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Monday, March 30, 2015

Blog Post: The Trail of Tears by Charles River Editors.

Hello once again people who read this blog! So lately I've been reading a, ah, interesting book.. That book would be The Trail of Tears. If you don't know, this book is about the persecution of five different Indian tribes, but we're gonna focus on the Cherokee. So, on with the post!

One word to describe this book: Sad. That's actually a great word to describe it. I don't really have much to say about this book, mostly because it disgusts me, but I will say this.
As I hope most of you agree with, what we did to the Native Americans was little more then wrong and disgusting. We were limited to taking their land before the American Revolution, but when the Revolution ended and the war was won we went on a complete rampage over America, destroying, killing, and "moving" and Native American settlements in our path. The moving part would be okay, if half of the Natives hadn't died in the process. Why did they die? Because the soldiers escorting them didn't care at all about their safety. They completely ignored their symptoms of sickness, injury, and depression. It was horrible. These people called themselves Americans, yet they freely did this to people who already lived there because they didn't want to give up their ancestors land. It just disgusts me.

Like I said before, I really don't have much to say about this book. It disappoints me to see how our ancestors acted about such a thing, but then again. They did own slaves. Don't even get me started on that.
Well, that's basically my book report on The Trail of Tears. If you haven't read it, don't read it. It's plain out sad.
I'll see you all in the next blog post.
The End

Monday, March 16, 2015

"I have a dream"; in honor of Martin Luther King. Jr; How and why we should stop international bullying.

Hello once again people who read this blog. As all (or most, or maybe some) of you know, I submitted an outline a few weeks ago about one thing I want to happen in the world. That would be to stop international bullying. Well this is the actual post now so, on with the post.

I'm going to open up real quick with four little words: I. Hate. Public school.
I know it serves a purpose and not everyone can/will homeschool, but the outrageous amounts of bullying at schools is just disgusting and sad. Before I get too far into this, let me tell you a story. Right here in my own town of (Address blurred) there has been a recent terrible bullying case. I literally read about it this morning in the newspaper, kinda hard to miss it sense it made the front page. A mom had gone to my local Elementary school and complained about her daughter being bullied severely. Interested, I read on a little. The victim, a 5th grader, had been bullied by a student harshly. I didn't read anything about physical abuse, but it said the verbal abuse was severe. She couldn't be in the same room as the bully without getting insane anxiety issues, she had to be put on medication to even go into the school, and her grades had dropped from A's to F's because all she can think about is the bully. How terrible is that? To make matters worse, the bully is a teachers child. So either the teacher doesn't know, or is just as big of a jerk and doesn't care. I think we all know what can happen to children, or anyone, when treated this badly. It's a terrible thought isn't it? Now zoom out of my little town of 2000 people on your Google Earth and look at the rest of the country. This is happening in every city, every county, every town, everyWHERE. Then move out of the country and see the world. It's happening all over the entire world. And our efforts to stop it are somewhat pathetic. To the mom who's the mother of the child I mentioned above, if you manage to find this while looking through the internet about bullying, I just want you to know that I and my family are thinking of you all. I hope things get better for your daughter, because I was a victim of bullying myself. However my torment was never that severe and disgusting. I hope things get better with all my heart.

In my outline I mentioned 3 ways to possibly stop, or reduce, bullying. However after my recent studies I see that often they don't mean diddly squat. I'm not saying they all do, but it would appear many schools don't care about the bullying going on within them. The kids might, I've seen situations with teens working together to stand up to bullying. But the teachers don't seem to care too much.... comforting, isn't it? However my original point still stands true. If you're feeling threatened by a bully, don't take their.....stuff. Get an adult. A parent, a teacher, the principal, heck if you're feeling bold and giggly you could write the President a letter. Or you could do what I do, aka the stupid thing in most situations, and simply knock the bully into next weeks math test. Because no one wants to wake up in the middle of a math test. Again, this is a stupid idea. Never throw the first punch otherwise you'll be blamed and the bully will get away with it. But if he/she attacks you first.. you get the idea. I personally don't think schools have enough security to watch for bullying. Have people monitoring specific security cams solely for bullying. If they see some aggressive activity, they can respond immediately. Or, have security walking the halls or standing guard to keep a close eye on everyone. Bullies rarely attack their targets in the open, and when being watched that becomes even more uncommon. Or have a database of reported bullies and keep a trained eye on them. The things we could do to help stop this, but don't, are endless.

