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Thursday, July 30, 2015

9th Grade Final (Nutrition) Exam: Persuasive, healthy, and delicious.

Hello once again people who read this blog! So it's time for the final exams to start rolling in, starting with none other than my nutrition. I'm going to be giving you all 3 (possibly) detailed reasons as to why it's good to eat healthy and exercise, instead of eating Micky D's as your main meal and being a cough vegetable. So without further ado, on with the post! (Insert dramatic drum roll sound here)

Reason 1: You can look REALLY good.
 It's really as simple as that. Or at least for most people. As you would expect, there are MANY ways to be healthy. Contrary to popular belief in this dumb culture, you don't need to have a six pack (guys) or the worlds largest "thigh gap" (ladies) to be considered attractive. I mean look at me. I'm 15, not too active, but I do bike and do other activities. That said, I do spend a lot of time in the house (It's a livin), and I do eat.. Inappropriately from time to time. But I usually make up for that. The result is me with not a six back, more like a natural 4 pack, but I'm not overweight either. In fact, strangely enough, I didn't gain any weight through ages 11 and 14. But I got taller, and that's all that matters hehe. I just wanted to get that out of the way. You don't need to look like Hulk Hogan to be considered "healthy", you just need to be active, eat well, and avoid too much junk food. Besides, Hulk Hogan looks like a walrus.

 Reason 2: It keeps your body working well.
 This is arguably the most important reason. You only get one body, incase you didn't notice. So taking care of it is a must. Unhealthy eating can lead to blood sugar problems, diabetes, and obesity. America is on the way to being the most obese of all the country's. I blame fried chicken. Mmm, fried chicken...
 Anyway. Proper ways to eat healthy include: Eating an appropriate amount of each food group for each meal. Not eating in between meals, though it's a shame I barely follow this one. If you do choose to eat outside of meals, try eating something healthy. Like an apple. Or a banana. Or in my case, two lemon cookies. With a banana. I would recommend sun chips, but I wouldn't touch those with a 100 foot pole with the Grinch in front of them. Making a food plan. This way you can keep track of how much food you eat for each meal and in between meals. You can check off each time you succeed, and erase the checks when the day ends.
 The body you have is the only one you'll ever have. Isn't it best to go through the effort to take care of it?

 Reason 3: Your life will be far more enjoyable.
 Now let me ask you something quick. Which of these sounds best:
 Being healthy and living your life to the fullest?
 Or, eating junk food all the time and raising the chances of getting illnesses at a young age?
 If you chose the first one, congratulations! You've won a banana!
 No one wants to be that one guy in a group like "Hey, you wanna come play (insert random activity)?" "Naw thanks man, my (Insert bodily problem that prevents them from doing random activity)." "Aw, alright." Because that's just no fun. Think of all the stuff you can use your body for. Building, skiing, swimming, scuba diving, running (from a madman), biking (from a madman), and countless other stuff. Life is too short to waste by treating your body poorly. Go out and exercise! Pay fewer visits to Micky D's (despite how convenient they are)! And spread the word as to why eating healthy is the right choice! It's the right, and best thing to do.

Well, that's all I've got for this. I hope you all enjoyed this, and maybe opened your eyes a little bit. I will see you all next time. Peace.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 8: April, 1587 and August 15, 1590

Hello once again people who read this blog! Man..This time it HAS been forever since I've done one of these. Today we're going to be kicking off where we left off, so onto the post!

April of 1587, English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh founded the Roanoke Colony.

This is a bit of an interesting topic today. The Roanoke Colony was built on Roanoke Island, also known today as Dare County, South Carolina. It was founded by Sir Walter Raleigh, an English explorer and politician, among other things. The guy was a spy, how cool is that?
He was also the one who popularized tobacco in England.... congrats.

The Roanoke Colony was Queen Elizabeth I's late 16th-century attempt to establish a permanent colony in the new world. However, this attempt didn't go too well when something very strange happened...

