For my capstone I chose to make a documentary about hispanic/latino representation in the media and how society treats hispanics/latinos because of this issue. I have conducted several interviews which feature different students and their thoughts on hispanic/latino stereotypes that they have observed in movies, television, billboards, etc. The students I interviewed gave a short introduction about themselves and where they were from, I asked them questions that ranged from personal experiences to people they may know that have been affected by stereotypes. The questions I asked will also help the audience understand how stereotypes can alter the daily lives of not just hispanics/latinos but of other cultures and ethnicities as well. Finally the last question I asked in my documentary will require the students I interviewed to define the difference between hispanics and latinos/latinas. By doing this the audience will understand how hispanics and latinos/latinas are separate from each other, my overall goal for creating this documentary is to inform those who don’t have to worry about stereotypes or people assuming different things based on topics they may see in the media and for those who may be concerned with issues surrounding the hispanic/latino community.
1). "In Search of Respect." - Cambridge University Press. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2016. <http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521017114>.
I recently ordered "In Search of Respect" by Philippe Bourgois because it relates to my capstone. This book revolves around street level drug dealers living in East Harlem. Bourgois goes into detail explaining why drugs have become the new economy and writing about the countless homeless heroin addicts that have filled the streets. He also key figures that had changed the lives of residents living there and their knowledge of drug trade in East Harlem and around the country. I decided to use this book because Bourgois mentions situations that define what the latino community has to struggle with and the stereotypes surrounding their identity. Bourgois's offer of culturally privileged information has helped me find the direction I want to go in order to finish my capstone.
2). "Hispanic Culture - Latino Culture -Latin American Culture." Hispanic Culture - Latino Culture -Latin American Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://www.explore-hispanic-culture.com/>.
This source has helped me discover information that may help me create questions to ask students who I plan to interview. This source has exposed me to famous individuals that I had no idea shaped the latino community and have been awarded for their work and success. This source provided a section of contributions of the latino community that will be able to help me share those contributions to my peers. For my capstones I will attempt to include different locations that I think are important and essential to show respect to the latino community as I am presenting my documentary. Lastly this source provides different hispanic customs that will help me grab the audiences attention and teach them different customs that they either never knew before or are familiar with something similar to that.
3). "The Rise of Victimhood Culture." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/the-rise-of-victimhood-culture/404794/>.
I have decided to use this article as a source of research because it is a great example of stereotypes directed to the latino community and amoung individuals. This article writting by Conor Friedersdorf is about a recent incident at Oberlin College, a talk was held there for Latino Heritage Month. During the event a student attending the college emailed a hispanic student asking if she would be attending the event or not, then asked if she would be playing futbol instead. The student took offense to this and decided to post it on social media and give her response. The Hispanic student took offense that the white student thought the talk was pretty great and shut him down for writing in english then writing improperly in spanish. She accused him of dropping the language when it was convenient, she also accused him of other things that the white student probably didn't know what he was doing. This article is a great source because I can analyze the information and show how it is a stereotype and a struggle of the latino community.
4). "Hispanic Political Figures." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://www.biography.com/people/groups/hispanic-political-figures>.
I plan on using inspirational quotes and videos about their struggles and what they have completed in their lifetime. I will also include how it affects the Latino community today, whether it’s a positive or a negative. I will research and possibly create a short video about the individual and portray them in a positive way. I have decided to use hispanic figures to grab the audiences attention and bring light to figures that haven’t gotten the recognition that they deserve. I will also give a short description of their childhood and any influences that were present in their life, this will give the audience an idea of what “identity” means to the latino community.
5). "Hispanic Culture." , Posters and Prints at Art.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://www.art.com/gallery/id--b7514/hispanic-culture-posters.htm>.
This source contains images of paintings and different types of art created by famous hispanic figures, I plan on included how the latino community has influenced art and how it continues to influence many different types of artists today. In my documentary I will be sure to give credit to the artist and give a short summary of their life and how their work was had a positive influence in the hispanic community. I am planning on showing my documentary to a younger audience as well, if I am able to do this I will try to include art intended for children to catch their attention.
