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This site contains the blogs of students in Mrs. Silveri’s AP Literature and Senior English classes at Forest Park High School (Forest Park, GA).

All students are required to post each week.  Our blogs articulate our responses to the literature as well as chronicle our growth from classroom discussions.  Our postings are responsible, reflexive writing in action.

Read Mrs. S’ recent article “An Issue of Connectivity,” which was featured on the Success at the Core blog:               http://blog.successatthecore.com/an-issue-of-connectivity



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  1. Dear students of Ms. Silveri,

    How wonderful to see you all posting to this site. Do you know about Poetry 180? It is an initiative sponsored by the Library of Congress that will send you a poem a day for every day of the school year. Here’s a link to today’s first message for 2010-2011: http://tinyurl.com/ddyo9t

    To a wonderful year of literature and writing!

    Carol Jago
    president, National Council of Teachers of English

  2. G’day Silveri and students,

    Thanks for registering for the September student blogging challenge. Make sure you visit the blog every week beginning September 12, when the first challenge will be published. If you want a reminder sent to your email each week, use the “Subscribe by email” on the right sidebar of the blog. Also make sure you visit blogs from other classes around the world.

    Miss Wyatt or tasteach – challenge organizer

  3. I wanna give my apologies to you because of my slacking behavior. After doing the blogs, I realized that I’ve missed so much, and I sometimes forget that I love to write and express my personal opinions. So from this day forward, the year of 2011, I’m going to make sure that I wll do well in your class, and work harder to achieve in your class, and I ask for your forgiveness for put you through troubles for my late blogs. It won’t happen again. I promise 🙂

    Sincerely Your Student,

    Laura Augustave

  4. Hello class of 2013. Lyndon aka Lyric Jackson here to say believe in what you desire and what you desire will come true.

  5. Hola, Bonjour, Hello Mrs Silveri this is Shyenne Hammonds, i would like to thank you . That on the second day in your class you actually expressed you want to spread your knowledge i appreciate that to the fullest level. This class and my fellow students, i love it and them already . I hope we all do we in this class and succeed
    – Your eccentric student
    Shyenne Hammonds

  6. -Beowulf if one of the prime examples of an epic hero. He proved his bravery in many ways, such as the favors and tasks he preformed, when he was able to do what others could not in the face of his own terror and anger. But the one fatal flaw stuck out, which was his humbleness. He never complained no matter what. — Beowulf is in good comparisons to modern day heroes. Superman with the compassion of mankind and strive to make things right, but its his kindness that killed him. Nameless in Hero (2002), his lethal trait was the fact that when he made decisions, he left them at that. — The bet thing about Beowulf as an epic poem was the fact that assonance was used, (By GOD, punished forever for the crime – The wrath of Grendel) as well as alliteration (…Marshes and made its home in hell – The wrath of Grendel). Not only that but the fact that as I was reading, it was as if I were to be looking on as everything unfolded. Then the dramatic, detail by deatil, encounters with every enemy Beowulf faced makes up the fact that this is indeed THE epic poem.

  7. My College Choices: Intended Studies (PHYCHOLOGY, EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING, AND PRE-LAW)


    1) Savannah State University (Go TIGERS!)



    2-Gordon State College



    3) Georgia State University



    4) Kennesaw State University



    Throughout this blog assignment I’ve faced the truth and came to the conclusion that I truly do enjoy teaching and interacting with children. (Ugh! Thanks, Mrs. S!) Even though I do have other desires that I’m very interested in, I KNOW I CAN accomplish ALL those things 🙂


    2)SAT date is approaching soon.
    3)Studying for SAT’S through CollegeBoard

    -Kaylie R.

  8. 1. A persons obligation says alot about that person. First of all it shows the persons dedication to the subject at hand. A person with a true obligation and notice i said true has proven that he can dedicate himself to a task that he must complete. I think Obligation can be spurred by a persons race in many ways. If a black or african american believes that he owes his community a debt he may come back and help.

    2. I think it means a lot to put someone elses obligations before your own. First of all it means that you are a completely selfless person and you feel that his or her obligations are far more important than yours. I think it says alot about a person to put his own needs aside to help another human being. Lets be honest it is completely out of human nature to abandon our own self interest for another persons.

    3. We must always consider our obligations through the our parents lenses. First of all many of our parents obligations are driven by the soul force of our own well being. In essence our parents want us to have everything they never could, in most cases. This should in term lead on to us. This should make more dilligent in accomplishing every tast at hand, obligations, and to make sure that we do what is needed for our own progression or in some cases the obligations of others.

    4. I analyzed grant Hill. I think grants Obligations were influenced by poverty and racism. First of all being mulatto grant already felt like he didnt need to be their. he was influenced by his sense of superiority over his students. I dont think he was helping for himself even though he was putting their obligations over his.

    5. I think grant was thinking both logically and Ethically. Grants mind is telling him i dont need to be here. His obligations are very misguided because he doesnt feel the need to help, but its not his fault, he is justifying this actions by what he truly believes inside his own self conscious and his heart.

    Part II

    1. Hueys insight on the pain that has been inflicted on the native american community really opened my eyes. The novel talks about the plight that is within and outside our community. so does this timeline. this timeline shows all the wronging and violations we made to get what we wanted. The indigenous people who grew up and thrived on the fruit of this land were murdered and thrown under the bus just so we could claim that we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. This proves as well as in the book, that America doest give a damn, wether in the legal system or in so called peace treatys and agreements. We are truely the one who takes the best meat. This is the truth about Manifest Destiny.




  9. #1-George Campbell: “[Rhetoric] is that art or talent by which discourse is adapted to its end. The four ends of discourse are to enlighten the understanding, please the imagination, move the passion, and influence the will.”

