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    Leading Causes of Animal Extinction

    Marine Conservation, Global Warming, and the destruction of animal habitats is the leading cause of animal extinction. Three-quarters of our planet is covered by oceans, which means the ocean provides a home for millions of animal species. As stated...

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    • Lydia, I agree with your statements that it is the responsibility of individuals to act to save animals from going extinct. I think that the evidence that you used is relevant and adds to your argument. I like how you included several main reasons why animals are going extinct. I agree with your specific example that individuals can reduce their amount of plastic use and intake to make a huge difference. I really like how you said, “We can limit pollution by limiting down our use of plastic bags, avoiding plastic products, and recycling properly.” This quote is relevant to the topic and gives the reader an example of how they can change to make a difference.

    • Hello Lydia, your post caught my interest and I concur along with your explanations that it is the obligation of people to act to save creatures from going extinct. I think that the prove merely utilized is important and includes your contention. I like how you included a few fundamental reasons why creatures are going terminated. I concur together with your particular case that people can decrease their sum of plastic utilize and admissions to form a tremendous distinction. I truly like how you said, “We can constrain contamination by restricting down our utilize of plastic bags, dodging plastic items, and reusing properly.” This quote is pertinent to the subject and gives the peruser an illustration of how they can alter to create a distinction.

    • Lydia, I enjoyed your post because I believe there should be more awareness about this topic. I liked how you described all the aspects and included evidence as to the reasons why animals are becoming endangered and extinct. I agree that it is our responsibility to try to reverse our detrimental actions towards the ocean and animals habitats. Thank you for creating more awareness towards this topic!

    • Lydia! First of all-I love it! Your word choice conveyed empathy which shows just how passionate you are about this topic! I like how you gave multiple examples as to the reasons for extinctions, as well as how we can help prevent this in the future. You really placed the responsibility on all of us which is something I think we all needed to hear. Overall, very good job!!

    • Lydia, I like that you chose to write about this topic to spread more awareness and to show how passionate and empathetic you are regarding this issue. I agree to your points when you stated that it is more or less humans fault that animal are becoming more extinct since the world is becoming more and more industrialized, which has very many negative effects. I also liked how you gave examples as to how we can minimize pollution and create change to better the environment. Overall, this topic should be more talked about and I’m glad you chose to shed more light on it!

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    The Dangers of Spreading Fake News Pt. 2

    2021 just started, which means the news has been centered around politics and the vaccine lately. With everything happening related to the elections and COVID, fake news has been spreading more rapidly. Dr. Anthony Fauci explained how President Donald...

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    • Lydia,

      I really like how your post discusses that we should not try to correct that fake news and give it more attention then it deserves. I also agree that if there is a lot of drama surrounding a topic, people will become confused and will not know what to believe about the subject. I also think that this will help people with more self-discipline and help others to think before they comment on social media posts. Great job with this post! Hope to see more from you in the future!

    • Dear Lydia,

      I am very interested in your post because it discusses a topic that is concerning to most people right now, especially with all of the newsworthy events that are currently taking place. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Buchanan suggests that when we come across fake news we should do nothing about it.” I think this is fascinating because I have never heard that advice before. I agree that it is not good to draw attention to fake news, so ignoring it may be the best way to avoid the spread of it. Thanks for your writing and I look forward to seeing what you write next!

    • Lydia,

      I love how you are bringing up this topic especially during this time. I think you made your argument very clear and your text was easy to understand and follow. Fake news can be tricky to handle but as a society we should try to stop it from spreading through different variations, including the one Buchanan suggests. It is easier to be influenced by fake news like this and it makes it easier to spread with social media. I love your writing and this topic is super important. You did such a great job! 🙂

    • Lydia,

      I really liked how you posed a problem and then explained a variety of important reasons why this is such a major issue. I completely agree that any spread of misinformation especially from our country’s leaders is very damaging and can pose several risks. I also found it really interesting how you mentioned that Buchanan said to simply do nothing about fake news. This is a very good point that I may not have thought to do.

