• Quan wrote a new post, RIP Nemo 1 year, 6 months ago

    If I had the opportunity to go back in time and change the past, I would change the time my dog got hit by a car. Near the beginning of my middle school years, I had a hard time socializing with my classmates. My

  • wow, i find this fascinating. i really liked how you focused on more of the scientific reasoning from addiction. we also have the same opinion on who should go to jail. the dangerous people who kill others rather than a person that bought 1 gram of cannabis.



    First day of School

    By Quan Nguyen


    First day new school just trying not to lose.

    Walked through the hallways seeing everybody flexing with their thousand dollar shoes.

    People be ac

    • Hello Quan, your poem is very deep and I really like it. You talk about the first day school and how different people are emotionally and physically. You also talk about standing up for yourself and not let society control you, which I fully support this. I believe everyone should do what they want and not let society or people discourage you from your goals or achievements. Anyways thank you for your poem, and I look forward to see what you write next. Take Care.

    • Quan,
      I love the rhythm that you have written into this poem. I think a lot of kids who are tossed in to a new school also struggle with finding where they fit in. You make a good point in just finding who you are and being yourself. If you try to change yourself and be like everyone else you are not going to feel comfortable in your own body. If you are just being yourself people will come to like you and want to be friends. You don’t have to change yourself to meet societies standards.


    Poisoning the world’s water

    When people think of water pollution most think about factories dumping there by product into the water but, that is not the only way the world’s water is being contaminated. Water

    • Quan, I agree with your point and it is very important that people acknowledge this problem so we can fix it as a team. It is a very serious subject that should be fixed because it can be very harmful. Great work! Keep it up

    • Wow great work! I had no idea that this was such a big issue! I think you could be a little more informative though, you have good content but I would suggest adding in some evidence with its source. Also instead of asking how we can solve this is issue maybe suggest a solution as well.

  • Interesting infographic you put some really good examples. The only question I have is how do you know the adult services is forced? What if people chooses to do it on their own.

  • Wow Abinaov, this is really good you put examples and details so I can get a fuller understanding on the situation. I didn’t know that the world is producing more co2 now than ever before.

  • This infographic was made in collaboration with Eric Li.

  • I worked on this piece with Eric Li, a student in my American Lit class.

    We used Hypothes.is, a site for annotating. We invite you to join the discussion and add your own annotations.

    Credit for the image goes

  • Thomas you did a pretty banged up job on relating freedom to huckleberry Finn. i liked how you connected slavery from the book to slavery nowadays.” slavery is still legal in United States, and racial degradation against African-Americans is common in this society.” Overall really nice piece.

  • Grant this piece was very informational packed i really like how you used examples from the book to prove your points. his is evident when Huck describes Miss Watson, “Her sister, Miss Watson, a tolerable slim old maid, goggles on, had just come to live with her and took a set at me now with a spelling-book. She worked me middling hard for about a…[Read more]

  • Huck is the protagonist in the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Huck is a thirteen-year-old boy born in Petersburg Missouri. Huck rejects society and does want to live the normal civilized life that everybody tries

    • I disagree with your analysis. I feel that Huck’s attitude towards society has not changed at all throughout the journey. What he sees as he goes down the river is that people are terrible, and he sees many terrible aspects of humanity, violence, with the feud, greed, with the con men, gullibility, with the people being conned, and religious hypocrisy. At the beginning of the book he wants to leave society because he views it as oppressive. At the end, he actually leaves and goes out west. I think that Huck will either become someone living alone out on the great plains, or die on his way there. As he is completely ignoring society and not seeing anything good about it, his views will not change and he will remain stuck in his ways. Jim and Huck will not meet again, as Huck is leaving society and Jim is trying to integrate into it, as a free man. The Duke and the King will most likely keep up their cheating ways until they are caught and lynched.

