Poem Analysis

Poem Analysis:

What is Tupac Shakur trying to teach in this poem? What does the rose symbolize? What is his tone towards his subject?

“The Rose that Grew from Concrete” by Tupac Shakur  

Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it learned to walk without having feet
Funny it seems, but by keeping its dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.

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I think Tupac is symbolizing the rose as a human. When it says, “Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete?” I think it meant, if you don’t have much, or are underprivileged, the ‘rose’ (human) still grew up to be wonderful. Next, when Tupac wrote, “…it learned to walk without having feet.” I think it symbolizes even without having as much as you would like, or not having a great family, etc., you will learn how to live otherwise. After this Tupac had wrote, “…but by keeping its dreams.” I think this tells you to always dream big, and that there is always something to live for. Also when it says this, I think it also means that the rose always knew there was something to stay around for, and that was it’s dreams. I also think this lead to Tupac writing “…it learned to breathe fresh air.” When he said this it showed since it had something to live for, the rose became happy and bloomed. The ending of the poem I think is also symbolizing how even when no one loved or liked the rose, the rose became happy and successful anyway.

 

 

 

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PSSA

The PSSAs are next week. Write a blog expressing your feelings about the PSSAs and standardized testing.  What do you predict will be a strength for you this year? What do you predict will be a weakness for you this year?

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Starting soon (next week), my school district, and many other school districts, are doing a huge test called the PSSA’s. PSSA stands for The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment. I have to take the ELA test, and the Math test. The ELA test will take 3 days, and the math test will take 2 days.

I think my strength this year will be the ELA test. I have had a higher grade in ELA this whol school year, and I just think I will do better on it. I also think I will better on it because I like reading, and I am a good writer. I am not to nervous this year because each test it is a day shorter, and I have done both tests three times before. I don’t think I’m going to have a weakness this year. I might get a lower grade on one, but I don’t think they will be super hard. If I had to pick, my weakness would be math. There are some parts of math that I have a better understanding then others, but I think I will still do ok.

 

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Adirondacks Vacation: Review

I recently traveled to The Adirondacks Of New York, and it was amazing.

We stayed for seven days, and traveled to three of the different regions. We went to the Lake Placid Region, the Lake George Region, and the Schroon Region. My personal favorite was the Lake Placid region because of the people, the view, and where we stayed.

Lake George Region:

We first went the the Lake George Region, and we stayed there for three days. Since it was our first time there we decided to explore around Lake George as much as possible. We went on a boat ride that went across all five finger lakes that lasted about two hours, and we got to see so many different things. There were some houses of to the side of the lakes that were beautiful, and would be amazing to live in. While we stayed in Lake George, we hiked a lot. I remember the second day it rained pretty bad, so that day, we explored the town. The day after that (the last day we stayed in Lake George) we hiked different trails the whole day. We then left and we travelled to the Schroon Region.

Schroon Region:

The Schroon Region was great, but it was probably my least favorite. I enjoyed ever part of it, and would love to go back, but I would choose the other two regions over this one. At the Schroon region we only stayed for two days. The region is very small, and the population consist of only about 2,000 people. But, because of this, it was great and also very quiet. If I would have to pick, it would have been the most peaceful part of the trip. We met many different people during this part of the trip, and they talked to us and showed us many things to do in the Schroon Region. After this, we travelled to my favorite region, the Lake Placid Region.

Lake Placid Region:

This was definitly my favorite part of the trip for many reasons. We stayed here for two days. One, the place we stayed. The place we stayed at was absolutly beautiful. My family stayed in a log cabin, near the beach. When I say near the beach, I mean, the beach was actually across the street. I went there every morning while we stayed. Also, the first night there, my parents and met the people who owned where we were staying. We talked to them for around an hour around the fire that was set up. Also off to the side of the cabin we were staying in, there was a basketball court, golf, and many other activities, which made it a lot more fun. The last day we stayed at Lake Placid was basically a beach day. I had so much fun on my trip, and I would gladly go again.

 

 

 

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Is Poetry Challenging?

Some people find poetry more challenging than reading a book. Is poetry challenging to you? Why or why not? What is it about poetry that many people find challenging?

