Monday, April 24, 2017

Essay #3

           Recent college students have faced records of unemployment and students now ask themselves if college is really worth it. I'm a strong believer in you can learn something from everything. In any situation you're in, anyone you talk to, and anything you read you learn something new. If you can't benefit from that information now, you can later in life or at least have gained more knowledge because of it. There are so many things to learn and any information gained isn't a waste. So even if college doesn't guarantee a great job, it is definitely worth the cost.

           The information you learned whilst going to college may help you get a good job later in life. Some places may look at the fact that you went to college and hire you even though it may not be your dream job. Once you become more stable, you could always go back to college and try to get a different degree. For example, say you take some music production classes in college but you didn't get a job in that field, you could always go back to finish your education and try to get a different job. You don't have to go to college just once in your life. 

             College makes you a smarter person because you gained information that you wouldn't have if you had not gone. You can never stop learning new things. Even with  electives you gain some tips and knowledge about how to do somethings. Maybe you are good at reading music, cooking, taking pictures, or sewing. All of those skills are helpful and can use in your daily life.

           College can help you find a passion or even a hobby. Sure you didn't get a good job out of it but you found something interesting that you thought you would never like and can pursue that instead. For example, maybe you took a literature class and found that you love reading Gothic books from the Victorian Era and that can inspire you to write a book of poems in that style. Maybe you found that you love science and want to become a scientist. You could discover that composing music is something you enjoy. College can be a place where you find yourself. 

            Taking classes and being able to learn new things is never not worth it. Since when did learning more things about life not worth it? There is so much that we don't know. Wether it is about life's mysteries or getting to no yourself better, taking extra classes can always give you more knowledge. You can discover a lot about yourself and what your passions are there. That to me is definitely worth it.

Essay #2

          Many schools have a honor code which enforces no cheating and are meant to "cultivate integrity". However, anyone who has integrity don't cheat because they take pride in their work. People who don't care about honor cheat regardless of any set of rules because that's who they have become and most likely won't change. Therefore honor codes should be eliminated because cheaters are going to continue doing what they're doing because they already know it is wrong.

           People may think punishing cheaters will give them discipline. They have done it before and most likely will do it again. They already know it is wrong to plagiarize and  is why they try to keep it on the down low. Yes plagiarizing is wrong, but having an extremely strict honor code isn't going to be enough to change behavior. There shouldn't have to be rules to not cheat and especially when they know it is wrong to do so. Since cheaters don't care about learning something new and cheat to save time, they are only cheating themselves out of new information that they hadn't known before.

         Honor codes effect non-cheaters in a negative way as well. Encouraging students to report cheating gives the student unwanted stress. It is not their job to be a patrol and their peers can have tension with them. Non-cheaters' personalities usually value honor since they do not cheat and know cheating is out of the question. When they see someone who is cheating they feel pressured because they feel they need to report it because of the honor code but they don't want to because it can cause problems with their peers. Non-cheaters don't need any stress because they are already doing what they are supposed to do. They shouldn't get punished with stress for something someone else is doing wrong.

          Cheating is inevitable. There is so much information now with new technology that it is harder to catch plagiarizers. So how do you separate non-cheaters from the cheaters then? Now there are websites like EduBirdie were you can pay someone to write a paper for you. That's cheating but it is harder to catch since it is someone else's original work that they give to the student to pretend they did it themselves. There is so many loopholes created in honor codes because of this and is basically impossible to catch all the cheaters.
     
        Overall, honor codes should be eliminated because they don't do a good job at stopping people from cheating. They just create more work for people who are trying to grade assignments and put pressure on students who see their peers cheating. It is now nearly impossible to catch cheaters and make their behavior change.

Essay #1

          Anywhere from television, podcasts, magazines, and social media you can see public figures expressing their opinions on many different topics. Since people in the public eye are followed by many, they have an opportunity to get a message spread out. A lot of public figures use that opportunity for good and try to better the world with their opinion. Since they have a wide following, their message can go viral and will result in people talking about their opinion.
         
           Almost everyone has someone famous they look up to and admire. Public figures can influence a lot of people's opinions by using a variety of platforms. Some feel like it is important to take advantage of that and try to influence people to make a change and better themselves. Just from the passed election, almost anyone in the public eye were sharing their thoughts and urging people to vote. Even if they just state who they voted for, that is enough to make someone want to vote for that person. A lot of public figures are open about their lifestyles and try to encourage their following to be the healthiest version they can be. They make videos on YouTube on how to do some exercises and what they eat to be healthy. That can influence some people to try to be more healthy. With websites like Good Reads, Twitter, and YouTube, I've seen a lot of public figures influence people to read by recommending books and sharing what they have been reading. Reading is amazing because there is always something new you can learn that can better yourself. 

