• today marks a very happy and sad day for freshman everywhere, the most recent and simple project that we had to do was make a trifold and present it in front of “professional” graders, this was honestly not as

  • hi joey,
    i really loved your poem, “i want you to fall” because it reminds me of how people always want you to fall, even your closest friends are waiting on the day you mess up to not be their to help you back up, this is very deep, good job and keep it up,
    sincerely, Matthew.

  • Matthew commented on the post, Keep Going 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    hi Asa,
    I really like your poem “keep going”, i think it was really good and for the right person this can be really helpful t o keep in mind not to lose hope and it makes me think about how some people have lost hope already. this a really good poem and I believe you can be a poet, good job keep going!
    sincerely, Matthew

  • This is our presentation on Unwind by Neal Shusterman. The ideology this book holds is that people under 18 should listen to adults / their parents, or they’ll die. This first started after the Heartland w

    • Hello Matthew, I am filled with shock and sadness that there is something like the Bill of Life exist here in America. Like you, I believe that everyone especially young teens deserve to live their lives without any worries. It’s interesting that you pointed out that the book talks about youth oppression because as children move into their adolescent years, they do receive pressure from all types of directions, and they don’t get the opportunity to live for themselves. On top of that, adults not giving them the chance to live provides a lesser chance for young teens to experience their autonomy which is extremely important during this time. However, on a more positive note, I am glad that you and your team are pushing this issue publicly and spreading awareness to the community so they can be educated about it and hopefully, join the force to end this violence once and for all.

  • Hi Danielle,
    thank you so much for the feedback! I haven’t heard that term before, i will be sure to see more around that term. I agree, I’m really into politics and the deeper meaning of all major topics. Ill be sure to create more blogs when i have the time to talk about all the things I think are important, including sensitive ones. Again i…[Read more]

  • Matthew posted an update 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    dear bryan

    thanks for the comments, i also think that was a very strong peice of evidence for my claim because their as no real reason to make it illegal.

      • Matthew posted an update 5 months, 3 weeks ago

        dear yasmin

        thank you for the comment, its very sad that weed gets the reputation it gets because of some old dude😢😤. i belive that weed shouldnt get such a bad reputation becauseit a medical drug and dosent do any harm to people unless theyre underage.

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          • Matthew commented on the post, Oakland 6 months, 2 weeks ago

            I really like your blog and how you express your feelings about immigrants and how oakland protects them most of the time. I also think that your evidence is really good too and the examples you give are really clear.

          • Matthew commented on the post, Oakland 6 months, 2 weeks ago

            Dear Martha,

          • Why Does Marijuana Get Such A Bad Rep??

            Have you ever wondered why marijuana has such a big stigma?people think teens using marijuana is bad. Based on the research and the people I have interviewed, the main

            • Dear Matthew

              I am agreeing with your article “Why does marijuana get such bad rep” because you are right that it is harmless. Also that people think bad of it because since the government said this one thing then everyone start believing the government because he is like “right”. One sentence that stands out for me is “the government so they did not want marijuana to be seen as medical” because marijuana could be really helpful but since it’s not seen as a medical help for the government then people believe its harmful. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your articles are very interesting.

            • Dear, Matthew
              I really like how you started by asking a question and then answering it a few sentences after asking the question. Also in your analysis for your second paragraph which states, “This quote is addressing that in the 90’s, before 1996, it used to be illegal to smoke marijuana medicinally and legally meaning that people who needed medical marijuana to survive or for natural pain relief would have needed to take narcotics to ease the pain. This means that people who had cancer would need chemotherapy and would be criminalized if they smoked marijuana even if the marijuana makes them feel relaxed and make them go to sleep”. I liked how you added this because it shows how you really did your research about your topic. Also because I honestly didn’t know about this so I pretty much just learned something from reading your blog. I also noticed that you used the word stigma a decent amount in your paragraph which shows how you are using some of the vocab we learned about and you are using it correctly. Your blog was really good keep up that good work.

