- Pete killing the horse for feeding other animals (pg. 139)
- Animal cruelty (pg. 140)
- Rosie using a stake on August (pg. 309)
- Death of Uncle Al (pg. 320)
- Jacob and Charlie's conversation (pg. 328)
The Introduction For The Digital Memorial
My goals for the audience when reading my paper is for them to understand where I am coming from. Introducing my ideas have always been a struggle. My peer reviews believe that my introduction started off strong so I’m glad of that. Being able to find a way to incorporate a memory that is more recent is something I am proud of. In previous essays, I could only think of memories from long ago that I can’t describe as clearly. Another thing I am proud of is the ideas and thoughts that I developed throughout. I need improvement in how I word those ideas and my analysis paragraphs in general. I don’t practice them enough so properly analyzing can be quite challenging for myself.
The Digital Memorial
Death is a part of all of our lives, and how do we go about coping with it? We keep it a secret from the world and make it seem like it is confidential. Societies all around the world have their own means of going about death. In our lives, we tend to not talk about it and don’t accept the reality of the situation. Grieving over something that most of the time is uncontrollable is understandable because it's not easy to hear, especially if they are close to us. With our society heavily based on technology, we have social media and other forms of communication that cause people to lose their social skills easily.
In my life, I have experienced this in the flesh. A few weeks ago I took a leave of absence from school for personal reasons. My grandfather on my mom’s side had passed away. I was unable to accept his passing all the way until the day of the funeral, which was as cold as Antarctica and felt like a part of you was ripped out. The people around us make up a part of ourselves, and he was a part that I didn’t get to see a lot. I haven’t been to a funeral since 2007 when my grandmother and cousin passed away. This all resulted in me not being able to communicate my feelings to my best friend Amaris in person. Every day we went to clean out his apartment along with my brother Jc. This is significant because my mother had to tell him not to post anything on social media since she thought he would be the one to most likely post personal matters.
Ghosts in the Machine is an article that I came across written by Jenna Wortham about how she believes death is perceived in society and how we respond to it. Jenna had a similar story when her father died in 2011 and she didn’t know how to tell others. She froze in the familiar fashion as I did when hearing the news. She believed social media would be the easiest way to spread the news even though she knew this wasn’t the best way to go about it. She stated “Social media seemed to be the quickest way to let people know why I had disappeared and why I would continue to be a ghost in my own way. But it felt wrong, even ghoulish, to announce the death of a parent in the same venue I might a new job”(Wortham "Ghosts in the Machine" 2015). Businesses and jobs now offer communication behind the screen such as video chats or messaging. When Jenna told people, nobody was gloomy or seemed in the least bit affected by it. People joked around and posted songs which were inappropriate for the situation. Knowing it was odd to post on social media was recognizing the norms that were emplaced upon us when it comes to the topic of death.
Society has grown to the point where we who make it up are unable to express these things that seem so personal to others. I agree with Jenna when she says “The near pervasiveness of social technology has delivered death back into our daily interactions”(Wortham "Ghosts in the Machine" 2015). The problem with this is that it has to be behind a screen. The new norm is to find out about death where we find out the latest fashion trends or he score of sports games. This doesn't seem as prevalent in other countries. The culture in the United States is different, and so are our responses to situations. We all have these norms based on society, especially when it involves a serious matter such as death. Only those who stay to their families’ culture and religion go beyond the norm. Other parts of the world have access to the technology we possess, but they still remember one important thing and that is to have social skills to the extent of expressing important news to family and friends.
As we grow, changing the very society we live in every day, we need to value the moments that are precious to us. If someone passes away we should be able to speak about it and discuss it to live a more positive life. Society currently isn’t at that point, and we don’t know if it will be at that point ever. In the end, we know that our norms for responding to death have been based on our society and those who surround us. Social Media has changed the norms of society for responding to death.
Wortham, Jenna. “Ghosts in the Machine.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 23 Dec. 2015,
My goals are for people to notice that society is really harsh on us, and future generations to come. I also want people to read it, to understand that languages are truly a challenge. I am proud of the use of sources throughout my paper and of the amount of thought I put into it. I need to improve on my use of scenes, and descriptive language.
