• Joseph wrote a new post, Optimism 1 day ago

    There’s a word that helped me many instances in my life. It assisted in pursuing dreams, looking forward into the future, and making a comeback after a fiasco. Whenever someone said “no” or rejected what I had,

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  • These are memes that Tuan and I made about hunger stats and people starting to care about the topic. Laugh and enjoy our satire against the issue.

  • Food is the most important resource other than water for us, humans. We need food to survive through each day because food is the only thing that provides us with certain nutrients and energy for us to carry out

    • Joseph, I’m really impressed with all the research you were able to come up with. You offered solutions to the problem as well after doing good job initially of presenting the issue. You did a good job of citing your sources as well.

    • This was very well thought out. You used many in-text citations to show the various aspects of your topic and had each paragraph very focused on a specific aspect. I especially liked the paragraph that was second to last. I found it interesting how you related various countries lack of industrialization as a key part of why they struggle to feed their population.

    • This is very thought out. I do agree that world hunger is a huge issue in the world. Many kids go to sleep without any food in there system and it’s very sad. I totally agree and appreciate your topic.

    • 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.

    • I found the blue fourth section to be very interesting. I had never thought about how the mass donation of foodstuffs could reduce food prices nor damage developed countries prestige.

    • This is a very nice infographic. I agree with your views, and possible solutions. Another solution I can propose is for not just the people trying to talk to the government, but the government of countries using their power to help the starving citizens in their countries.

    • Joseph,

      I like what you put together in your info graphic. You start with eye popping stats that will stick to peoples minds and make them feel for the people who are hungry and starving. You then gave causes and then solutions, which will inform people about what we can do to stop hunger in our country. It is a good strategy and method to get people on your side.


    • This is a tough subject, and definitely not an easy one to tackle. I find your infographic to be well done, with definite attention to detail. However, I do find your solutions to be sort of idealistic. This isn’t necessarily bad, though, as idealists have revolutionized the world historically. Thank you for this infographic.

    • I think this is very well put and I believe that the way you listed such statistics about things people normally don’t hear about was very moving. Most people don’t realize how big of a deal world hunger it is and how many people it effects.

    • Wow this was a very interesting and well done piece. I like that you provided so many details and facts which give a lot of information about the topic. Keep up the good work because it needs more attention.

    • Great work Joseph, your piece is chalk full of information! I understand that your topic includes many regions throughout the world but my suggestion for you is to only focus in one specific region in the world that faces this problem.

    • I really like the way you made infographic about Hunger. It is very well organized and easy to understand the topic.

  • You can’t go wrong with food. You like it and we like it. More importantly, it’s necessary to sustain most organisms on earth, providing energy for everyone, and as humans, we all have a special flavor we enj

    • Great Work Joseph and Tuan! I really enjoyed reading your annotations, I appreciate how you are spreading light onto this subject even though many people are not aware of it. I also appreciated how you were able to pull out the key information from the articles even when there may not have been extremely lengthy. Keep up the good work!

  • Joseph commented on the post, Stereotypes vs. Biases 4 months ago

    That’s really cool! I like the passion that you had for your topic on stereotypes vs biases.

  • Hey Minnie. I was also shocked when I learned about Huck’s age and I agree with you. It seems as if he had a more developed mind than what we expected and discerned from his educational level. He is clever and at the beginning of the book, he may have been less mature, using his guile into horsing around, but as the book progresses he learns to…[Read more]

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, displays many intricate parts that make the novel an American classic. Obviously, there is plot development, but Twain does an excellent job in creating

    • Hey Minnie. I was also shocked when I learned about Huck’s age and I agree with you. It seems as if he had a more developed mind than what we expected and discerned from his educational level. He is clever and at the beginning of the book, he may have been less mature, using his guile into horsing around, but as the book progresses he learns to mature, getting rid of the undesirable qualities he had at the beginning. What about you? Does Huck mature and eventually get rid of some undesirable qualities he had?
      I agree with you that as Huck matures, he believes that Jim and other slaves are his equals. The book shows this when Huck rips the note he was about to send to Miss Watson and tries to save Jim from the Phelps. Do you think that this event was the big turning for Huck in race relations?
      Nice comment, Minnie, keep up the good work!