6). Understanding The Hispanic Culture, n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016.
This source explains cultural characteristics between other cultures and also gives statements about their origin and demographics as well. I have also chosen to use this source for my documentary because it gives a short description of latino communities along with family dynamics. Once me and my partner Hikma finish completing our documentaries we will look for different ways to combine our capstones and show how the two cultures are related, we have chosen to focus more on family dynamics and cultural background once we are ready to collaborate for our capstones. A trailer will be a part of our capstones and will give a short description of our work once we are ready to present.
7). "Hispanic and Latino Traits - Hispanic Culture | Latino Culture | Latin American Culture." Hispanic Culture Latino Culture Latin American Culture. N.p., 14 July 2013. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://hispanic-culture-online.com/hispanic-and-latino.html>.
I have chosen to use this source to research my capstone because it provides information on traits and different characteristics that many latino families have in common, by providing information on family dynamics it may help the audience better have a better insight of latino communities and identity as well. I also really like this source because it include a personal article about the author’s family and how they celebrate special events and traditions passed on from previous family members. Lastly I as using this source because it also provides information on different baby names that are commonly used in latino families and latino communities.
8). "Hispanic Traditions to Keep Alive." LA Times Pulse. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://www.latintimes.com/pulse/13-hispanic-traditions-celebrate-and-keep-262003>.
This article gives the reader different traditions of the latino culture to continue to celebrate and pass on to future generations. Many of the traditions that are listed are traditions that I celebrate in my family, by having first hand experience it will help me give a better understanding to my peers on latino culture. The article also gives information on different individuals that have helped create latino traditions and make them a part of the latino community. For my documentary I plan on including my experience of celebrating traditions and the traditions listed on this article, this will help my peers understand latino values.
9). "Hispanic Languages & Literatures." Faculty. University of Pittsburgh, n.d. Web. 05 Feb. 2016. <http://www.hispanic.pitt.edu/people/faculty>.
This source provides a detailed description of the language and the use of slang that has evolved over the years, I am including this into my documentary because of my first hand experience with the use of slang and how it has become a part of the latino culture. In recent years many stereotypes have been pinned on latinos and have been discriminated against for the use of slang. I will include a short summarization of the use of slang and how it has envolved over the years in my documentary, I will also interview students that are hispanic and asked them how they feel about the use of slang.
10). "The Ph.D. (HLL)." : Department of Spanish and Portuguese. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Feb. 2016. <http://spanish-portuguese.berkeley.edu/graduate-programs/the-ph-d-hll/>.
Although this source is very similar to my last source, this source goes into detail of latino language and literature. In my documentary I plan to include famous latino art and how artists, adding a summary of latino literature and language will help me give the audience more information regarding education and knowledge in the latino community. I will also interview a number of students on their knowledge of latino literature and how they believe it had a positive influence on the latino community. Lastly I will give my ow personal statement about latino literature and how I believe in has had a positive influence in the latino community.
I use to drink those all the time when I was your age.
How long ago was that?
I don't remember.
The man and the boy look around to see if there was anything else that was useful that could be added to their cart. The man curiously walked near a flight of stairs that seemed to start near the entrance.
What is it?
Let me go with you, I’m scared.
No, I’ll be back. I’ll let you know if I find anything.
Don’t follow me.
The man slowly approached the staircase, he tip toed up the stairs keeping a tight grip on his gun. Before he reached the top of the stairs he looked to see if there was anyone in the room. Once he reached the top of the stairs he was overwhelmed to see what his eyes had not seen in years.
Get up here, I have something to show you.
What is it?
Come up and I’ll show you.
I don’t know, is it safe?
Just come up here, you’ll like it I promise.
The boy took a large amount of time to get up the stairs, the man didn’t mind as he was mesmerized by what he had seen.
What is it?
It’s a radio.