    B.- I chose FDR’s Pearl harbor address.- In his address he uses a strong tone that emphasizes the importance and channels the anger that the American people are feeling as a whole. He also offers up facts supporting the obvious premeditation of the act as well as other locations that were struck. Once he does that he states that he will win an absolute victory for the American people so that this never happens again. He appeals to the sense of nationality that most Americans have to influence them into following his decision.

    2- I chose Differently-Abled Peoples
    For differently- Abled peoples closet racism is especially bad because it has caused them to be seen as stupid, crippled, and dependent upon other peoples. The linguistic jargon behind the phrase Disabled causes people to see them as dependent and needy rather than as human beings.

    My first Quote is War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is strength.

    I felt that Orwell was trying to show how the government can dictate what we as Americans believe just by the way that they use words, combined with the propaganda they distribute.

    Quote 2
    Also I chose his description of double think. Which is he described as having to be understood by using double think itself.
    This clever use of language shows how the simple can be complicated easily without realizing this.

    I made it through with 12 points because its rare that I talk about my ethnicity, and due to the fact that I was working on a brag sheet for myself I realized how much I can do.

  10. Part II

    1) Paul Gorski’ s closeted racism was very interesting. He described three traits of closeted racists: fear, unawareness, and dis-ownership. People such as them fear being outed as a racist and are cautious of the type of language they use when pertaining to certain groups. You also notice an oblivious mindset towards racial issues. For example, a closeted racist would be adamant that race isn’t an issue in controversial cases or in their own community when it very well may be. Lastly, closeted racist never admit their own views on race. They avoid responsibility for their own perspectives never using “I” or “me” in conversations.

    2) Asians have faced discrimination in the United States since they first came to US shores. For instance, the California State Supreme Court ruled in 1854 that that Chinese needed to be included in an earlier 1850 act which stated that “no black, or mulatto persons, or Indian, shall be allowed to give evidence in favor of, or against, a white man.”
    In the years between 1917 and 1965, Uncle Sam explicitly outlawed immigration to the U.S. of all Asian people. When the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed immigrants from China were banned.
    Because of their race, Asians immigrants were denied the right to naturalize as U.S. citizens, until the 1943 Magnuson Act was passed. Consequently, for nearly a century of U.S. history, Asians were barred from owning land and testifying in court by laws that specifically targeted “aliens ineligible to citizenship.” Even after the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, American-born children of Chinese immigrants were not regarded as American citizens until the landmark 1898 Supreme Court case, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, which established that the Fourteen Amendment also applied to people of Asian descent (asianam.org)
    In the 1970’s, Hollywood movies warned of the “yellow peril” and “yellow hordes.” In the media, Asians are severely underrepresented as a minority group and are given very narrow, stereotyped roles in movies. Hollywood is yet to grant starring roles to many Asians.

    Part III

    1) A favorite quote from the novel are: “You’re a thought criminal! You’re a Eurasian spy! I’ll shoot you I’ll vaporize you! I’ll send you to the salt mines!” Mrs. Parson’s nine year old son is making these ferocious threats to Winston. Children in this time are junior spies and as you can see display savage behavior to anyone they suspect is a spy to the party, even without merit. Orwell is showing us here that despite age, oppression can arouse from anyone, and in this case it’s from delinquent kids of the Party.
    Another quote that sparked my interest was from Winston when he questioned “For how could you establish even the most obvious fact when there existed no record outside your own memory?” This is a profound question and I believe it will be the struggle for the protagonist throughout the novel. Winston’s memory is becoming keener to him. Only problem is everything he remembers is contradicted in this dystopia society. They have physically destroyed all factual history and recreated their own. To make matters worse they have divided the language to liberate those at the top of the party, or in it per say, and oppress people beneath it. Old Speak and News Speak is the form of how they do so which is preposterous.

    Part IV

    My self talk journey wasn’t a breeze. I started in class and found myself losing two points when I wandered off noticing kids in the hallway behaving disruptive. I lost about four just in the lunch line. For some reason I always find myself noticing and thinking a lot of negative things while in those lines. Entering in my theatre class I lost 1 more due to the abhorrence I have for a certain policy that instructor has… Anywho, later that day I had to stay after school for the auditions and my mood lightened so I gained two more based off admiration for a few peers’ talents. The next day which concluded my 24 hours we had a little fun in your class Mrs. Silveri lol (not too much) and I gained 1 but lost like 2 off language (sorry) lol. I believe that leaves me with a remainder of -6. Knowing that, I’ll strive to do better while at Mount Zion. I noticed that while at home my score was pretty neutral. This impacted me by revealing how much more relaxed I am outside of school.

  11. PART I
    1) Richard E. Vatz: “This [is the] sine qua non of rhetoric: the art of linguistically or symbolically creating salience. After salience is created, the situation must be translated into meaning.”
    2) Speech – Statement on the Articles of Impeachment
    3) What kinds of evidence—facts, statistics, anecdotes—does the author use? How does the selection of supporting evidence help fulfill the purpose of the text?
    Anecdote: Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States: “We, the people.” It’s a very eloquent beginning. But when that document was
    completed on the seventeenth of September in 1787, I was not included in that “We, the
    people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton
    just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation, and court
    decision, I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

    The nature of impeachment: a narrowly channeled exception to the separation­of­powers maxim. The Federal Convention of 1787 said that. It limited impeachment to high crimes and misdemeanors and discounted and opposed the term “maladministration “It is to be used only for great misdemeanors,” so it was said in the North Carolina ratification convention. And in the Virginia ratification convention: “We do not trust our liberty to a particular branch. We need one branch to check the other.”
    These details tell the reader that this is a very sensitive matter at hand.
     How does the writer use supporting evidence to appeal to readers? Are these appeals logical and rational? Emotional? A combination of the two?
    “If the impeachment provision in the Constitution of the United States will not reach the
    offenses charged here, then perhaps that 18th­century Constitution should be abandoned to a
    20th­century paper shredder.” Judging from this excerpt, Ms. Jordan’s appeal is definitely a combination of the two emotional and rational. It is clear that she takes the side of the Constitution and believes the President should be held accountable for his wrongdoings.

