Monday, June 5, 2017

Final Blog

1. Article #25
a.) The Earth is being driven to extinction by human activities. Studies show that climate is also greatly affecting the survival of species, as an experiment showed that with every rise in temperature, the risk of extinction increases. If humans continue to willingly destroy the Earth, there will surely be a mass extinction in the next century, which could be the end of the human races and many others.
b.) The purpose of this article is to warn society about the environment. Many businesses are making money off of the Earth’s resources, and soon the Earth will be drained of them. For example, we are cutting down the Congo rainforest in Africa. This rainforest is home to over 10,000 species of animals, and most are only native to this rainforest. If we continue to cut it down until it’s gone, all of these species will go extinct. Many people are unaware of the impact humans have on the rainforest, much less how we’re affecting the entire ecosystem. This article is trying to inform everyone of the constantly changing environment and the negative impact of human activities.
c.) The text structure of this article is cause and effect. It first explains what factors are negatively affecting the ecosystem, such as human activity and global warming, and then tells how they are affecting the environment in the end.
d.) The article uses text features such as illustrations and photographs, graphics, and font effects. The author inserted a picture of the last male rhino to support his claim that species are going extinct due to climate and humans. The author also included a graph to show how much humans are affecting species such as insects. The font is the same throughout the article because the author is trying to prove a point and doesn’t want one part to distract from another.

2. It is obvious that males and females are not equal today. Women are constantly discriminated against by the world. The biggest example is perhaps the wage gap between men and women. Females will get paid less for doing the exact same job as a man. This article states that though women take up two-thirds of the workforce, they only get 10% of the world’s income. This fact and many others are alarming, seeing as to how much women contribute to the workplace and to the entire world in general. So why did 50% of the boys that took the survey say that women are equal? There is a simple explanation: some males believe women are equal to men because they choose to turn a blind eye to the truth. This is why the other 50% know that women most certainly do not have equal rights to men. I personally have seen men stand up for women being harassed by other men, which is proof that not all men are oblivious to the discrimination against women.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Social Media

Last week I chose a task for a lollipop moment for someone else. My mom or my grandma usually do the dishes, and I did them instead this time to help out. It was a mini moment but it helped my family out.

  1. “Social media can improve your quality of life.” Social media has connections to people all over the world and can serve as a platform for reaching out to those you would never normally be able to contact. You can also post encouraging things on social media for others, whether they’re just friends or people from around the world. Facebook posts can get likes from everywhere, and you can follow people from different countries through Snapchat to see their different lifestyles. If used positively, social media can change lives for the better.
  2. Shawn’s passions in life are snowboarding and adventuring. He encourages stepping out of your box of comfort and trying new things and meeting new people. I don’t often step out of my box, but I did when I tried out for color guard and tennis. I ended up loving them, and now I try new things whenever I feel like I can do them. When I moved here from my old house I also had to take a leap out of my comfort zone to talk to new people. I’ve made a lot of friends in the past 7 years here and I couldn’t be happier with where I am now.
  3. There are two sides to social media; creator and consumer. A creator would be a person who posts about themselves and what they’re doing. A consumer would be the people who like and comment on those posts. For example, the creators have the power to reach out to different individuals around the world and show them their lifestyle and personal accomplishments from where they are. The consumers have a chance to look at different lifestyles and like and comment what theirs could be like in contrast.
  4. The ‘king of the rainforest’ story is a great life lesson. It’s about frogs in the rainforest who wanted to climb a mountain, and if they got to the top they would be king of the rainforest. All of them tried to reach the top, and throughout the entire story all of them are quitting and complaining about how hard it is. In the end, only one makes it to the top, and he turns out to be deaf. He didn’t hear all of the other frogs complaining or telling him he couldn’t do it. This is a life lesson because if you don’t listen to other people when they say you can’t do it, anything is possible. Just because your talent may outweigh the people around you does not mean you can let them bring you down.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Lollipop Moments

  1. “Lollipop” moments are moments in which a person positively changes someone’s life without meaning to do so. I had a lollipop moment in my life about a year ago. I was a member of the color guard in the marching band last year and, being a freshman, was incredibly self-conscious and afraid I wasn’t good enough. The director called me out in front of the entire marching band while we were marching and told me I always looked happy. His comment made my day, or more realistically my entire year. I was a lot more comfortable on the field after that. I have not had the chance to tell my director how much his statement meant to me, though I may this summer.
  2. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.” I wholeheartedly agree with this statement. People today are afraid to be beautiful. They are afraid to shine because every time they do something amazing they are looked down upon by people who cannot match their level of talent. Nobody should feel they need to shrink below others’ abilities just because people feel insecure around those who excel. This is the biggest flaw in society today, and one of the main reasons why bullying takes place. Though some people are trying to encourage standing up, it is likely that there are some people who will never show their full potential because of those around them. Here is a link to the full quote by Marianne Williamson and her book that it’s from.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Classic Books and Literary Canons