What’s a radio?
It’s like a box that plays any kind of music you put into it.
Does it work?
I don’t know, I’ll try to turn it on.
The man picked up the radio and observed it for a couple of minutes, he tested all of the buttons and was finally able to turn it on.
I don’t hear anything.
You have to put in the CD so it can play.
Where can we find one?
Help me look around, there should be some around.
The man opened the cabinet below from where the radio was, he grabbed the first one he saw and handed it to the boy.
Is this it?
What does it say?
Greatest Hits of The Century. Put it in, and press the button that says play.
It took a couple of seconds for the first track on the CD to play. The first song was by Dion, The Twist. The moment the song began the man moved his hips and feet and sang the words of the song as loud as he could. The boy did not understand what he was doing and seemed to be bewildered as he stared at him.
Papa, what are you doing?
Dancing, come on it’s easy.
I don’t know, you’re acting really strange.
It’s not strange, just try it.
But I don’t know how.
Just do the twist.
I don’t even know what that means.
It means stop being scared and dance.
After three songs had passed the boy smiled and joined the man in the middle of the floor. The boy didn’t know any of the songs so he sang whatever seemed right. The man looked down at the boy and began to laugh. Once the last track ended they grabbed all their stuff and set out back onto the road, for the rest of the journey the man and the boy hummed each song they had danced to and disappeared into the cold dark night.
Rationale of The Creative Scene
I chose to write the creative scene after the man and the boy were in the supermarket and the man wanted him to try the coca cola because I wanted to add more nostalgic elements to the story. The scene where the man gives the boy the coca cola gives the reader a taste of what was a custom of the world before the events that have left it in the way it is now. Creating the scene where the man finds the radio and identifies what is playing and as well as his actions gives the reader more background information about the man and what the boy is familiar with pertaining to what he knows about the world the man grew up in, which would be the motif of my creative scene. I also wanted to introduced a different side of the man, a side to which even the boy wasn’t familiar with. It shows how much humanity the man still has inside of him, and how little the boy has experienced throughout his time in the world they know now to be a wasteland. The theme of my creative scene is similar to the scene where the man gives the boy the coca-cola, except it is more nostalgic and playful. When I wrote the scene I included how the man wanted the boy to join him, I made it clear that the opportunity for the boy to actually be a kid and experience something that the man had once experienced himself was probably the only one he would get.
My essential question was “What is the relationship between the man and the boy? Throughout the novel we are given examples to when the man shows how he protects the boy, but we also see how the boy controls him and his level of authority. I wanted my creative scene to show a playful father and son bonding moment, something that the reader rarely sees in the novel. My creative scene shows a reflection of an important moment that had just passed, that important moment would be when the man tells the boy to taste the coca-cola. Suggesting that the boy should join the man when he was dancing and singing shows the same elements. For my vocabulary word I chose the twist to describe what the man was doing and what the man was singing. The Twist was a popular song and dance in the 1960's by Dion.
I chose to focus on a romantic comedy, this movie stars Sandra Bullock as Margaret Tate, and Ryan Reynolds as Andrew Paxton. Margaret Tate is a canadian woman who finds out that she is facing deportation because of her expired visa. Since she is very committed to her job she convinces her assistant Andrew Paxton to pretend as her fiance until she can fix visa issues. The Taming of the Shrew shows the journey of how two polar opposites began a relationship and eventually through the up’s and down’s fell in love, this comedy revolves around Petruchio’s journey to marry the older sister but ill-tempered Katherine in order for the younger sister Bianca to marry. Both The Proposal and The Taming of the Shrew have similar issues that characters in The Proposal and The Taming of the Shrew, Margaret Tate and Andrew Paxton
The Proposal and The Taming of the Shrew both contains two strong female characters that are filled with hardship and are considered to be heartless, but both women fall romantically in love once both males in each story show them how to love.
"Quote from Play"
Pertruchio: “ A herald Kate? O, put me in thy books.”