     What does selection of details tell you about the writer? What do these details tell you about the writer’s assumptions about the knowledge and experience of the readers?
    “The President had knowledge that these funds were being paid and these were funds
    collected for the 1972 presidential campaign. We know that the President met with Mr. Henry
    Petersen 27 times to discuss matters related to Watergate, and immediately thereafter met
    with the very persons who were implicated in the information Mr. Petersen was receiving. The
    words are: “If the President is connected in any suspicious manner with any person and there
    be grounds to believe that he will shelter that person, he may be impeached.” Ms. Jordan knew that her audience and the readers had some knowledge of what was going on, but also took it upon herself to lay out the immediate details of the affair and consequences of the matter. The selection of details tells us that Ms. Jordan is very knowledgeable about political affairs especially the controversial Watergate scandal.

     How does the language of the text help the text fulfill its purpose for the readers?
    The language of the text helps fulfill its purpose for the readers greatly. Mrs. Jordan speaks clearly and eloquently about who the message is relayed to – Congress.
     How does the writer use language to establish a certain tone in the essay? Is the tone well suited to the audience and purpose?
    I believe the tone is well suited to the audience and purpose. Ms. Jordan is speaking before Congress on the President’s Watergate affairs. A strong level of professionalism and factualness is needed and that’s what she brings. Not only is she direct and professional about everything she’s saying, her tone is very powerful and assertive.

    Part II

    1) Paul Gorski’ s closeted racism was very interesting. He described three traits of closeted racists: fear, unawareness, and dis-ownership. People such as them fear being outed as a racist and are cautious of the type of language they use when pertaining to certain groups. You also notice an oblivious mindset towards racial issues. For example, a closeted racist would be adamant that race isn’t an issue in controversial cases or in their own community when it very well may be. Lastly, closeted racist never admit their own views on race. They avoid responsibility for their own perspectives never using “I” or “me” in conversations.

    2) Asians have faced discrimination in the United States since they first came to US shores. For instance, the California State Supreme Court ruled in 1854 that that Chinese needed to be included in an earlier 1850 act which stated that “no black, or mulatto persons, or Indian, shall be allowed to give evidence in favor of, or against, a white man.”
    In the years between 1917 and 1965, Uncle Sam explicitly outlawed immigration to the U.S. of all Asian people. When the Chinese Exclusion Act was passed immigrants from China were banned.
    Because of their race, Asians immigrants were denied the right to naturalize as U.S. citizens, until the 1943 Magnuson Act was passed. Consequently, for nearly a century of U.S. history, Asians were barred from owning land and testifying in court by laws that specifically targeted “aliens ineligible to citizenship.” Even after the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, American-born children of Chinese immigrants were not regarded as American citizens until the landmark 1898 Supreme Court case, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, which established that the Fourteen Amendment also applied to people of Asian descent (asianam.org)
    In the 1970’s, Hollywood movies warned of the “yellow peril” and “yellow hordes.” In the media, Asians are severely underrepresented as a minority group and are given very narrow, stereotyped roles in movies. Hollywood is yet to grant starring roles to many Asians.

  12. Part 1.
    1. Provide some historical background on John Adams’ Alien and Sedition Acts. Start with the Library of Congress’ Primary Documents and American History site.
    a. In 1798 President John Adams signed the Alien and Sedition Acts into law. They consisted of 4 acts which were; an act to establish a uniform rule of Naturalization which was formally called Naturalization Act, an act concerning aliens, an act respecting alien enemies, and an Act for punishment of certain crimes against the United States which was formally called the sedition act. These acts were passed under the threat of war with France to strengthen the government. The first act was the Naturalization act. This act said that before you could be eligible for US citizenship you had to be residents for 14 years instead of the original 5 years previously required. The second act was the alien act; this caused the president to deport many of these people during peace time because they were “dangerous to the safety of the country”. The third act was the alien enemies’ act which allowed the wartime arrest, imprisonment and deportation of any alien subject to an enemy power. The final act was the sedition act which was basically an act that stated that any form of treason against the US government was punishable by a fine or imprisonment. A lot of people were actually arrested for no reason under false accusations.

    2. Discuss the legacy of the Alien and Sedition Acts? Start with Encyclopedia Britannica’s Facts Matter: “#1: The Alien and Sedition Acts (Top 10 Mistakes Made by U.S. Presidents).”
    a. So basically this all came into play because America was scared of the French Revolutionists. They said they would bring the revolution around the world so America did what they thought was best at the time to prevent this from happening. They violated many people of the first amendment. Everyone is allowed to freedom of speech but when these acts took place that amendment sort of went out the window. They also falsely accused a lot of people who didn’t even deserve it and they imprisoned them and made them pay fines. To me, these acts left the legacy that should have been good but turned bad because America let it’s fear go too far; all the way until it even started to violate people’s rights. While trying to protect itself, it harmed itself domestically. Obviously Adams thought he was doing the right thing and had good intentions it just took a turn for the worst.

    3. Identify at least two modern government programs that can be directly traced back to the Alien and Sedition Acts. Name some of the key figures and provide links of interest where your classmates can locate additional information.
    a. National security: requirement to preserve the survival of the state through the use of economic, diplomacy, power projection and political power. http://www.vanguardngr.com/2011/12/what-is-national-security/

    b. Immigration act of 1990: increased the limits of legal immigration into the Unites States. It revised all grounds for exclusion and deportation.

