Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
One: you can do a review of a current popular Music CD. You must record this review on video and post it to our blog.
Two: you can attend an artistic performance (dance, music, theater, exhibit, etc.) and write a review of the strengths and weaknesses of the performance. Again, you must record this on video and post it to our blog.
Three: you can write a poem about an American icon and perform it for the class during our last class on Thursday, Dec. 1. You must also write an intro for the poem for our blog, and then record yourself reading the poem and post it to the blog as video.
If you do this well, I will raise your overall grade up to half a grade. In other words, if you are at 85 percent, you can go up to 90 percent. This would take you from a B to an A-.
The idea here is to be creative, have fun, use your brain, and use technology well!
Friday, November 18, 2011
The focus of Diamond's research is natural resources. He was trying to learn how the patterns of civilization have affected our natural resources. *Humans are destroying or losing natural resources such as: natural habitats, wild food sources, biological diversity, and soil. These resources are all part of a cycle that cannot function properly without one, and we need to be aware of that.*
Natural habitats are very important to human survival. We need the functions of natural habitats to continue and remain healthy if we want to stay healthy ourselves. If we continue polluting our earth we will be polluting to food we eat and the water we drink. We should be conscious of these issues. I believe this is the most important topic Diamond brings to our attention in this entire essay. Without Natural habitats we will not survive.
I thought these paragraphs were important in the essay.
“But biodiversity losses of small inedible species often provoke the response, ”Who cares? Do you really care less for humans than for some lousy useless little fish or weed, like the snail darter or Furbish lousewort?” This response misses the point that the entire natural world is made up of wild species providing us for free with services that can be very expensive, and in many cases impossible, for us to supply ourselves.” (pg474 p7)
“Thus, because we are rapidly advancing along this non-sustainable course, the world's environmental problems will get resolved, in one way or another, within the lifetimes of the children and young adults alive today. The only question is whether they will become resolved in pleasant ways of our own choice, or in unpleasant ways not of our choice, such as warfare, genocide, starvation, disease epidemics, and collapses of societies. While all of those grim phenomena have been endemic to humanity throughout our history,their frequency increases with environmental degradation, population pressure, and the resulting poverty and political instability.” Wow, frightening! (pg483 p31)
Four definitions for this essay:
Natural resource: a material source of wealth, such as timber, fresh water, or a mineral deposit, that occurs in a natural state and has economic value.
Natural habitat: the environment in which an organism: plant, animal, insect, bacterium or virus lives.
Biological diversity (biodiversity): the number and variety of organisms found within a specific geographic region.
Soil (don't laugh, I'll explain): The top layer of the earth's surface consisting of rock, and mineral particles mixed with organic matter.
Plants only grow in certain types of soil. (there are different types) Some soils cannot support plant life. These are called dead soils. This could potentially happen to our healthy soil if we continue to not pay attention to our natural habitats, for example.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
One of the refugees in the film said " Even if I die it is ok. I know my family is fine." This website gave this too her, peace of mind with knowing her family was safe.
There are so many people that feel hopeless and this website is exactly what they need. The future for this website is going to be a miracle for so many people that could really use one.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunday, November 6, 2011
that way at all. I thought that after he started living with his uncle that
things would just get better from there. Right after everything was going so
well, they attacked the town where his uncle lived. He was scared that he was
going have to fight. In fear he said, “I couldn’t return to my previous life. I
didn’t think I could make it out alive this time” (203). He knew that if he
stayed there that he would turn in to that person, so he had to leave. It is
crazy what he has gone through and I can’t imagine being him. I am very happy
that he ended up getting away, even though it was very difficult. I think he
should have stayed in New York the first time he visited. The purpose to the
ending of the book is to show that you have to choose things in life and give up
one item for another. Ishmael had to give up living with his family, to make a
new life. The character meant the most to me was his uncle. I felt like I really
knew him and was really upset when he died. I think he is the one that had the
biggest impact on Ishmael’s life. Even though he did not know him before, he was
the only family that could take him in and be there for him. I think he changed
his life and helped him get better.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I think it is a great book because it formal the people about what going on in the world. This book is an eye open people to see what the children and mothers are going through just stay life .I think it good for people to read so they know how good they have it . People in the American Culture have easy and not be in war, but they always want more then they have. I think this book is about have peace in your country and being thankful for what you have in this world like family , friend , and a home . There is no book like this book because this book is going to detail about the kids solider .One of my favorite quote is when Saidu said “ Every time people come at us with the intention of killing us , I close my eyes and wait for death .” I think he is talking about how he don’t know if he going to live tomorrow or not. I think it is wrong to put kids to put the kids into the war, but some country that is people live everyday .