Katherine: “ What is you crest? A coxcomb?
Pertruchio: “A combless cock, so Kate will be my hen.”
Katherine: “No cock of mine. You crow too like a craven.”
Pertruchio: “Nay, come, Kate, come. You must not look so sour.”
Katherine: “It is my fashion when I see a crab.”
In this conversation Petruchio and Katherine fight back and forth, in their heated exchange of words many sexual references were used as clever comebacks. This relates to my thesis statement because it gives an example of how negative Katherine can be as a result to how Petruchio tries to tame her.
Act 2, Scene 1, 210
(Act x, Scene x, line numbers)
In this scene of “The Proposal” Andrew and Margaret go to Sitka, Alaska where Andrew’s family lives so Margaret could meet them. Margaret wasn’t adjusting to well to Andrew’s hometown and was already on a rocky start with his family. Later in the scene Andrew and his dad have a heated discussion about his relationship with his boss, at that moment asked for the attention of everyone in the room and announced that he and Margaret will be getting married. When asked if they would have children in the near future Margaret and Andrew go back and forth insulting each other about what they lack and their weaknesses.
Katherine: “ Husband, let’s follow to see the end of this ado.”
Petruchio: “ First Kiss me, Kate, and we will.
Katherine: “ What, in the midst of the street?”
Petruchio: “ What, art thou ashamed of me?”
Katherine: “ No, sir God Forbid, but ashamed to kiss.”
Petruchio: “ Why then, let’s home again. Come, sirrah, let’s away.”
Katherine: “ Nay, I will give thee a kiss. Now pray thee, love, stay.”
Petruchio: “ Is not this well? Come, my sweet Kate. Better once than never, for never too late.”
Act 5, Scene 5, Page 205
Margaret holds back on expressing her true feelings for Andrew, Andrew demands that she commit to what she feels and that he is in love with her and wants to get married. She eventually gives in and kisses him.
In this scene of “ The Proposal” Margaret packs up all her things from her office as she prepares to be deported back to Canada where she was born. Andrew follows her back to New York from Alaska to finally make her realize that she doesn’t need to be cold hearted and that she is wanted. As the scene continues Margaret continues to push Andrew away and makes excuses as to why she prefers to be alone, but Andrew stands his ground and eventually leans in to kiss her in front of all of her employees. This scene relates to my thesis statement because it shows how Andrew forces Margaret to face reality and realize that she doesn’t always have to be tough throughs others, he even stands his ground when she tries to push him away and point out all of his flaws and why they shouldn’t be together. This scene relates to the "The Taming of The Shrew" because in the beginning of the movie Andrew hated her because she was heartless and a cruel boss, but at the end they fall in love and declare their love just as Petruchio and Katherine did in the book.
Since the first world war many books have been published about the experiences people have had when they were deployed, my class has recently just finished reading one these books. The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers follows the story of private John Bartle and his platoon as they enter in a bloody campaign to control the Northern city of Al Tafar. Like the narrator in The Yellow Birds Kevin Powers was a soldier in Iraq for two years serving in Mosul and Tal Afar, his very own deployment had changed his whole world. A changing world could result in one’s self to change as well, whether the change is good or bad. An environment can either nurture, or drive it’s inhabitants to madness.
Kevin Powers in the past has described the problems he had when trying to describe those types of experiences that not a lot of people share, which includes the madness, and the extreme violence of war. For example in “The Yellow Birds” the main character John Bartle describes his time during war, “They lay in the dust, broken and shattered and bent, their white shifts gone dark with blood”. When I read this quote I was moved by the main character’s poetic analyzation of the dead bodies around him, almost as if the environment he grew up in didn’t even exist anymore.
To be deployed into war means to adapt to a new environment, but war isn’t always easy to adapt to. War can make soldiers or victims forget their past and their essential learnings that has made them into the human beings that they may be today, nonetheless nothing can prepare American soldiers for the toll war has. In “The Yellow Birds” the main character John Bartle gives his own input on what war does to people, for example “ We hardly noticed a change in September. But I know that everything that will ever matter in my life began then”. This quote relates to the essential question of self and changing world because it gives a reader a time sequence about what was going on at that moment, then goes right into his life and how war has changed all of that.