         Another way public figures use their platforms for good is to spread the word about movements and events that are occurring. A few months ago there were a lot of women's right protests in the U.S. Public figures used social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat to encourage people to go to the protests. Many people attended because they saw someone they admire go there. Everyone there hoped to get a message across and since it was all over the media, the message did get to were they wanted it to go to. Last summer people used their platforms to share their opinions on the Black Lives Matter movement. This got everyone talking and spreading their opinions. Some artists released music about the topic hoping it would get people to make a change. For example, "Better Days" by Victoria Monet and featuring Ariana Grande got everyone who follows both artists talking about the topic. This makes everything that is happening currently known to everyone and influences people to share their opinions too.

         Public figures are also good for helping their following form their own opinions. A lot of famous people may not attend to protests but still share their opinions by tweeting or blogging. Many people who may have different opinions can still contribute to the discussion and share what they think. This just creates a massive thread of ideas and thoughts that has great value. There is something new someone can learn when reading the thread and can even provoke another thought that they can contribute. Online discussions are great because it gets people involved in sharing opinions. Public figures create a place for learning and talking with new people.

         In conclusion, public figures using the opportunity to spread their opinions is good in many ways. They encourage people to better themselves by recommending lifestyles and books. They also spread the word on the things that are currently happening in the world and encourage others to keep the conversation growing. Without public figures using their voice, many things that are happening can go unnoticed and maybe not get a lot of change going on. People are influenced by the people they admire which is why using their voice is important. 


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pre-writes for AP prompts

Prompts I will be using:
1. From talk radio to television w, to popular magazines to Web blogs ordinary citizens, political figures, and entertainers express their opinions on a wide range of topics. Take a position on the value of such public statements of opinion.

2. Many high schools, colleges, and universities have honor codes or honor systems: sets of rules or principles that are intended to cultivate integrity. These rules or principles often take the form of written positions on practices like cheating, stealing, and plagiarizing as well as on the consequences of violating the established codes. Based on six sources, synthesize information from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well-developed argument for your own position on whether your school should establish, maintain, revise, or eliminate an honor code or honor system.

3. Many recent college graduates have faced record levels of unemployment. This situation has led people to question what they value about higher education. Some high school students and their parents are wondering if a college education is worth the cost. Others, however, believe that a college education prepares students for more than just a job or career. Based on six sources concerning the value of a college education. Synthesize information from at least three of the sources and incorporate it into a coherent, well- developed essay that evaluates whether college is worth its cost.


1.  Thesis: People in the public eye are followed by many so they have an opportunity to get a message spread out. A lot of public figures use that opportunity for good and try to better the world with their opinion. Since they have a wide following, their message would be seen by many and will result in people talking about their opinion.

I. Public figures can influence a lot of people's opinions
politics (who to vote for, what should be enforced, environment, etc.) , views on morals, life styles (discipline, book recommendations, new ways of improving yr self)

II. They can spread the word/make things known
(woman's rights, news, events/movements)

III. Gets everyone forming their own opinions. Opens minds. Gets people involved.

2. Thesis: Many schools have a honor code which enforces no cheating and are meant to "cultivate integrity". However, anyone who has integrity don't cheat because they take pride in their work. People who don't care about honor cheat regardless of any set of rules because that's who they have become and most likely won't change. Therefore honor codes should be eliminated because cheaters are going to cheat anyways.

I.People may think punishing cheaters will give them discipline. They have done it before and most likely will do it again. They already know it is wrong to plagiarize. That is why the keep it on the dl. Yes plagiarizing is wrong, but having an extremely strict honor code isn't going to be enough to change behavior.

II. Honor codes effect non-cheaters in a negative way as well. Encouraging students to report cheating gives the student unwanted stress. It is not their job to be a patrol and their peers can have tension with them.

III. Cheating is inevitable. There is so much information now with new technology that it is harder to catch plagiarizers.

3. Thesis: I'm a strong believer in any situation you're in, anyone you talk to, and anything you read you learn something new. If you can't benefit from that information now, you can later in life. There is so much things to learn and any information gained isn't a waste. So even if college doesn't guarantee a great job, it is definitely worth the cost.

II. The info you learned whilst going to college may help you get a good job later in life. Can always go back when stable and get a higher degree.

