"1. The poem from the perspective of Jeffrey Dahmer's mother stood out to me and impacted me the most. In the poetry unit of my English class last year, we watched a video of her performing this piece, and it was incredible to see her perform it…"
"1. I liked Imama Khawaja's writing the most. She made me realize that Fremd has so much more to offer than many other schools, and I feel lucky to be able to go here. Although I still have two and a half years, she had me dreading the day I…"
"1. A mechanical rather than creative aspect of writing that Nickolas Butler touched on was sentence structure. During his years in graduate school, he had a professor that always told him his sentences were too long, so he wrote a short story using…"
"1. I really enjoyed Erica Kim's speech because it raised awareness to issues with representation that are not really talked about much. She related these issues to personal experiences she faced in her past, such as the "Which celebrity…"
"1. I think this is true for many songwriters and poets because these artists tend to have a recurring style or tone that they have learned to easily use in order to express whatever emotions they may be feeling. Using poetry, music, or other forms…"
As residents of Palatine, Hoffman Estates, or other nearby suburbs, we are lucky. To be able to live in a quiet but not lifeless town is a gift that quite a few of us may take for granted. Our streets are safe and our people are friendly; our schools are exceptional and our opportunities are great in both quantity and quality. Despite the fact that nothing, even the pleasant area around Fremd, is without flaws, we are fortunate enough to not be living in a dangerous, poverty-stricken…See More
"I respect Calpurnia the most because she makes sure that she and those that she cares for are in good shape. When she is with her family and friends, such as in the portion of the book at First Purchase Church, she is free to speak casually.…"
John McDonnell E108 - 7th PeriodIndependent Reading Blog22 May 2015Jessica and Atticus - Pioneers for Equality Whether it be the 1930s or 2015, racial inequality is still and will likely continue to be an issue in…See More
John McDonnellE108 - 7th PeriodQuarter 3 Independent Reading Blog Post31 March 2015Escaping Isolation To those who have just been able to make friends for the first time, being put back into solitude proves to be no easy feeling to deal with. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J.K. Rowling uses Harry Potter’s troubling experiences as a means to convey a theme that synthesizes both the ideas of isolation and motivation. Her theme demonstrates that a person who is thrust into…See More
"Harry Potter is definitely one of my favorite series. I agree that friendship plays a huge role in this book and is the reason why Harry is successful in his endeavors. His friends are also why he stays safe because they voice their concern for his…"
"Prisoner of the Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix are my favorite HP books, partially because I love Sirius Black so much, but also largely because, as you described in the blog post, of the deep friendship and loyalty you see between Harry, Ron, and…"
"Harry Potter is arguably the best series of all time, but I really think that in school, we don't analyze some of the literary themes that are involved in it. This is why I'm really happy to see that your post was on Harry Potter. The…"
"Yeah, that's kind of a trend. I've seen a lot of criticisms over OoTP, but some of the big ones were the length and pacing of the book, Harry's temper, and the political focus. I personally don't have a problem with any of these…"
"I finally found someone whose favorite two out of the seven are Order of the Phoenix and the Deathly Hallows... Everyone seems to have Prisoner of Azkaban as their favorite with Order of the Phoenix as their least favorite."
"Yeah, the theme of friendship is one of the (many, many) things I love about the Harry Potter series. The third book used to be my favorite...but I've kind of read it too many times that reading it again is not the most exciting experience, but…"
"Great post! I absolutely love Harry Potter and the third one happens to be my favorite book. I completely agree that friendship is a central theme in this book. Harry, Ron, and Hermione's friendship give the book a certain charm that really…"