• Hamlet 4.5.59-79
    The character I played was King Claudius.
    I learned that tone, inflection, and pacing are very important to how you want to convey a message. It was very interesting to record

  • Desdemona 1.3.208-218: This paragraph is about Desdemona professing her love and obedience to her father, but telling her father that she must love her husband as well. “I am hitherto your daughter: but here’s my

  • Recently in the news, we have seen a lot about the arguments between parties and members in the same party about the ending or the keeping of DACA. The most recent government shutdown that lasted about 2 days in

  • Billy,
    This is probably the most interesting post I’ve read on this website. I really like this post because you aren’t making this topic into a joke, but it is in all seriousness. And I agree with you! I think pandemics and epidemics will eventually get to the human race. Our vaccinations and shots are starting to create super-viruses that our…[Read more]

  • Shannya,
    I really liked your post and your take on what an American is. I agree with you, that an American is anyone who lives here, anyone who works here, anyone who contributes to society. No matter what race or ethnicity you are, you can still be American. No matter what gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic, or documentation status, if…[Read more]

  • In order to confront immigration and it’s problems, we must identify why most illegal immigrants come to the U.S. Most Mexican Illegal Immigrants, for example, come here with no intention to settle permanently.

  • Leslie,
    I agree with your points. I also like the small interviews you did. It also struck me when the anonymous person said that she is surviving. Almost like she’s not getting any benefits from living here. Which is true, because through my research, I found illegal immigrants put so much into the society through paying taxes, fueling their…[Read more]

  • Reagan,
    I agree with your post. I believe that many kids in our society have learning disabilities and don’t know it. Yet, our academic system fails them instead of trying to help them. I think our system needs to be better in accommodating people who have these conditions so they have equality to opportunity as the rest of the kids. The worst…[Read more]

  • In my recent research for my topic on whether or not illegal immigration benefits society, I found a few articles on the viewpoint of how illegal immigration is and has been beneficial to the United States and

  • Natalie,
    Your post was nicely done! I really liked that you interviewed someone and got their feelings and what they believe to be true in your post. Your statement, “This shows that 11 million immigrants make up a large part of the U.S. economy and 8 million of them are working. Which shows that we have a lot of hard working immigrants in the…[Read more]

  • Lauren,
    This post was really interesting to me. I never really thought about the harm that a anti-depressant and it’s great that our mind can be healed by our bodies. I think one of the best ways to ease depression is therapy. I believe it is best to talk to someone, whether it be a therapist, a parent, a friend, one of those “safeutah” people…[Read more]

  • I read a few fascinating articles on how illegal immigration into the U.S. has many benefits, which is what I am arguing as well. However, I read the different arguments to this question: “Is Illegal Immigration

    • Hello Sophie, I really like this post that you made. I totally agree with you that it’s not fair for the illegal immigrants to receive unfair treatment. I found it interesting that if a huge mass of people were to be deported, economic growth of $250 billion would be reduced. I really love this article because people who talk bad about immigrants need to look more into the reality of the situation and see that they are a big part of our economy. .

    • Very interesting topic, Sophie. I admire how you add the opposing argument to yours to enhance your article. I found it very valuable that you could analyze both sides. I agree with your stance on the issue as you stated, “mass deportations policy would reduce economic growth by around $250 billion per year” which is a huge factor in favor of giving illegal persons a path to citizenship. If you would like to learn more on this topic, please take a look at this article: https://www.thebalance.com/how-immigration-impacts-the-economy-4125413. I look forward to reading more from you on this topic in the future.

    • Sophie this really outstands to me “Illegal immigrants are not the problem in this case. Lazy people living off welfare when they can actually get off their butts and work are the problem.” This relates to me because I have the same thoughts. People living of welfare are the ones taking money away from the government then they blame us!

  • Tanessa,
    Your post is very well written, and I totally agree with everything that you talked about. You brought up a lot of great argumentative points and educational ones as well. For example, I did not know about the 1917 act or about how deportation and the negative treatment of immigrants can cause depression. These are really great points. I…[Read more]

  • Ronnie,
    I like your post because it is really insightful and educational with the cases and reports you linked. Also, your post highlights our past president’s views, which we can contrast to our current president’s views. It shows how there is such a gap and division between parties with these types of arguments and rallies. However, I found this…[Read more]

  • Sophie wrote a new post, DACA 2 years, 6 months ago

    DACA is an acronym that stands for the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals. It is a program put into place during the Obama administration that allows children of immigrants, who themselves are not legal cit

    • Very interesting topic, Sophie. I am very passionate about this issue as well since my childhood nanny of five years is a dreamer. It scares me that the Trump Administration would rescind this very positive program full of thousands of hard-working people who have improved the economy. I appreciated that you mentioned the economy “would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions.” I really appreciated you backing up all your opinions with factual evidence, as it cemented your argument. If you would like to read more on this issue, you should read the article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/immigration/daca-injunction-what-a-federal-judges-ruling-means-for-dreamers/2018/01/10/ecb5d492-f60c-11e7-a9e3-ab18ce41436a_story.html?utm_term=.bf157499f8df. I hope you will write more on this topic in the future and I look forward to reading more of your work.

    • Dear Sophie :

      I’m excited to discuss this argument and turn it to a solution. I don’t know a dreamer personally but my cousin worked so hard to pay her education as a nurse even as a person seeking citizenship. Currently there are 690,000 dreamers in DACA. In order to be eligible for the program dreamers must arrived before the age of 16.

