Monday, June 5, 2017

Final Blog

Part One, Article 31
This article talks about the life and romance of Katie and Dalton Prager when the two started talking Katie knew she was going to marry Dalton both had cystic fibrosis. However Dalton also had a highly contagious infection called Burkholderia cepacia, and when the two met Katie eventually acquired the infection. Katie and Dalton both needed lung transplants, and after 5 years together Dalton died in a hospital in Missouri.
The purpose of this article is to inform and entertain because it is a true life story.
Cause and effect is the text structure being used. This is because the article talks about how Katie and Dalton met and the effect that it had one Katie and her health. Also, it talks about how the lung transplants they received eventually worsened their health.
The three text features being used are text organizers, photographs, and font effects. The author includes links to give more personal information, such as Katie’s post about her husband, and Dalton’s obituary and service schedule, and splits the articles into sections with headers. Many photographs of Katie and Dalton are also included along with a video that gives a brief summary of the article with pictures as well. Font effects are also included, the font is plain and big, making the text easy to read, focus on, and understand.

Part Two

Females today are treated as equals and not as objects or “property”. For the females who responded to this statement, there was a huge difference in those who said true(16%) and those who said false(84%). However for the findings were almost equal, 46% for true and 54% for false, for the males that responded to this statement. I think that there is such a disparity between the results when responding because many females have seen, heard or experienced being treated as an object, however, males can only hear or see the occurrence. As in Of Mice and Men Curley’s wife is never given a name, which can be perceived as she isn’t her own individual and her sole purpose is to be his wife. Also, not only is the wage gap an issue and there are not many women in high government positions(article).

Monday, May 22, 2017

Social Media

Recap: I chose my mom for last weeks task. On Friday, my family and I were leaving to go camping and I helped her get all of our food and clothes around so that packing the camper and getting on the road wasn’t very stressful for her.

“Social media can improve your quality of life.” Through social media, you are able to share your positivity with the world. Also, you are able to interact with people you have never meet and engage with them, have conversations and get to know them better. With social media people are able to connect with others all around the world.

Shawn’s passions are adventure, snowboarding and living every day to the fullest. While my passions are softball and reading.

The two parts of social media are create and consume. Creating gives you power because you are able to share your talents and experiences with other people, giving others the positivity you are experiencing. Also creating pushes you to live every day to the fullest. While consuming gives you power by motivating and boosting the confidence of the people who have created by liking or commenting on their post. Consuming also connects us with other people.

The ‘King of the Rain Forest’ story talks about how frogs were challenged to get to the top of a mountain and if they did the frog would become the king of the rainforest. All along the way, the other animals told the frogs it was too hard and they should turn back. However, a frog did reach the top of the mountain because he was deaf and couldn’t hear the negative words the other animals were saying. This story tells us that we shouldn’t listen to the negativity because it holds us back from our goals and passions and instead we need to focus one the positivity.

Monday, May 15, 2017


A lollipop moment happens when someone says or does something that makes your life fundamentally better. There are so many people that impact my life, help me grow and become a better person. My parents change me every chance they get. There are so many moments that they have helped me to believe in myself. One of those moments was about a year ago when there was no team for my age group the JYL organization. I was recommended to play for the local travel team and immediately, I decided to just not play that year because I felt I was not good enough to play with those girls. After weeks of discussion, my parents made me go to a practice and pushed me to have more courage and faith in myself. Since then I have increased my skill and ability and made close friends that I will always have a bond with because of that season and the push my parents gave me. However, I have not told my parents that they made an impact on my life.

Marianne Williamson said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frighten us.” This quote is very powerful, Williamson is saying that we are not afraid that we aren’t good enough that rather we have so much power that it scares us to use it. The good in us and the good things we can do frighten us more than the bad we can do. I do agree with this quote, many people see the good that failing can bring and how that can help better ourselves. However, while some people struggle to see the things they are good at, others struggle with using their power to better someone's life. We have so much impact on the people around us and it should be a good impact. This article gives the rest of Marianne Williamson's poem that contains this quote.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Classics and Canons

There are many different definitions of what makes a book a classic. One definition of a classic is, “a book that has never exhausted all it has to say to its readers.” Another is “a classic is a term given to any book which comes to represent the whole universe”. This article gives more examples as to what makes a book a classic.