 

Some people enjoy a lot, and others not so much. Some people might enjoy it because they relate to the poet and/or poetry. Others like it just because they like the genre, or they find joy in reading poetry. Even though there are many people who do enjoy poetry, poetry is one of the least liked genres in the world. I enjoy poetry depending on who it is made by. I like reading poetry by Atticus and Tracy K. Smith. 

I do not find poetry challenging. There are some times where it is harder for me to define the meaning of the certain poem, but I do enjoy reading them anyway. I do not find poetry challenging because it is usually easy to read, and I just enjoy reading it, which makes it easier to read (believe it or not).

I think something about poetry that makes it challenging for some people, is trying to find out what the poet (the person who wrote the poem) is referring to. Any time you read a passage, and you don’t enjoy it or don’t know get what it is about, then it is going to be harder to understand.

 

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Economics

We have been learning about economics for some time now, and I have learned quite a lot. I personally enjoy learning/talking about economics. Goods are products, and other possessions. Services are showing or giving assistance by helping or giving someone something. Opportunity cost happens when someone chooses something over the other alternative. When this happens potential gain is lost from the other alternative, and is opportunity cost.

Supply and demand are products (also known as goods), that are/can be made, or will be made depending on how high the demand is. It also depends on how many consumers need or want the product. Also, needs and wants vary depending on the consumer (person). A need is something you absolutely have to have. A want is something that is not necessary for living. Depending on who you are your wants and needs will be different. There are some needs that will be the same though. For example, everyone needs shelter, food, and water. But, not everyone needs that new IPhone X (that would be a want).

We have also learned about capitalism and socialism. Socialism is when the government or the state is in charge of the goods, and that distribution and the production/supply of that good. Capitalism is when the ownership of goods is private or corporate, instead of the government being in charge.

My classroom checkbook has helped me understand money, etc. a lot more than before. The checkbook is also my favorite part of economics, and it is so interesting to see how other people save and spend their money. It has showed me how to budget, and I also know to save for emergencies (rainy days), etc. I also know more about budgeting for groceries, a car (payment), and many other things.

I am actually not sure if I will be a ‘saver’ or a ‘spender’ when I get older. I think it all depends on when and where I am at. I think it also depends on if I want something that is more expensive, or if I am not saving for anything. Granted, I should always have some money saved for emergencies, etc. but I also think It is okay to spend sometimes. I wouldn’t say I would never ‘spend,’ and I definitely wouldn’t ever say I won’t end up ‘saving,’ but I just think it really depends. So, I am honestly not sure if I’ll be a ‘saver’ or a ‘spender’ when I am older.

I think it is definitely important to save for a rainy day. It is important because you will never know what is going to be thrown your way. For example, when I am older (or even now) I could get into a car accident (let’s hope that doesn’t happen), but if it did, it would be very important to have money saved for it (of course now, I probably wouldn’t pay for it, my parents would.)

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My Dream Job – Photographer

Hey everyone! So I am back in school and am so ready to start blogging again. I would have posted over the summer, but I was extremely busy. So, we have recently got assigned to write a new post about our dream jobs. I really was happy when we got assigned this, because I have never wrote anything like this before. I’ve wrote about hobbies, DIY’s, etc. but never anything like this!

So here is a post about my dream job, photography.


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“It’s Easy To Make a Buck”

  1. What does the quote mean to you?  
  • The quote “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” said by Tom Brokaw, means to me that, it is a lot easier to make money, buy things, etc. than to make a difference. To make a difference it cost more than money, you have to have courage and help, etc. I also think that it is hard to make a buck because people dont usually get as much money as they need in their paycheck. Then that also relates to my answer to question two.

 2.Do you think that it’s more important to make money or make a difference in the world?

  • I think it is more important to make a difference in the world because if we don’t make a difference, that can effect people’s way of life, such as getting food, having a house, and having clean water. If we make a difference in the world, than it might become easier to make a buck, or to get more organic food.

3. Who cares more about money, rich people or poor people?

  • I think poor people care more about money. I think this because, I think they would want it more because to help their families, get a better home, get cleaner water, etc.  I do not think that rich people will care as much about if they got more money than they already have because they already have plenty of it. They can already pretty much by everything they want, so why would it matter if they got more money than they already have. So, I think poor people will care more about money than rich people.