      Camille

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    Breaking the Stigma surrounding ADHD

    Majority of parents want their children to succeed and grow in other aspects of life, but for some that doesn’t come easy. Many blame their children’s bad grades on them not paying attention in class, studying hard enough for...

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    • Dear Lydia,

      Something that stood out to me in your post was, “It’s better to embrace your illness than being ashamed of it, since it doesn’t identify your true self.” I agree with this statement because no one should ever be ashamed of any mental illness that they have. If anything they should feel proud of it because having to deal with it can make them stronger as an individual.

      Another sentence that stood out to me was when you said, “The reason a stigma exists for ADHD is because many view it as an excuse for laziness and getting extra attention.” I think that people with ADHD should not be seen as trying to be lazy and wanting attention because they are actually working harder when working on something than people who do not have it in order to focus.

      • Hey Lydia!
        I love how you discussed how ADHD affects you personally as well as how people should treat someone with ADHD. I feel like today ADHD is a joke to many people, which is extremely disheartening. Someone might be straightening their pencils and they will say “Sorry, I have ADHD haha”, but in reality they do not and they are just saying that to make a joke. I also love how you discussed other people valuing themselves based on their grades. This is so disappointing because someone’s grades do not define them as a person. What truly matters is how they treat others and who they are on the inside. The only thing I would add to your blog post is how you cope with ADHD because that would be very interesting to learn about. Overall, this was a great blog post! Nice work Lydia!

    • Dear Lydia,

      I really liked how you structured your blog post. You first began by discssuing the different stigmas that people have and then the importance of self-acceptance. You also used relevant evidence to support your argument and provided the reader with an engaging post. This post challenges the reader to examine the stigmas that people often place on others.

    • Lydia,
      I agree with everything you said and I admire your courage to write about a topic that may be difficult to talk about. I definitely feel that people need to become more confident in themselves and not let an uncontrollable illness or condition depict who they are as a person. It is important to note that an illness does not make a person any weaker or lesser than anyone else, but helps the person become stronger and more aware of what others may be suffering from. In society today there seems to be a stigma on a condition or illness and I like how pointed out that this does not define people but just encourages them to seek help when needed.

    • Lydia,
      I really enjoyed the way this blog post was written. It was very detailed but still got the point across clearly. I also really like how you made this post personal, that shows how you relate to the topic discussed and your courage in general to make it personal. I also really like how you emphasize that illnesses such as ADHD do not define someone as a person. This post does a great job of challenging stereotypes and stigmas of mental illnesses in our society.

    • Lydia,
      Something that stood out to me in your blog post was when you stated that “ It’s better to embrace your illness than being ashamed of it, since it doesn’t identify your true self,” which I also agree with. With any mental illness, you should not feel like that is your only meaning in life. People it’s ADHD, depression, anxiety, and more have gone on to do amazing things while still having a mental illness. Thought one’s first thought after being diagnosed may be shame or sadness, one should be proud of their mental illness because it will in turn make them a stronger individual who can help those with the same issues they have previously dealt with.

      Nice work!

    • Hi Lydia!
      I loved this blog post because it definitely hits close to home for me. I strongly agree with what you said about how grades can be seen as your worth and when someone suffers from ADHD they struggle to keep their grades up so they feel as if their self worth is extremely low. There is definitely a stigma surrounding ADHD and I strongly believe that this blog post clearly states the issue with this stigma and how to overcome this idea we have about ADHD in our heads. What you said about the hesitance to take medications for ADHD once first diagnosed is SO TRUE because from my own experience, one that suffers from ADHD does not always want to treat their lack of focus or extreme energy because most feel as if they don’t need it. Love this post Lydia!

    • Lydia,
      I really liked this article a lot and it’s really relatable, I really agree with so many of these points that you touched on in this blog post! One of the quotes that you said that I liked the most was where you talked about how an individual shouldn’t have to feel bad about speaking help and taking their medication for ADHD, I have a hard time wanting to take my medication so I found that really relatable! I also liked where you talk about how you can’t let you’re weakness win and that’s also very inspirational and I really liked it

    • This post was relatable and interesting to read. During the quarantine of this pandemic, I was felt it more difficult to stay focused or care about my schoolwork when stuck at home every day. ADHD is an important issue because it is often perceived as a fake disorder because teenagers can make it as an excuse for being lazy or unmotivated, however, it’s much more serious than that.

