• Hi McCamey! Thank you so much for your post! I really enjoyed reading it! I totally agree with you when you say that America needs to become more united. Now more than ever, we need to be able to come together on what we agree on versus what we disagree on. A lot of this disagreement is coming from racial issues. I think that many people make…[Read more]

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  • Thank you Sovann for your comment!
    I’m really intrigued by your question of the American Dream. If I had to answer, I guess the main part would be finding my passion and then doing it. Of course I would want to have a degree of success where I would still be able to live well, but to me having money and wealth is not as important as being happy.…[Read more]

  • Thank you Rebecca!
    I totally agree with you about how important perspective is when it comes to other people and their views. Everyone in America comes from a different background, and has their own story that influences their opinions. I find that it’s really interesting when you talk about immigration. This issue is important to me since my mom…[Read more]

  • Sundus,
    I totally agree with you when you say that America should be equal for all. The freedom to have your own culture, express yourself in your own way, and speak whatever language you want is in the Constitution. Since American soldiers fight for America and its Constitution, they are in essence fighting for our right to speak whatever…[Read more]

  • Rebecca,
    I really enjoyed your post. I especially liked the point that you made about the importance of freedom for all. I agree with you wholeheartedly on this. In my opinion, everyone should have the opportunity to be able to find yourself, even if it’s not what everyone expects. They shouldn’t be afraid to express who they are. I believe tha…[Read more]

  • What Does It Mean To Be An American? What Is the American Dream? These are questions that have been asked since the founding of our nation. The answers to these questions are diverse and have affected our lives in

    • Hi Sophia,
      First of all great post! The american dream is such a big topic that it’s really interesting to read other people’s thoughts on it. My parents are not immigrants so I have no experience with how immigrants think and feel about the american dream. Being able to read from their perspective is always so informative. For my family the american dream was get a good education and live a happy life. In some ways our dream is similar to immigrants, having a good education is highly valued. However unlike Daniel’s parents, my parents don’t care if I become successful or not, they just want me to do what makes me happy. This is my family’s american dream so I was wondering what yours was?

      • Thank you Sovann for your comment!
        I’m really intrigued by your question of the American Dream. If I had to answer, I guess the main part would be finding my passion and then doing it. Of course I would want to have a degree of success where I would still be able to live well, but to me having money and wealth is not as important as being happy. It’s interesting to see how the American Dream varies, because a lot of these dreams are based on past experiences. For example, Daniel’s parents want him to become successful because they weren’t as successful themselves growing up. It’s interesting to see how different people’s pasts can influence their future. Thank you so much for your comment and I look forward to reading your future work!

    • Hi Sophia!
      Your work was very well written. It is very important to recognize the different perspectives throughout our nation because it is what makes us so unique. Because you described other teenagers perspectives, whether fictional or in a recent article, I was able to see through their eyes and understand a bit about their different lives. You did a wonderful job explaining how your book relates to the topic of immigration, which like you mentioned is a very strongly disputed topic. Since I have no family who immigrated recently, I found this portion of your writing very interesting. You also discussed the question of what does it actually mean to be an American. I would love to learn more about what different individuals all across the country feel their American dream is, and how they could each begin to strive for it.
      Thank you for your piece, I look forward to reading what you write in the future.
      Rebecca

      • Thank you Rebecca!
        I totally agree with you about how important perspective is when it comes to other people and their views. Everyone in America comes from a different background, and has their own story that influences their opinions. I find that it’s really interesting when you talk about immigration. This issue is important to me since my mom immigrated here from Korea, and because of that we know many people who are immigrants who came to America. To me, this is just a part of life, which made it interesting to see your perspective on this topic. Thank you so much for your comment, and I look forward to your future work!

    • Dear Sophia:

      I was interested in to what you were saying about American Dream. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “The answers to these questions are diverse and have affected our lives in many different ways. ” I think this is important because it speaks the truth about how many immigrants feel and have been affected. Another sentence that I loved was “Daniel’s passion is poetry, and while he’s not entirely sure that he wants to pursue that as a career, he likes it better than medicine.” This stood out for me because American Dreams vary from person, one’s can to become wealthy and another’s can to provide safety for their family. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it seems that both think alike.

    • Dear Sophia:

      I am intrigued by your post, “Our American Values. In texts and in real life,” because you talk about the “American Dream”. Also how people come to America to achieve the ” American Dream” by owning stores or just have the opportunity to be in America.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ The answers to these questions are diverse and have affected our lives in many different ways. ” I think this is important because the immigrants have a voice and should be able to talk about how they felt.

      Another sentence that I found important was: “ the American Dream is about pursuing your passion, even if it’s not what other people expect.” This stood out for me because I agree this is what the American Dream means, following your dreams and what you believe in, and what you think is best for yourself.

      I do agree with you that some immigrants are facing dilemmas. One reason I say this is because when immigrants come over to America they have to find jobs, learn how to speak English if they don’t know how, and Racial Discrimination. Another reason I agree with you is they are coming from somewhere different and they are going to have to get use to the changes that are going to come with moving to America.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I would like to know your thoughts on Racial Discrimination. Also your thoughts on the Reconstruction Era.