4. What are some easy ways to make money?  What are some of the problems with easy ways to make money?

  • Some easy ways to make money are to, have a yard sale, sell lemonade, etc.  Some problems that occur when you use these ways, is sometimes you don’t make enough money, or know one is around to buy the stuff you are selling.
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Boycotting Nike

Hi people! Lately we got to do an extra credit assignment, that extra credit assignment was that we had to boycott something and then write a paragraph why.

So here it is:

I am boycotting Nike because they support the organization Planned Parenthood.   I can support this because according to the website www.2ndvote.com on the article about what Nike supports (this article is on link 1), it directly states “Nike contributes to the Population Council that supports abortion, then the rest of the money goes to Planned Parenthood.”  This sentence shows that Nike does in fact support this idea. Another reason I am boycotting Nike is because on a website named www.onenewsnow.com it says “Nike, one of the world’s largest suppliers of athletic shoes, apparel, and sports equipment has been found to be a major supporter of the Planned Parenthood Foundation and of the abortion industry, Nike also supports the LGBT Agenda. Another article states, “Nike matches its employees’ contributions to the regional Planned Parenthood affiliate in Oregon, but didn’t specify the sum.” Fortune magazine reported this back in July 2015. (This is going to be link 3). As you can see, all of these sources show that Nike in fact, does support Planned Parenthood, so that is why I am boycotting it.
Resources:

 

Link 1: https://www.2ndvote.com/business-entity/nike/

 

Link 2: https://www.onenewsnow.com/business/2017/01/08/nike-a-major-supporter-of-abortion-lgbt

 

Link 3:  http://fortune.com/2017/02/14/planned-parenthood-donation-wynn/

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My Newest Story-Written With My Friends Trinity,Rebekah,Lily, and Abby: Preview

Hey guys, lately I have been writing a story called “Five Girls…Or Five Cats”, with some of my friends Abby,Trinity,Rebekah, and Lily. So here is a preview!

One day after school, 5 ordinary girls were walking along a range of hills. “How did we get here? I thought we were walking in the neighborhood, not to here, wherever here is.” Lily asked, puzzled. Everyone shrugged. “Should we keep walking or turn back?” Trinity asked quietly. That was normal for her to be quiet. She couldn’t even yell loud with excitement. “I think we should keep going til the top of this hill, and then turn back.” Rebekah stated, and everyone else agreed. “I’ll just wait here.” Abby puffed, out of breath as she sat down and watched them all get to the top. “Hey Abby, there’s something wrong. There’s a huge gray building with.. Some kind of prison cells, and animal cries. Come up and check it out.” Rayne said out of the corner of her mouth, concerned. As Abby started making her way to the top, Lily, Trinity, Rebekah, and Rayne all cried out, and then started swaying. Abby instinctively threw herself to the ground, and watched all her friends fall to the ground. They were unconscious.

So what do you think?

(P.S. when we finish it I will publish the whole story).

 

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Style The Clothes You Already Have: A How-To

Hello! So this week I figured I would do a how-to, and this time it’s about fashion. I think it’s safe to say that we all want to look stylish. So here is a how-to to take your clothes and turn them into the newest-trending clothes. (And by the way,these tips will work with every single piece of clothing, and will work over & over again).

So let’s get started!

Style The Clothes You Already Have: A How-To

How-To

Step 1: Roll it- Most sleeves were meant to be rolled right? That’s why it’s called “roll up your sleeves”. It’s the easiest way to add a little flare into your oldest/blandest shirts.

Step 2: Cuff Them- When You have leggings/jeans on it looks stylish to cuff your them. It’s a perfect way to show off your heels.

Step 3:  Drape It- Nothing looks better than draping a coat over your shoulders. Sound’s crazy but it’s stylish. It cost nothing but makes your outfit look fashionable and expensive.

Step 4: Knot It- Nothing better to define what you think you look best in by knotting a regular shirt/jean shirt. You can also turn a skirt into a nice dress with this knotting tip.

Step 5:  The In Tuck- This one is simple, just tucking your shirt. Rather than the whole shirt, the half shirt tuck also looks stylish.

Step 6: The Belt- You can transform oversized shirts,skirts, and pants into the most stylish piece of clothing ever with this tip.

Step 7: Fur & Jean- This tip is perfect for borderlinieing that stylish look. Wear a fur coat, jeans, and a black shirt, then your on fleek. (Sorry that was a very cheesy joke).

So I hope this helped you guys with your tips and will you over and over again!

Bye!

I should really post more.

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