    Part 2.

    1. Start by visiting PBS’ NOW Politics and Economy: “Going Undercover/Criminalizing Dissent?”
    2. What was COINTELPRO and what types of people/groups/activities did it target?
    a. COINTELPRO was a domestic surveillance program that was ran by the run by FBI. It started after the censure of Joseph McCarthy by the Senate between 1956 and 1971. The program was secret and was designed to monitor and “neutralize” domestic groups that the FBI thought to be a danger to national security. These groups included anti-war groups and civil rights groups. More specifically, individuals like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt.

    3. Select a person/group that was targeted by COINTELPRO. Provide details about the nature of this person/group’s COINTELPRO surveillance. How and why were they targeted?
    a. A popular target was the poor people’s campaign which was led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The FBI monitored and interrupted the campaign on a national level and on a local level by using smear tactics to challenge support for the campaign and march. They told people that it was bankrupt, wasn’t safe and they would lose all welfare benefits when they returned home. They also set up an organization called TACT that basically had a black woman who went around and lied to people telling them that she infiltrated the civil rights movement and has seen their communist leadership. Martin Luther King had been being targeted by the FBI since 1962. All of this was because they believed he was a communist seeking to challenge the nation.

    4. Discuss the results of COINTELPRO’s surveillance this person/group. Be sure to provide your classmates with at least two links of interest where they can find additional information about this person/group.
    a. Hoover reported that after eight rallies in Mississippi, King had raised only $1,000 for the campaign. POCAM successfully intervened to prevent him from receiving grant money, and also the planted stories in the press wrongfully portrayed King and the Poor People’s Campaign. Once they lost two hundred people because of the fake stories that King was going to leave them stranded sick and poor in Washington. King Struggled with keeping the campaign on its feet.

    5. How and when did the FBI’s COINTELPRO end?
    a. COINTELPRO ended in 1971 because it was exposed and exploited out to the press by CITIZENS’ COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE THE FBI who stole important papers and several dossiers and gave them to the news agencies

    Part 3.
    1. Read the full-text of the U.S. Patriot Act (October 24, 2001).
    2. Select the Title, Section that intrigues you most and share it. Provide the specific text and give us a summary of what this Title, Section means to you as an American Citizen.
    a. Subtitle B–Enhanced Immigration Provisions: Sec. 416. Foreign student monitoring program
    b. For me this section has me torn both ways. I am grateful that the government is monitoring people who come into this country because it lets me feel some sort of security. I know the measures that need to be taken are being taking but at the same time it makes me wonder how that immigrant feels. Because of people before them who misused America’s trust, they have to pay for it. They’ll always have that thing in the back of their head like “they’re watching me”. Nobody can live or function like that knowing you are constantly under the lens of someone’s watchful eye. I am a student I know school can be stressful and a bit too much so why add on the stress?

    3. Locate and analyze at least one news article from 9/11/2001 thru 9/11/2003 that discusses public opinion of the Patriot Act. Be sure to ground your analysis in specific text from the article. Remember to cite your source(s).
    a. http://www.globalissues.org/article/342/the-usa-patriot-act-was-planned-before-911
    A lot of people don’t know that the patriot act was actually already written before 9/11. It has caused many concerns among civil rights advocates. A lot of people felt that Bush knew that 9/11 was going to happen and could have possibly prevented it if he wanted to. This act came out right out after 9/11 during the frenzy of sadness, and heart break that the American didn’t take it in well. They were against it.

    Part 4.
    1. Visit the U.S. Government’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) site.

    2. Share two interesting facts you found. Remember to provide specifics and to cite your sources.
    a. FOIA says that any person has a right, enforceable in court, to obtain access to federal agency records, except records that are protected from public disclosure. http://www.state.gov/m/a/ips/
    b. Executive branch led by the president oversees FOIA.

    3. Conduct a news search on “Freedom of Information Act.” Read and analyze one recent article on FOIA. Cite your source.
    a. This act ensures an open government and is a step towards the government and the people coming together. Just getting the people involved makes them feel important and they will probably have more faith in the government. The Executive branch isn’t going to hide information from the people so the government officials can save face or so that the errors seen won’t come out and haunt them. If they are here for the people then the people deserve the truth. The executive branch needs to act with quickness in supplying the people with the information they search for. The government does work for the people and should cooperate and give sparingly, not grudgingly. The people shouldn’t always have to ask for information either. The government should give is to them willingly. We have so many technological advancements that this would be easy to keep the world informed. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/FreedomofInformationAct
    Part 5.
    1. Time to reflect. How has your research shaped understanding of the role of government in the lives of average U.S. citizens?
    a. After conducting the research, I see that the government has always had their hand in the lives of the average US citizen dating all the way back to the Alien and Sedition Acts. I learned that National security isn’t the first of its kind. We’ve had acts similar to this before. I also see that the government makes it a priority to be in our lives. They want to know what is going on whether good or bad. They are just trying to keep the country safe and I can’t hate them for that. But, I see that sometimes they take things over board and start to stereotype people. I also learned that the government controls how much we know about the government. Whether we know or don’t know depends on them. Now, however, President Obama is working to make an open government where the citizens have access to information and actually feel a part of the system rather than just a product of the system.

    2. How accurate was George Orwell’s prediction about the power of government to control/monitor the lives of its citizens? In your answer, include a quote/passage from 1984 Book Two, Chapters 1-4 that helps support your argument.
    a. Orwell was very accurate. Our government spy on us, tap into our computer to see what we are searching, they tap into our phones too to see what exactly we are talking about and with whom. Talk about invading privacy. In the book Orwell said “I didn’t want to say anything in the lane,” she went on, “in case there’s a mike hidden there. I don’t suppose there is, but there should be. There’s always the chance of one of those swine recognizing your voice. We’re all right here.”

