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A1 Inequalities in Society: Compose and Create

We have been working on a lesson that is focused on inequalities in society. We looked a lot at visual and non-visual minorities. We then had to to answer a question talking about what would be different for me, in my life if I was born a visual minority.

Being born as a visual minority affects how your life is going to be in terms of the opportunities and experiences you get. You are going to have automatic stigmas or stereotypes place against you by people that have experience with the visual minority you have in the past. This will lead to unfair education and job opportunities you will have. You might not have the quality of teachers in your school or you might not be treated fairly because of the visual minority. When you don’t have fair education, you may end up with lower grades than the majority of the people. This is going to lead to a harder time to find a job, and since you already have those stereotypes placed on you, other doors are closed on jobs that you don’t have an opportunity to apply for. Less job opportunities leads to less income that can cause poverty in certain visual minorities, but there is something that can help out people with visual minorities and that is affirmative actions. I feel that affirmative actions are a good thing that work well to give visual minorities a chance to ride up in society. They have a hard time doing this already because of the stereotypes they have to overcome, so affirmative action helps with this. Usual minority’s are something you have from the day you are born and unfortunately this can lead to disadvantages and missed opportunities for you.


ELA B9: Student Responses “Who are your heroes?”

In our ELA class, we were instructed to read an article about heroes. Then we choose two student responses to what a hero is and wrote our response to those students.

This is the link to the website we read the article on:

stover 2015 October 13, 2015 · 1:06 pm
Adam Nossiter, the author of “Americans Resist Hero Label After Foiling Train Attack,” reports in his article three American men who stopped a terrorist attack on a train in Paris. In my eyes a hero is a person with the courage or bravery to put his or her life in danger to save or help another person. The qualities I look for in a hero is someone who goes out of their way to help someone in need. I personally do not think that heroism requires physical strength because most heroes have to be mentally strong to accomplish their heroic deeds. Nothing extraordinary has to happened for someone to be a hero. There are people that help other people in everyday life that I would consider to be a hero. There has been times where I felt like I could have been labeled as a hero. For example a couple of nights ago I was driving home from Roanoke, and I saw this elderly man on the side of the interstate. I saw his car was in bad condition as if he had wrecked. Nobody stopped to see if he was alright, so I pulled off and checked it out. He said a deer had jumped in front of his car and he hit the guardrail. He had no phone and had been there for about twenty minutes. I was the first person to stop. I called 911 and they sent people to assist the man. I’m sure the three men on the train felt the same way and that’s why they didn’t take credit for the heroic act that they performed.

Response: Through my eyes I also see a hero as someone that will go out of their way to help a person without getting anything in return. I agree with pretty much everything that you stated. You don’t have to do something super extraordinary to be a hero. You could buy someone luch if they didn’t have money to do so. To you that would be a small gesture and to the other person that would make that persons day and you could be their hero. I would also agree with you saying you should be labeled as a hero for stopping to help someone in a car accident. You may be the only one driving by that would stop to help that person that night. You potentially saved that persons life and that is a quality I feel makes a hero. I think that your idea of a hero is fairly close tow hat mine is.

Olivia B 2015 October 16, 2015 · 8:30 am

In Adam Nossiter’s article, “Americans Resist Hero Label After Foiling Train Attack,”he discusses the incident of three American men who took down a gunman on a Paris-bound express train. None of the men wanted the title of being a “hero” because they thought they were just doing what they should. Nossiter says,“In their telling, the dramatic moments in the railway car could have been a particularly lively finish to an otherwise great night out: no heroics, and nothing dramatic about it.” One of the American men, Spencer Stone, said of the assailant, “He seemed like he was ready to fight until the end, and so were we.” That is what I believe a hero is. Someone who is willing to sacrifice their own safety for others. To me, my hero is my dad. He was in the National Guard and was deployed in Iraq in 2010. My father decided to go into the National Guard because it would give our family some extra help with health care and more money to have saved for an emergency. He is risked his own life to help us and preserve freedom for American citizens. After he came home and he was able to tell us stories about his time in Iraq, I now have a greater respect for him and all American soldiers. Not only did my dad risk his life for my family, but for all those who call themselves Americans.

Response: I think that you are on the right track when you say that a lot of heroes don’t want to be considered heroes. I think that some reasons for this is people think they are doing what they should or maybe being called a hero brings back bad memories of the event that happened. You mention that you believe a hero is some that is willing to fight until the end. I agree completely with that. I also think that a hero is some that is willing to take risks to be helpful and someone that is brave an courageous would fit into my description of a hero. I think that it is totally possible for your dad to considered a hero. He was willing to put his life in danger to fight for the rights of his country. I feel my ideas of a hero are very much like yours.

I am Sam: CC Section A.

A is for the anger that Sam has when Lucy is taken away from him

B is for the birthday party that Sam threw for Lucy’s 7th birthday

C is for the court room that Sam has to go to

D is for the disappointment that Sam’s friends had when he didn’t come to movie night

E is for the excitement that Lucy has when she is reunited with Sam

F is for the fun that Sam and Lucy have together on the swing

G is for Gertie, Lucy’s social worker

H is for the happiness that Sam and Lucy have when they are together

I is for iHop, the restaurant that Sam always goes to

J is for judgement that Sam gets

K is for the kindness Sam has for everyone

L is for love Sam has for Lucy

M is for Lucy’s mother that ran away

N is for the new house that Sam bought near Lucy’s adopted family

O is for opportunity that Sam had to see his daughter

P is for the principal at Lucy’s school

Q is for quietness of Sam’s home after Lucy is taken away.

R is for Rita, Sam’s lawyer.

S is for the soccer game that Lucy played in

T is for the time that Sam and Lucy spent together

U is for the unpleasant opinions of people towards Sam

V is for the video that Sam watched of Lucy on the stand

W is for the wall that Sam made out of newspaper origami

X is for the xylophone that Lucy never had

Y is for yelling Sam did at Big Boy Bob’s

Z is for zigzags in Lucy’s drawings