II. Makes you a smarter person bc you gained information. You can never stop learning. Maybe tips on gardening or reading music. You wouldn't have learned all tht if it weren't fr college.

III. It can help you find a passion. Sure you didn't get a good job out of it but you found something interesting that you thought you would never like and can pursue that instead. (cooking, photography, pics, maybe even main subjects like science)

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fahrenheit 451 Essay

(Option 1)
               
             In the novel Fahrenheit 451, the characters Clarisse and Beatty both played a huge role of changing the main character's life. Each character served a different purpose. One character made the main character want to change his life and the other just got in the way. Ray Bradbury's tone towards Beatty is ironic, complex, and mysterious. Bradbury's tone towards Clarisse is understanding and unique. He does this to show that he sees himself in the character he created and to show that there is no one like her at all in the book. 
               
            Bradbury gave Beatty an ironic personality. Beatty gives Montag a speech about how books are bad and how they make people feel like they aren't intellectual. However, Beatty himself is secretly an intellectual and quotes literature, as seen in part three when Montag is about to burn him. This makes me wonder how Beatty knows so much about literature yet preaches that it has no place in society. Bradbury's tone of Beatty shows us that we don't know who Beatty actually is. Bradbury shows us that Beatty is complex when he writes, "Beatty had wanted to die. He just stood there not really trying to save himself, ... joking, needling,... yelling at people and making fun at them." This sounds to me that Beatty has always wanted to die and only acted the way he did towards anyone he meets his because he is hoping they would end his life for him. The purpose of Bradbury 's tone towards Beatty is to make the reader to wonder what kind of character Beatty actually is and why he did what he did.

          Bradbury's tone towards Clarisse is understanding and unique. The author's purpose of creating Clarisse is that she is there to make the main character undergo an epiphany. Clarisse is the only one in the society who has curiosity. Her asking Montag questions made him realize that he is unhappy and the only way to change his life is to be different. Bradbury made Clarisse an outcast. She is wise for her age, talks a lot, loves nature, and is aware of surroundings. The reason why I said Bradbury's tone is understanding is because he sees himself in that character. In Bradbury's short story, The Pedestrian, the main character gets in trouble for being a pedestrian. This is because he is the only one walking around town since everyone is at home getting distracted by technology. This actually happened to Bradbury and since he writes about how Clarisse is getting called a "time bomb" for doing the same things he does, he knows exactly what he's making her go through. 

         Overall, Bradbury's tone towards both characters is to show that they are two very important characters in the novel. Without either of them, nothing would have changed the main character's life. Bradbury's tone makes us wonder about Beatty and shows how special Clarisse is. His tone towards Clarisse is kind of like a warning. If we don't become more like Clarisse, then our society can end up the same as the one in the book. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

Socratic Seminar// F451 Thoughts

Whenever I hear something, I always have many thoughts/reactions towards the topic. Unfortunately, I let anxiety get the best of me so I don't say what I'm thinking. Anyways I'm just going to type down a few things that I got from today's' discussion and kind of give my two cents.

I agree with Liliy that Montag isn't a role model.Weather it was necessary for Montag to kill Beatty or not is a completely different question. Montag is very impulsive. It is true that he's self-reliant, but he can still be self reliant whilst thinking about the choices he's about to make. My point is impulsive people aren't good role models. Imagine saying something to someone and they got offended and they ended up punching you. That is not, at least in my opinion, being a good role model. He could have gotten Faber into major trouble. He shouldn't have been talking to Faber in front of Beatty. If he hadn't done that, then Montag wouldn't have let his hands pull the trigger. Being a role model is being able to do what you want and eliminating anything that gets in your way. One of the biggest reasons he got in trouble was because his impulsiveness got the best of him and he ended up reading to Mildred and her friends. I just think role models should think about what they're going to do and say before they put it out there. Maybe he is a role model for people who want to be self reliant or confident but I would definitely not look up to him other than that.
Did Montag have to kill Beatty? I totally feel that Montag would have to do that sooner or later because Beatty would have killed him. How else would Montag get Beatty to stop? I just wouldn't call Montag a role model for being triggered about the things Beatty was saying and killing him for that reason.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A STEP AHEAD OF THE HOUND

1. Montag hid the books he had in the kitchen of the Blacks' house.
2. Faber described the war as remote. While Montag and Faber have their problems, the world has a bigger problem going on.
3. Fabers lifted up a frame for a picture and a TV came up. It was the size of a postal card.
4. While Montag was on the run, the TV showed helicopters and a new mechanical hound looking for him.
5. Montag was running for the river so he can put on Faber's old clothes and float away.