August 15, 1590: The Lost Colony.
Sounds like something from a cheesy horror movie, right? But it's true. The last remaining settlers of Roanoke Colony mysteriously vanished after three years of no supplies from England. When the British finally returned to check up on things, they found the entire colony to have completely vanished. Not just the people either, no, the ENTIRE colony. Buildings, fences, everything. It was as though it was never there. The only clue showing that the colony did exist was a symbol etched into the side of a tree, that Sir Raleigh had carved in himself.

Now, MANY theories have been made as to what happened here. Some think it was *weird hand gesture* Aliens, while others think a local Indian tribe raided the camp, killed everyone, and stole everything. Literally everything. That's actually a pretty good theory. Me however, I personally think a gang of mafia Bigfoots rode in on flaming unicorns and blew everything to bits with miniature nukes. But hey, opinions vary.

Whelp, that's my post on the Roanoke Colony and Sir Walter Raleigh. If you're interested in finding out more about the Lost Colony, you can check YouTube. I'm sure there's an infinite amount of conspiracy theories on there. Or if you want legitimate facts, you could check Wikipedia. I'll see you all next Thursday.

Monday, June 22, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 7: 1570

Hello once again people who read this blog! It feels like it's been awhile since I've done one of these. Or is that just me? Either way, today we're moving on to section 7 in our American timeline!

1570, exact date unknown: The Iroquois Confederacy is founded.

Yeah, not much to talk about today. The I. Confederacy was a group consisting of 5 Indian tribes, however it would later go on to include 6. These tribes/nations were the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora. The "Six Nations" is still going today, actually, with around 45,000 members in Canada and 80,000 in The United States.

Considering the group consisted of 6 tribes with 6 religions and beliefs, there was obviously a HUGE mix in the community. More than I have time to talk about. But there were rumors to be all sorts of things from secret societies, to exorcisms, to even cannibalism.

Well, that's basically all I have time for today because I'm pretty hungry. I will see you all in the next post. Peace.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

9th Grade Final Writing Exam

Hello once again people who read this blog! The school year is almost to an end, and with it comes tests/exams. Not as many as my public schooling friends, but a few. One of them is my writing exam. "What could it be?" you may be wondering in your beautiful minds. Well, as some of you may know, I want to be a Marine Biologist once I grow up. So today, I'm going to be discussing Marine Biology with you folks, and some of the things you might need to know.

If you're new to this kind of topic, or live under a rock like a sea star, you might be wondering "What is Marine Biology?". Well, Marine Biology is very simple. It's the study of all organisms (plant and animal) that live in the ocean/brackish water. Yeah, simple. However, it's not to be confused with Marine Ecology, which is the study of organisms and how they react with each other and/or the environment. Marine Biology interests me more than M. Ecology for many reasons, but we'll get to that later.

Now, as I said above, Marine Biologists strive to find out all they can about the oceans inhabitants. They're the oceans biological treasure hunters, if you will. There are specific kinds of Marine Biologists though. I don't know their specific role names, but I've watched enough documentaries to know what each specializes in. Some are the divers, which is the most famous role. They're the ones that go down for hands on experience with the wild. It's also the most dangerous job, in my opinion. Along with divers there's also the above crew, including the navigator and the prep team. They very rarely go down in the water, if at all, but their roles are clear. Remember, contrary to popular belief, you DO NOT need to be a diver to be a M. Biologist. It's simply the study of all ocean creatures, regardless of your role.

That may all sound happy-fun-time (because it is), but to many people there's one thing that's majorly important when considering a job. That would be the root of all evil, money. Marine Biologists make a pretty steady rate as their career unfolds. They start off with about 33,000 a year if they have less than a year of experience. Those who have around 2 to 5 years of experience can earn anywhere from 45,000 to 57,000 a year; and if you have 5+ years you can earn up to 70,000. It's a pretty nice paying job. However, in order to reach that job, you need to get the proper education, probably the hardest/worst part of it. According to, depending how far you wish to go in M. Biology determines how much you must do. Entry-level jobs will only require a bachelors degree, but to perform your own research you will need a Masters Degree. I will personally probably go for my Masters, even though it might kill me two and a half times on the way. The classes I would need to learn are Chemistry (Yay), Biology (YAY), Zoology (YAY), Psychics (Not too sure how to feel about that), and Mathematics (SOMEONE KILL ME NOW.). It also says English isn't a must have, but it comes in handy when writing research papers. Eh, I'm ok at English. I might skip that one lol #bestEnglishskillsever.
Sorry I had to. Anyway.

