December 6, 2005
last of the dreaded blogs!!!
The blogs were.... [fun?] Well, now that I'm finally done, I would just like to say that it has been very stressful getting these blogs in. They helped in some way- that is to say that I was able to write informally and practice that even though I could always do that. The blogs wouldn't have been so bad if we didn't have to do so many. So here we are- done with the last of the dreaded blogs and it feels great to be done!!!!!!
October 20, 2005
To Lincoln Students
Dear Lincoln Students,
My name in Ricardo Suares and I am part of Jerry Shannon?s class that supposed to talk you guys. Some things that you may want to know about me are that I was born in Trinidad, which is an island near Venezuela, in the Caribbean. I always say that I am form New York because I lived there for most of my life. I grew up in New York, living there for about 13 years. I may be able to relate to some of the things that you might be going through because New York was a tough place to grow up in. I live in a suburb that is about 20 minutes from Minneapolis and I go there just about every day. I like music and hanging out with my friends and playing sports.
I would like to know what life is like for you guys, is it tough? Is it dangerous? Are there many distractions from school? I would also like to know what kind of music you like and do you like or play any sports? It will be nice talking to you.
October 13, 2005
comparisons to Lincoln
Its hard to remember back in 7th or 8th grade, but what I can say is that my school in New York was not as poor as Lincoln seems to be. We offered a number of extracurricular activites (none of which I can remeber now,) and my school was in a good neighborhood. In New York, we usually went to our zoned schools. That means that depending on where you lived, you would go to the school that was in that area. It is a similar situation here, but its not as manditory as NYC. I did not live in a terrible neighborhood, but the school that I was zoned for was a bad school. Fortunately, I was able to go to a school in a better neghborhood, although it was still dangerous. And, as with most things, the school got worst as the time passed. More gansters were coming to the school, trying to start trouble. I graduated before it got too bad. The neighborhood did not get any worst, it was just that more people from outside of the area were coming to the school. One thing that I think is similar to Lincoln is that we had alot of white teachers and as the time passed, more black kids. Respect was only a probelm for certain kids who disrespected everyone. One thing that is interesting is that in NYC, only the rich kids took the yellow school bus. the rest of us either got picked up or walked or took the city bus. When kids as young as 11 or 12 have to be taking the city bus, they have to learn the streets which can be dangerous, because the bus will take you to dangerous places if you don't know were your going. That forces the kids to become street smart. Usually that's not good because they start tio thik that they are slick and get themselves into trobule.
September 22, 2005
this entry is about the piece that i read from Jen Albright called mean girls. I saw the movie with Lindsey Lohan called mean girls and I saw some similarities. I think this was a strong piece because Jen really opened up and talked about something that was obviously very personal. I felt like I could have been one of her freinds in school who had nothing against her, and yet see where her nickname came from. I can appreciate how cruel children can be even in high school. this piece was very real. I also brought up the movie mean girls becasue I saw similarities like when Jen's friends turned on her for no apparent reason. It sounded like Jen was popular, and then the school turned against her, similar to the movie. Throughout the piece, as a reader, we were made to almost be her friend, and then feel sympathy, and feel sorry for her. I liked the piece.
September 15, 2005
I found this piece to be very negative, but with good reason. subjects like this one always get me a little angry. I can understand what this girl was going through because being taking from your home and forced to be molded into a different lifestyle will be extremely difficult. Not only am I mixed with black and white, I also have some spanish and some Indian in me. so subjects like slavery and this Indian girl being taken from her home are negative.
I think that the most personal traits in the girls education would have to be what her mother taught her about wearing clothes and her long, thick hair. this girl expressed that she did not know what she was part of, either nature, or a tall one. this shows that her history and mother's teachings really had an impact on her education. the thing that definately had the most influence on this girl was her mother. numerous times she cried out for her mother to be there for her when she was taken away. and again, I can appreciate what this girl went through, changing lifestyles, because I had to adjust my life whenever my family moved. It was difficult.