  13. The alien and sedition acts were a set of 4 laws that was passed by president john Adams in 1798 and expired by 1800 a couple days before the end of John Adams last days as president. The alien act gave the president the power to deport any person that was a resident alien and was considered a danger to the peace of the nation. The alien act had an expiration date of two years. The naturalization act raised the number of years it took an immigrant to be considered to be a potential citizen form 5 years to 14. This act was reversed. The alien enemy act said that if a country was at war with the United States then the president had the power to send them back to their own country. The last act was the sedition act and it was passed as a way to prevent any person form speaking out against the government in a negative way. That act expired in 1801. Many democratic-republicans had an issue with these new laws, some states didn’t adhere to them and others threated to rebel. These acts were a big mistake and disrespected the 1st amendment. I was reading some of the post that other post of random people and one person compared it to the patriotic act. I agree that the alien and sedition acts are similar to the patriotic act the only difference is the patriotic act has regards to the 1st amendment. The second law that I find is similar to the alien and sedition acts was the Arizona immigration law.
    COINTELPRO is an abbreviation for counterintelligence program. The groups the targeted were women’s rights groups, foreign people, veterans, youth and neighborhood organization or groups. They infiltrated those groups and their peaceful protest to get information. It was a secret part of the FBI and was run by President Hoover. Min. Farrakhan was targeted by the COINTELPRO. They taped into his phone and attempted to ruin this reputation by planting lies in the newspaper. Their aim is to kill the thrust for Black liberation occurring as a result of his preaching and then kill him. He has planned to marches in Washington with about one million men. By 1971 the program had come to an end after the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI and sent the information to the news stations and newspapers. One year later Hoover announced the program was over and would handle cases on a case by case basis.
    Title VIII SEC. 810 talks about the maximum punishments of terrorist. I find it hard to believe that is someone war to do all these horrid thinks to Americans the max the terrorist would get is life in prison. It the government was to go by these guidelines our own citizens don’t deserve the death penalty.
    There are letter that the US have found from Bin Ladin dating back to 2006 to Abbottabad, his sideline, with over 197 pages in English translation. Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents (Rassler, Koehler-Derrick, Collins, al-Obaidi, Lahoud, 2012)
    I feel like this is another way the government limits the amount of knowledge. The need for this website is kind of pointless if the government can hide the documents.
    It has showed me that government dictated what we know and when we really think we have power we really don’t. When we think we can make a change there are always going to be limits form the government and when we really think we have privacy there is none. They are able to tap into our conversation at any time and tarnish our reputations. The amendments can be altered if they feel their position is at stake. They can control everything we do and I believe they already do. Censoring television and trying to censor the internet is how it starts. “There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment. How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork. It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time.” This is a lot like the government COINTELPRO.

  14. P – Patience is the key.
    Don’t rush it.
    For you may not be ready for it,
    And you may not love it.

    A- Always give it your best.
    Never settle for less.
    Because you can do so much more
    Than people give you credit for.

    T- Tell someone the knowledge you receive.
    Don’t hold in.
    We learned not to be selfish in Room 110.

    H- Have a great attitude.
    We do not want any negative energy.
    Cause with a nasty attitude,
    the prettiest person can be ugly.

    W- Walk away from drama.
    There is no need to fight.
    Fighting does not make the situation right.

    A- Always give back,
    In anyway that you can.
    If someone has there arm out,
    Make sure you grab their hand.

    Y- You can only be you,
    And no else.
    Because God loves you,
    For being yourself.

  15. The cultural celebrations that we have gives you the illusion that everything is alright when it really isn’t. If you look at black history month they half way teach us about our history and give us a dry sense of satisfaction and the slave mindset of “At least our culture is being celebrated”. Mount Zion is a predominantly black school and you see a high sense of segregation.With Mount Zion being a black school you see that we don’t celebrate diversity nor do we challenge racial injustice but we tend to have more of an attitude that displays that we are better than the other races and that creates the hesitation to integrate socially. All of the different races tend to stay within their own groups, you rarely see integration on a social level.

    Honestly I don’t know how we could make our social circles more diverse. In 9th grade there was a huge “war” going on between the races here at Mount Zion. Every since that has happened we have had tension between groups within the school. People become more and more reluctant yearly to adapt to something new. If you just up and force people to interact with each other that would only cause more tension, so instead of people gradually building up the sense of separation we should work on gradually building tolerance.

    I would believe that if I was the only person of my race in a large group I probably would lose myself in the process of fitting in with them. When you see white kids at a predominantly black school you’ll notice that they tend to try to “act black” or in other words live out the racial stereotypes that they find to be socially accepted by the group of people that they are around. In doing this you tend to forget who you really are.

    If we treated each other all the same that would counteract racism in my opinion. Racism is something that you are brought up into. A person is only racist because of the environment that they are raised in. If you are raised in an environment where all people are treated as equals, that would eliminate the concept of being a racist. I can’t imagine people just forgetting race because that is apart of a person’s appearance. The first time you see someone you notice their skin tone so there’s no way for us to just ignore people’s race.

    If you are white you have an overwhelming advantage and disadvantage over every other race. The advantage is obvious looking at history, so I won’t go into that. The disadvantage is that when you are born you are seemingly already expected to be “somebody”. White people are thought of as having all of the potential and to be future politicians, lawyers, doctors etc, but when they grow up not being anything in life they will be looked at as a black sheep or an outcast.

    Some white people would be reluctant to admitting to wanting to be white because they know that there is already a bad taste in other people’s mouth when it comes to them. If you are a white person that shows an abundance of pride for your race you’ll be looked at as a racist, and that is something that people don’t want to have to go through.

