Recently in my expository writing class, we were asked to write a research paper on any topic that we chose. After searching the web for various topics, one particular one that stuck out to me was the controversial topic of the legzlization of marijuana. However, I'm not posting to talk about that topic, but rather the first step that went into my research paper regarding the topic - the annotated bibliography. Back when I was in Florida in AP Seminar class, we had to do a lot of very detailed bibliographies that were collected for a hefty grade.
Solar energy should be implemented on a widespread basis because it saves money, reduces air pollution, and because it’s renewable.
Solar energy should be implemented on a widespread basis because it saves money. For example, a Californian building company called Lennar, Corp. has begun installing solar panels on all of the houses it builds, including ones in California, Colorado, and Nevada. One homeowner states, “Any savings, especially when buying a new house, is huge. Twenty percent off our electricity bill is a discount we will get forever.” (Hudson).
Today, president Obama announced in Hanoi, Vietnam, that the United States would be lifting the decades-old ban on selling armaments to Vietnam. This embargo originates from the Vietnam War era of the 60's and the goal of the lifting of it is to eradicate the last of tensions from that war, and give Vietnam the ability to defend itself from the Chinese and other aggressors. President Obama was quoted saying, “The decision to lift the ban was not based on China or any other considerations,” he said, with the Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang, standing stiffly by his side.
Californian voters will vote in Sacramento, CA this week on whether or not to raise the minimum wage to $15, almost 2x the current minimum wage. This is crazy to me because to me, it obviously won’t work for many reasons. Most blatantly, and as my LA Times article states, the bill is not designed at all to “taper to current economic conditions” in California. Essentially, this means that small businesses and other economic institutions are going to be KILLED by this bill in respect to their prices. The prices in our current society are not adjusted to a world where the minimum wage is $15.
In my expository writing class, we were asked to discuss an inquiry that interests us. One topic that interests me, in part because of it's controversy and also because of it's relevance to today, is why legalizing marijuana would be beneficial. This issue is relevant to today because multiple states in the US have legalized it recreation ally, and many more including my home state of Michigan have legalized it medicinally. Additionally, this topic is relevant to the 2016 presidential election because it's an issue that will gain a candidate a number of votes in either direction.
One of my favorite words is drive. The reason that this is my favorite word is because it has a lot of different meanings to me. Though drive is not a very complex word, it can have a lot of different interpretations. One interpretation, for me, is driving as in driving a car. Having just gotten my license a year ago, I still enjoy driving and having a car a lot. It gives me a lot more independence and opportunity that I didn’t have before I had my license, and I love the car I drive. Also, drive has a deeper meaning to me.
The Hunger Games is a great book. It is very well written and provides a lot of opportunity to see the deeper meaning of the text, seek important messages and lessons to the reader, and make connections with characters. I have no complaints with this book and I think it has earned its “popular” status in America because of how entertaining and stellar the writing is. Finishing this book left me entertained and yearning for more, and I would recommend it to a friend in an instant. This book also offers a lot of connections to our culture and to the reader themselves.
Something that I have been interested in learning more about is why it's important to learn about culture. We have been learning a lot about different artifacts and their effect on culture and other cultures in general, but I don't think that it's important to learn about these things in an English class. Lately, this issue has really been bugging me. I know that many people feel that it's important to learn about culture and make connections to culture through our reading, daily life, etc.