HI Oscar, I felt many emotions reading your post. I can never imagine loosing my mom. You are a strong individual. I do agree with you that graffiti is art. Kids feel like kids doing it. They use it to express themselves or some might even use it to get through something. Thanks for speaking on this situation I hope some time in the future these…[Read more]
Dear Samil, I love how you elaborated on drug abuse in your post. I making this comment because this is something I do not play about I get very angry on topics like this. But this is a nice post and I love how you add details in your life in this post and share your story with us. I look forward to seeing your future posts!
Dear Edwin, I like the way you describe your neighborhood it is interesting. I love the words you use. While reading this I visualize your neighborhood. Good explaining. I look forward to seeing your future posts!
Dear Edwin, its not easy living in a neighborhood like this but you seem like a strong individual. I like your post for the description you gave. Thanks for sharing your life, its not easy sharing your life story with a lot of people you don’t know. I love your post and look forward to seeing what you post in the future!
Hey Ebrahim, my parents are from Yemen I know how it feels and how it hurts them. I honestly did not know any of this. This post really touched me and gave me a bigger idea. I love how you describe everything. Thanks for your time and putting this post out there, people really need to know. I look forward to seeing your future posts.
Dear Madison, I just want to say that this is dedication and you are a very hard worker. Coding is hard and takes time to learn. I enjoyed this though. It is very interesting, I love the details you added. I look forward to seeing what you post next!
Hey Vasha, I love your post and how you elaborate on it. I understand what you are feeling and how you want people to feel the same way and help out more. Good post! I look forward to seeing what you post next.
Hey Jaqueline, this post is heartbreaking but interesting. I never knew the amount of teens that are homeless in Chicago. I love how you took the time to find this information and share in with us. Everything you said in this post stood out to me. I will look forward to seeing your future posts.
To teens, adults, parents, teachers, high school students, and etc. Something needs to be done and it needs to be done before the next generation goes through the same thing our generation is going through.
I am intrigued by your post because… It talks about how we can solve issues with guns.It also talks about what stopping gun laws can do.
One thing you said that stands out for me is: “To the people who have seen someone they love get killed right in front of them due to gun violence ” I think this is intelligent because it is talking mainly about the people that have had an issue of gun violence
Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time with a school shooting that went on and my grandparents got rally upset because they want gun control to be held more carefully.They want guns to be protected by the owners and hid from anyone that is not registered with the gun.
Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because this post really motivated me to look more into gun violence.
Your post was really interesting as drug use is an issue prevalent in our society and especially the youth community. I agree with your viewpoint that drug use is a serious problem in our society that should be taken into more serious consideration during the legislation process. I especially like the part where you say: “nough work is not being done to help make a change. I hope this letter gets people to connect and build an organization or do community work to help solve these problems, not just that but anything else. ” Here is an article that you might enjoy: https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/drug-abuse-addiction#1. I hope to read more from you soon.
Kheriya, I really liked your post as the issues you addressed are sadly very prominent in our world today and specifically in the U.S. I like the persuasion your post has, the passion behind your words is very clear. You appeal to a variety of groups, including teenagers, teachers, parents, and handful of other societal groupings. This not only makes your argument stronger, but also adds to its relevancy, showing that these issues can come to affect many people whether it be directly or indirectly. One thing i would like to see in future posts regarding these issues is a clear connection to outside sources. There is extensive research done on these topics, and presenting both sides will add to your own argument. Using ideas from an opposing viewpoint and refuting them will add so much to your already strong argument. Here is a source about drug abuse in the United states: https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics
I relayed liked what you had to say. Drug addiction and gun violence is very prevalent in our society and people need to become aware of how much it has affected the community around us. I think you should add quotes from articles to help support your evidence saying in this article here are the facts that other people have found. Adding number and statistics help. Saying x amount of kids die from gun violence a year might help to really show the audience that it is crazy how many people die. https://www.bradyunited.org/key-statistics This article might help with the shocking statistics.
Hi, I really liked how you started your article. It really sparked my interest and made me want to read it. I completely agree with everything you’re saying. People need to understand the effect of the drugs they do to their children. I think you should add real-world examples. It’ll help with getting your point across and making an even bigger impact on people.
