Crossing Class Lines

            My father, associates with people in his everyday life have very different backgrounds than him. People who he does not share many common similarities with. He is an outsider. How did he get here? Listen to this podcast to find out!



Crossing Class Lines
Music: Re: Stacks by Bon Iver

           Through the process of interviewing my father and mother, I learned things I had no knowledge of before. I learned aspects of his life I did not know about, aspects of my parents relationship that were new to me, and ideas about crossing boundaries filled my head.  


When crossing boundaries, there are things to be gained and things to be lost. When my father went to college, he did the unexpected, and crossed boundaries. No one in his family had, and in that way, he lost some ability to communicate openly with them. What he did gain was a whole new perspective on life, and a window into a world he had never know. It was like he got an invitation to a party that he had always dreamed about attending. When he got there, he learned that no matter how fancy the party, you can still feel out of place.

When you cross a boundary, you are leaving the past behind. You can’t un-cross a boundary. If no one crossed boundaries, no one would ever do anything original, or new. We would be trapped in our routines. It is an important thing to do, and despite it’s possible downsides, everyone should try to cross at least one boundary. It is something to be both taken with caution and celebrated. 


"Sometimes it is Okay to Cross a Boundary"

Crossing boundaries happen on many different levels. It could be something as simple as getting in a fight with your friend or committing a crime. But what about the people in between? Some people cross boundaries on purpose, and even for the right reasons. This is an interview about how my mother crossed a boundary by choice. During the interview, you will learn how she felt about it and whether or not she did it for the right reasons. 

I learned that crossing a boundary can be so effortless, in good and bad ways. I also used to think that crossing a boundary was always a bad thing, until I did this interview. I also learned that there was a whole logic behind my mother leaving her job. I didn't know that until I questioned her about the topic. It was nice to learn another side of my mother yet interesting to finally see why my mother crossed the boundary that she didn't. I used to be too little to know why she left, and as I grew older, it wasn't really something I considered I wanted to know. However, doing this project made me realize what it means to cross a boundary and that people around cross boundaries all the time without us even knowing. 

Hamlet Close Reading

The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is a tragedy by William Shakespeare. The play is set in the Kingdom of Denmark and it dramatizes Prince Hamlet’s revenge to his uncle for murdering Hamlet’s father. The play portrays both true and acted madness and explores various themes such as family, revenge, madness, etc.

One of Hamlet’s most famous soliloquies is his ‘’Tis now the very witching time of night’’, which falls in the Act 3, Scene 2 (pages 380-391).


This soliloquy is a really interesting and important one since it lets the reader know what Hamlet’s plans are.

        Prior to this monologue, Prince Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, sends an order for Hamlet to go to her chamber to have a talk with her. After the play, Hamlet asks for a short amount of time alone. Thrilled because his plan worked out, he experiences a surge of confidence and delivers this soliloquy in which he plans out the conversation with his mother and talks about how confident of himself he is.


''Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world: now could I drink hot blood,
And do such bitter business as the day
Would quake to look on. Soft! now to my mother. — 
O heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever
The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom:
Let me be cruel, not unnatural;
I will speak daggers to her, but use none;
My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites, — 
How in my words somever she be shent,
To give them seals never, my soul, consent!''

‘’Tis now the very witching time of night’’, Hamlet starts his monologue with a reference to the people who use the darkness (middle of the night) to do their dirty work.

‘’When churchyards yawn, and hell itself breathes out", refers to the middle Ages, where people used to bury the bodies at their local church graveyard. At the time during which Hamlet occurs, Europe was suffering from the ‘’Black Death Plague’’. Art during this period was very dark and often represented the Devil and demons.

 At this moment, Hamlet describes himself to be in a mood in which he could drink hot blood, and do such bitter business as the day would quake to look on.” Hamlet is very upset that his mother has re-married in his father’s absence. In this mood, he could kill anyone (including his mother), but he would not do that. “Let me be cruel, not unnatural.”

 "Soft! Now to my mother.’’

At this point, he has been considering how to deal with the situation he’s currently facing. He wants to speak the truth to his mother without being too harsh. He knows that if he makes the wrong move at the wrong time, there could be a lot of trouble. That’s why he plans everything out, including his conversations with his mother.

O heart, lose not thy nature; let not ever
The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom:
Let me be cruel, not unnatural;’’

These lines are hard to understand since a lot of people don’t know who ‘’Nero’’ was. Nero was a Roman Emperor who was quite famous for being crazy and murdering his mother. He was extremely cruel and executed people in awful ways.