  16. 1. Alliteration- The repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables
    Example: “Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortals ever dared to dream before” –the raven Paragraph 5, line 2
    2. Allusion-when you make a reference to something or someone else
    Example: “Dido a dowdy, Cleopatra a gypsy, Helen and Hero hildings and harlots, Thisbe a grey eye or so, but not to the purpose.” –merctio (Act II, scene IV)
    3. Ambiguity-doubtfulness or uncertainty of meaning or intention
    Example: Thanks for dinner. I’ve never seen potatoes cooked like that before.” –sleepless in seattle
    4. Anaphora-The Repetition of the same word or group of words at the beginning of successive clauses, sentences etc.
    Example: “Good countrymen, let me depart alone, And, for my sake, stay here with Antony: Do grace to Caesar’s corpse, and grace his speech Tending to Caesar’s glories; which Mark Antony”

    Function: I think shakespears uses anaphora in this speech to give the audience the effect of seriousness yet relax because the people were going through a stressfull time and they needed someone to step up and take the lead
    5. Aphorism-a witty statement of wisdom and opinion
    Example: Young men’s love lies not truly in their hearts but in their eyes- act II, scene 3 pg.73-74
    Function: this was done to give romeo a little insight about life and love because romeo is now “in love” with Juliet but the previous night he was in love with rosaline
    6. Apostrophe- speaking to someone or something not there
    Example: Death, be not proud, though some have called the Mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so

    7. Aside- a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience to convey their thoughts
    Example: “That every like is not the same, O Caesar/ The heart of Brutus earns to think upon.” [Act II, Scene 2, Line 128]
    Function: this was done to reveal the real intentions of brutus to the audience, him and his companion at the very moment are acting friendly towards caeser but they each have their own aside to reveal their true intentions
    8. Assonance- to repeat vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within sentences
    Example: “Is crimson in thy lips and in thy cheeks”- act 5 scene 3 Line 95
    9. Antithesis –to contrast something, basically the opposite
    Example: “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more.”- brutus Julius caesear
    10. Asyndeton-to remove conjunctions from the ways they would normally be used
    Example: “Anyway, like I was saying, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. Dey’s uh, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup” –bubba forrest gump
    11. Ballad-poems that tell a story
    Example: “Can’t Help Falling In Love” – Elvis Presley

    12. Bildungsroman-a psychological story that focuses on the moral growth of the character
    Example: “ever since I got signed I don’t know whats real anymore”-joe budden (take a walk with me)
    Function: Joe talks about how since he’s gotten signed things aren’t really clear to him anymore, whether it has to do with the people around him and how this has changed him
    13. bibliomancy-to seek emotional refugee and search for spiritual insight in scared books
    Example: “looks for all the answers to my problems in the bible” –Big K.R.I.T (children of the world)
    Function: K.R.I.T uses bibliomancy to show he has been going through a lot of things lately whether it has to do with life, love, family etc, regardless he makes clear he’s been going through it and all he can think to do is look for answers In the bible because that’s all he has left

    14. Connotation-the secondary meaning of a word in addition to its primary meaning
    Example: “im on my convict, don’t drop bars I drop prisons”-Joey Bada$$ (1 train)
    Function: A connotation is basically the same thing as a double entdre in rap music and in this song he had two things he wanted to get out but he pretty much killed two birds with one stone, he was comparing his flow to the prisons by saying he doesn’t drop bars he drops prisons
    15. Cacophony- a hard harsh discordance of sounds
    Example: “Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
    The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
    Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
    The frumious Bandersnatch!”- -Lewis Carroll, “Jabberwocky”
    Function: I think the author used the harsh tone of the poem to warn the reader, audience, or whoever is receiving the poem to beware of the jabberwocky, he sets a very tense atmosphere and situation with the use of the cacophony
    16. Caesura: a pause somewhere in the middle of a verse or sentence
    Example: “I saw a Pismire, swallow up a Whale” –Anonymous 1665
    17. Conceit: an extended metaphor with a complex logic that governs a poetic passage or entire poem
    Example: “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”- William Shakespeare, As You like It, 2
    18. Consonance: the repetition of the same consonant two or more times
    Example: “Rap rejects my tape deck, ejects projectile/Whether Jew or gentile I rank top percentile.”- Zealots by the Fugees
    19. Chiasmus: a reversal in the order of words
    Example:” I aint acid rap but i rap on acid”-kill you by eminem
    20. Denotation: The direct or dictionary meaning of a word
    Example: “Mending Wall” by Robert Frost
    21. Didactic: Intended to instruct.
    Example: “Four-score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Abraham Lincoln

    22. Dues ex machina: is when some new event, character, ability, or object solves a problem
    Example: in pokemon when it seem the kids are at an ultimatum but then the unexpected arivlal of another pokemon solves the problem
    23. Dramatic irony: when the words and actions of the characters of a work of literature have a different meaning for the reader than they do for the people in the story
    Example: “star-crossed lovers.” –romeo and juliet
    24. Ekpharastic: is the graphic, often dramatic, description of a visual work of art
    Example: starry night by van gogh and starry night by Anne Sexton (1961)
    25. Enjambment: the continuation of a sentence or clause over a line-break.
    Example:” Commonly are; they want of which vain dew”- Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale
    26. Epigram: a concise satirically statement with a single thought or event and ending with an unexpected twist
    Example: “I can resist everything but temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
    27. Euphony: an effect that sounds pleasing to the ear
    Example: Brutus’ speech.- shakespears Julius caesear
    28. Extended metaphor: a metaphor that last through the whole story
    Example: “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players”- William Shakespeare, As You like It, 2
    29. Flashback: an interjection in the scene that takes the narrative back in time from the current point the story has reached
    Example: “Scout remembers the day, earlier in the chapter, when she rolled into the Radley front yard in the tire.”
    30. Form (poetry): the structure of a poem
    Example: Iambic pentameter
    31. Foreshadowing: an indication of what will come to pass
    Example: George saying how life would be much easier without lennie-