Dear Kheriya I’m impressed with your post Dear People Who Think Doing Drugs and Gun Violence Are Okay because it is able to completely sum up the obvious that exposing children to drugs and guns is not okay. I also like that you give examples of how they are effected so that people that are uninformed on what guns and drugs can do have a good idea of the dangers. A sentence that you wrote that sticks out to me is “Drug abuse is when you are addicted to drugs or take it illegally” this helps inform readers as to what drug abuse is just in case they didn’t know. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing your next write because I really enjoyed being taken through the basics of why drugs and guns are bad in a way that is so simple to understand. Jaydon Garcia
Kheriya your post about gun violence and drug abuse was very moving because you explained very well about the effects this can have on families. One sentence that really stood out to me was “When it comes to your kids you let the drugs have more meaning to you, the one that grew inside your tummy, the precious one.” You’re making any person that has done drugs feel bad because the little tummy person will be sad. I look forward to see what you’re writing next because you’re structuring was done very well and kept me reading.
Dear Kheriya, I completely understand where you’re coming from. I believe people do drugs because they’re influenced by it and feel pressured to try it because their friends are doing it too. However, little do they know the impact that those drugs will have on their body in the future. Drugs aren’t meant to be something to play with, it’s meant to treat people who are sick. My generation especially has taken part in this and it saddens me and so I believe our administration needs to put more work into making drugs more difficult for people to access, especially teenagers.
I am moved by your post regarding drug abuse and gun violence because unfortunately due to these issues we are losing thousands of people including innocent victims. When it comes to drug or substance abuse many people fall into a deep whole which seems impossible to come out of this sometimes leads to them losing their families. Gun violence is extremely sad because many innocent lives are taken by harmful people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out to me is “When it comes to your kids you let the drugs have more meaning to you, the one that grew inside your tummy, the precious one. How can you choose something worth so less over someone who means the world?” This stood out to me because it’s true, many pick drugs over their children because they don’t know how to leave their vice. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because this post was extremely meaningful and informative.
Dear, Jhena Your poem is amazing. I love the strong words you use. One thing that stood out to me is when you talk about protecting. Also one other thing that stood out to me is when you say “When your sky isn’t so bright, I am the first person that’s willing to fight.” The amount of powerful sentences you use are breathtaking. Thanks for your…[Read more]
Dear, Patrick I agree animal abuse is horrible. People do not realize the effects. I am amazed on your energy on creating this post in order to address this. I honestly would have wished your project would have received more attention. This is something serious, something that needs to be looked at more. But overall your post is amazing and even…[Read more]
Dear, Oghenetega I am amazed by your poem. In this society women are not valued enough. The words you use in this poem are very strong and understandable by many. One thing that stood out to me is when you talked about her being rejected. This is true and I agree on that. One other thing is when you were talking about rape and abuse by society.…[Read more]
Dear, Cecelia I am wowed by your post. I love how you are trying to start something new, not all kids want to do poetry and study the past. Something that stands out to me is when you mentioned Ghandi. I personally look at him as a inspiring individual that the world still needs today. Something else that stood out to me is when you talked about…[Read more]
Dear Elai, Your poem is powerful and has much meaning to it because of the strong words being used the emotion. When this is being read you can feel so many things taking place. One thing you said that stands out to me is, “I am from death to life to death”. I think this is interesting because this adds for life to this poem. It makes the reader…[Read more]
Dear, Mckayla I am amazed by your poem because you are right, everything in this poem is true. Its true when your a teen everything is different for you. You get doubted. One thing that stands out for me is, “Oh because your 16 you don’t know what love is”. This stands out to me because this is true they think love can’t be possible at this age…[Read more]
Dear Jake, Wow this poem is amazing it really made me feel all types of emotions. One thing that stands out to me is, “Freedom for all”. I think this is interesting because I love the way you included it with all the other good things he did for this world. Also the way you make everything flow and connect together is clever of you. Thanks for…[Read more]
Dear, Denieris I am so engaged to your short story because I can relate to this so much. As if right now I know how it feels when everyone in your life dislikes you. When you feel like your parent sees less potential in you then in your sister. That breaks you honestly in my household I get treated less then I am. One thing that you said that…[Read more]
Walking in with so much joy, set my backpack down in the colorful room that is appealing to your eyes. They taught me how to sit criss cross but never taught kids how to treat all kids the same. Different
Dear Angelina, your photos are beautiful. I find it real amazing how you took a picture from every single angle. I am in love with the last photo and how the sun looked in it. I really enjoyed looking at your photos, i hope you post more like these.
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