" I will speak daggers to her, but use none;
My tongue and soul in this be hypocrites

 Hamlet will be direct when speaking to her mother, yet he will try to be as gentle as possible. He does not want to hurt his mother although he knows his words will hurt her.


‘’How in my words somever she be shent,
To give them seals never, my soul, consent!’’

Seals were used during the Middle Ages like signatures are used today. Since Hamlet was the Prince of Denmark, he had his own seal and used it whenever he wanted to consent something. He is basically saying that he didn’t consent the actions his mom took when he married Hamlet’s own uncle. 

And who am I?

I think in english.
Yo Hablo en la clase de español en la clase de español
I feel in english
Yo estudio español, en la clase de español.
I laugh in english
Yo Echo bromas español en español
In english I feel the earth the earth beneath my feet
En español entiendo la srta manuel


This Is the story of how my aunt, who holds a very prestigious position in the church, became pregnant out of marriage.
Crossing Boundaries Podcast

When I heard that this project was going to be about crossing boundaries, I wasn't sure who I'd interview. So I began to think about people who had a set a boundaries placed around them. Immediately, I thought of people who belong to a religion. Most of my family is apart of the Christian religion, but then I had to think of someone who'd broken a rule. My aunt came to mind. Fornication is a big sin amongst Christians,  and that was a sin that she'd committed. 

I learned that my aunt is very devoted to her faith and her religion, but her love and devotion for her children is even more powerful. Although she may have been ashamed at first to be carrying a bastard child, she was no longer ashamed once the children arrived. Not because she didn't want the child to feel unwanted, but because she was genuinely happy to have brought them into this world.

"HE" por Micah Henry

He, he eats he hangs out with his friends, he plays video games,he practices sports,estudio en español, leo en español, trabajo en español, dibujo en español. He sleeps, he relaxes, he runs, nado en español, voy a la escuela en español, ayudo en casa en español.

Family Does whats best

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I think by doing this project I learned that crossing a boundary has many different meanings.I think that my project mainly focuses on emotional,physical,and racial boundaries. The Emotional was my mom having to go against what her parents wanted,the physical being her getting moving out and living by herself with three kids,and the racial being my grandparents not wanting my dad to help raise the child because he was black.Some times crossing the boundaries weather its by yourself or with someone it has good and bad effects.Take my moms story for example the emotional boundary was crossed when deciding to have my sister.My grandmother and grandfather did not want to talk to her,but it all paid off in the end because it was right for her made her happy and today they love my sister and my mother.While I was doing this project I was surprised with the answers that I had gotten, and even the two views on the situation.I really did enjoy working with them both because even though you didn’t hear my voice because I cut it out I was having a conversation with my parents, its like the mic wasn’t even there we where just having a normal conversation.My dad at first didn’t want to do it because he didn’t really want to tell me the story, so it was hard to get him to talk but when I did get him to finally talk it was nice because me and hime do not really talk about things like this.It was the first time in a while i was able to get his point of view on things.While I was interviewing my mom I found out that my grandfather's brother was really his nephew.I found It interesting how my dad said my grandparents where crossing a racial boundary and my mom didn’t really seem to think they where. 

I , Yo

I dance in English 
Yo ayado en casa en español 
I go shopping in english 
Yo estadio en español 
I hang out with friends in english 
Yo leo en español 
I talk on the phone in english 
Yo corro en español 
I sleep in english 
Yo escribo en españiol 


I sing in English,
I laugh in English,
I dream in English,
I shoot for the stars in English.
Leo en español.
Estudio en español.
Hablo en español.
Español es no soy yo,
English is me.

I Would Rather

​I Would Rather

Yo nunca jugo videojuegos, así que yo activa
I'd rather practice sports a lot
Yo a veces estudio
I'd rather sleep instead
Yo bailo terrible
I'd rather just listen to music and dance only at my house
Yo depende del día veo la tele
I'd rather hang with friends

I am comforted by English, for it will always be here



He writes english
He eats english
He draws english
He listens to music in english
He reads english.

Pero, él habla en español
él baila en español
él vera la tele en español
y él cocina en español.

Poema de Hannah

    Yo estudio en español,
      trabajo en español.
However, I go to church in English,
   I talk to everyone in English    
        Nado en español,
          Leo en español.
     I play sports in English,
   I sing and dance in English.
          I live in English!


I read in english.
Escribo en español.
I relax in english.
Estudio en español.
I run in english.
Hago la tarea en español.
I surf the net in english.
Tomo apuntes en español.