      One sentence that caught my attention was, “Mark Zandi chief economist from Moody Analytics told New York Times that after five years DACA is repealed, the U.S. gross domestic product would be $105 BILLION diminished than if DACA were to remain force.” The reason of this happening is all immigrants go back to their country. Immigrants pay taxes and try to pay debts or bills in time, unlike Trump he has avoided to pay taxes. Trump is not setting a good example as commander in chief of U.S.

      The last sentence that intrigued me was, “They didn’t choose to be born in a country that was oppressing to their families, and did not choose to immigrate to a new country when they were just young children.” This sentence spoke out to me because it’s true it is NOT their fault; they were forced to come and these poor little ones didn’t have a clue what was going on. One thing is for sure, these children wanted to be with their parents. This situation reminds me of when my stepdad lost his job and we had to move to another state. I was five at the time and didn’t know what was happening in my surroundings. I just wanted to be with my family.

      Thank you for your essay. It was an honor for me to have the opportunity to read it and I look forward to reading more of your essays.

    • Hi Sophie-
      This is such a controversial topic and you attacked it graciously. The quotes you have included really help justify your argument. I really liked your conclusion and how you stated, ” They did not choose to be born in a country that was oppressing to their families, and they did not choose to immigrate to a new country when they were just young children. They deserve the same human rights as any legal citizen, and they do not deserve to be deported to a land they do not know, a land they can not call home even if they were born there.”. Keep up the good work! Here’s an article that discusses why we should keep DACA: https://www.theodysseyonline.com/3-reasons-americans-should-daca-odyssey . I hope to see more writing from you!

    • This is such an important topic! I come from a family that was immigrated from Mexico. My three oldest sibling currently have DACA and they have benefited so much from it. I really cannot imagine how life would be if Obama never would have presented this program to us. I am currently doing an action plan for my civics class that will try to get people to protest so that Trump does not get rid of DACA. I would honesty agree with everything you said because these kids do not choose whether to be born here or anything like that. Every person should be treated equally and should get the same rights as a “Legal” citizen.

  • Sara,
    I really liked what you had to say about immigration because it is true. I see what immigrants have to go through, and I don’t think I could ever understand because I was born here, but I can empathize, which is something we should all do. My grandma and father were immigrants, and I have seen their hard work and determination to work to…[Read more]

  • Bella,
    I addressed something similar to your idea in my post as well. It is becoming extremely devastating and frustrating to see kids become addicted. I have seen it firsthand with some of my cousins, who have been so addicted to video games and technology that they can’t separate from it, or else they can’t sleep at night. It is truly…[Read more]

  • Technology is at the forefront of today’s society and is pervasive in everyday life. However, there are many negative ways that this invasive technology can affect the way we communicate in our relationships with

    • Hi Sophie I loved your post and how you said “face-to-face interactions are less desirable than social media or texting”, I would agree. Today many young people do not know how to make eye contact and from my mom (who’s my source in this post) says “I’ve noticed that with many young applicants who want an internship with me, alot of them struggle with maintaining eye-contact and knowing proper social skills.” And, so I would agree a conversation on the phone is two-people hiding behind screens and body language is thrown out, making it a different type of conversation as you will, than having a face-to-face conversation.

    • Hello Sophie, I really agree with the interference of work life and home life because of technology. Instead of people to go home and rest for the day, they still are pushed to do more work because of technology. I also agree with the dating topic. Sometimes now these days instead of meeting face to face, people like to sit in front of a computer or phone screen, and talk to someone online that they find attractive which is kind of sad.

    • Hello Sophie, I enjoyed reading what you posted and found it quite compelling how “technology affects the way we form friendships too” . Technology have been and is increasingly becoming a center of our lives, we become dependent on it and everything we do evolves around it. Although I know there are positives parts of having technology, but not at the point of making us forget and ignore our surroundings and become less aware of the real life. I’ve read in http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.21540/full, we depend so much on technology that we spend a considerable portion of our daily life interacting through social media.

    • Dear Sophie,
      I am surprised by your post, “Is Technology Affectiong Our Relationships?”
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “When we send confortantational messages over phone rather than in person it blocks us from registering the negative emotional responses, which gives the illusion that we’re not really doing harm” because it is true. When were on the phone we never know if what the person is saying is true because they can just tell us what we want we hear and not mean it at all. In person, you can tell about their body language and attitude if they mean what they say.
      Another sentence that I enjoyed reading was, “Technology is becoming a hindrance against the human connection now then ever before”. This stood out for me because technology and social media really does mess up relationships in the real world. People now days really live for social media.
      Your post reminds me of something that happened with me. One time I was on Instagram and it was a lot of females that were trying to be my friends. They would comment under my pictures and even dm (direct message) me. So I decided to respond back. We ended up becoming friends on social media. However, one day I seen her in person and it was weird because we just walked past eachother like we did not know eachother. Later on that day she texted me saying, “Oh I seen you today”. I just stopped talking to her because that was weird to me. She would be so comfortable talking to me on social media but not comfortable to say anything in person. That is why your post was so interesting to read.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you seem to know what your writing about.

  • Sophie commented on the post, Dirty Lobby 2 years, 8 months ago

    Great essay! It is really informative and interesting; I had no idea about the act that opened up this topic. Your diction and writing is really professional and sophisticated which makes this easier to read. I agree with everything touched upon in this essay, especially about the lobbyists. I would love a follow up or a deeper…[Read more]

  • Zoe,
    I love this post so much because I can relate to it a lot. I want to be a jazz singer and maybe gig and tour for a career when I am older, but all anyone seems to care about when I tell them what I wanna do is how much money I will make. Sure, having money can take away the stress of financial instability, but having a passion and pursuing it…[Read more]

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