• In my expository writing class, we are currently working on research papers. My research paper is on the downfall of Venezuela. I always thought that I had a good understanding of what has been going on in

  • In my Expository Writing class right now, we are starting research papers. The question that I intend to address is in my research paper is: What factors led to the downfall of Venezuela? This is an issue that I

  • Gun violence is an unsolved issue that is a problem in America. Although there are some restrictions on guns, there are innocent people being murdered and injured due to a lack of gun control. There should be more

    • Ariel replied 1 month ago

      Shenika,

      I like that you specified that the point of stronger gun control laws isn’t to rid the whole country of gun, but it’s to make this country safer for us. I also like that at the end you talked about how Americans shouldn’t have to live and walk in fear. I thought that that was a really effective way of getting your point acrsoss-outside of the facts.

      Nice job,
      Ariel 🙂

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    One of the most important things in my life is happiness. Happiness is defined as: “a state of well-being and contentment.” My mom always tells me “it’s easier to be happy than to waste the energy being mad.”H

    • Shenika,

      I am very satisfied with your post because I see all the key elements to being happy. One thing you said that stood out to me is ” People can find different ways to find happiness that are unique to them. Whether it be a hobby, relationships, or a sport; each of us having something that makes us smile.” I like this quote because I can totally agree with it. Everybody has something in their life that makes them smile. To keep me happy I play basketball.

      Regards,

      Shaunte

    • Dear Shenika,

      I am satisfied with your post because it is nothing but positivity. You only talk about the good and not the bad. One thing you said that stands out to me is, “The only place I have seen my favorite kind of happiness is Haiti.” I love this because you made your own connection to the type pf happiness that makes you feel good with the kids running around without shoes. Shows that the kids there are taught to make their happiness regardless of what they have. Really stood out to me.

      Regards,

      Ivana

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  • I made this video that shows the past U.S. conflicts in the Middle East. Please feel free to share this video with everyone, or just share the information!

  • At a young age I listened to my parents’ conversations about the violence in the Middle East and I was dragged out on Grand River at the age of 6 to protest the Iraq war. Since then, I have befriended an Iraqi R

  • I have highlighted some major events that are closely tied to the U.S. that took place in the middle east. Obviously, I could not include everything, so I focused on the things that were directly related to America.

    • Jordan,
      I really like how you chose to do a timeline. Many people did the same type of infographic and I enjoy seeing something different. The timeline also really relates to your topic and can help you use the evidence examples in your future writing and help those reading your writing understand it and see it all laid out.

  • This is a link to an article that summarizes the history. Through hypothes.is , I was able to and annotations throughout the article, and please feel free to leave any feedback there (or on here)!

  • Throughout the novel, Huckleberry Finn, the main character faces a challenge of going along with society or taking a stand for what is right. I believe that Huck Finn actually fights what society tells him by

    • Hi Jordan!
      I really like this and the points you made are very strong. I completely agree that Huck appreciated Jim and considered him family towards the end of the book. I also think that the situation that they were in really helped make these feelings easier for Huck to feel because he depended on Jim a lot more then he realized.Thank you so much for sharing this I really appreciated you sharing your opinion.
      Hadley

    • Hi Jordan, nice work on this paper! I agree with you that although Huck struggles with doing what society tells him is right vs what he believes is right, he ultimately chooses to follow his heart. I really liked the evidence you used to support this because it was such a small detail that makes a huge impact on the story. I didn’t even notice that Huck calls Jim family and I think that’s very interesting and adds a new level to the novel. I wonder what other details I could have missed! Huck obviously follows his own morality when it comes to Jim but do you think he would do the same with other slaves or social issues? Do you think him going against society when it comes to Jim is only because he got to know Jim as a good person, or because he genuinely is more of a strong, moral, human being? I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter! Keep up the amazing work!

  • When I was younger, I used to go out with my dad and protest the Iraq war. At that age, I didn’t understand the purpose of war, and honestly I still don’t. All I knew was that there were children similar to me

  • With these beautiful words that have fallen away from my soul- this time- my tears will dry. they will stain the pages with my essence/my being. And the pain in my heart will subside. Everything will fade just

    • Dear Em,

      This is absolutely beautiful. It takes a lot of talent to be able to express such emotion through so little words. I’m looking forward to reading more of your writing.

  • Quote: “I’ve been in town two days, and I hain’t heard nothing but about you bein’ rich. I heard about it away down the river, too That’s why I come.” (Twain 18)

    Huck’s life is hard enough without a father stra

    • Jordan, I totally agree with you on how Huck’s personality and life were shaped by his abusive father who only cares about the money. Like you said, Huck running away on his own is really risky and dangerous, but I kind of understand why he would because of his hard life with his drunk father.

    • Hi Jordan,
      I completely agree with you on the fact that his fathers abusive tendencies towards Huck have definitely shaped him into the rebellious child that he is. I also think that Huck was secretly hoping that his father came back for him and not just the money but this lined ruined all of the little hope he had, which really pushed him to run away.

  • I firmly believe that everyone has control of their own happiness.  There are several different things that can bring joy to a person including connections with others, appreciation of the little things, comedy,

    • Jordan,

      I agree with so much that you said. It’s great to hear that people like you have similar ideas to myself. I get caught up in the little things too and you have to remember that in the long run the little things won’t matter. I have to remember this quite often. It is a challenge everyday to chose to be happy and do things that will make me happy even when it seems way too hard to. Thank you for sharing your ideas on happiness. I really enjoyed reading this piece.

  • It was the people we could be.

    The conversations, nostalgic desire/ what happened to us?

    I fell in love with what could happen- what could be.

    It was the idea that someone like you, could be with someone like me.

    • I honestly love this. In such short words it says a lot more than what you expect. This goes really deep in my opinion.

    • This is such a lovely little poem. It is so sweet in so few words! It also holds a little bit of nostalgia and sadness that I also like and makes me wonder what happened as well. Great work!

  • I had only ever been kissed by the rain/ so gently as it may. I spent all of these soft wasted warm nights wishing I ought to be the moon/ maybe then I could be your light in the dark. Maybe I just wanted to fee

  • AN: Before I get into things, I’ll explain what my next work is. In my Creative Writing class we were assigned to write a short story. I originally was going to share the last few paragraphs of my story, but i

  • We are Raindrops in an endless ocean/ free-form and crashing, forever changing in a raging storm. Despite the unforgiving waves-deep and murky-there’s an unsettling peace to the beauty in a storm. Nevertheless,

  • let my body- by the flames of your soul- be engulfed. however so captured by your pure & instinctive tendencies.

    let your soul paint all of my imperfection/ despite how many masks i may present myself in- see

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