that so many other teenagers deal with. It originates from several different aspects of my life, and the different stresses all meld together to the point where I’m one big ball of
I agree with you on all of this. It is hard yet important to realize you are a major proponent of your own stress. It is sometimes harder still to do something about it. A significant portion of the kids in my school suffer from depression that isn’t helped by the college prep atmosphere of the school. School is a major stress that I wish we could alter. Learning should be fun and interesting not mandatory and overwhelming.
I think that this is a really great essay because this is a topic that bothers a lot of teenagers. Most people don’t know how to deal with stress nor do they know how much damage it can cause to your body. For you to care about your health and research is awesome. Striving to be the best person you can be and doing good to others is fantastic, but not at the expense of yourself. I hope you continue to relieve your stress!!
I struggle with stress and anxiety for the same reasons as you. But recently I’ve read a book called “Tuesdays with Morrie” which helped me change my focus on wealth and success to building strong relationships with the people I love. Because in the end these relationships are all that is going to matter. The material things that we get so caught up with can be here today and gone tomorrow, but love will always be there to help us through these hard times.
I also feel what you feel. Stress can be such a barrier to feeling happy. It’s hard to stay happy sometimes and I try to force myself to be happy but I usually end up just not being happy and just don’t talk to people. It is hard sometimes to also find the cause and how to fix it. I have that problem. It’s nice to hear that I’m not the only one with this issue.
Jordan, thank you for sharing this amazing piece of writing with the world. Your piece really spoke volumes to me as it reminded me of myself. I have little pressure from my parents in my everyday life, so I can not blame them for the stress or anxiety I face each day. Stress is something that can completely damage you for a short amount of time, or even long term as repetitive amount of high stress can cause extreme mental or physical deficiency and sometimes cancer. School is a major stresser in our everyday lives and I do not believe it gets better unless you face everyday with an optimistic attitude and continue to look towards the future as very soon high school will be over.Thanks!
Jordan, While I have certainly dealt with stress from school, I certainly believe that the major cause of my stress comes from me pushing myself. I relate with the desire to keep good grades, and sometimes I push so hard, I can’t focus on anything else. I have found that sometimes you just need to accept doing poorly on an assignment or two to just relax and take some time for yourself. Thank you for sharing.
Jordan, I feel this on a spiritual level. It’s really terrible that many students today feel like they they can’t be the best that they can be academically and also being happy and relaxed individuals. I will continue to work on that for myself and if/when you find the answer please let me know. Ariel 🙂
Dear Jordan, i am very impressed by your poem because it was very different and i could relate to this because this topic bothers alot of us teenagers today. Nobody really know how to deal with stress now a days. i agree with you on all of this. i can honestly say school is a major stress in my life. one part that really stood out to me was when you said “A different stress factor probably stems from the desire to just be a good person. Not offending anyone or hurting anyone is something I strive to do, and I when I fail, I stress about it! Along with that comes the idea of giving back to the community”. That touch me in a way. Great job jordan thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because i can relate on a whole level so keep doing what your doing.
Jordan, I think what you just described is something that everyone in high school has felt at some time or another. But what sets us all apart is how we deal with it. Give yourself a little perspective when your back is against the wall. What you do in high school CAN have a major impact on the rest of your life so choose wisely. Give yourself goals, don’t hold anything back, and let yourself know that its all on you. Nobody wants to take the blame for your bad choices. Accept them and move on.
You’ve done an excellent job summing up what it’s like to be a teenager now a days. I’ve noticed that a lot of adults say we shouldn’t be this stressed because we only have school to worry about, but those people aren’t taking into account the pressure of living ‘the american dream” or the best life we possibly can. According to society, there is only one road to happiness, and maybe if that perception changed then the the stress on to teenagers would be a little lighter. Thanks for your thoughts on this subject:)
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