• Dear Middle School Teachers and Students:

    We are choosing to write to the middle school teachers because from experience we know during these years teenagers struggle the most with showing self-love. We believe

    • Hello everyone.

      My name is Cristian and I am a student at Fremont High School here in Oakland. I just read your project blog post and I have some feedback.
      One thing I liked about what you wrote was the you guys explain the issue,another thing i liked was how u gave info about the problem.

      Something I have a question about is how u chose to talk about this topic.

      Thank you for sharing your project!
      Cristian.

    • Hi! Im Paul from Unity High in Oakland CA. I read your post thingie and i have a couple things to say.

      First of all, I love how you targeted Middle school teachers to take a stand for their students because yes, its true that they have the most power in the person we grow up to be.

      I do have a question though. While knowing to love your own body is important during middle school years because it builds self esteem, is it really okay? Here in america, the number one killer is obesity which usually stems from ones childhood. I find it sad that there are kids dying so young because of this, so to what extent is loving ones body like not exactly fat shaming but also not exactly promoting obesity?

    • I loved how you talk about middle school the earliest year for girls and boys start thinking about shamming their own body and thinking they aren’t worth nothing compared to others on social media who have beautiful body/face. One question would it even be possible to help middle school girls and boys to love their self if their so stubborn and not fully capable to fully understand their own self? What if teachers do try to help the little ones to love their self but they lie to the teachers saying they are fine when they aren’t ? Could it possibly work?

    • Hi! I’m Imani from Unity High which is in Oakland, California.

      I loved, appreciated, and related to your post. As a teenage girl, I can say that students are truly affected during middle school and can change completely. Middle school is a life changing experience where students learn more about themselves as they grow. A thing that truly stood out to me is how you focused in on middle school teachers who can help encourage students and stand up for them. Which I find true because they are huge influences in their students’ lives and are able to do so much with just a few encouraging words.

      Thank you for taking the time to write about this important issue!

  • thank you yahaira for taking the time out of your day to read my post and comment. I completely understand what your going through and what has happened to you in the past. have you ever made a shadow before? what school do you go too? i hope to hear to you soon. that you so much for replying.

  • nothing will stand in the way of love

    1,000 miles away,

    A plane ride away,

    A whole nother state away,

    Won’t make me stop loving you.

    Will not make me stop searching for you.

    You let me know what love is

    • Dear Melany,
      Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Angela and I am a student at fremont high school. Something i liked about your work is that it has a real meaning behind everything that is written and how you also gave us a description at the end of it so we won’t be confused. Something I have a question about is if you felt some way sharing this information in this poem knowing complete strangers would read?.
      Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is http://angelagfhs2021.edublogs.org/
      thank you.

  • Thank you for reading and looking at my shadow box. Yes it is hard to find a true father, I have found that many people can connect to that. Thank you for commenting.

  • Thank you for commenting. It means a lot that someone took time out of their day to read about my life. Yes I do put depth into my writing, I am a poet and that is one of my many advantages.

  • Artist Statement

    Melany Casillas Barragan

    To begin, my shadow box represents who I am as a person and as a women. I have been given stereotypes about being a women. The dominant narrative of being a women is

    • Hi there my name is Joshua and I really like your shadow box. I can connect when you talk about growing up watching Marvel movies. I can connect with how you grew up in the same home for most your life. What color would you say that you life most correlates

    • Hi there my name is Julio from Fremont High School. I see that you make a shadowbox I did the same thing at Fremont High and i like how you put the pictures you did a good job.

    • Have you ever got one of those Dominant Narratives from a friend? So you like action movies?
      Well I like all you wrote because it seems that you put feeling to each word, while reading this all I can say is that you did a great job in this project, I am happy for all the things you did on it, every word you wrote, it seems that you wrote it from the deepest of your heart.

      • Thank you for commenting. It means a lot that someone took time out of their day to read about my life. Yes I do put depth into my writing, I am a poet and that is one of my many advantages.

    • Thank you for reading and looking at my shadow box. Yes it is hard to find a true father, I have found that many people can connect to that. Thank you for commenting.

    • Hello my name is xin and I like your shadow box a lot and I Got to learn from this shadow box I like you art too and I where like to see more think that you make.

    • Hello my name Franqui.Is good.Your shadow box is really good.Well better than mines.I can see that u like marble.I am a DC fan but cool.Good job 10/10!!!

    • Dear Melany,
      I am amazed by your post, “A Box Of My Life,” because there is a lot that I can relate to. To start off, I also did many things that were “weird” or “unknown” for a girl to do. I would help out my dad at his job sites and would be used to it. Recently, my parents separated and it was a big impact for me since I shared most of my time with him. Your quote, “Even though he hasn’t been there most of my life he is that man who made me,” got stuck to me because that is sometimes that I always tell myself. Even though all of these changes occurred, he’s still my father and I can’t change that. Now, I only have all those memories of the fun times we spent together.

      • thank you yahaira for taking the time out of your day to read my post and comment. I completely understand what your going through and what has happened to you in the past. have you ever made a shadow before? what school do you go too? i hope to hear to you soon. that you so much for replying.

  • Melany commented on the post, Please Read! 9 months, 4 weeks ago

    Dear Bertha,

    I am enlightened with your opinions with school education. Why i am so enlightened with your statment is because i never really saw it that way as you do, that we don’t really have a voice, i never thought about it this way.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is ¨ To know from right and wrong. To not be scared towards…[Read more]

  • Melany became a registered member 10 months, 2 weeks ago

  • Load More