Monday, November 8, 2010

Media/News Immersion

Saturday 23 , 2010 : (from the newspaper new york times)

Man Is Shot Dead in Manhattan Diner

an Is Shot Dead in Manhattan Diner
A 28-year-old man was fatally shot at a diner in Manhattan early Saturday morning, the police said.
The social issue for this article is that the death is increasing for this year.
lots of people are dieing and i think that people should be aware of that because this is a
dangerous action increasing.
An employee at the diner, at 109 West 14th Street, said a fight had occurred between customers. - Small things like fighting over something can lead to death because you may never know what the other person might think about you , and what will s/he do to you. Many of these clubs/bars/lounges are causing horrendous quality of life problems. That's why some people shouldn't go out at night.

Monday 25, 2010- (newspaper daily news)

A deranged creep attacked a women and her friends that was with her , in central park sources said " Ronald fox 47 allegedly pounced on the victim, who was with three pals, in the rambles near East 74 street at 11:05 am. He punched her, then threw sticks at her friends. This is another example of a social issue which is abuse. Lots of adults say that it better to hang out with friends when you are on the streets because you can help each other out when someone is in trouble. But still at the same time you still need to be aware of your surroundings because you may never know when some kind of drunk guy comes around.

Tuesday 26, 2010

From the newspaper i read this article called "murder making a deadly come back".
It was about how the city's murder rate has shot up nearly 15 percent this year, the NYPD recorded 437 murders as of Sunday , compared with 382 in the same period as last year. " It's not bad like it was years ago" said Frankie Bourn age 48 . " But with people losing jobs , It is only going to get worse " . The social issue in this passage is
losing jobs and murder. Losing jobs is a major issue because it leads to depression and many other problems.

Wednesday 27, 2010 ( newspaper daily news)
Bike lane Pains Gains-

The issue the department of transportation plans for new bike lanes around new york city. Those changes were implemented without any input from citizens , wasting money while new york city goes bankrupt. Worst of all, bike lanes paralyze commercial traffic, making life even more difficult. I think the social issue for this article is pollution , we need more bike lanes so that we won't have to drive our cars that put gas in the air and destroys the atmosphere. That's why the department of transportation is trying to build new bikes lanes which is doing a favor for new york citizens.

Write a poem or song responding to a specific social problem/issue!

Bullying- by: susan zheng ( I'm really not a good poet!)

Behold of them
Uncertain when they come
Longing for freedom
Lots of scary faces
I want to become invisible
No, someone come save me

Read and respond to songs and/ or poems on social promblems!

One Friendly Smile

He sits on the swing, head dipped,
ashamed of something he can’t control
He holds his broken glasses in his dirt-stained hands,
thinking that being half-blind has to be better than this.

Shoving them in his pocket, he shuffles toward the door,
content to wait till the class is inside before he follows.
He shoots a fiery glare across the room at the boy
with the fists, the boy who makes his life a living hell.

And without a sound, he mouths, “someday,
you're gonna get it, you'll see.”  But for now,
he lays his head on his crossed arms and rests
as he dreams of retribution, and buries a sob.

Years later, in a television interview, students agree,
“He was a loner, but we never thought he could do that."
His mother, in her disbelief, imagined she could see her baby,
cradling his twisted glasses, crying “why don’t they like me.”

And now it was her turn to be ashamed of something
she could not control.  She only hoped that someone, somewhere,
remembered that day in the playground, and could finally see
how their actions tumbled into the future, how one friendly smile,

one invitation to play, one neglected impulse to strike or belittle,
could have changed history, saved lives, saved her baby.

( This poem was from )

I think this poem is talking mainly about bullying and how scary it is to the child begin bullied like when it states "He shoots a fiery glare across the room at the boy with the fists, the boy who makes his life a living hell." i think using the word living hell really makes the sentence really strong and stands out ,i think  it means that bullying is really painful that you can go to hell , with all the burning fire and devils. I think this poem is really well written because i feel like , i can feel what the person feels when he is begin bullied , because of the feelings and emotions written.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Mother To Son by: Langston Hughes

                  I liked how the author of this poem sarts out the poem as " well, son, I'll tell you". It already gives the person reading this poem a clue that this poem is about a mother trying to tell her son a message. Something important. like for example it saids " life for me ain't been no crystal stair". Which i think means that life for the mother have'nt been very good. which also leads to this phrase in the poem " It's had tacks in it , And splinters , And boards torn up , And places with no carpet on the floor". i thought that whole part was very sad and cold, with all those words.
                 The mother in this poem also uses old language like for example she says "i'se and kinder" . She also repeats many lines like the one life for me ain't been no crystal stair. I think the mother cares about her son alot and doesn't want her son to follow her steps .
Mother to Son by Langston Hughes
Well, son, I'll tell you:
Life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
It's had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I'se been a-climbin' on,
And reachin' landin's,
And turnin' corners,
And sometimes goin' in the dark
Where there ain't been no light.
So, boy, don't you turn back.
Don't you set down on the steps.
'Cause you finds it's kinder hard.
Don't you fall now”
For I'se still goin', honey,
I'se still climbin',
And life for me ain't been no crystal stair.
I think this poem represents all the mom's in this world and the message they want to tell their children , which i think is that "keep trying, move forward, look ahead. Don't stop. Don't look back. The struggle to survive will never end."