By now, you might be wondering.. Why do I want to be a M. Biologist? There's a few reasons actually. I've loved animals for all my life, but I've always loved the ocean and..most, of its inhabitants. Some things like the Goblin Shark are simply Gods mistake, but that's besides the point. I've also always wanted to discover new things. We know more about THE MOON than we do our oceans. A lot more in fact. I want to get down there and see what there is to see. Who knows what I might find? A new species of whale? Mermaids? BIGFOOT?! Probably not. But who knows what's down there? Another reason is because I want to keep our environments safe, especially the oceans. In this day and age though, people seem to be forgetting how precious our planet is. They cut down rain forests, pollute the land, sea, and sky, and scatter plastic all over the place like it's no big deal. -If you want to see my plastic-in-the-oceans-rant, check about....7 posts ago.- I want to try and put a stop to that, and I know I'm not the only one.
Also, because dolphins are cute. Why else?

Our oceans are a very interesting and mysterious place. I want to/am going to figure out its secrets, and educate the world on exactly how precious our oceans, and the whole planet Earth, really are. Who knows where it'll take me? Africa? Australia? Asia? The North Pole? Only time can tell. Heh, who knows, maybe I'll be the next M. Biologist Jeff Corwin or Steve Irwin. Wouldn't that be cool.

Well, that my friends is my final writing exam for 9th grade. If you like it leave a comment, or don't. That works too. I get it. I know I'm not loved......... Kidding. I'll see you guys in the ocean, in like.....ten years. Peace.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 6: August 28, 1565

Hello once again people who read this blog!
If you already know what's going on for the past 5 posts, then you have no need to read this bit. But for those of you who don't, for History class I am writing down a (somewhat) detailed United States timeline. You can find the full timeline on
Well, now that that's out of the way. Today we're going to be talking about the discovery of one of my favorite cities!

August 28, 1565: Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles founded St. Augustine.
Pedro was a Spanish Admiral and explorer, and it would appear he greatly enjoyed what he did. With the discovery of Florida, or at the time "La Florida", Pedro decided he wanted to get in on a bit of the action. So when he went to La Florida, he established and founded St. Augustine, and made himself governor. St. Augustine was the first successful settlement in La Florida actually, and it would remain one of its most important and popular cities for another three hundred years.

After this, Pedro did a number of other stuff. He served in the military more, explored some more, and even became the governor of Cuba not long before death. Sounds like a good life to me.

Well, that's all I have for today. Tune in tomorrow for section 7, when we jump ahead another 5 years.

Friday, June 5, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 5: 1542

Hello once again people who read this blog!
So you all know the drill by now..
something humorous,
yada yada. On with the post!

1542, date unknown. Hernando de Soto discovers the Mississippi River.

Hernando de Soto was a Spanish explorer and conquistador. He was born in October of 1496 and always dreamed of becoming a great explorer. Well in around 18 years time, he would get that wish granted.
When it was finally Hernandos time to shine, he decided to host an expedition to North America. His main reason? To search for gold, and a passage to China. What else.
He didn't find China though, sadly. Instead he found the Gulf of Mexico, Florida, Georgia, Alamaba, and Mississippi. Upon further exploring these strange locations, he founded the Mississippi River. He was also the first European to cross it. Good for him, he deserves a cookie.
Upon returning to Spain, the Spanish were quite happy to hear of his finds. The Mississippi River allowed the Spanish to further strengthen their claims to the interior of North America.
Hernando ended up dying on the coast of the Mighty Mississippi at the age of 45, due to natural causes.

Well that's all for today. I hope you learned something new, and I'll see you all on Monday. Peace.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 4: April 17th, 1524

Hello once again people who read this blog! Yesterday we discussed an interesting topic, how the Aztecs were amazing and fearsome. Only to be destroyed in a day. Talk about going out in style, or..lack there of. Today however we're going to be talking about something a little more......bland.