The literary canon is a collection of works where others are measured in terms of literary skill and value. Books that are literary canons are considered to be the most influential and important in a particular time and place. Pride and Prejudice is a book that is considered part of The Canon.

I do think that books should be banned. All books have a lesson that needs to be taught within their pages. Also, books more often than not tell the complete truth and don’t sugar coat the surroundings and events around them. It is important to have the truth and not just what the people around us believe as the truth. Books may give you more detail about an event or an insight to the events happening in another part of the world that you, as the reader, don’t have access to. Many schools have banned the book Of Mice and Men. While all schools have different reasons for banning the book in 2007 the book was challenged and the Newton, IA High School because of concerns about the portrayal of Jesus Christ and profanity. The book was also challenged at the  Mingus, AZ Union High School in 1993 because of the “moral statement, violent ending, profane language, and the treatment of the retarded.”

Monday, May 1, 2017

Dust Bowl

Dust pneumonia develops dues to excessive exposure to dust and is a medical condition. This condition occurs when a person inhales too much dirt and dust, which results in the inflammation of the tiny air sacs within the lungs. As the Dust Bowl continued people would have wrenching coughing spasms, body aches, and shortness of breath. Many with dust pneumonia could not keep food down and were often nauseated.

There were few remedies available to people during the Dust Bowl to prevent dust pneumonia. People would put Vaseline in their noses to try to keep themselves from inhaling the dust. While the people with chronic coughs would make chest plasters out of a turpentine, kerosene and skunk oil mix, some would also mix in lard. The Dust Bowl was caused because as farmers moved to the prairies with little rain, high winds, and light topsoil, they plowed the ground and pulled up the stronger root systems to keep the dirt in place. Then when drought struck the soil wasn’t to grow the grass, so the wind was able to pick up the loose topsoil. This topsoil was then swirled into dense dust clouds. This article gives more information one the Dust Bowl.

If I had to pack up the car with everyone in my family and one bag, I would have to pick and choose what was going with me. I would most likely pack my favorite sweatshirt, the picture albums of my childhood, my phone, phone charger, headphones. Also, I would bring money, as many clothes as I could fit, my baby blanket, my bible, my softball equipment, my favorite blanket, and a pillow. The hardest part about packing up and leaving my home to move thousands of miles away would be leaving my friends and home. While there are always memories, having your closest friends by your side will always be better.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Public Service Announcements

This public service announcement (PSA) is very effective. The images were most useful for the purpose, you are able to see the damage done to the cars involved. Also, you are able to see how the people involved are affected and how many lives will be changed. At the accident site, there were ambulances, First Responders, and more than one helicopter, which shows how dangerous texting and driving is. So many people were involved and can be involved, lots of help is needed in order to save as many lives as possible.

This is another PSA. The purpose of the PSA is to inform about the aftermath of texting and driving and how if your phone gets the last word, the people left have to pick up the pieces. I find this PSA useful because it doesn’t just show the impact of texting and driving one the accident site. It also shows how the people you love are affected and how much their lives change without their family/friends.

Monday, April 17, 2017

High School Diplomas

The lack of a diploma can affect a person’s health. A person without a diploma is less likely to have a good paying job and will not make as much money as someone with a diploma. With less money, you are not able to buy or afford as much, such as healthy food or health care. “You’ll be more likely to have access to medical care (health insurance from your job) and have the funds to pay for it (better salary).(Link)” Having a diploma is necessary for having a better salary which will provide more opportunities for better health.

Having nearly 1 million students not complete their high school diploma can be harmful to the society. This is because most jobs require a high school diploma and so people without a high school diploma are not as likely to have a job, causing unemployment rates to rise. Also, you are not always able to reach your full potential because colleges won’t accept you without a diploma.

If the trend continues that 25% of freshmen fail to graduate high school on time the school and community will be affected. The school’s graduation rate will drop. Also, the community would have to wait longer for students to graduate and have a good paying job. The economy would not be as stimulated as it could be if all students graduate one time. In order to help change this statistic, the school can offer extra help for the students that may not graduate on time.