    • Hi Joseph, I think that you did a really good job of analyzing Huck Finn. I also have to commend you on the amount of quotes you used to support your analysis of Huck Finn. I think that the quotes you used were great. I’m glad you included the quote, ““I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself: ‘All right then, I’ll go to hell’—and tore it up. It was awful thoughts and awful words, but they was said. And I let them stay said; and never thought no more about reforming” (Twain 191) because in my opinion, it is the most important few lines in the whole book. It shows that rather than following societies will, he let his moral compass guide him. A question that I have for you is do you think Huck would do that for any other slave that’s not Jim or is that something he would only do for someone who is his friend?

    • Hey there, Joseph-
      Your analysis on Huck was in-depth and well thought out. I find the way that you describe Huck escaping everything about civilization, and not just civilization itself, to be thought-provoking. It isn’t something that I had considered myself, especially due to the fact that he continues to speak in somewhat religious terms throughout the whole of the book despite supposedly turning his back on civilization, including religion.
      What do you believe Huck has in his heart? What drives his conscience? Obviously we see his conscience drive him throughout the novel, but what do you believe is at the root of this? Is it external factors, internal, or both?
      Thank you for the look into the character of Huckleberry Finn. I believe you helped extract his character and spirit a bit better from this post, and would definitely be interested to see how you feel about whatever it is that drives him, if it is anything at all.


    • I really enjoyed your analysis on Huck Finn.

  • Hi Grant. I really liked your essay. The essay was well crafted, defining specific and critical points about each character. It was amazing that you examined all of the themes in the book and the things we covered in class. Character descriptions were well done. I agree with your points about Jim and Huck, along with what motivates them and causes…[Read more]

  • Nice work Melaina. I really liked your work. I agree that even with or without the implementation of the DARE program, it’s up to the kids who are in the program to make the choices. I also think that DARE will help scare those students into staying away from bad choices that are shown through DARE. Your essay was short but concise, and also…[Read more]

  • Hey Zach. Your essay was very passionate and it seems like you know your topic very well. I understand how you feel against the governmental form of democracy. However, just because it doesn’t work a couple times nor you don’t agree with it, it doesn’t mean that automatic there should be automatic barrage of hate. But, I think your voice brings…[Read more]

  • You can’t go wrong with food. You like it and I like it. More importantly, it’s necessary to sustain most organisms on earth, providing energy for everyone, and as humans, we all have a special flavor we enj

    • David,
      I was impressed with your post “I want to change the Food Supply” because I realize how much food is wasted in America, while other countries don’t have a lot of food.

      I agree with you that it is important for all people to have a good amount of food, because everyones health is very important, and food helps provide that.

      Also I would like to offer a different idea. If countries that have a great amount of food that ends up being wasted stopped producing so much extra that just ends up being thrown out, they probably would have enough money to donate to other countries, like you said.

      Thank you for provided an interesting perspective on the topic of food supply!

    • Dear Joseph I consider this to be a serious issue as I would hope most do, but sadly there is no way to help the people of the world. Quite frankly, this issue is one of those that reminds you that sometimes, the world is a depressing place with difficult problems that have no solution, and that just upsets me. I am deeply saddened by your article purely because starvation is a serious issue, and rich, and even middle class people in wealthy countries like the United States gorge themselves on more food than necessary, issues like this give me a daily dose of pessimism, because, they just exist and there’s nothing we can do about them.

    • Dear joseph,
      I deeply agree with your article. A lot of food in America goes to waste, while in other poor countries food is not easily accessible to them. Peopke should donate more to the poorer countries, and this shouldn’t even be a problem. Something that interests me was: “Why don’t the wealthy countries just donate food to the poor countries?” This shows something that can be done to tey and change the system.
      Thanks for writing and i look forward to hearing more from you.

    • Dear Joseph,

      Your message is truly shocking to realize. All of this food that we Americans have somewhat take it for granted because we underestimate the privilege we have of being from a family that works and have 3 meals a day or even more. Your post sounds directed to everyone especially to teens because there are so many of us it makes sense that at least we can come together and create a group to help these people have a meal a day. I sincerely agree that we take food for granted and that something should be done about this issue even if it takes a large amount of time.

