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John McDonnell replied to Marilyn Berdick's discussion Writers Week--Friday presentation--7th hour in the group Miss Berdick
"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…"
Feb 28, 2016
John McDonnell replied to Marilyn Berdick's discussion Writers Week--Thursday presentation--7th hour in the group Miss Berdick
"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…"
Feb 25, 2016
John McDonnell replied to Marilyn Berdick's discussion Writers Week--Wednesday presentation--7th hour in the group Miss Berdick
"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…"
Feb 24, 2016
John McDonnell replied to Marilyn Berdick's discussion Writers Week--Tuesday presentations--7th hour in the group Miss Berdick
"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…"
Feb 23, 2016
John McDonnell replied to Marilyn Berdick's discussion Writers Week--Monday presentation 6th AND 7th hours in the group Miss Berdick
"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…"
Feb 22, 2016
John McDonnell posted a blog post

Drugs, the Destroyers of Lives and Societies

        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
Nov 1, 2015
John McDonnell replied to Marilyn Berdick's discussion To Kill a Mockingbird reaction in the group Miss Berdick
"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.…"
Sep 27, 2015
John McDonnell posted a blog post

Jessica and Atticus - Pioneers for Equality

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
May 25, 2015
John McDonnell posted a blog post

Escaping Isolation (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling)

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
Apr 1, 2015
Carly Roberts commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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…"
Oct 29, 2014
Soumyaa Mazumder commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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…"
Oct 28, 2014
Eric Simon commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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…"
Oct 27, 2014
Vignesh Karthikeyan commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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…"
Oct 27, 2014
John McDonnell commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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."
Oct 27, 2014
Vignesh Karthikeyan commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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…"
Oct 27, 2014
Maddie Stoms commented on John McDonnell's blog post Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)
"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…"
Oct 27, 2014

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Drugs, the Destroyers of Lives and Societies

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        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…

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Jessica and Atticus - Pioneers for Equality

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

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Independent Reading Blog…

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Escaping Isolation (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling)

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 7:23pm 0 Comments

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Quarter 3 Independent Reading Blog Post

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Importance of Friendship (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling)

Posted on October 26, 2014 at 11:07pm 8 Comments

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