April 17th, 1524
Giovanni da Verrazano will be our main man of the day. He was born in 1485 somewhere in France (I think), and he like many others was an explorer. What made Giovanni so special was he managed to map the entire Atlantic Coast of North America, before he was eventually eaten by cannibals. What an amazing way to go. You map the Atlantic coast, make a small fortune, then get anchored at sea, row the shore and get eaten. Or he was arrested for piracy and executed, no one really knows. Personally I'd rather be Spartacus kicked off a cliff, but hey. Each unto his/her own

Giovanni wasn't the most looked upon explorer of his time. In fact, he was kinda ignored. With Cortes destroying the Aztecs only a few years before, no wonder he didn't get much attention. However he did get a statue in Italy, so SOMEONE must've liked him.

Well, that's all I have for today guys. I'll see you all tomorrow for Section 5. Peace.

Monday, June 1, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 3: August 8th, 1521

Hello once again people who read this blog!
So.. You all know the drill by now. I'm reviewing/writing down a timeline, section 1 and 2 are done, yada yada. So. Onto section three!

August 8th, 1512: The day the fall of an empire started.
On that day in History, the Spanish Conquest of the Aztec Empire started. For those of you who don't know, the Aztecs were the greatest known Empire of Native Mexico. They were powerful, vicious, and demanding. Also a little crazy, but hey. If you had a giant killer flying snake as a god, you'd probably be pretty crazy too. They were on top of the world, in the prime of their empire! Then comes along Hernan Cortes...

Hernan Cortes was born in 1485 in Castile. He was a conquistador, hungry for fame and fortune. He was gonna get it, one way or another. Upon arriving in Mexico on an expedition, he met the Aztecs and befriended them. Not for long though. Shortly after he not only plundered a ton of their gold and riches, but then proceeded to kill off all the Aztecs. Such a wonderful person.

Well, that's all for today. I'll see you all tomorrow for Section 4. Peace!

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 2: 1520.

Hellllllo once again people who read this blog! So today we're continuing the American timeline, except there isn't going to be much to talk about this time around. So without further stalling, lets begin.

In the year 1520 only two major, mentionable things happened. The Spanish conquest of the Maya Civilization began, and the Spanish conquest of Yucatan. The End.

Yeah there really isn't much information to go bye. I could do a whole exam on the Maya civilization, but that has nothing to do with American History.

That's all for today, I'll see you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

American Timeline analysis, section 1: 1513, Juan Ponce De Leon.

Hello once again people who read this blog! So I'm gonna be honest. I hate history. A lot. I think all the important things are neat, but my old history assignment has lots of little bits of info that I didn't even need to know and will probably never use. So mom decided to change my class. Instead, I will be posting American timeline analysis's on this blog. Starting way back in 1513 with the man who discovered the state I live in (Florida), Juan Ponce De Leon.

Juan Ponce De Leon discovered Florida in 1513 on March 27th.
The End.

...If only it were that easy.
So. As mentioned above, he discovered Florida at that time frame because I'm too lazy to repeat it. Now I shall tell you some interesting facts about J.P.D.L.

J.P.D.L actually has 2 people named directly after him, his grandson J.P.D.L II and his great-grandson, Juan Ponce De Leon y Loayza. Like J.P.D.L the First, they all became governors or Puerto Rico. Like father, like...grandson.

J.P.D.L first decided to venture towards Florida after hearing stories of a strange island(s) to the North. It's believed he arrived in St. Augustine, but we're not 100% sure.

Another reason he found Florida (however, this is merely a rumor) was because he was searching for the Fountain of Youth. When he heard about these mysterious islands, he must've thought they were so magical sounding that it MUST be there.
Then upon arrival a little boy kicked him off the ship, then an alligator ate him. That kids is where the story of Peter Pan originated from.
Kidding, however that would be awesome.