In high school, we begin studying a new language. Most teach Spanish because it is the 2nd most popular in the United States. If you already know Spanish, there are alternatives. I personally did not know a language other than English going into high school. At Sharswood - my middle school, there was one year that a teacher came to teach Italian. Nobody listened or showed him respect so he left, and I now look back and wish I could learn Italian since I’m Italian. Languages help us to be open-minded, and an article by Telegraph states many other things such as better memory, better decision-making skills, and etc.
Spanish class during freshman year contained lots of basic sentences and greetings, which felt easy. Otherwise, English class has always felt like my weak spot throughout middle school and high school, so I started to feel literate and good in another language. In A Place to Stand, Jimmy Santiago Baca emphasizes that he felt capable of expressing himself: “This whole world opened up for me and I could write the words for me that matched my emotion”(Baca). A summer had passed and I didn’t study or practice at all for Spanish 2. All of my knowledge was gone and I started to feel illiterate in another language. This level of Spanish introduced a new level of words and stricter grading on pronunciation. I continuously got frustrated because I was unable to roll my r’s.
I remember in my third quarter of Sophomore year, during Spanish class. The unit was about sports terms and fitness videos in Spanish. The assignment was to choose our own set of workouts and make a tutorial video for how to do it. I had a group who did a good job incorporating their personalities and creativity, which made our project unique in that sense. I remember us constantly trying to figure out how we would write what we want to say. I never knew how and we would resort to outside sources. She told us to “change it and to use all the words and sentences and say things in a simpler way, and not to be descriptive.” The two language classes completely contradicted one another. English was about using descriptive and unique languages, such as similes, metaphors, and other forms of figurative speech, but in Spanish, we had to speak in the simplest way possible.
Projects don’t give the feeling that students need to think about what they want to say on the spot, kids receive lots of time to think of the script. The only uncomfortable part of the videos was having to be in front of a camera. Baca admits that there’s going to be discomfort when learning a language and attempting to learn, and there will be mistakes made throughout the process, “What I learned from these letters is that it’s worth the usual ‘discomfort’”(Baca). The video is usually based on scenarios people encounter everyday. Amy Tan states that people in her life didn’t understand the things her mother said, “Yet some of my friends tell me they understand 50 percent of what my mother says”(Tan, 1). In class when I asked a question, I was never fully understood because I was unable to speak the correct way.
The issue is that we aren’t taught Spanish at the right age. I would still like to be fluent in languages such as Spanish. Studies, however, have shown being taught at a younger age can result in better skill in that field. Dr. Patricia Kuhl at the Institute of Learning and Brain Science at the University of Washington conducted research on that subject. She found that through the ages of 7 or 8, children can learn to speak a 2nd language fluently. The ability to master a second language gradually decreases after the “critical period” phase. The “critical phase” is a phase for children when the brain is ready to learn a language. I personally don’t believe it has to be Spanish in particular, languages are a skill that is better achievable for people when they get exposed to it earlier.
As we age, our abilities to speak and write are criticized more in society, especially if the way you speak isn’t formal, which is why most people have to code switch. This relates to how expectations become higher and higher in life, throughout high school and college. These expectations getting higher matter because it affects people in a negative way, it causes people to doubt or be disappointed in themselves and being stressed. The expectations are different for everyone because people growing up get different levels of education. Society finds a way to push us to this standard way of literacy that is “correct”. It’s easier for those who get a private education to live up to these expectations for language literacy.
If the expectations didn’t continuously get harsher or stricter than I believe we’d see more variety of new and unique personalities in formal environments instead of them being shunned because they aren’t societies’ standard beliefs; learning one’s true self instead of the persona they have to put on to do well in society. Mike Rose points out the fact that schooling needs to take its time when having high expectations for literacy,“But how would someone like Tommy Rose, with his two years of Italian schooling, know what to ask?”(Rose, 1). They expect you to learn a language with little to no experience, and no real-world application opportunities. There were many occasions in Spanish class, in which, I had a question, but I didn’t know how to word it.
Tan, Amy. “Mother Tongue.” Google Drive,
Rose, Mike. “I Just Want to be Average .” Google Drive, Google, drive.google.com/file/d/0B8Cvq7ioloJpN2JmMDk3ZWQtYmI5OS00OTM3LTk5MDctZWMzZTViNGVhNjBi/view.