A changing world could result in one’s self to change as well, whether the change is good or bad. An environment can either nurture, or drive it’s inhabitants to madness. The environments that we call home have many meanings, and we have our own memories about our home. But adapting to a new environment isn’t always the easiest, it could either have a positive outcome or a negative outcome. This sort of change for many people isn’t the easiest and can introduce itself as an obstacle course that can mentally challenge one’s self. The essential question of “ What is the relationship between the self and the changing world” is a powerful message that I believe Kevin Powers has shown numerous times. During the reading of “The Yellow Birds” me and my group members were introduced to a very important character, Murph. Reading about his story and to read about his horrific death was shocking, me and my group members had come to the conclusion that in order to survive in the changing world, one must adapt to become it’s inhabitant. Although people may react in ways that they believe will help them cope , the outcome could be life changing for others.
Works Cited for Analytical Essay:
1). MailOnline, Stephanie Cross for. "THE YELLOW BIRDS." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 07 Sept. 2012. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2199178/Kevin-Powers-THE-YELLOW-BIRDS.html>.
2). Tobar, Hector. "Kevin Powers' Haunting Iraq War Novel." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2012. Web. 15 Jan. 2015. <http://articles.latimes.com/2012/nov/10/entertainment/la-ca-jc-kevin-powers-20121111>.
For many generations many people have lost family members in wars that America has participated in, or lost them through their mental suffering. This is a sensitive topic that is rather difficult for people to discuss around others, although it is currently taking place in this very moment many families of soldier urge people in higher positions to provide help and service for the men and women returning from deployment. I currently have two family members that are deployed in two different countries, and one family member who recently returned to the United States from deployment. At times it is very hard for me talk about it because they helped raise me as a child when I first came to the United States many years ago, so to know that this is their job and what they have to do can be very worrying at times. Many people don’t usually realize how connected they are to each other, whether it’s through blood or through marriage. People who have family members that are deployed or have been deployed to other countries are connected in more ways than one.
Both my uncles and my cousin have been deployed to other countries, my uncle Mario is in the army and he is currently deployed in Columbia and my other uncle Alejandro recently came back from South Korea. As a child I always looked up to them and admired them, and I still do today. When I founded out that they were both going to be deployed to different countries around the same time I was really confused and at times upset, because I was around 11 or 12 I didn’t really know much about the world and the wars that were going on. Knowing that there was a possibility that I would never see them again was a feeling that I know I will never forget, at the time I felt like I was the only person going through a situation like this and at times I pushed people away who wanted to help me. It wasn’t until I enter the 6th grade when I had met people who were going through the same situation that I was going through.
As I child I always kept to myself and never really let people know how I was feeling about my family, I always thought no one would know what to do If I even let them have some information about my situation. When I enter the 6th grade I was very shy and wasn’t really interested in making friends, on the first week my teacher Ms.Palumbo gave the class our first assignment of the year. The assignment was to write a personal narrative on who our role models were, and of course I chose to write about my uncles. On the day we were scheduled to read our narratives to the class I laid my head down until it was time for me to present. One of the students in my class was called up to read his narrative, he started off explaining who his role model was and why. I couldn’t believe what I had heard, his name was Durrell and he also had a family member that was in the air force too. My head was suddenly lifted by the joy of his words. After everyone including myself had finished reading their personal narratives Durrell came to me after class and told me that he understood where I was coming from and felt what I was feeling. It was the first time I felt like I could relate with someone else and know that they understand what it feels like to be in my situation.
