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Is the Ning Completely Necessary?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark Guo May 29, 2015. 23 Replies

I totally understand the idea of getting students to talk about and see how many different things tie into English. However, is this social networking site a useless burden to some…Continue

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The Drowsy Chaperone?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Amelia West Oct 30, 2011. 20 Replies

Based upon the preview we all saw for English class, do you think you would want to go see the full musical? I'm going and I think it'll be pretty funny. What do you think?

 

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Mark Guo replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"Is the Ning Completely unnecessary? Here I am, browsing a website I haven't visited in about a year, and I see that ever since I left there does not seem to be any activity on the Ning whatsoever. The last comment on this thread dates from 29…"
May 29, 2015
Imama Khawaja replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I actually really like the concept of the Ning, because instead of writing lame essays, we get to write about things that we like, and then share it with our friends. Who are then forced to comment. But even the commenting thing is kinda cool,…"
May 29, 2014
Arial Nieberding replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"Bold topic! While I get what you are saying, I definitely think the Ning has a purpose. It is a useful platform for students to share ideas, book suggestions and so much more with people outside of their English class, creating room for more…"
May 29, 2014
Gabi Arnieri replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I would rather write a short, three paragraph blog post on the Ning about whatever I want than a three page paper on something I have no interest in and no passion for. I think teachers use the Ning to help us write creatively and express ourselves…"
May 29, 2014
Allison Leczycki replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"Although this can be used as a social networking site, I think that the writing on here outshines the socializing. The Ning made me appreciate my writing more and taught me to be okay with showing what I write to other students and others."
May 29, 2014
Ryan W. Allen replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"It's not necessary per se, but it is nice."
May 29, 2014
Nora Finegan replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I think the ning is really interesting because you get to read other people's work. However, I also think that many of us go on the ning not for enjoyment but because we are required to."
May 28, 2014
MacKenzie Bednarek replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I agree with you. I think it is beneficial to a limited extent. It is cool to see different types of writings and opinions but if used too much, it can be a waste of time."
May 25, 2014
Mike Bramer replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I haven't always been a fan of the Ning, but I think "useless burden" might be a bit much. For a lot of kids, I imagine the Ning is a more entertaining way of doing basically the same work they'd be doing otherwise. Aside from…"
May 22, 2014
Andrea Nicholson replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"Definitely agree here Brenna. Sophomore year, I absolutely loved the Ning and like you, checked it when for fun! Not realy sure why I've lost interest now... The concept of the Ning is pretty innovative. This is a forum where kids have a little…"
May 20, 2014
Brenna Knippen replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I think the concept of the ning is a good one. But, as with many things, the concept did not become a reality. We all use it, but we use it because we have to not because we like it. I remember the ning was first implemented my sophomore year and we…"
May 19, 2014
Viviana Gonzalez replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I, personally, dislike using the ning. I don't get much out of it. It's use as a learning utility feels undirected. Each of us having a blog sounds like a great, modern idea, but its execution hasn't gone well. I'm unsure how it…"
May 18, 2014
Sydney Hill replied to Tyler Raap's discussion Is the Ning Completely Necessary?
"I think that the idea of the ning is cool, and that it's awesome in theory- lots of students interacting online in a positive, English-related way. However, how many of us want to be on here? How many of you do all of your contributions and…"
Mar 17, 2014
Tyler Raap replied to Gary Anderson's discussion Brit Lit Gallery: Chaucer's "Prologue" Updated
"Someone who reminds me of the miller through his vulgar mannerisms and sexual references would have to be Steven Stifler from the American Pie series. Throughout the entire series of movies, Stifler is always the one telling the sex jokes and just…"
Jan 13, 2014
Tyler Raap replied to Gary Anderson's discussion E404: Gallery of Heroes
"After quite a bit of thinking, I've decided that a fairly common hero in my life is the front-man of my favorite musical group, Counterparts. In Hamilton, Ontario, in 2007, Counterparts was formed with Brendan Murphy being the lead singer and…"
Sep 12, 2013
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A Story of Modern War

            Over the summer, I read Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, which is an account of the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, taking place in late October of 1993. Mark Bowden wrote Black Hawk Down six years after the conflict and as a journalist that gathered evidence through primary sources such as interviews and personal accounts, audio and radio recordings, and observation footage.            Throughout this book, I had a tough time being aware of the fact that this all really…See More
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A Story of Modern War

Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:00pm 0 Comments

 

           Over the summer, I read Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, which is an account of the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, taking place in late October of 1993. Mark Bowden wrote Black Hawk Down six years after the conflict and as a journalist that gathered evidence through primary sources such as interviews and personal accounts, audio and radio recordings, and observation footage.

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Huck Finn: Masterpiece or Racist novel?

Posted on May 10, 2012 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Set in the mid-19th century just before the Civil War, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is a novel that follows the story of Huck Finn, a schoolboy from Mississippi, who teams up with a runaway slave, Jim, and their escape from St. Petersburg, Mississippi. Huck Finn  was one of the early American novels to be written in the respective vernacular of the characters and because of this, it is considered to be one of the greater American classic…

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Everyone Dislikes Public Speaking, Don't Lie.

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 9:28pm 0 Comments

What is it that gets us all hyped up and nervous about giving speeches? We've known our classmates for a while, and don't get excited about casually answering a question or contributing to a discussion, but when formality is created, everybody loses their cool. Sweaty palms, fidgeting, blanking on subjects, saying "um...", and talking too fast all contribute to an awkward delivery.

Could it be that we fear what others are thinking of our speeches? Or could it be that we…

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The Catcher In the Rye- Nice!

Posted on October 28, 2011 at 3:54pm 4 Comments

The way J.D. Salinger wrote the thoughts of consciousness from Holden really captures the inner monologues of the American teenager. He writes in an uncensored way that realistically captures the thoughts and mannerisms of a teenager with problems. How Holden acts, reacts, and thinks is very applicable to many teenagers' lives, even though it was written over  sixty years ago. The vocabulary and setting could be different, but Holden could just as well be a teenager in…

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