“Why Learn a Foreign Language? Benefits of Bilingualism.” Telegraph.co.uk, 19 June 2013, www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/10126883/Why-learn-a-foreign-language-Benefits-of-bilingualism.html. Accessed 10 Dec. 2017.
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My piece Stubborn Ol’ Tony is about me reflecting on past experiences, and sharing what they helped me learn about myself and other things. I hope that when reading this piece it’ll help the audience/reader to learn or see something about their self that they didn’t notice before. A lot of my piece is about reflection, and I want people to learn to reflect on all their actions. After they reflect on all their actions, they need to learn from them and see what they will do
Last summer was when it came to me… It started when my best friend and I got into an argument. This argument went on for a long time due to lots of different factors. We aren’t able to see one another all the time, and that’s because of different household rules. My mother isn’t strict when it has to do with going outside, and how far I go. There are the limitations, however, for example, I can’t just go to New York out of nowhere. Some would say it sounds like she doesn’t care, but I know that she just wants me to explore, and get out more. She is treating me like a young man, and that is what I am. My lovely friend has cautious parents who don’t allow her to go outside all the time, there are actually limitations for how often she can go out.
I was as blind as a bat. I emphasize this because arguments happened.
I’d constantly say “I’m always trying to make plans and you say no”. Statements like this can have a huge strain on a relationship between people. This is the case because it seems like you are blaming someone for something, and saying that they don’t want to hang out. We don’t live close to one another, I live in Grays Ferry (South Philadelphia near Southwest), and she lives in Frankford (Northeast Philadelphia).
She’d constantly say “I am not able to hang out all the time, I don’t have as much freedom as you do”. These things are all true, she doesn’t have as much freedom as me, she isn’t always able to hang out. These arguments would go on because of me. I wasn’t putting myself in her shoes and in doing so got mad at her. It wasn’t fair, and seeing things from another’s perspective is always important and at the time I was incapable of that.
Everyone in an argument or debate will say “oh, I get what you are trying to say and how you see things.” That isn’t always the case, sometimes people just say that to say it. I’m an example of this, I figure this as much because being stubborn is what Antonio DeRock is known for. Meeting new people and entering high school helps people mature and learn more about themselves. Being stubborn was a trait I never realized about myself beforehand. Everybody in the world has their own perspective on issues or even ideas, the problem is people don’t respect their point of view. You don’t have to agree with them, but you can’t argue something if you don’t know where they’re coming from. I truly didn’t know where my friend was coming from. That is why no matter the case I was wrong in that situation. It was wrong of me to do, and didn’t have a good representation of who I think I can be. It was disrespectful, and I want to be a better person than that. I want to see other perspectives, respect them, and be open to new ideas. This is about me reflecting on past experiences and reflecting on moments in general. Reflecting on moments such as arguments and other things like debates or even conversations
There was a morning recently where I was woken up due to loud noises. When I made it to the dining room window I look out and see my mom and her friend, Larry. I see the sweat going from their forehead down the side of their face. If I touched them, I know for sure that my hand would result in being moist.
I then called out “what are you guys doing?”
My mom responded “we are cleaning the garage, would you like to help?” I was hesitant at first due to me just waking up, I still decided to help though however. When I went down through the garage door, I could see that everything was basically cleaned and taken out of the garage. My mom went through the totes and she found some baby pictures of me. They were cool pictures that I’m glad that I saw. A picture of me with a bowl on the top of my head as a baby, and I had a big smile on my face as I sat in the baby seat. Moments like these are significant because we see times when we’re happy and wonder about that. As a baby, it’s either you are crying or the happiest person in the world.
Hola, mi nombre es Antonio DeRock y Yo vivo en Filadelfia del sur. Mi barrio es Grays Ferry. Yo vivo allí toda mi vida. Imágenes en las que pienso son las niñas gritan. Me gusta la comunidad en mi barrio, y mis amigos. No me gusta mi vecino. Ehh, mi barrio no es bueno a causa del drama. Un tema en mi comunidad es la violencia. Eventos significados en Grays Ferry es el proyecto de Tasker housing porque las personas tienen muchas casas.