In the process of making this post, I decided to watch a video on bullying on Facebook. I learned some things sad, some shocking, and some sadly not surprising. Bullying is the cause of 50% of all teenage deaths. That's sad, isn't it? What's even more sad is the bullies either don't care, or are caught and not given any charges. Nothing happened. Just a human life, right? This is a major problem. Every day AT LEAST one teenager dies from bullying related suicide. If we all put our heads together I believe we can stop this, and start a new generation of peace among teenagers. Well, probably not full peace. But at least reduce the death rate and toll. Come on guys. Together we can make a difference.

My name is DJ, and that is my dream

Friday, February 27, 2015

How To Make A Basic Outline for Writing Class

I am trying to learn to make an outline.  I do not enjoy this part of the Writing Process.  Below, is a very easy to use, and simple outline.  I will be filling in the outline, for my, I Have A Dream, writing assignment.


I. Introduction

     1. Sentence to get the attention of your readers: "I have a dream"; in honor of Martin Luther King. Jr.
     2. One-sentence thesis statement: How and why we should stop international bullying.

II. Body

     1. First main idea: Have a clear definition of bullying.
          a. Supporting evidence for the first idea: If you don't have a clear idea as to what bullying is, then how can you fully stop it? How can you tell the difference between teasing, joking and being hateful towards others?
          b. Supporting evidence for the first idea: Do your research. Look into on what locations are more prone for bullying, just so you know where to keep an eye on. And understand exactly what bullying is. There's a difference between joking around and bullying.
          c. Supporting evidence for the first idea: Teach students and young adults about bullying so they can watch for it as well. If a student sees someone being bullied, they should report it to an adult immediately. Most don't do this though. They just continue on with their day like nothing ever happened. This is what we need to teach the younger generation. SPEAK UP and play a part in preventing bullying.
     2. Second main idea: Look for warning signs.
          a. Supporting evidence for second main idea: Signs of bullying can be everywhere and anywhere, but often bullies try to hide their crimes. Ask teens and adults if they've seen any activity going on that may point you in the direction of a culprit.
          b. Supporting evidence for second main idea: Adding surveillance cameras to keep an eye out for activity. Bullies generally either like to attack in large crowds where there's less a chance of being seen, or in the shadows where no one would look. Adding cameras to keep an eye out for bullying could help find a culprit.
          c. Supporting evidence for third main idea: Ask students. Many students won't speak up about bully activity out of either fear or being bribed. Convince them you're on their side, trying to prevent bullying. If they know anything, they'll eventually tell you.
     3. Third main idea: Engage parents.
          a. Supporting evidence for third main idea: Parents deserve the right to know what's going on in the lives of their children. If you find out who a bully is, be sure to contact their parents. Then leave the rest to them.
          b. Supporting evidence for third main idea: More often then not, one of the few things a bully is scared of is their parents. Once a parent finds out, the child is merely at their mercy of what happens next.
          c. Supporting evidence for third main idea: There's really not much left to say about the parents. If the parent knows what their child is doing then it's up to them to decide what happens next. They may do nothing, or they may discipline the child. You never know.

III. Conclusion

     1. Restatement of your thesis: The point is, we need to put an end to international bullying.
     2. Insightful sentence to end your essay: Every year, every day, millions of kids get tormented and beaten on by other kids. Many of these kids end up doing...bad things. We won't go into detail on that. All this kids, gone. Because a bunch of other kids have to be jerks. It needs to stop. And we're the only ones who can do it. I have a dream of a day when bullying will stop completely. It's up to us to stop it.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Blog Post/History Test: Why I wouldn't want to live in Colonial Times.