Well folks, that's all I have on J.P.D.L today. I hope you learned at least something new, I sure did. If you'd like to discover the whole timeline, you can visit
The End.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Documentary review and opinion: Plastic Paradise

Hello once again people who read this blog! So this has been an interesting week of nothing but me getting mad at peoples stupidity. I'm looking at you when I say that plastic making companies. If you couldn't tell by now, this post is going to be about plastic. A few days ago mom and I sat down to watch a 1 hour documentary (although it felt like 3) called Plastic Paradise, which you can find on Netflix instant streaming. The show was basically about a woman who went to this island in the Pacific known as Midway. I'll put the rest below. Midway is an island sitting smack spot in the, well, middle of the Pacific ocean. It's in the wake of a massive gyre (a sea current) that collects trash from the Pacific coast of both America and Japan. That garbage then either floats around the gyre circle infinitely, degrading and clouding the water, or it ends up at Midway. Can you guess what 90% of that garbage is? Plastic. Everything from bottles, to baskets, to nets (which are disasters all in themselves), and even computer monitors. You can find everything here on this one little island. This island is also home to the worlds largest population of Albatrosses, a type of sea bird. And sense these birds mistake the colorful plastic for fish, they eat it. Then one of two things happens. 1, they die because they can't digest it. Or 2, they give it to their chicks and then THEY die. So it's a lose-lose situation. But that's just the tip of the iceberg, or the tip of the oceanic landfill. Plastic alone is an evil product. Now I'm not saying you my precious reader are evil for using plastic, because it's basically in every single item we use nowadays. But some items are more catastrophic then others. 2 of the most common being plastic bottles and plastic bags. Plastic bottles can end up in the ocean and animals could eat them, or they'll shrink down into particles over time and fish will get them stuck in their gills. Or, the fish will eat the plastic, and then we eat the fish that absorbed the plastic into their flesh. Bon apetite, no? No. Then there's plastic bags, which also can do a number of things. They can get caught on coral to prevent them from growing. They can leech toxins into the water which can poison the fish. But probably worst of all, though opinions vary, is turtles will eat the bags because they look just like jelly fish. In fact, Sea Turtles of all kinds die every day from 2 things. Nets and plastic bags. Nets are an even worse problem. Not only do fishing nets carry in tons of by-catch every year, but if a net is lost it will simple drift through the ocean killing things like a web of death. If they find a coral reef, they will even roll up into bigger and bigger balls and as they go they'll rip off coral with them. What really irks me about all this is plastic companies. I'm not going to say any names because I don't feel like getting sued, but you know who you are. And despite what you say you know darn well what plastic does to the environment. In this documentary, the woman goes to the leading plastic producer and starts asking them a ton of questions. Now, this woman has seen this stuff. She has video and photographic evidence. But yet these people still say she's either wrong, lying, or crazy. To make things even better, they then ask her to leave the building or else they'll arrest her. Do you know why? Because she's "threatening" business by asking a few questions. Oh no, boo hoo, you might lose a few customers. God forbid you lose 2 of your 2 trillion dollars! Such a tragedy! But she's not the first person they've threatened. There was once a man who spread the word of how devastating plastic was. So what did this company do? They sued him. For doing something small and raising some awareness, they sued him. To me that sounds like abusing your power. But kudos to the man because he got right back up and continued doing it! Like a genuine boss. I'm not going to go into much more detail because I might put you all to sleep. My point is guys we need to take care of our plastic. Not because its a blessing, which it arguably is, but because it's dangerous. Plastic doesn't go away, it just breaks down into smaller and smaller particles. They bottle you just threw away on the side of the road has a 90% chance of one day reaching the ocean. Even if it doesn't, it's not just the oceans under attack by plastic. Forests, deserts, mountains, rivers, the sky. All of them are being threatened. So think about that the next time you do something dumb. I'm not saying you do, but just think about it. When I go places with my friends I more often than not find myself cleaning up off of plastic and bags they throw around. If only they knew.

 Before I go, I would like to present you all with some links showing neat and crafty ways you can reuse plastic. That's basically all I have to say. It's up to us to keep our planet clean and green, because if we push it too far it won't be able to strike back. If you agree with me, spread the word and tell your friends. Hopefully they'll listen, like I hope you listened to me. That's all for today guys, and have a great Earth Day tomorrow.

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,