    • Dear Sophia,

      I was interested by the blog you posted “Our American Values.In texts and in real life”,because I didn’t know that so many young people who built their whole life in America were still being affected from immigration.To know that people who live their daily life like me have to worry about whether they should stay in a country that they’re not welcome to is so sad.One thing that stood out to me is that you said “They want to be able to escape from whatever adversity they face in their country and take on a new challenge, the challenge of being American.” This really stood out for me because I didn’t know there was a challenge to being an American or just living in America.So basically the government only give people who native country is not America which is really sad. “They see somebody who doesn’t look like them, they say, ‘You don’t have the same right to be here as I do’ they look at somebody and listen to somebody and they say ‘They don’t talk like me, that person doesn’t have as much to contribute to this world as I do,’ and it’s a very dangerous way of thinking” I really enjoyed this saying because even actual Americans think that about each other so imagine how immigrants feel about Americans and how Americans feel about the immigrants. Overall Sophia, you did a great job discussing this topic however next time just shorten the length of the blog the reader may lose interest fast. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you have talent with writing and stating your opinion. Have a great Day!

    • Dear Sophia :

      I was interested by the blog you posted “Our American Values.In texts and in real life”,because I didn’t know that so many young people who built their whole life in America were still being affected from immigration. I can relate because some of my family are immigrants. One sentence you wrote that stands out f is: “ The answers to these questions are diverse and have affected our lives in many different ways. ” I think this is important because the immigrants have a voice and should be able to talk about how they feel about the society they live in. Another sentence that I thought was important is: “ the American Dream is about pursuing your passion, even if it’s not what other people expect.” This stood out because I agree that this is what the American Dream means, following your dreams and what you believe in, and what you think is best for you and your family. I agree with you because when immigrants come to America them have to learn to become accustomed to the culture. I also agree because their coming from somewhere other than America so their customs , where they come from may be different. I appreciate this article and look forward to what you write next.

    • Dear Sophia,

      Thank you for writing this post and for planning a YouthCast session around this important topic.

      I live on the Mexican border and so immigration-related issues are always on my mind. The American Dream and what it means to be “American” is something that concerns all of us though. These are important issues, and the way in which we think about them and more importantly, act on them will affect the future of our nation.

      Your writing and citations are excellent. Keep up the good work, and I look forward to reading more about this.

    • Dear Sophia,

      I am interested with your post Our “American Values. In texts and in real life”. I say this because it shows how these incidents of immigrants wanting to live the american dream are very true. How the stereotype of the american dream is to become more so a hard working business person over actually pursuing your dream, whatever that may be. Something that stood out majorly for me was the quote , “My parents are immigrants. They moved to this country for a better life. They work all the time so my brother and I can have the American Dream. Nowhere in the American Dream does it say you can skip college and become a starving artist”. I think this is absolutely true because when pursuing the “American dream” the typical job a person is thought to have is a successful mainstream job. Never playing out the factor of actually doing what someone may want to do. Another sentence that stood out to me was the statement “Both of them live in New York and end up meeting each other, but they come from largely different backgrounds. However, despite their differences, the two characters begin to become friends, and eventually fall in love”. This really represents interracial love, and how openly it has became accepted. I feel like it is beautiful that two very different races and cultures with immigrant parents can find love in this day in age. I do agree with you that there is really no one answer to what does it mean to be American. I say this because everyone has lived a different life with different experiences and obstacles so no one answer could possibly be the exact same to another’s. I appreciate you writing your post and giving your take on the topic. I look forward to reading more of thoughts and hope to see you bring back all of your good connections.

  • Eli,
    I really liked your post! I thought that you used the different quotes from different texts very well. It made it more interesting to read. I also really liked how you connected the “I Have A Dream” Speech and the Emancipation Proclamation in your second paragraph since both texts relate to slavery and equality. In today’s world, I think…[Read more]

  • Rebecca,
    Thank you so much for your post! I find it very interesting how the American Dream has changed throughout the years. I like how you used different documents from different times to show this. It’s interesting how so many people have their own version of the American Dream, yet they still try and define it as one topic. Despite its many…[Read more]

  • Thank you Sovann!
    I appreciate how you brought the present into focus even more. Freedom and Equality are huge topics today and many still need to fight for their rights. Thank you so much for your comment!

  • Heather,
    I really liked your post! I think that you bring up an interesting point of whether America really has achieved equality. Some of the evidence you used about women in the workforce suggests that America really has come a long way. However, in my opinion I still believe we have work to do. Like you said, there’s still a gender gap of women…[Read more]

  • Freedom and Equality, two resounding American values that are important throughout many aspects of American History. These beliefs still affect Americans now in the issues that we face today. However, the ideas of

    • Hi Sophia,
      Amazing piece, you really supported each of your points well! One thing your piece brought to mind was how freedom and equality work in the present because most of your piece focuses on the past. Equality is still quite a big topic today. Gay, transgender, black, and other groups want equal rights. The right to carry and to say what you want even if it is demeaning to others are big freedom topics. America gives people the power to peacefully protest their freedom and equality.

      • Thank you Sovann!
        I appreciate how you brought the present into focus even more. Freedom and Equality are huge topics today and many still need to fight for their rights. Thank you so much for your comment!

  • Lindsay,
    This is definitely an interesting post. Though I know a few people who are twins, I never really thought of the role they play in the changing family structure. However, I do see how having a twin could affect this, and how it could affect your personality. In your post, you mention how some twins grow up to be more introverted people,…[Read more]

  • Dear Amran, Thank you so much for your post! I totally agree with you with the fact that racism is a big problem in the United States today. The events of Charlottesville clearly displayed the tensions and hatred between the two groups, and showed how much of a problem this is in our country. Even though this is a sensitive issue, I think it’s v…[Read more]

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    Dear Maddie, Thank you so much for you post! I am stunned by the emotion in this piece, and I think that you did a really good job capturing what it is like to have a mental illness. Thank you so much for this and I look forward to seeing your future posts.

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