  1. Whether or not a book is a classic is based on the reader’s opinion. I think there are a few things that make a book a classic. For one, if you read it once and it’s good enough to read again, I’d consider it a classic. Especially if you find you missed parts of the book that you catch the second time you read it. The thickness of a book can also determine if it’s a classic for some people. John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath” is often considered a classic, but so is “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss. Here is a link that expands on what makes a book a classic.
  2. A literary canon is a piece of work that others similar to them are compared to, to determine the skill of the other authors. In other words, a canon is a standard to all books. Though canons are based on the opinion of the reader, “To Kill a Mockingbird” or “Dracula” are popular standards among readers. These books are considered canons because the authors did such a good job writing that they are believed superior to all other books. Readers will compare the skill level of other authors’ books to these books to determine how good they are.
  3. Books should only be banned in school if they contain inappropriate content. If the book is telling a story of a real, historical event, the book should not be banned. Some non-fiction books have been banned in schools because of their foul language or because they can be offensive to people. Mice of Men is a prime example. The book is about migrant workers and their lives in the 1900s. It tells the horrifying truth of what life was like for them where they lived. This book should not have been banned because it is important for students to learn the living and working conditions of the migrant workers back then.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dust Bowl

  1. Dust pneumonia is a sickness people or animals can get if they are exposed to a large amount of dust for a long period of time. The biggest causes of dust pneumonia are dust storms. Asthma, the flu, and eye infections were some symptoms of overexposure to the dust storms and the dust bowl.
  2. Breathing tubes or breathing masks can help a person with dust pneumonia to help them get the dust out of their lungs. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, immigrants moved west to farm on the soil there. They had good business so more moved and created farms. Eventually, there were so many that the wind would blow the loose soil around, creating dust storms. The storms then created one on-going one, called the dust bowl. Here is a link with more about how the dust bowl was formed.
  3. If I had to pack and move because of the dust bowl, I would pack a couple outfits and books for the long ride. The hardest part of moving would be leaving the house and town I grew up in and moving somewhere unknown with a completely different lifestyle.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Public Service Announcements

  1. This PSA is very effective. The images are what got the message across. The video is about a girl who was texting and driving and got into an accident with a car full of her friends. She survived, but her friends died. The purpose of this video is to show people what could happen when texting and driving because many people don’t realize how bad accidents can be.
  2. Here is a PSA about cyberbullying. Three girls begin calling a girl horrible names and texting her messages telling her no one loves her. Eventually, the entire school joins in and the girl commits suicide. The purpose of this PSA is to show people that a person could be more hurt by what you say to them than what they let on. I always try to be kind to everyone for this reason. You don’t know what’s going on in their personal life, and you don’t know how much they actually get bullied. This PSA is useful because it shows potential bullies how much their words actually affect people.

Monday, April 17, 2017

High School Dropouts

  1. High school dropouts have a higher risk of health issues than students who earn their diploma. A student with their diploma can get a better job and earn a decent amount of money. A person will have a much harder time finding a good job without their high school diploma. If they do find a job, it will likely pay minimum wage or just above. If a high school dropout is working a minimum wage job and a medical issue comes up, that person will probably not have enough money to pay for hospital bills. Here is a link that expands on why dropping out of high school can be a health risk in the long run.
  2. Dropping out of high school can not only cause health issues, but can be harmful to society as well. If more and more students drop out, eventually there won’t be enough students to take the jobs that require a diploma. Crime will increase as well, because people won’t be able to provide for themselves or their family without a good job, so they’ll start stealing. They also may not have enough money for medical assistance if an emergency happens. Anyone who graduates high school with a diploma will automatically have more advantages than high school dropouts.
  3. If freshman continue to not graduate on time, the schools and community will get a bad reputation. The students who don’t graduate on time may not get good jobs compared to those who graduate on time. The schools can help end this trend by providing more help to those who are struggling with after school homework periods and other programs. I have seen teachers in our school talking to and supporting students, which I feel is the key to lowering the percentage of high school dropouts.