    • Nice job! I really believe you have strong points in this article. I loved the fact that you incorporated evidence that really strengthens your point. But I do think that Huck does not accept society as the story goes in. He continues to have the same attitude towards the world and the people. He does befriend a slave but I do not believe that changes the fact that he chooses to neglect society. As we look at the end of the book he just leaves. Without really a proper goodbye he realizes how much he does not belong and wants to leave. But, I can see it from your point of view and there are definitely two sides to this argument. You can make a point from both sides. Overall, great job

    • Great Post however I agree with Dinakar, throughout the story he is still not wanting to be civilized. What he has grown up around is what he knows. The ending is also him just leaving and again not wanted to be a civil person. He definitely has grown and the way he makes decisions just not the decision that he has made to not be civil.

  • Coal Factories vs Waterways

    I care about any issues that involve water because without it no one can survive. I came to the conclusion that water is important to me when I was thinking to myself what do I need to

    • I think you are definitely right about how water is something that matters. However, I don’t think that people drinking the polluted water will affect the companies. They don’t care about the people, they just care about profits. This is a big problem, especially with a president who wants more coal mining in America.

    • This is a great point and a very important issue that is harming our society. It is important for us as a community to work together to be able to end this problem. I think we can find away if we all make a difference one at a time. I really agree with you though. Strong argument and great points. Try incorporating a little more evidence though!

    • I strongly agree with your point that water is very important in our daily lives. I also think that water pollution is an issue that we all should care about. If we don’t care about water pollution, there will be no other similar liquid to replace water.

  • you are undoubtedly right the line you said in the last paragraph was powerful.”I believe America is a place where no one should feel excluded from the greater culture just because they’re not white.” America is a big melting pot with so many cultures so others should excluded anybody because America cultures is based on diversity.

  • you are absolute correct Jason, god has a plan for all of us. congrats on the new big family.

  • Reading Notes

    Apirl 29,2017

    Chapter 4 and 5

    P.15: “ Miss Watson’s nigger, Jim, had a hair-ball as big as your fist,which had been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic with it.

  • I believe in the opportunity of America. When I was a little boy, I had always been told that I was so fortunate to live in America because of how many opportunities you have here. My parents would scold me from

    • Quan,
      I did not know that your parents were refugees from the Vietnam War, that is fascinating. And I totally take my advantages for granted too sometimes. I guess it is just nice to have a reality check and a reminder that we are really privileged to live where we do and to have the opportunities that we have. However, we both know that not everyone in this country has equal opportunities. Women, people of color, and people who are from lower income families all have disadvantages in terms of education, employment, and other important things in society. However, I think that we can move past them. Do you agree?

    • I completely agree! I think that many people, myself included, take opportunities like living in America for granted. I really like this piece and how it sparks discussion of our chances and advantages in our day to day lives.

    • I totally agree with your points. We, in America, have so much opportunity that we take for granted. It is a real shame to see people squander the splendors laid out for them. I appreciate how your essay fosters debate about how we show appreciation of what we have and how we use our advantages to the best of our abilities.

    • I probably take way too much advantage over my opportunities. In other countries such as Vietnam a lot of the stuff that I do here I wouldn’t be able to do there such as go to school and actually get a valuable education. America is the land of opportunity and that is why people seek refugee here to flee the troubles at home.

  • Quan commented on the post, Animal Rights 2 years, 12 months ago

    I understand where you are coming from but, you have to understand that hunting is a good way to control a population of a species. For Example, in Michigan a lot of people hunt for deer for there meat and the government allows these people to hunt because if we don’t control the population of deer more people would get injured or die from car…[Read more]

  • Dinakar and Profile picture of QuanQuan are now friends 2 years, 12 months ago

  • wow you’re right diabetes does break the bank.

  • Dear future president,
    In the world today, we face many problems such as Racism, police brutality and prejudgment. With most of the problems we face today linked to prejudgment (to pass judgment on prematurely or

    • Quan,
      I appreciate your sharing ideas about what you care about. Thank you for raising awareness to multiple issues and the importance of considering perspectives to try to understand others.
      Mrs. Reed (your March secret writing pal)

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