Un evento significativo es proyecto de Tasker housing porque las personas dar casas. La comunidad es por ciento de Afroamericanos, treintinueve de Ascendencia Europea, y cinco de otro. Un problema es tensión racial entre Irlandés Catholics y Afroamericanos. Pared de la paz es un mural en mi comunidad significativo para los niños.
El propósito de mi mural es contar la historia. ¿Contar la historia? Sí, la historia de mi barrio. Quiero hacer este diseño porque las personas en mi barrio necesitan un recordatorio de el bueno, y el positivo en el mundo y nuestro barrio. Voy a incorporar imágenes de la casa en el proyecto de Tasker Casa porque son donde las personas viven. Voy a incorporar las palabras: unida, paz, sin drama, sin violencia, y simbolizar actual la comunidad.
En fin, el nombre de mi mural es la casa significativa. El arte de mi mural es apodera las personas en mi barrio y comunidad. El mensaje de mi mural es bueno, sin embargo el arte es feo y terrible en mi opinión. No import, por lo tanto me encanta mi mural.
Una oda a Francisco Madero
Digno, valiente, y fuerte
Cuando yo te veo pienso en una Águila
Me haces querer apoderar gente
Tú, mi héroe
-Antonio DeRock & Afi Koffi
Ubicado en 21st y Ellsworth Streets
3 cosas que este mural revela sobre la comunidad:
La comunidad es positivo.
La comunidad apoyan las personas.
La comunidad es unificado.
2 objetos, imagenes, frases o palabras encontrados en el mural:
Un imagen de Shawn L. White.
1 razón que es significativo para esta comunidad:
La comunidad y Shawn L. White es amigos.
El hijo de Antoinette y John
El hermano de Jc y Desiree
Un sobrino, su nombre es Kyrie
Y mi bisabuela es una inmigrante de Italia
Veo el coliseo de Roma
Saboreo la pizza
Huelo la lasaña
Toco la pasta
Como la lasaña
Corro en el coliseo de Roma
Leo sobre la torre de pisa
Cocino la pizza con mi madre
Somos productos de América
Somos Italianos y Alemánes
Hablo inglés con pasión:
La lengua de hamburguesas con queso
Somos de descendencia europea
Vivimos en América
Mi madre es italiana
Mi padre es italiano y alemán
¡Los recuerdos desde mi infancia
a veces me parten el alma!
Su nombre es Mikasa Ackerman
Ella es súper fuerte
Ella es de costumbre tranquilo
Tiene quince años
Ella es nunca perezosa
Es el diez de febrero
Ella es súper talentosa
Le encanta tú pasar tiempo con mi familia
Ella es honesta a su hermano, Eren
Ella es súper inteligente
Ella es bastante delgada
Ella es bastante seria
Ella es una mezcla de razas
In my me magazine I talk about how I am so interested in computers, and the process in making them. That's why when I grow up I want to be a computer technician. My slide is a picture of a motherboard because the motherboard is one of the most important parts of a computer. Ikea’s advice for slides, helped because I usually just throw facts on the power point and it doesn’t look pleasant to the audience, but I changed that for this powerpoint. I only placed one sentence on this powerpoint, and that sentence is “I love computers.”
1. The video is also a activity. It plays through the boys day, in the boys day he is bullied both physically and by cyber bullies. In the video/activity you can watch it through and see how his day goes, by being bullied or you could click a purple eye that comes on the screen to make that moment of his day better.
2. It's a perfect representation of how bullying can affect someone. He was in pain and crying throughout the video and bullying need to be stopped.
3. I don't really use social media, so I appear as another random person on the internet.
4. People can't perceive who I am because I am unknown on the internet, the only things that comes up is a Facebook account that I don't use.
5. A internet trolls goal is to ruin people's life if they are on the internet, it's like in bad neighborhoods, you will get stared at because its not you area and in their eyes they think they own the internet.
6. A positive result of online anonymity is that people can't find out personal information about you, and a negative result is whatever people find when they look you up, they'll believe it's you.
Link to picture - https://www.flickr.com/photos/bagogames/13413525315