All news in From the Middle (6-8)
Recently in October 29th 2012, Jordan Davis got shot by Michael Dunn with a 9 millimeter gun in Jacksonville. We've been studying how Jordan Davis got shot for being black. Also I think that Jordan was shot for have a bad mouth or Michael Dunn was a little kid and he shot Jordan because he was bullying him. When I saw the video where Jordan Davis's mom was testifying in front of the United States Senate http://bit.ly/1hRoQeC, she was talking about how her son is dead. I felt bad for him, then I didn't because he was standing up for his friends. I know many people want Michael Dunn to go to jail, but he got let off the first degree murder charge. The issue is that there are a lot of kids facing issues like this.
One thing the a for sure about Jordan Davis was that he was named after the Jordan River, Now I've studied my share of Jordan's mother. Her father was in the U.S. Army dental Corps and the NAACP. I believe that Michael Dunn could have handled the problem differently. Personally it's funny too because Jordan would not be dead if he was not hanging with his friends.
I did some more research on Jordan Davis. I came across this one article " 'I am still called by the god I serve to walk this out' " http://personal.crocodoc.com/suOeLFW. This article provided a lot of information and opinions on Jordan Davis. People also agree that Michael Dunn should go to jail. Macbeth, Jordan's mother said, "Forgiving Michael Dunn doesn't negate what I'm feeling and my anger." She's mad at him for shooting her son. She's trying to say that he can't take her anger away.This statement didn't really surprise me all that much, but it did make me feel that the author is trying to make her feel better and take her anger away. This is so true: "You can't take my anger away from me because you're not in side of me so you can't take my anger away."
Another source that I looked at was the written "Testimony of Lucia McBath" http://bit.ly/1pt4f3N. There was this one statement in that transcript: "Additionally, ten to fifteen thousand more Floridians are approved to carry guns in public every mouth-faster than any state in the nation." That made me shake my head in disagreement because in the Bronx, we don't let people use guns like that. Why don't they do something about it?
All of this makes me think that Jordan was too young to die. I'm glad that somebody wrote about him and it was true that you can't take away his mother's love for Jordan. It now fair that Michael Dunn got a jail sentence. He should be in jail for life. Until he gets old, he should suffer. Part of me wonders if It's his mother fault that Jordan got shot, because she told her son to speak his mind. He said, "We are not bothering you." So then the guy went to find a gun, and he shot a 9 mm.
Something that i have been interested in learning more about has been the Future. I remember my friend Kevardo talking about it 2 months ago but at that time i didn't look into it because i thought my friend was talking a whole lot of nonsense. Lately, the issue caught my eye again. I know that people may feel that if the future is coming what is it going to withhold problems or solutions. From what I've heard this is going to bring solutions to the technology systems and such. For example, i heard that there is going to be flying cars, why because of advanced technology.Now that's just what I've heard, it may or may not be true.
One thing that i know for sure about The Future is that the economy is going to be advanced and better. Now, I've studied my share of Futurology and what the future may bring, problems or solutions? I always thought that the future will bring solutions because of what we as the world are experiencing now. for example, one of. Such as money wise, i feel the government should give way more help, money wise.
The future is actually a big thing. People think and investigate more about this topic more than i do, about the technologies the most. People think just like i do and they say that the future technologies are going to be way more advanced than our modern technologies. Although i do still wonder what else the future may withhold.
Being that i didn't have a lot of background information on The Future, I chose to do some research on the topic. As i searched for blogs and news articles on Google, I came across this one article Future Resources, from Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia. This article provided a lot of information and opinions on The Future. Some people felt that The Future were going to bring problems and solutions mostly solutions because of the more advanced subjects, technology in general .
In another article there was one statement they made me nod my head in agreement and shake my head in disagreement with the author. It was when the author said All the technologies have better than a 50/50 chance of being actualized. On this i shook my head in disagreement because i believe that the technologies are going to be actualized because look at how advanced it already is, so its going to get greater.
The future is going to be great i know it will it is going to bring many solutions for the people but in order to understand the future you have to make what of it, let truth be heard and think about the endless possibilities that will come.
Something that I had been interested in learning more about has been interesting. I remember my friend talking about it when she told me if someone cuts himself they can be taken to a mental hospital and you will have to stay there until you feel better. They will give you sleeping medication to help stop the depression. Cutting happens something because of bullying and some people have patients but not for long.
One thing that I know for sure about cutting is that We need to stop emo people from cutting themselves. Cutting is not a healthy thing, it can stop you from functioning right, if you lose a lot of blood it can cause a lot of damage. Cutting happens when a person is depressed or stressed out and they take it out on themselves and if they can’t take it anymore, they cut themselves all over their bodies and just to feel the pain.
Cutting is not a good way to solve your problems. In my opinion cutting is a ticket to death. Once you cut your vain there is a possibility that you will pass away. I have some suggestions instead of cutting your self you can squeeze a teddy bare or a stress ball. Or you can talk to an adult to help you with your problem . some people think that when they are being treatin unfairly they think that its there fault some they feel bad and they take it out on them self . Some might think that when they cut themself they will feel better and also let go of the pass. I talked to few people and most of them said that when they cut them self, not only it harts in that space but it hurts in the in side to. This broked me because so many people think the same way and one day they will do things that there will regret. Cutting will only hurt you more them you already are.