Ishmael’s story gives us a very disturbing image of the county Sierra Leone while the entire county is brought to madness by a war that no one really understands. The country is in a state of complete chaos now that the rebels have started attacking citizens and stealing everything that they can get their hands on. I also found it fascinating that the soldier’s charge so much money just to get out of the country legally and some might even kill you if they catch you fleeing the city because they needed you to work there. As for amnesty for war crimes I am not so sure that it can simply be forgiven. The crimes of the child solders should be forgiven however I do not believe that the adults should be so easily forgiven. The commanders and leaders need to be brought to justice and I think that they need to pay for their crimes against the human race.
The mother who had the baby on her back which was shot, and had bullets sticking out of it really struck me. I hate hearing about children being harmed. They are so innocent of everything that is going on at that age. I wondered throughout the book how she felt. I know if something happened to one of my children I would wish to die. That must have been an overwhelming amount of pain for the mother to bear. It is so heart wrenching, that it makes me cry to think about it.
I was very happy that Ishmael was finally able to escape the war the plagued him and his country. Though it should not have been as difficult as it was, I was so glad he made it to a better life in America. I was satisfied with the ending but I still want to know more about what happened when he got to America. After reading the book you develop a strong connection with Ishmael and hope for the best for him. It was a little disappointing that he didn’t tell of his story in America. I think the purpose of this ending was to leave the reader with the message that Ishmael found peace. He ends by concluding what he would do if put in the situation in his grandfathers’ friends’ story. This is much like his concluding that chapter of his life, finding peace, and moving on.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The teacher said one of her kindergarten students shot his little brother three times in the stomach. I think that children don't really realize that a lot of what they see on television is surreal. For example, In a non-specific cartoon, a character gets punched in the face, gets up, walks away, and he is fine. The child sees that but they don't see the pain that the character feels. I feel that is an important step for them to process to understand reality. A child touches something hot, they remove their hand quickly, and don't touch that hot object again. Their mind processes what they learned through an experience where they felt or understood pain, and they lean from it. They will also not learn empathy from watching cartoons. They will not understand that if they pick up a gun and shoot at someone that that person will die. Children that young do not understand death. That is very sad. I feel bad for that child. He may not have realized that the gun he had was dangerous. He was probably playing, but will now be scarred for life because of something he imitated on the television. Where was the parent? I will never keep a gun in my house.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
lucky because we do not recruit child soldiers. Violence and war does still
affect our culture. It divides our country; supporter and protestors. It causes
tension among everyone and can induce fear. It makes children become fearful
and/or violent themselves. Seeing violence on TV makes children think its ok
and they learn to be violent. After watching a 9/11 documentary, my brother
began to think that violence was the way people dealt with their differences.
When he had an argument with my parents he would slam his door, throw things,
break things, and hit things. He would throw things at me or hit me and expect
that after the fight, things would be better. My parents had to tell him that
violence will not automatically solve the problem. I think violence changes our
behavior by making us more fearful and more aware of our surroundings and what
we are doing.
Violence and crime greatly affects American culture today. Violence especially affects the vast majority of Americans including young children. Every day in our own nearby cities people and shot, robbed, kidnapped ect. The sad part about this is that it isn’t far away or only on TV. Kids growing up in poorer cities or in urban areas see this as a regular. Some kids grow up not knowing anyone that hasn’t been to jail or drugs or shoot someone. They grow up thinking that it is something okay to do and end up doing it themselves. Some kids say that one of their friends or family went to jail, as if they were saying they had gone to the grocery store which is awful to think about, but it is true. This is becoming a great issue especially in mainland cities. War is also having a great impact on young kids as well. Kids are behaving in a bad way towards certain types of people because they believe that they are the cause for violence. If a young child grows up in a family that believes the cause of all violence is Middle Eastern people because of what had happen in 9/11, the child will grow up hating those types of people because of what they were taught and had went on.