    • Lydia,
      I’m glad you wrote about this topic because it needs to be talked about. Things like ADHD do not need to be hidden. I think schools should try to be accommodating to the student instead of vise versa. Not to say that I am against medication if it is necessary or wanted, but it shouldn’t be expected. If schools and society were more accepting and accommodating I think people could embrace their differences. Thank you for sharing your writing.

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    How Social Media Affects our Language

     When you ask a teenager what they spend most of their time on, most likely they’ll tell you social media. Social media has many benefits, such as being able to communicate with others around the world immediately with the...

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    • I like the piece of evidence, “Every week there seems to be a new trend circulating around the media, which ultimately changes the syntax of a certain word and makes them adapted by modern society (Schroeder).” I can relate to this because I’ve noticed when talking to my parents that certain words that our generation uses now do not mean the same thing as they meant when they were younger. I also agree that slang plays a big role in how our generation communicates with each other because we have all gotten used to shortening words and it has become second nature to us. I think that our children’s generation will have a complete different style of language than we do today.

    • I really that you provided the idea that social media can be used to benefit teens with the process of communication, and you presented the idea how it can be harmful. I found it interesting that you said teens are now finding new ways to make texts/communication become shorter and shorter through slang: I realize I do this but did not know I did this while it was happening. Something I think I would add to this blog is that teens aren’t intentionally doing this to make sentences shorter, but rather they do it to fit in with our generations trends.

    • Dear Lydia, I was intrigued by your post because I also believe social media has had a great impact on the way our current generation communicates. I agree with the idea that slang has shaped the way we write now to be shorter and less descriptive, which in turn can have effect on our communication with others. I really liked this phrase “individuals would rather send a quick text message filled with slang words, instead of picking up a phone and having a meaningful conversation with them” because it highlights how much our world has changed. I do believe the interactions we have over social media do still have meaning, but the meaning is just shown in a different way that only those who use social media can understand. This reminds me of Snapchat, which uses even shorter slang in writing, if at all. To me, Snapchat seems almost impersonal since it includes no writing at all, just a picture, and it is harder to have a conversation over the app. Nevertheless, it is the way communication happens through social media, which just further shows how language has changed over time and as technology progressed. Thank you for your post. I really enjoyed your insight on social media and the power of language, and I hope to see more of your thoughts and your writing in the future.

    • Lydia,
      I really liked your post because I believe that it is very relevant to today’s society. I especially liked when you said, “When individuals talk with others in person they tend to use the different phrases they viewed on social media, which affects their writing skills and the ways they talk.“ I found this interesting because it is something that people do not usually notice when they are speaking. It becomes a habit because we see these certain phrases on the internet all the time. I find that when I am speaking with people who are older than me, they often point out that I said something that they do not understand because they are not on social media.

    • Dear Lydia,

      I am interested by your post because, as an active social media user, I feel as though it is important to recognize the different language used on these platforms especially involving slang. This ineffective type of communication can lead to misinterpretation of messages, often resulting in confusion or anger.

      One thing you said that stood out to me was that “individuals would rather send a quick text message filled with slang words, instead of picking up a phone and having a meaningful conversation with them.” I think this is sad because social media and electronic messaging prevents us from practicing the value of language through our actual words. Adolescents are easily able to express themselves online, but fail to have these meaningful interactions and expressions in person.

      Your post reminds me of something that happens to me almost daily. When communicating with my family and friends, my messages are often misinterpreted, and these people think I am upset or angry when I am not. This frustrates me because my messages were in no way meant to convey these emotions. These emotions, however, are easily interpreted in face-to-face conversations or phone calls, proving the error in electronic messaging.

      Thank you for your project, and I look forward to seeing what you write next because I feel as though this is a very relevant topic that should be considered by all people the next time they pick up their phones to send a text message.