    32. Gothic: a genre of literature that has a combination of romance and horror
    Example: Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly
    33. Hyperbole: an obvious and intentional exaggeration
    Example: “he glittered when he walked”-great gatsby
    34. Imagery: is something used to enhance the sensory experiences of a work
    Example: “The grey-eyed morn smiles on the frowning night”-frair Laurence act 2 scene 3
    35. In medias res: being thrown into things instead of starting in the beginning, no back story
    Example: “inception”
    36. Juxtaposition: putting verbal elements together and leaving it up to the reader to make sense of it, it can also be an oxymoron
    Example: “Feather of lead, bright smoke, cold fire, sick health”
    37. Litotes: A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by negating its opposite
    Example: “So the whole ear of Denmark/ Is by a forged process of my death /Rankly abused.”- Hamlet, Act I, Scene V, Lines 41-43
    38. Malapropism: mistaking a word with another that sounds familiar
    Example: “Now don’t attempt to extirpate yourself from the matter; you know I have proof controvertible of it.” She says “extirpate” when she should say “extricate and “controvertible when she should say “incontrovertible.”
    39. Metaphor: the comparison of words without using like or as
    Example: “I tried to climb into Jem’s skin and walk around in it”
    40. Metaphysical: a genre of literature
    Example: “Metaphysics identifies the nature of the universe as a whole.) It does not begin by identifying the whole. A newborn isn’t aware of anything but “the given”, and the universe is not a given.

    41. Metonymy: The substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant
    Example: “Her voice is full of money.”(F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)
    42. Motif: a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc
    Example: “So much has happened within such a few hours that I had lost all sense of time. When had we left our houses? And the ghetto? And the train? Was it only a week? One night- one single night”-night elie wisel
    43. Oxymoron: figure of speech that uses contradictory terms.
    Example: “O brawling love! O loving hate! . . .O heavy lightness! serious vanity!) (William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet)

    44. Parallelism: The use of successive verbal constructions in poetry
    Example: I’ll give my jewels for a set of beads,My gorgeous palace for a hermitage,My gay apparel for an almsman’s gown, My figured goblets for a dish of wood – Act III, scene iii : lines 170 – 173 king Richard shakespear
    45. Paradox: a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
    Example: To keep the community together, members of that community believed they must in some sense tear it apart.
    46. Paralipsis: to give something emphasis by undermining it or by saying little or nothing about it.
    Example: “But here’s a parchment, with the seal of Caesar;
    I found it in his closet; ’tis his will:
    Let but the commons hear this testament
    Which, pardon me, I do not mean to read
    Speech by Mark Antony, Julius Caesar
    47. Periphrasis: to be indirect in speech or writing
    Example: And those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual. And there will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright day of justice emerges. (King, “I Have a Dream”)

    48. Periodic structure: when a the main clause of a sentence appears at the end of the sentence
    Example: “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.”
    (The King James Bible, I Corinthians 13)

    49. Portmanteau: joining together two or more words in order to create an entirely new word.
    Example: Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
    50. Pun: the hilarious use of words to emphasize a meaning
    Example: “it is nevar put with the wrong end in front!” – Lewis Carroll
    51. Simile: a way of comparing two things using like or as
    Example: So are you to my thoughts as food to life – William Shakespeare
    52. Situational irony: Something that wouldn’t be expected, kind of surprising
    Example: Macbeth by William Shakespeare: The witches predict one thing, which happens to come true but Macbeth often misinterprets their words
    53. Slant rhyme: in which either the vowels or the consonants of stressed syllables are identical
    Example: Philip Larkins’ ‘Toads’ and ‘Toads Revisited’
    54. Spoonerism: a deliberate play on words
    Example: “Runny’s Rig Bomance” by Shel Silverstein:
    Runny had a firlgriend,
    Her name was Sunny Bue.
    He called her nots of licknames,
    Like “Kitchy-Itchy-Koo.”
    Sometimes he called her “Boney-Hun”
    And sometimes “Dovey Lear,”
    But he only called her “Peety-Swie”
    When no one else could hear.

    55. Symbol: a word object etc, that’s stands for something else
    Example: Dove: peace, purity, simplicity
    56. Synecdoche: when a term is used to refer to the entirety of something
    Example: “Friends, Romans, countrymen: lend me your ears” by William Shakespeare
    57. Synesthesia: using the senses to express the experience of something to someone
    Example: “I am hearing the shape of the rain
    Take the shape of the tent and believe it . . ..”
    (James Dickey, opening lines of “The Mountain Tent”)
    58. Verbal irony: when you say the opposite of what you mean
    59. Verisimilitude: to give the appearance of being real and true
    60. Zeugma: to charismatically use a verb to refer to two subjects in a grammatically incorrect way
    Example: “Here thou, great Anna! whom three realms obey,
    Dost sometimes counsel take – and sometimes tea” from Ra*e of the Lock by Alexander Pope

  17. Wake the hell up! How long are you going to sleep, anyway? There’s a war going on for your mind and you’re not even strong enough to wield a single weapon to defend yourself! But it’s fine. Go ahead and return to your peaceful sleep. Pay no attention to the kids running streets, with no cause or guidance. Pay no heed to the attack on your heritage, your lineage, your legacy. Pay absolutely no mind to the gun aimed at your very way of life and self-identity.

    Wake the hell up, damn it! When are you going to stop lying around in bed and look around to realize you’re being stomped on? From the day of your birth to the present, you’ve been abused and manipulated by an unseen force you thought was “reality”. The “freedom” you’ve grown to believe in is slowly being destroyed and replaced with something that can only be described as pure unadulterated torture! But it’s okay, darling—slip back into your slumber and care not. Continue to divulge in your safe haven called pop culture—I hear 106 & Park are having a new “expose” today. Don’t worry about the problems of tomorrow or the Uzi aimed at the faces of your brethren and family.