Being that i didn’t have a lot of background information on “cutting” I chose to do some research on the topic. As i searched for blogs and news articles on Google, I came across this one article http://kidshealth.org/PageManager.jsp?dn=KidsHealth&lic=1&ps=207&cat_id=....
This article provided a lot of information and opinions on cutting. Some people felt that cutting were a way to solve the problem but in naturality it’s not Emma's mom first noticed the cuts when Emma was doing the dishes one night. “Emma told her mom that their cat had scratched her. Her mom seemed surprised that the cat had been so rough, but she didn't think much more about it”. This statement didn’t surprise me at all that much, but it did make me feel disappointed because she thinks its ok to cut herself when she had a problem but its not ok to cut it wont solve anything but just make u feel more pain and it just makes you think about is every time you see your self.
In another paragraph there was this one statement that made me shake my head in disagreement with the creator. It was:Sometimes self-injury affects a person's body image. Jen says, "I actually liked how the cuts looked. I felt kinda bad when they started to heal — and so I would 'freshen them up' by cutting again. Now I can see how crazy that sounds, but at the time, it seemed perfectly reasonable to me. I was all about those cuts —like they were Something about me that only I knew. They were like my own way of controlling things. I don't cut myself anymore, but now I have to deal with the scars." This is so untrue because people get so addicted to cutting that they get use to it it and that needs to stop. This can be a strange addiction and they might end up slicing them self into precise.
All of this makes me think that maybe they need to talk to someone about their problems and just express them self instead of cutting them self. I can be very dangerous it can go from not knowing what to do to cutting to slising to cant taking it anymore and this can lead them to deef.
This memoir came from my heart because this really marked me for life and I don’t think I could forget about this. I chose that language because it’s a memoir and that’s how I could explain my feelings. (The names have been changed.)
I remember when it was summer. I met a person named Gloria. She and I became very close and it was an instant friendship. We spoke a lot and we noticed that we didn’t like a person name Mariana. Mariana, my ex-bestfriend.
We stop being bestfriends because she did me slime. She did me slime because she started talking about me, making up things, and I didn’t like that so I inboxed her on Facebook and told her to stop talking about me and that we no longer friends.Then Gloria told me that Mariana and Gloria started talking as friends. I decided to give Mariana another chance. We started talking. But there was this time Gloria and I were about to hang out, but she would rather hang out with Mariana. I thought it was very fake of her.
Mariana added, Louis, my boyfriend on Facebook, who by then was my ex-boyfriend. She liked a status to get married on Facebook. They got married.
Louis wrote a status asking, "Who wants to hang out?"
So Mariana liked it.
Then Louis wrote a status asking, "Where you at, wanna mack?"
I hit up Mariana saying, "You mad fake."
And she said, "Why?"
I said, "Because you said you won’t have my sloppy seconds." We got into an argument.
Then she told everybody, and they went against me.
Then we all had beef. I told my cousin and sister, but my cousin got in because she doesn't like Gloria. Mariana called me a negative name.
I told her I wanted the hands and Mariana gave up so she didn’t want to fight anymore. I told her when I see her, we going to fight.
She said "Okay." We left it as that.
But all of this started on Facebook. My lesson was to not let people get advantage of me.
Mr. Paul told kids in our school that today was going to be "hoodie day", a day to wear hoods to remember the second anniversary of the Trayvon Martin incident.
So I wore my hood today, but as the Art teacher in the school, I also got curious about the art of hoodies, a kind of new thing in the fashion world. When I went looking on Google images and Bing images, I found some pictures and decided I will create a lesson in my class where kids will make hoodie designs.
This could be designing a hoodie for people to wear, or an artwork that uses hoodies in it to make a statement. My students already drew hoodies this year when we did B-boy designs. See the art here:
But I wanted to go further because I saw some shops downtown in Manhattan selling designer hoodies for $130 a piece. I also see hoodie designs for bands at stores like Spencer Gifts or Zumiez or Hot Topic.
It sure would be nice to be making money on hoodie designs, so I want my students to explore this.
One design I saw was of the founding fathers, imagined in hoodies. This reminded me that the USA is changing, and that the government could change with the people. But the leaders in Congress don't like hoodies - when Representative Bobby Rush from Illinois wore a hoodie to make a statement about the Trayvon case, they made him stop talking because they thought the hoodie was inappropriate. That's cold.
I wonder if my students can create hoodie designs that will make them money?
Share your hoodie design links or images with our Art class at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112591330525635053958
I remember my first block fight. It all started when I went back to my old school, MS 80 to see my old friends from elementary school. I was walking out of the train and I saw my friends in the street by the train station. I hugged my friend Kalaya and her girlfriend got jealous and wanted to fight me. When I got home, she texted me and said “I wanna fight”. I told her “I’m not fighting you ,that’s corny.” When I got home her cousin hit me up on the phone saying “she wanna fight you” I just told her “oh, ok lets fight”.