    • I really enjoyed reading your article because I completely agree that in today’s day and age we tend to use simplified language and this can greatly affect our writing as well as people skills. I have noticed that many people of our generation would much rather text over their phones using slang, and I believe that this can also affect our social skills. Using slang can sometimes exclude people from a conversation who might not understand what a certain “simplified word” might mean. A lot of times too, people won’t want to ask what a certain piece of slang might mean because it might be embarrassing. In the end, I appreciate your contradictory opinion on today’s use of slang.

    • Lydia, I liked how you presented the idea that a new trend is circulating through the media every week. Sometimes it can seem that if we are not on our phones everyday we miss so much information, and language does have a big impact on that. A new slang term only needs a day or two in order for it to catch on, and it could completely change the meaning of a word. I think this is slowly changing how we will speak maybe ten or fifteen years from now.

    • Dear Lydia,
      I agree with your post about how social media has affected the way we speak and communicate with others. I personally have often used the slang from social media when talking with friends and overall in general. I also have messaged using shorter versions of the actual words. “When individuals talk with others in person they tend to use the different phrases they viewed on social media, which affects their writing skills and the ways they talk. ” This quote shows great importance to me as I can relate to its meaning. I have heard many people around me also have this issue. I enjoyed your post and agreed with your thoughts.

    • I agree that social media has had a significant impact on language and communication. As you mentioned, some social media trends have caused rapid changes that have resulted in completely new interpretations of certain words and phrases, and instant communication has been a major benefit. The widespread use of slang among our generation as a result of social media has enabled thoughts and ideas to be conveyed in a quicker manner, but has also resulted in more confusion and misinterpretation, since slang is shorter and includes less details. I have also noticed a growing generational gap in terms of communication, most notably with texting vs. calling. Overall, this was an interesting and individually and socially relevant piece.

    • Hello there Lydia, I agree with how social media is affecting our youth´s communication. For being one of the kids that use social media most of the time, I don´t really like saying these slangs and such because I don´t like how they sound through my mouth. But I guess I’m okay with it as long as they can say arguments and opinions without the uses of these words.

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    The dangers of spreading Fake News

    In our world today many have directed the majority of their attention to the election. When we watch the news and debates, individuals form opinions based on what they’re hearing. Based on what news channel you’re listening to, that...

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    • Lydia, I really like how you said, “Empathy heals conflict, so when you can’t identify with someone, then you most likely won’t show empathy towards them.” I agree with this because if you do have empathy for someone you are less likely to get mad or start a conflict with them and more likely to be kind and gentle with them. I also think that identifying with them also comes into play because if you do not feel a connection with someone, you cannot easily see things from their perspective.

    • Lydia, I enjoyed your writing and I completely agree! With all the biased news channels and outlets it is hard to find the truth nowadays. Not even necessarily the “truth” but the unbiased facts. I loved how you said ” I think that we should listen to a variety of different individuals who come from different backgrounds because their perspectives can vary depending on what they are experiencing…”. That explains your point of broadening where you get your news from to get all of the information from different point of views. Great writing!

    • Dear Lydia,
      I am very intrigued by your post because I feel as though this concept is overlooked by many people, especially in regards to the election. People tend to believe everything they see in media and disregard the bias that may be present.
      One thing you said that especially stood out to me was when you quoted Swati Arggarwal saying, “when people post on social media, their goal is to change your public opinion on a certain topic and to mislead you into thinking that they’re information is true.” I think this is correct, and it reminds me of celebrity culture. People become obsessed with the seemingly perfect lives of celebrities, but fail to recognize their flaws. People must realize that the social media posts of celebrities are meant to please their followers, most times excluding their humanly struggles that everyone experiences.
      Your post reminds me of a research project I did in 8th grade about the negative effects of social media. I highlighted the importance of not believing everything you see, because it often causes people to feel as though their lives are inferior or unimportant, many times leading to mental health problems. While this is not the case for all biased media posts, it is an important effect to consider.
      Thank you for your post, and I look forward to reading what you create next because I feel as though you focused on a very relevant and relatable topic for this generation.

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