    For the love of God, wake the hell up! Can’t you see the blood of the past and the blood that’s being spilled now? Can’t you see that your own front yard and neighborhood have become chaotic battle zones? Those above us—those in power—have waged a greatly planned war on your and your kind and it is like you don’t even want to win! And it looks to me that you don’t even give a damn! They tear you down, from that of a man to a small child, and you don’t seem to care! They spit on your family and the path and struggle that it has taken you to get here! And what do you do in response? Next to absolutely nothing! But go ahead and continue to fill the continuing cycle. Go ahead and continue drinking your diet Coke. Drink to your hearts content while your brothers and sisters become laced with bullet holes and whipped viciously. Become full from your drink and lull yourself back to your peaceful sleep…

    Why don’t you want to wake up? Do you not understand that there is a fierce fight going on in this world? Do not you realize that your very being is at stake if the proverbial white flag is raised? Do you not see that our suffering has only become and our wounds have never truly been healed? Or…maybe you just don’t care. That’s the only explanation I can see for your lack of arms. That’s the only reason I can see that you have not joined your brothers and sisters—your cousins and friends, your mentors and guardians—on the battle-field. I understand it now as clear as day—you have been taught not to care about your legacy; have been taught not to care about the true matters at hand, subconsciously. You have been duped and bamboozled by your oppressors. You have been fooled to hate your past and hate yourself in the process. But what’s the point of these words of wisdom if your eyes are already becoming heavy with sleep?

    I beg of you, young black man, to awake yourself from slumber. Take up your weapons of wisdom and fight for your freedom! I beg of you all, whether it be that of a Hispanic, an Asian, a Caucasian, ANYONE—fight for your tomorrow! Fight for not only freedom of the mind, but freedom of the body! Freedom of the soul! Freedom from the dumbing down of modern society and the acceptance of the fact that we are all brothers and sisters! Freedom from the differences and faults that those at the top vicariously try to highlight! Freedom for the sake of future generations! I urge you, young man of the present, to wake yourself up and become armed! Realize, now, that the battle has already been lost. They have won unanimously…But the war has yet to truly begin! Now, with your rifle in your left hand and the knowledge you possess in your right, march! March until the day is won and all is rightfully restored to your world. March until your fellow brothers awaken from their slumber. And even if they refuse, set them aside and utter the same words I have given you: “Wake the hell up!”

  18. Georgia State University
    Academic studies offered at GSU:
    My intended program of study: nursing
    this link will allow you to find out how much it will cost to attend GSU:
    Valdosta state
    Academic studies offered at VSU:
    my intended program of study: nursing
    tuition and fees:
    Georgia Southern University
    academic studies offered at GA southern:
    my intended program of study: nursing

    I’ve always been very determined to attend college, not only to attend but to be successful in college! Since entering high school I’ve always known that I wanted to enter college studying either in the medical field or the law field. Your probably thinking wow, these are two very different fields. Yes, I am also aware of this, but I have always had a passion for helping others feel better or making a positive difference in someone’s life whether it being big or small, appreciated or not. This comes into affect with my interest in the medical field; I’m interested in studying nursing, but more specifically anesthetic medicine. I came up with this as a result of watching a show; and this lady was undergoing a very serious surgical procedure and she actually woke up out of her anesthesia during the procedure! I thought to myself “how serious it is for a person’s anesthetic medicine to actually be given in a VERY precise dosage.” This is where my career would take place and the difference I would make in people’s lives , by ensuring their health and safety during their surgical procedures.
    But, then I entered into my 11th grade year and was placed in Intro to law & Justice, I thought to myself “why am I in this class? I already know I want to be a CRNA.” However, I stayed in the course and yes I actually feel in love with the law field all over again. The decision is still undecided because I can fulfill my passion of helping others in both career fields, whether it’s keeping them safe or keeping their freedom alive, so although I’ve chosen nursing as my program of study, I can say that I am undecided between my plan “A”, nursing or my plan “B” major –prelaw.
    My last year of high school I plan on really thinking everything out that’s all the pro’s and con’s to both careers, as well as how each career would fit the type of lifestyle I want to lead and the family life I dream of. But as of right now I’m definitely leaning more towards Nursing!









    While doing this college research, the college I choose was North Georgia University. The things I found out about North Georgia were that they offer a nursing program and grants and scholarships for jrotc cadets. North Georgia University is a four year college. In the future I am going to graduate from North Georgia University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The things that I noticed at NGU are that they dont let you know if you have essays or not until you start applying for colleges. So far right I am considering about thinking of another college because, I’m thinking I might want to be closer to home, to stay in touch with family and friends in case an emergency.

  20. University of Phoenix:
    Studying: Criminal Justice

    Florida State:
    Studying Criminal Justice

    University of Maryland:
    Studying Criminal Justice

    Steps I Prepared Already:
    1. SAT && ACT
    2. Submitting Applications
    3. SCholarships

    Dropout Nation :
    The person from watching this video I feel like I relate to the most is Sparkle. Sparkle mention that school and life was two different things. Which I agree with, because trying to make it to school when you have other issues going on outside of school is like a heavy weight on your shoulders. Trying to take care of a baby while you are in school with no help, no parents,no family is enough. I honestly believe Sparkle wants to graduate, and do all the things she wants to do after she graduate. She just needs some one who continually pushes her. I love Sparkle because she handle her business and she keeps it real. Me and her relate becuase I also had people walk in and out of my life and it gets to the point where I also hate letting new people in because it always ends up the same way.

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