After school they text me saying” come outside we are here, I wanna fight”. So I told them that I’m waiting for my cousin to come. They asked me “why am I waiting for my cousin?”. I said because I’m not going outside by myself to get jump. So I waited 10 minutes, then my cousins came. When I was coming outside of the building ,I tied my hair up. When I saw the girl that I was going to fight, I was feeling shaky and nervous. I really didn't really know why I was feeling like that. I was walking and I told her lets fight up the block because I didn't want to fight in front of my building.
So we got up the block, she punched me and then I grabbed her hair and started to punch her and broke her glasses. I got her to the floor and the people got in to pull us apart. When I got up I saw all the people fighting. I didn't know what was happening.
The lesson I learned is sometimes in life you need to defend yourself …..
Catherin Taveras 2/24/14
I remember when my little brother was born. It was December 18 and i was in 2nd grade.That day my school had a Christmas show ,my mom was getting my sister and i ready for the show, and then she went to the room to get something and she screamed. My dad ran into the room, her water broke!! so my dad called one of my moms friends to take us to school while he went to the hospital.When we arrived to the school i ran to my teacher and friends and told them my mom was having a baby. They asked what gender was the baby but we didn't know we wanted it to be a surprise ,i thought it was going to be a boy.
When the show finished my grandma picked us up and took us to her house.When we got there we saw our cousins so we played for a few hours.We were jumping on the bed when my aunt told us Its a Boy!! We were so excited we never had a brother before .My aunt took us to the hospital it smelled like hand sanitizer and that new baby smell.
I saw lots of babies and new mothers ,when we got to the hospital i saw a cake and some food. When i went into the room the temperature was warm.The nurse gave us food. After i was done i washed my hands and then i saw my new baby brother he was so cute and my mom let me carry him he was so light then he smiled at me i loved him so much.When we got home had some cake.My life changed that day i learned what it feels like to have a baby brother its annoying but i still love him very much.
How will the world end? This is a question that rises in many of our heads. What is the end of the world? When is the end of the world? How will the world end?
Many predictions have been made. The Mayans predicted the end of the world was on December 21, 2012. The Vikings believed the end of the world was on February 22, 2014. These predictions were proven false as these dates passed and the world didn't end yet.
It has been depicted through movies, books, and other media sources that the world will be completely destroyed at the "End". All form of natural disasters will happen at once, destroying all the inventions and technology that has been created.
Religions have their own views on the end of universe and their own dates, yet none of them have been true so far. What does this tell about the religions? Some religions state that there is no specific but causes. If people lose their morality and sense of humanity, then there will be no place for them to live anymore.
Science has not yet found out when the world will end so there's no exact evidence to what "the end of the world". Or if the End even exists.
"It's easy, it's filling, and it's convenient and inexpensive. Compared to other foods it's something that working people and ordinary people can go out and enjoy. "
"Fast food chains spend a large amount of marketing to get the attention of children."
"Today a typical fast food hamburger has dozens or hundreds of strips of beef from different cattle, in different regions blended together. So, if you have one sick cow in the batch, then the risk of getting sick is greater. "
“Today the U.S. government can demand the nation-wide recall of defective softball bats, sneakers, stuffed animals, and foam-rubber toy cows. But it cannot order a meatpacking company to remove contaminated, potentially lethal ground beef from fast food kitchens and supermarket shelves.” -Eric Schlossor
This shows how dangerous the food by big producers like McDonalds can be. The food they sell can contain dieseases or unsafe ingredients and the U.S government can not do anything about it.
“Twenty years ago, teenage boys in the United States drank twice as much milk as soda; now they drink twice as much soda as milk.” -Eric Schlossor
This is just one of the many ways the habits of eating Americans are gaining. Health issues are of less concern and taste is more prominent and factored in the eating habits
Something that happened in Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets was children were mysteriously disappearing. This is similar to how I heard of children being mysteriously disappearing at Hogwarts. They both have to do with kidnapping and unknown criminals. The criminals in both Harry Potter and in the news are secretive people who can do their crimes without being immediately caught.
A hard to answer question in Harry Potter is who opened the Chamber of secrets?I speculate that the answer is that its someone in the Slytherin part of Hogwarts since they are mostly pure-blood would be loyal to their ancestors and dislike the rest of the members of Hogwarts. Another possible answer is someone is betraying their kind and is only playing as a student in Gryriffindor but plays a part in the plan of the CHamber of secrets. Finally, a third answer is someone sneaked into Hogwarts to open and control the Chamber of Secrets. They would have a connection to Voldemart.
My book follows the common pattern in fictional stories of introduction, rising action, conflict, and solution. The introduction is the troubles Harry Potter has in returning to Hogwarts after the summer. The rising action is when they find clues about the Chamber of Secrets and attempt to find/stop it. The conflict is when Harry potter faces Tom riddle, the opener and controller of the chamber and has to defeat him. The solution is when Harry succeeds in destroying Tom Riddle, or Voldemart, and the school may continue to open without the danger.