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Argument

Are we able to eat bugs?

In our lives, food is very limited and problems are constantly arising on how humans will soon run out of food and will have to move on to other alternatives to be able to survive and continue living our lives. Insects first of all are great...
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Would You Eat Insects?

Ishnad Rahman BSGE Would You Eat Insects? Personally, I would say that I would never want to eat insects because the idea of eating an insect disgusts me. All my life I was thought that insects were some horrible creatures, which they are. My...

Would you eat a bug?

Would I ever eat a bug? Before investigating the topic, one’s initial reaction may be a violent “NO”! However, once one indulges themselves further into the investigation, they may reconsider their reaction, as did I. Insects possess myriads of...
I read a book called Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes with my lit circle and it has opened me up to a whole new world of understanding for those who are disabled or outcasted by their peers. One of the main characters of the story, Eric Calhoune, is...

Ender's Game and Culture

I really liked Ender’s Game. It was a great book, and I would totally recommend it to anyone. The relation that it has to culture is that there is more emphasis on technology and schooling. I think that cultural elements are positive when it’s...

Arts and Entertainment

The Impact of Culture

Culture is a beautiful thing. It makes each and every one of us unique, and defines who we are. It’s a way to express ourselves in a different light and gives us a connection to others with similar backgrounds. Many people have access to and...

Twitter Research on The Beatles

Though The Beatles had their hay day several decades ago, their members are still making headlines today. Ringo Starr is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his achievements in music and the progression of a genre. I used Twitter...

Portraits

I took a photo of my good friend JD. I used a window with natural light coming in. This illuminated his face and mirrored his face on the window. Also, I was shooting in the wrong mode which actually allowed for a great background. It made JD stand...

Portraits

I took a photo of my acquaintance Sam, we used light from the window to illuminate his face. I liked it because of the contrast of the light and the dark. I also liked the symmetry of the light of the window. I used a small f stop to help blur...

LIFE IN MY PHOTOS

I really enjoy photography. As you can see in my picture. It helps my self of steam and it calms down my ADHD. I love the feeling of all the complements I get towards my pictures.

Booktalk

2 weeks ago I started reading The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a mystery novel, but after reading a few pages, I realized that it was going to be about a lot more...
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Welcome to The ARK Blog

I recently read the book Welcome to The ARK by Stephanie Tolan. It was a great science fiction read, and I enjoyed it a lot. I read it in a literature circle with some of my classmates from my lit class. We all enjoyed this book. One flaw we found...
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Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

I read the book Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher for my literature circle group. When I first chose the book I was expecting to read about the struggles of body image so I could gain some knowledge about the topic but the book didn’t...
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Huck Finn Freedom Discussion

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the two main characters are Huck and Jim. Huck is a young boy who’s around thirteen years old and feels the need to venture out and do his own thing. Jim is an African American slave who heard his master, Miss...

Dialect and Huckleberry Finn

In the book The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses a variety of southern dialect. Jim, the slave of Miss. Watson, uses a “Missouri negro” dialect while Huck uses a “Pike County” dialect. Although they may be from the same region, their...
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Connected Research

A Survey about Animal Adoption

If you are an animal person and want more people to know about adopting animals not just to save the animals lives but also to help yours, please take 5-10 minutes of your day and answer my questions and we can show more people to greatness that...

Eating Bugs

It is a bit of a taboo here to eat bugs, for some reason we find eating bugs disgusting. And I don’t find holding bugs or seeing them disgusting (except cockroaches, noooo way am I coming near one). I think it has something to do with the fact that...

Muslim Discrimination Survey

This survey is for my research project on Muslim discrimination. Even if you are not Muslim, please take it; there are some questions that relate specifically to non-Muslims. Thank you, to anyone who participates. Loading...

Would You Eat Insects

Brandon Chu Our KQED paper we read about an article where they discuss whether or not you would eat insects. In the article they discussed different factors for eating insects. Including motivations to and good things about insects. Insects are a...

Should We Be Eating Bugs?

What you think of bugs, what do we picture? Creepy crawly spawns of satan? They appear as some people’s worst nightmares while others love them. This phobia of bugs definitely develops more so in western cultures than in eastern. In most countries,...

español

Mi nombre

Mi nombre es William. Vino. de mi papa. Mi nombre me recuerda de mi papa. Mi nombre expresa gusta.