Many people don’t usually realize how connected they are to each other, whether it’s through blood or through marriage. People who have family members that are deployed or have been deployed to other countries are connected in more ways than one. When I met Durrell it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders and I didn’t have the responsibility to deal with my own problems. Knowing that there are other people that go through the same situations as me makes me feel positive about the future and hopeful that my family members and the other men and women serving will come home safe and sound.
Edward Snowden went from a loyal NSA contractor to a United States Traitor. Many people knew him to be politically conservative, very intelligent, and he was also a gun owner. No one expected this man, the most trusted man in the United States of America to be behind the biggest intelligence leak in history. Even after Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents he still considers himself a patriot, and he is not the only one who agrees with this statement. Most people have agreed with Edward Snowden and his actions, but many others are deeply divided and worried by government surveillance. According to the Huffington Post Fifty-one percent of Americans said that Edward Snowden was “something of a hero” who should have been rewarded for his actions, while fifty-four percent of Americans agree that “security and anti-terrorism efforts mean we may sometimes have to infringe on civil liberties such as personal information privacy”. It is an issue that currently makes the American people question their privacy and the actions of the government. Edward Snowden’s actions have made the American people question the government and people’s safety relating to the privacy that American citizens are entitled to.
Many Americans are conflicted in what they think of Edward Snowden and his actions. The Huffington Post states that “fifty-one percent of Americans said that Edward Snowden was something of a hero who should be commended for letting the public know that the governments are running electronic surveillance programs that threaten people’s privacy”. While 49 percent labeled him more of a traitor who should be condemned for publicizing security activities and threatening western intelligence operations, along with the NSA. Edward Snowden’s actions have clearly surprised many Americans in a positive and a negative way, the previous example shows a statistic that proves that not only did part of the American government label him as a traitor but many Americans also suggested that he should have been condemned for leaking thousands of classified documents. In response to my previous statement this situation causes people to have a hard time making sense to it because it clearly threatens western intelligence agencies that help protect security activities, but not one U.S. citizen was aware this was going on in the government.
Hero or no hero he has brought to light important information that deserved to be in the public’s reach, while doing no harm to the national security of his country. Many Americans today are genuinely and understandably torn by Edward Snowden’s actions. Even though he revealed many U.S. government actions and is now classified as a criminal, many Americans find it troubling that their privacy does not exist. It makes sense that people feel grateful to the person who brought this information to us, but is calling him a hero appropriate? In a recent interview with Edward Snowden people now have cause to doubt how much privacy they are entitled to. In this interview Edward Snowden stated, “The N.S.A. has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards.” This example not only shows the little privacy American citizens have but it also shows how easy it is for the government to access people’s important information that not only affects us as individuals but families as well.
Today Edward Snowden remains a hero to some, to others he is a common criminal and wouldn’t characterized him as a hero of any kind. I believe this topic is very interesting because in though this is a issue currently going on in the United States, many people from different countries have expressed their feelings about Edward Snowden and his actions, for example in in The Huffington Post it is stated that 67 percent of the people living in Canada and 60 percent in the U.K. viewed him as a hero. Even after Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified documents to public domain, it has come to the conclusion that the U.S. government currently uses intercepts to hack into emails, phone records, credit cards, etc. The reality of it is that American citizens have a very small amount of privacy than people think they are entitled to, which shows to point how the government contains personal information and why it is needed.
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I first edited the mistakes that Ms.Pahomov had commented onto my google document, after I resolved the comments I looked for words that I know are not allowed in 2fer essays. Secondly, I had one of my peer's peer edit my essay just in case there were any mistakes that I couldn't see, there were a couple that my peer found but I fixed them just in time. I then clicked my sources cited to make sure that they were the right ones, I used a couple of sources but they weren't in the right order at first. I also tried to fix some of my paragraphs that repeated, I think I did a pretty good job trying to make it more sightful. If I could change anything I would change the sentence structures of my essay.
