• MaddieO
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  • I really loved your blog post because it helps draw attention to how music speaks ideas and stories to us through the ability of language. I love how you selected songs that draw attention to yourself as well because it connect us to your view on things as well.

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    Communication is Key

    Growing up I have always admired the way my mom communicated with her various environments. Mainly the assisted living environment where communication was the only way to depict to dementia residents how you really feel. When I was a...

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    • Really liked your post, maddle. I do agree that communicating with others is the best way to understand the person in any way possible. Over my lifetime, I have learned a lot about others when I’m bored and just want to talk to others. I talk to anyone no matter what they are. Even though my shyness comes along for the ride, it´s always good to talk to people to have a social relationship and learn much more about others.

    • Dear Maddie
      Your post really caught my attention because of how so much people can relate to this, this post could bring more people together

      In your statement you say that you had to communicate with in the toughest times, that could influence a lot of different people

  • Catherine, I like how you talked how people really don’t understand who you truly are until you actually get to know them. I also like how you talked about how we shouldn’t always judge someone based on their “Single Story.” This also helps create a main idea of how empathizing with someone shouldn’t always be based on first impressions.

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    “Don’t You (Forget About Me)”

    Most kids growing up in the 2000’s were most likely watching Disney Channel or maybe Nickelodeon. But when I was younger, my mother would always put on 80’s movies and TV shows. Of course, I’m not complaining! 80’s movies...

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    • When it comes to empathy, I think that this movie is the perfect example to get your point across. I like how you used stereotypical names for each of the characters to show the idea of a single story and how not everyone is what they may seem. Your point on how empathy helps improve people’s behavior toward others is thoroughly and well displayed through your example of The Breakfast Club, and really helps the reader to understand what message you were trying to get across.

    • Dear Maddie:

      I am “pleased” by your post ““Don’t You (Forget About Me)”” because of it’s hidden idea for empathy towards another/empathy in general. Especially when you use the iconic movie, The Breakfast Club.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The “popular girl,” “the basket case,” “the geek,” “the bad boy,” and “the jock.” All of these characters display empathy at one point or another throughout the film.” I think this is informative because… we get the background on the characters and the reason why each of them were so different. Because of what they were they never got to know each other until now.

      Another sentence that I found was: “The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club is an impactful film that conveys the change of concrete thinking of a “single story” and the ability to understand differences between one another by putting forth empathy. This stood out for me because it sums up everything perfectly.

      I do agree with you that these teens got together and enjoyed each others company with empathy. One reason I say this is the obvious diversity between all of them.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I love the Breakfast Club and your understanding is truly great.

  • Maddie commented on the post, Homeless

    This is definitely a sad truth for most kids as well as adults who are homeless. I like how you included solution or aims that will further implement change in not only the Oakland community but also many communities or cities outside of this one. This post was very up front and I think a lot of people don’t understand what is actually going on i…Read More



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