Cuentos de misterio

Una vez que yo fui con mi prima al cementerio estaba muy oscuro y me daba mucho miedo. Cuando estábamos caminando había un muerto que estaba vivo sentado en la tumba mirando con su ojos muy oscuro. Mi prima le daba mucho miedo porque el muerto...
Lei un articulo titulado “la metida de pata de la policía de Nueva york twitter.’’ LA idea central del artículo es que la policía quería fotos sonriente con los ciudadanos y le subieron foto de gente esposada. Mi opinion del artículo es que No me...

Pueden algun Diaz desaparecer los examenes

Lei un articulo titulado “Pueden algun dias desaparecer los exámenes.’’ La idea central del artículo es que vas cambia los exámenes pesadilla de mucho estudiantes. Mi opinion del artículo es que si que para mucho estudiantes es una pesadilla...

Pueden algun dia desaparecer los examenes?

Recientemente leí un artículo titulado “Puede algun dia desaparecer los exámenes?”Los exámenes son la pesadilla de muchos estudiantes. La idea central del artículo es que algún día desaparecen los exámenes. Mi reaccion al articulo fue bueno. Por...
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From the Middle (6-8)

Ayiti: The Cost of Life, and, how to win it

In the game Ayiti: The Cost of Life, you must help a family suffering from poverty survive in Haiti, and you have five family members, and you can send them to school, work, farm, or the hospital when they get sick. On my first tow tries I sent the...
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Family Restaurant

This past week on Tuesday Drama A created a scene using improvisation which is titled "Family Restaurant". During the scene the family set up for business, invited customers, served food and dealt with being the restaurant being held up. What...

Ayiti: The Cost of Life

The game Ayiti: The Cost of Life is a computer game where a family of five lives throughout four years. It is the player's job to take care of the family by putting them to work, buying them their needs, and getting them an education so that they...
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Strategies for Ayiti: The Cost of Life

I found this game mildly interesting. My first time playing, on purpose, I experimented with the game and tried to test what each character could do. All the characters died by the Hurricane Season. My second time playing, I wanted to get them to...
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Playing Ayiti

"Ayiti; The Cost of Life" is a very good game. This game is about a family of 5 attempting to survive in Haiti. The family is dwelling in poverty and it is now up to the players to make sure that they survive the poverty and, in the process,...

Gaming and New Media

Ayiti: The Cost Of Life Game

Ayiti: The cost of life is a game where the point of the game is to test your skills on how to survive with very little. You are playing as 5 family members that are very poor and have very little. Your mission is to survive four years without...
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My experience playing "Ayiti: The Cost of Life"

"Ayiti: The Cost of Life" is a very interesting game. My first game, I had no idea what to do so I kept all of my family at home and they all got sick and died the first summer. My second time, I started to figure out what to do, and everybody but...
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Ayiti: The Cost of Life

Ayiti: The Cost of Life is a game set in Haiti, or Ayiti in Haitian Creole. You play as a family of five trying to have a better life. The game is played turn by turn except an emergency occurs (which is actually very common). Your family has a...
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Ayiti: The Game of Life Summary

The game on ayiti.globalkids.org is a game about a black family of 5 people trying to survive in the land of Haiti. In the game, there are four strategies that you can use to try and beat the game, education, health, happiness, and money. I played...
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March Madness

Ok so its March and that only means one thing, March madness. This basketball tournament is played every year with the hopes of crowning a new king. Every basketball fan in the united states tries to watch these games. Its conference verses...

Letters to Decision Makers

Dear Future English Teacher

Dear Future English Teacher: I am proud to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It that shows my ability to “Freewriting Badge.” After you look at my work, I hope you will see why I think it's important to me...
Dear teacher who gives me a research project in the future: I am proud to show you my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer Program. It shows my ability to receive the “Annotating Badge.” After looking at my work, I hope you see my good annotating...

Commenting Helps with Understanding

Dear Future History Teacher, I am delighted to be showing you some of my work from the 2014 Youth Voices Summer program. It is the “Courageous Commentator” that shows my skills. After you look at my profile you see that I have commented on many...

Letter to new Superintendent Wilson

Dear Superintendent Wilson, I think some issues you should address as you begins your time in Oakland is to create more lights around the school because a lot of pedestrians have accidents for the reason of not having enough lights and there is a...

Letter to Oakland's New Superintendent

Dear, Mr. Antwan Wilson, My name is Cristina Alvarez, and I am a 12th grader at Fremont High School. I am writing this letter to you to let you know the issues that I am having at my school and what you can do that will help to improve Oakland...