During the course of the first quarter we were introduced to many different religions and cultures that are practiced all around the world. Near the end of the course we were assigned a benchmark on the unit, I choose Buddhism, and Hinduism and my topic was on the afterlife. During the process of completing this assignment I was very amazed and interested in those two religions, not only because it was different from my religion but because of it’s background and how people practice it. For example, in Buddhism there is no god Siddhartha Gautama is commonly known as the Buddha (the awakened one). He is recognized as the awakened teacher who shared his knowledge to help others end suffering and escape the cycle of suffering and rebirth. To understand another culture, you should to try it through your own eyes, even though I may not have experienced Buddhism first hand I was amazed on how Buddhism makes you see the ways of your actions and make you rethink of the world around you. Which helped me come to the realization that religion can be influenced through knowledge of others and through the resources given to us. https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1lUrctVl4CscgdOFbjh1MTvas5IuYXqzV9GJEqos3ivI/edit
Now that we have discussed religion, lets move to revolutions. In this unit we discussed how revolutions were caused and how they have changed over time. For example, in the French Revolution the people of France demanded change and a more meaningful life, they believed in a better way to live.
Through out history, revolutions have proven to be a useful source to change how systems and governments work and run. But behind every revolution, there is a major setback that can determine the future of every man, woman, and child involved in a revolution. You may have heard of a revolution that is taking place in Ukraine as we speak, but lets take a trip to 1968 all the way in Mexico City where many students were speaking out against the governments officials. The Mexico City Massacre began as a revolution between the students of the National Preparatory School. In this situation the revolution was expected to show the government their demands and as well make them give in, but things were soon to take a turn for the worse. The revolution turned into a massacre against the students that were part of it, and many of the citizens that had no part of the revolution as well. This resulted into the death of five hundred students, one thousand students wounded, and twenty citizens wounded as well. This example proves that revolutions can sometimes turn into something that no one expects and that it can not happen they way people want.
Over the years the world has experienced revolutions that have gone from peaceful to violent. Today revolutions that are successful in meeting demands are called “new revolutions”. The serbian revolution represents an interesting story for students of revolution, meaning that it happened it such a peaceful way which also made it popular. The serbian revolution used music, symbols, and other actions so that they could protray the dictator of the country opposed to the people’s interest. This allowed students to become more active into the revolution and inspired them to make student protests. This example proves that revolutions that are non violent are more likely to be more successful. It also shows how the people used other people’s interest like music to inspire them to protest.
Setting: Westmore School
Plot: Brian hears from another student that there was a protest and people were arrested. Brian then goes to class and asks his teacher about the pipeline and how it affects us.
Wait, say that again?
I don’t understand. What did they do wrong, why were they arrested?
Hold that thought. It looks like it’s time for class.
It’s ok, I’ll ask my teacher when I get to class.
( Bell Rings, Brian goes to his next class)
Hi Mr.Jones, Yeah I have my homework. Here you go.
Hey Cameron, do you have a pencil?
Uh, but no eraser, it’s fine.
Damn it, Cameron do you have another pencil, this one broke?
Wait, what was the journal entry?
I do pay attention, don’t question me just tell me what the journal entry was.
( Brian completes his journal entry and awaits to ask his teacher about the pipeline).
Mr.Jones, can I ask you a question?
Ok, fine I’ll wait.
( Ten minutes have passed)
Mr.Jones, I really need to ask you a question.
I’ve already waited ten minutes!
Fine, I guess I can wait.
( Five more minutes have passed).
I would really like for you to listen for five minutes!
Earlier I heard something at lunch talk about some kind of a pipeline, and
that people were getting arrested.
Why are people protesting against this pipeline?
Tar sands. what’s that?
But isn’t oil already dirty?
Whoa. That sounds like a problem, but how does it affect us, and the
Pipeline spills have happened, what were the after affects?
Even our bodies have been contaminated by pollution from the dirty fossil fuel?
Honestly how can people live like this, knowing how bad it can affect our
drinking waters, our fresh air?
TransCanada, pipeline company?
But if the pipeline is built, it will create more jobs.
Wait a minute, really?
People have had toxic tar sands transported right through their
hometowns that have had disastrous effect?