So. Colonial Times. Not one of the most fun and enthusiastic points in History.
I personally would not like to live in a time like this. Farther back in Medieval Times, maybe. But not when we're first moving to 'Merica. Here are my top 3 reasons why.

1: Harsh Winters.
If you all don't know, I absolutely hate the cold. I can go out in 100 degree weather with a snow suit on and be fine, but the cold just...ugh I hate it. Back in Colonial Times when we were first moving to 'Merica, we had very crappy houses. No offense great, great, great, great, great, great, great Grandpa and Grandma but it's true. And during the Winter, the cold would just leech into the houses like it owned the place. You think you can be warm? Nah, Mother Nature will just be like "One human, two humans, all nice and warm. 3 humans, 4 all cold, now there are no more." Yeah no thank you.

2: Lack of medicine.
I mean, sure, they had "medicine", but not like they do now. It was significantly less affective when it came to illnesses and stuff, and honestly from what I've seen none of them really knew what to do with it.
"Got any Ibuprofin?" "Ibu-what? No! We do however have dried pig skin to lay over your chest hair! It helps get the sickness out!" "..."

3: I would probably be a slave.
Not sure how many of you know this, but I am actually black. Well, African American. "Whiffrican", so Mom calls it. And back in that time, us "Whiffricans" wouldn't be living the good, free life. Nah, we'd be doing everyone elses work and getting hollered at and beaten at the same time. HA. HAHA. HAHAHAHA No thank you. If they paid me or gave me nice food or actually treated me with respect, then I'd maybe be ok with it. But I wont be treated like dirt and be expected to do everything. Nope. Not happening.

Well, those are my 3 biggest reasons I wouldn't like to live in Colonial Times. It was a sad time.
Medieval Times, on the other hand..

Monday, February 2, 2015

Book Report: The Hunger Games, Mockingjay

Hello once again people who read this blog! I got a very nice gift for Christmas. Well, I got several, but this one was different then all the others. It was a book instead of an electronic, and that book was the Mockingjay. Now, even if you haven't read the Hunger Games series, you will probably by now have seen the thousands of advertisements for the movie "THE HUNGER GAMES, MOCKINGJAY! WATCH IT! WATCH IT! WATCH IT!!!!!" You know. Me personally I think the movies are terrible compared to the books, but that's a given with movies. But the books are AMAZING. This is probably my second favorite book series, next to, obviously, the Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus series. It is however a lot more...gruesome, then the Percy Jackson series. By a long shot. Incase you don't know, the Mockingjay book is the 3rd installment in the Hunger Games trio, and in my opinion probably the best of the three. Here's the picture.

I'm not going to say the ending, but it starts off with Katniss being napped from the arena she so kindly decided to implode by Haymitch, Plutarch and Finnick. If you don't know who these people are, just bare with me. She's furious at them for not kidnapping Peeta instead to keep him safe like Haymitch promised, and gets sedated for several days. Once she wakes up she realizes she was being sent to the long sense forgotten District 13 after her home, District 12, was burnt to the ground with everyone she knows and loves, except for her family. :) Such a lovely book right? It get's better (or worse), but we wont go into detail on that.
Honestly I only have one word to describe that book: "HUUUEEEEHH!". Because that's what I found myself doing FOR THE WHOLE 2ND HALF OF THE BOOK. Read the book, or watch the second half of the third movie. Which isn't out yet. But it'd probably be better for you to read it rather then watch it, otherwise some of the stuff might be burnt into your retina for the rest of your life.

My point is: The book is amazing, yet disturbing. Still amazing though. Good story line. Good plot twists. Read it. Read it now. Shut down your computer and go read it. YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO.
And that concludes my book report on the Mockingjay. Picture is from Bing. I will see you all the next time I upload a post,