• I like how you started the blog with a Barack Obama quote since he was the most impactful president in my opinion. Something you should do is when you are citing in your context to not write .com since it’s misleading. Also, check your spelling since it was confusing to know what words you meant to say. I hope to see more work about immigration.

  • I agree with your thesis because music really does help people destress. This school is overly stressful in general so music will help us calm down. Even though we do have an after school music class, it would be nice for an ACTUAL music class that goes more in depth. I really like your article and the words you chose to put in it. I hope to see…[Read more]

  • OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) has gone through a lot this decade. They have been in debt and lost many programs that help students. Of course, students are the ones to suffer since they are the ones who

    • Dear Valerie, Thank you so much for writing this blog for your classmates to be able to learn from you and all the research that you did!!!! A line that really stood out to me is “This is clearly showing that not only is it affecting the students but it is also affecting their family” it stood out to me because this really shows that you have empathy for others and not just yourself or other students. Your blog taught me about the importance of School lunches. Thank you!! – Marleni

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your blog was amazing! You really brought out your own opinions on this topic. I agree with the OUSD raising awareness because some of our parents don’t know about this and if they advertised families taht school lunch is a problem it could have kids having a school day w/o being hungry. Thank you for writing this! Good job.

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your blog really summarized all the negative effects on students caused by OUSD. One of my favorite lines was were you stated that food cuts also affects families. It stood out to me because it shows that students aren’t the only ones affected and it makes the problem bigger. You did a great job!!
      Sincerely, Kelly

  • Dear Christy, I really enjoy how you tell your poem from your perspective. One sentence that stood out to me is when you said Papa was a drug dealer because they wanted to buy you (or the main protagonist) candy and would do anything to make you happy. Something you can clarify is who is telling the story because it sounded like it was your story…[Read more]

  • In this poem I connected Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) to Oakland. It is related because the first sentence is a line from the sonnet. This part later on shows that instead of it being the Montagues and Capulets,

    • Dear Valerie,

      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was “The brightness of the yellow tape as it shouts CAUTION” because it was very descriptive and in my head could see that very clearly .

      Your poem also reminded me of how I felt after hearing about all of the recent shootings .

      Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.


    • Dear valerie,

      Your is outstanding. I like the part when you compared oakland to gun violence. The fact that you chose to write about gun violence shows how you care about it. I also like how you started with the prologue of romeo and juliet it was good. I like how there is a lot of detail in this poem. Keep up the good work.

      sincerly , diego rivera

  • Dear Teresa,
    One sentence that stood out to me is when you shared stereotypes about your chosen and assigned identities. I liked how you go against the dominant narratives and speak your truth. Another sentence that stood out to me is when you shared a bit of Cambodia’s history. Thank you for writing and I am looking forward to seeing more.

  • Valerie commented on the post, Identity Of I 3 months, 1 week ago

    One sentence that stood up to me is when you were talking about your family’s features. This is because you said you all looked alike which is cool. I am learning more about you like your mom’s and dad’s side of the family which is interesting. I enjoyed your shadow box because it shows a clear description of who you are. I hope to see more work…[Read more]

  • Shadow Box Artist Statement

    Valerie Rodriguez


    This shadow box represents me by showing different parts of my identity. The inside shows counter narratives which means it comes from my life experiences.

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your shadow box is really beutiful and unique. One sentece you wrote that stands out for me is “I see myself as a proud Mexican female who stands up for others by using my words as my weapons.” I really like this quote because it expresses how you are a proud Mexican female and that you aren’t what people say you are. Another quote I really like is,”We have the same strength as any other gender and aren’t different just because we have different body parts.” I really like this quote because now that we have a sexist president he says really nasty things about women. Overall, thank you for posting this
      Sincerely, Christy

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your shadow box is amazing! I saw the effort you put in it when we worked on our shadow boxes. I like how you explained the dominant narratives. The last sentence was so powerful just like Ms.Portugal says “ Words Have Power “. The baby pictures you included are so cute! Just like you ;). Overall your shadow box is amazing!

      Imelda 🙂

  • Dear Kaly, I am fascinated with your shadow box because it shows who you are in a doll-like version. I like the statue of the virgin mary because it shows that you strongly believe in her. A part that sticks out to me is the scenery because it it very detailed. Your art reminds me of a snowglobe or a doll house because it is a visual…[Read more]

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