  • Sid, I liked how you analyzed this theme that Twain placed in this book. Nice job! I agree that judging a human based on certain qualities. I think your stance on your question is one way to see it. Twain uses the dialect, especially for when Jim talks, showing that he’s a regionalist, along with including conflicts about race. Bringing light to…[Read more]

  • Melaina, I liked your analysis about this piece, looking at a moment where Mark Twain uses a touchy topic in his book. Great job for having a good eye to see this. I agree that Twain was a risky writer and included other subjects that provoked some controversy. Also, I think that another big example of his will to risk things is including slave…[Read more]

  • May 1, 2017

    Chapters 17-18

    P. 105 “We said there warn’t no home like a raft, after all. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery, but a raft don’t. You feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a r

    • You were able to really analyze this passage in a way I feel a lot of people might not be able to. Which is amazing!! Overall there is A LOT of irony in this passage. I think it is a big deal to Huck, (who has never had a true family) that he learns it isn’t all about an upper class family who has everything. Jim is becoming his family and the raft is his home where he feels safe. ” Home is where the heart is” is an important quote that relates to this piece. Where you feel safe is your home.

    • Wow, Great analysis! I really enjoyed how you used Irony to deconstruct the text, although I would push you to also analyze the society of the time period and not just what Ms.Hopkins has taught Huck. Doing this would bring your analysis to another level.

    • Joseph, really nice job with your analysis. I think you did a really good job explaining the use of irony throughout the passage. I agree with you that this passage showed tons of irony and how it develops Huck as a character.

    • Interesting how you give an insight into the thoughts of Huck on civilization being the opposite of how the rest of the world sees it. I can understand where Huck comes from, and in some ways, I may even agree with him: civilization isn’t always civil.

    • I really liked how you highlighted the amount of irony Mark Twain uses throughout the novel in order to make a point. It is interesting to see how society’s and Miss Watson’s view of what is civilized in actuality is much more uncivilized. Overall, I think you did a really good job of analyzing!

    • I agree Joseph, the it was quite ironic how the “civilized” people were prone to violence, but the “uncivilized” Huck was not. I like how you related the Grangerfords all the way back to Miss Watson and her rules.

    • Hi Joseph, you took this analysis in a really great direction. I agree that the feud between the Grangerfords and the Sheperdsons is reminiscent of the one in Romeo and Juliet. It’s interesting to think about these things from Huck’s perspective; from my perspective, I would choose solid land over the uncertainty that comes with being on the sea any day,. However, after reading, I can definitely see why Huck would think the opposite; he prefers his rickety raft much more than the “civilized” life on land. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  • I believe that success always comes from a failure.

    I tasted my first failure when I was in 5th grade. My tennis friends that I would get to the finals in the boy’s 10 and under group at the local spring tennis t

    • Joseph, this is easily one of the best papers I have read so far! Maybe because this topic is so relatable, but I can feel the defeat you felt but also your redemption as you got better and were the best. I understand this idea, and I believe that our success comes out of failure. You know you’re trying hard if you make a mistake and learn from it. Let failure fuel your fire!!

    • Joseph,
      I can relate to this because I have learned a lot from my failures and mistakes I have made to become a better hockey player.

    • No matter what people say, you will always learn from your mistakes. Your mistakes make your own pathway in order to succeed. Just keep trying until you get on track again.

    • Joseph,
      I really relate to your story and agree wholeheartedly that failure leads to success. You worded this idea really well and supported it with the stories you told. Thank you for sharing:)

    • Joseph,
      This is something that every successful person knows very well. You’ve only truly “failed” when you give up on yourself. Anything is possible with enough determination and perseverance. I enjoyed reading your own stories of failure and success and I hope that people will be inspired by them.

  • I agree with you that the act should’ve been passed quite some years ago. People died and sacrificed themselves and that the firefighters, policemen, and other responders to 9/11 should’ve been appreciated a long time ago.

  • From where I’m from, people at my school have a diverse interest in television shows but in the end, all of them are sitcoms. From Seinfeld to The Big Bang Theory, they all include what you said. I agree to what you said, especially with the continuous plot line. I think that your paper will be entertaining.

  • Just like I explained above, if we could decrease our debt, we would limit the amount of cash in circulation. This would allow the deflation as explained as above.

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