How is this even allowed?
People are right to protest against this, they are extracting toxic sand oil
from deep within the earth and beneath our homelands.
Mr.Jones, can I ask you one more thing?
How can we as humans relate to the environment?
Well installing a pipeline isn’t going to help.
Yeah, being more proactive with the environment can help improve our
Thank you Mr.Jones.
( Bell rings, Brian exits his class)
Setting: Outside the White House
Plot: Chris hears about the protest for the pipeline and goes with some friends. By the end of the protest
police ask to move away from the property but he doesn't and gets arrested.
Man, what a day.
What do you guys wanna do?
Your going where?
They are still going with the pipeline after it destroyed my hometown?
How can the president allow it happen?
Doesn't he know that many people have died from this?
No, no I'm not going to calm down!
He'll yeah we're going to the protest!
Fine, we'll make some Pickett signs, but you better hurry.
( Five minutes later)
Come on already, we're gonna be late!
Grab some food quick and let's go!
Ok, let's go.
( Chris and his friends walk to the protest)
Now this is what I'm talking about!
This is protest!
People angry, people giving speeches.
President won't be able to ignore this.
( ten minutes have passed into the protest)
SAY NO TO THE KEYSTONE, SAY NO TO THE KEYSTONE, SAY NO THE KEYSTONE!
Can't you feel the energy you guys?
What, what do you mean?
It's just getting started.
You Guys can go, I'm going to stay here.
( Chris stays at the protest and starts to get out of control)
We say no to extracting, transporting and processing tar sands oil!
No I will not back away!
I am an american citizen, I have the right to protest!
I don’t care, shot me if you have to I’m not moving!
Did you lose your friends and family to toxic sand oils?
The oil that we use killed my loved ones!
How can you stand there and not do anything about, how can our president sit in his little oval office and not do a single thing about it?
I’m not moving, arrest me if you have to!
( Chris was arrested after he decided not to move, he is currently at a police station hours later)
I accept all charges.
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En mi escuela las clases que tengo son Bioquímica, Español, Matemáticas, Inglés, y Historia. La clase que me gusta es Bioquímica porque la maestra es muy simpática, y inteligente. También me gusta la clase de historia porque la maestra es muy cómica y simpática. No me gusta la clase de matemáticas porque es muy difícil, también a inglés porque a veces es muy difícil. En Bioquímica necesito un computadora, un libro, y hojas de papel. En la clase de Inglés necesito unos libros, unos lápices, y un computadora. En ingles nosotros leemos en clase, siempre tenemos trabajo. En la clase de español necesitamos un carpeta y una pluma, hablamos solo español en la clase de español. En la clase de bioquímica leemos de células. En la clase de matemáticas necesitamos un carpeta, una pluma, y un mochila, en matemáticas hablamos de todo matemáticas. Para tener exito en todos la clases tenemos que prestar atención, y es importante para hacer todo su trabajo.
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En mi escuela la clases que yo tengo son Bioquímica, Español, Matemáticas, Inglés, y Historia. La clase que yo me gusta es Bioquímica porque la maestra es muy simpática, y inteligente. También me gusta la clase de historia porque la maestra es muy cómica y simpática. Yo no me gusta la clase de matemáticas porque es muy difícil, también a inglés porque a veces es muy difícil. En Bioquímica necesito un computadora, un libro, y hojas de papel y en Inglés necesito unos libros, unos lápices, y un computadora.La Srta. Manuel ensena espanol, el Señor Kay enseña Ingles, la Señora Dunda enseña Bioquímica, y la Señora Jonas enseña Historia. El Señor Kay es muy comico y divertido, la srta Manuel es inteligente comica, la senora Jonas es seria y intelgente, y la senora Dunda es fuerte y comica a veces. Science Leadership Academy es un buena escuela para mi para la maestros son muy simpatico y inteligente, el senor Lehmann es muy inteligente, y comico y es simpatico con todos.