            • Hi Danielle,
              thank you so much for the feedback! I haven’t heard that term before, i will be sure to see more around that term. I agree, I’m really into politics and the deeper meaning of all major topics. Ill be sure to create more blogs when i have the time to talk about all the things I think are important, including sensitive ones. Again i really appreciate the feedback and a new vocab term to use in the future. take care!:)

          • dear Wendy,
            i really love the way your poem was made i think it was really beautiful and one of kind and the whole messedge was really good the way you worded everything made me feel like you had put a lot of effort into your poem keep up the good work❤❤

          • love and war

            my story is based on romeo and juliet and is based in oakland cuz theirs alot of gangs and also a lot of people in love or hopeless lovers.

            misunderstood

            All these false stereotypes make me feel

            • Dear Matthew,

              I am proud about your poem , “Love and War”, because you connect to the story about Romeo and Juliet and create it about something that happens in Oakland. I really liked how you explain where the non- privileged people live and where the “privilege people” live in Oakland. Something that I like about your poem was that you talked about “street art” because we have a lot of street art in Oakland. One part of your poem line that stands out to me is ,“The most interesting thing is the division between the Oakland hills and the flat lands we know”. This connects to the whole community of Oakland because there’s a lot of division and gentrification going on in Oakland. Something you can work on it’s to capitalized the words that need to be capitalized. Make sure next time you reread your work. After all, your poem is amazing.

            • Hey, My name is Jocelyn go add me on instagram @Joceegobrazzy. I really like the part where you said “This separation will soon lead to desperation the desperation turns to fascination and soon all the dreams will vanish. This sentence is hella strong because a lot of families that get separated may feel or feel like this and it’s sad to even think about it. Your poem is very strong lmao when you said “All these false stereotypes make me feel bad like crack babies.” that had me weak. Okayyy another than that I really liked your poem.

              Sincerely, Jocelyn Figueroa

            • Dear Matthew, I am amazed by your poem “Love and War” because you bring out a lot of relevant topics. It was impressive to see how you made the story of Romeo & Juliet into a modern story. It is disappointing that the separation of the rich and the poor is still relevant. Including snapchat and instagram was a twist into modernizing the story. Another sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “all these false stereotypes make me feel bad” because stereotypes are something we often deal with. Stereotypes, specifically negative ones are disappointing. In your poem, you mention ‘like crack babies’ which makes me think of the type of people we often think about when Oakland comes to mind — bringing out the concept of stereotypes. Your poem reminds me of that time when I was teaching a group of children and witnessed the separation of wealth. Love and wealth is something that should not even be considered, but even after the time Romeo and Juliet was written, this is sadly still relevant in today’s day.

          • Matthew commented on the post, Irvin Shadow Box 9 months ago

            dear irvin,
            I really liked your box and the baby pictures and how you out them in to represent your childhood and i also really like the peso you put inside the box cuz i used to have a coin and they were are really heavy.

          • Matthew commented on the post, My Shadow box 9 months, 1 week ago

            dear Kenya,
            i really like the way your shadow box looks and the baby pictures are very cool

          • My shadow box represents my dominant narratives(outside of the box) and my counter narratives(inside of box. The reason I chose what I chose on the outside was because I think that the majority of people that look

            • Matthew I like how you did your shadow box because of the pictures I feel like they stand out.

            • Matthew i think that it is cool the way you give examples of dominant and counter narratives

            • Dear Matthew,

              Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Socorro Lopez and I am a student at Fremont High School.
              Something I liked about your work was the way that you expressed yourself in your pictures and the pictures really stand out on your shadow box.
              Something that I think would make your shadow box better is more decorations that stand out with your pictures otherwise you did a good job with your shadow box.Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is http://socorrolfhs2022.edublogs.org/2018/11/06/assignment-3-the-identity-shadow-box/
              Thank You!

            • Dear Matthew,

              I love the symbolic representation you used to show what society thinks of you (the outside of the box) and what you truly are like as the inside of the box, very creative! It is really important to know yourself inside and out in order to not be affected by what others think of you and it looks like you are on the right track! #SJSU

            • Hello Matthew,

              My name is Jessica and I’m SJSU student. I am glad you shared your work and I was able to see it and connect with you. I really like how you gave a great explanation of what your shadow box represented because it shows that it represents who you really are. I like how in the inside of your box you shared photos of yourself as a child and how they represent your race and ethnicity. The outside of the box is really interesting because you put things about what others think of who you are and how they see you even though you don’t see yourself as that person. I also really like that you are letting others know who you really are which is very great. I just want you to keep in mind that always know who you truly are and no matter what others think or say of put you down because we are all different and we shouldn’t “Judge a book by it’s cover”.

          • good job nevin this is epic its matthew and im doing this for extra credit cuz im kinda failing portugals but i like the oakland postcard
            sincerly, matthew

          • sir aaron,

            its matthew, what I liked about your box was your baby picture and how you value your parents alot and that without them you wouldent be a good kid. the other things i liked about your box were that you put the flafs and that you explain the dominant naratives

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