Our Space (K-5)

Conflict

Pri is a good kid but he is doing bad in school because hangs out with the bad kids who don't like school. Pii says, "School stunk. I hated school." Piri does not like school but only because of influences from this boys. This shows a man vs....

Mr Linden's Library

He had warned Lindsey about the book now it was too late, because Lindsey read the book but she fell asleep as she was reading the book,and the book vines were coming out and Lindsey didn't feel anything. Is that what Mr linden had warned...

Hurricane Stories

Given what people in New York and New Jersey are going through with Hurricane Sandy, I thought Youth Voices readers might like to see some writing by third graders in response to Hurricane Gustav a few years ago. Hurricane Gustav arrived, Labor Day...
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My Shell

Beautiful Like a glimmering lake in the sun it shines so very brightly. On the outside. On the inside, it feels smooth, silky. But it doesn't shine as brightly, it may be bright, on the outside, but on the inside, it seems faded.
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Documentary

Ocean acidification is a rising problem on Earth. It is a term used to decribe the rising acidity in the oceans. 1/3 of the carbon dioxide we edmit from burning ficil fuels is absorbed by the oceans. This equals to 1 million tones...

Our Stories and Poems

The Way I Feel

Now I'm leaving, deceiving, looking at people thinking I'm beasting, cheating, completing slap that brother till he's bleeding. Now I'm running from the cop. I pop a shoot, going back to swinging a mop. I be making money nonstop brother have that...
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History Behind the Doll Test

Ever since the day we are born the environment around us shapes who we are and slightly what we will become. America’s history has been based on an escape to create a society in which people were able to think for themselves rather than listening to...

Dungeon Dragon

Once upon a time in a small, vile, ancient castle there lived an evil king and his 8 year old son. The son was a genius who was never beguiled by his father’s trickery or lies. In the dark, dank dungeon below their home lived an evil dragon who at...

Literary Element: Conflict

Piri experiences a man v.s self conflict because he acts one way ( mean / thug / man-like ) and thinks another way ( soft / fragile / mamas boy). "You ain't leavin me here I'll be damned if i stay." "Hey i thought you said you ain't no kid. Hell,...

Controlling Idea: Racism

Both passages say that it doesn't matter what you say you are, people will make a judgement to themselves. Willie Perdomo says just because he's spanish, he's treated no different from a black man. "Oh I see but you're not Puerto Rican are you? you...

Teachers Teaching Teachers

Youth (and teacher) Voices - May 8, 2015

A group of us were talking on TTT on Wed. about Youth Voices and what we'd like to do together next year and how we might collaborate. One idea was to do a periodic newsletter (the first of which you are now reading!) to share ideas, request help,...

My students' research blogs

The students at Judge have been posting updates from their research process. If you get a chance have your students comment on their work.

Youth Voices Reflection

Learning about this site had been extremely helpful. After interacting with Youth Voices, I feel very confident that this will be a tool that my students will like to use to post their thoughts and opinions about specific topics. I really enjoyed...

How do current events affect your classroom?

Today I was on a conference all and learned about various programs of PBS NewsHour Extra, including the Teachers’ Lounge is a forum for teachers to discuss how the news affects their classroom. They publish first-person stories from teachers that...

Rain :)

Rain is something that i like. i like to run outside jump in the puddles the air is fresh on my tongue and get wet it’s fun running in the rain jumping in the puddles water splashing everywhere rain feels like the ocean splashing at my feet rain...

Video Conversations

Thoughts on Doll Tese

Recently, I watched the Doll test video posted below, and thought it was very shocking. They did a test where they made a diverse group of children choose whether the white/black doll was good/bad. The majority of the kids chose the white doll as...

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

You know society has failed when you have a neutral reaction towards children feeling humiliated by expressing their own race. Today I watched a video considered by my English teacher, Ms.Forbes. Throughout this video, it was disappointing knowing...
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Judging Your Own Kind

In the video Doll Test, it was about African American children being asked about different race dolls. There are a black doll and a white doll, and not surprisingly, the kids said bad things toward the black doll. The testers ask different questions...
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Childrens view on race

These children got their ideas of what is good/bad and, beautiful/ugly from society. I think the way the see how superior whites are towards others in the world gave them the idea that they were better than everyone. I also think that they get it...

thoughtless world

Thoughtless World My heart is broken and everyday my pain gets bigger I live in a world of pain and unloyalty. My heart is broken there are times the knife calls my name and it says to cut my arm.My heart is broken but I don't show it . My heart is...