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Banquo Murder Scene!- Justin Stewart and Ashton Reigner

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How the video came to life!


For our project, Ashton and I chose to do a Video Scene Depiction. We reenacted the scene, The Murder of Banquo. This scene takes place on Act 3 scene 4. We had to recreate the scene in our own words by using the language of Macbeth. We chose to pursue this scene because it is one of the most action packed scenes in the play and we thought it would be interesting to act this scene out. We start the scene with the three murderers, Ashton, Brendon, and, Leo. They were sent by Macbeth, Zaire, to Kill Banquo, Justin, and Fleance, Raymond. The third murder approaches the two original murders. He explains that Macbeth has sent him to help them with the deed. Suddenly, One of the murderers notices Banquo and Fleance approaching them. The murderers confronts Banquo and Fleance for a show down! But the numbers were too much for Banquo that lead to his downfall and Fleance escapes.

  Original idea


When we first decided to do this project, we wanted to design a board game for the whole class to play. We didn’t have any ideas for the objective of the game. This was our initial plan but it went downhill. We then decided to do an even more interesting project for the both of us. This is when we decided to do a Video Scene Depiction. Ashton suggested to do the murder scene of Banquo. Then we both agreed to pursue that scene. But there was some obstacles  we needed to overcome. First we had to redo our Check point #1 since we changed our idea. After we did that, We also had to find extra support. So we asked our friends to make appearances in it as well. Now that we had our actors and our scene, We also needed to design a script. After we designed the script it was time to create the film!


      For our video, We had supporters to play some extra roles. I would recommend giving them extra credit for being supportive to other students. They were willing to take time out of their own project schedule to be supportive to their fellow classmates. The names of these supporters are Raymond, Brendon, Leo, and Zaire. We all agreed to help each other prepare each other’s projects. We all wanted to take time out of our own project to help each other.  I personally believe that every one of these supporters should receive extra credit because of their encouragement, Commitment, and, Leadership.


    In conclusion, We enjoyed doing this project and we hope you will prepare another project in the future. For the next book we will be reading, We should have different options such as writing our own version of the book or creating a continuation of the book. If we do get another creative project, I would recommend giving us the same amount of time as you did for this project. I would also recommend putting us in groups of four just in case it is a major project. I enjoyed doing this project because, it helped show the teamwork of the project.


Macbeth The Musical: Christina Santana & Myah McCoy

Listed below are pictures of our process and our Rationale. To view our program click on the last picture, and it will direct you to the pdf download.
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Macbeth The Muscial Program- Christina Santana (1)


The purpose of our Macbeth Creative Project was to demonstrate our understanding of the book Macbeth in a unique and creative way. We could demonstrate this by creating a musical, playbill, board game, video scene description, theatrical playbill, etc. Christina and I decided that we were going to do a musical to demonstrate our understanding of Macbeth. We thought that a musical would be the most interesting way to recreate the story in a sense of singing and acting. Our musical consist of all five acts in the story. The characters that sing in the main two songs of our musical are The Three Witches, Banquo’s ghost, Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, and Various Lords. In Act 1, The Three Witches are singing their song “The Fortunes”  to Macbeth and Banquo as they tell them each their three fortunes. This is the opening act in the musical. We choose to include this scene because this is where Macbeth’s personality and mindset change and will progress from then on throughout the book. Now that Macbeth knows that he will be king of Scotland, he is willing to do anything to make that happen because of his vaulting ambition. In Act 3, Banquo’s ghost singings the song “A Ghost Hath Come” to Macbeth because he is trying to understand why would Macbeth hire murderers to kill him. We wanted to included this scene because this is where Macbeth has one of his many inclusions and shows his true state of mind.

The two main songs in our musical are  “A Ghost Hath Come” and “The Fortunes” . The Fortunes is sung by The Three Witches and A Ghost Hath Come is sung by Banquo, Lady Macbeth, Macbeth, and Various Witches. The lyrics for “Ghost Hath Come” show Banquo explaining his feelings about Macbeth knowing that he hired murderers to kill him. He feels confused, betrayed, and heartbroken that his closest friend would do such a thing. Christina and I wanted this song to have a sad and depressed tone to it so the audience can feel Banquo’s ghost emotions towards Macbeth. The lyrics for the song “The Fortunes” show The Three Witches telling Macbeth and Banquo their three fortunes. This song unlike “Ghost Hath Come” because it has a completely different tone to it. The tone of this song is comical and fun. It’s also much faster than Banquo’s ghost song. I wrote it like this because I wanted the witches to have a different approach to the musical. In the play the witches are creepy and scary, so I wanted them to come off as fun, creepy, and comically in our musical.   

Other than the actual musical we also had to create a program for our musical. The program consists of each Act in story following various scenes from that act that Christina and I really felt stood out for us. All the scenes in the program have a song title based on what that specific scene is manly about. We decided to make it like this so when the audience reads our program they can have a better sense of what’s going on in the musical. The program also gives a brief description of each act and the scene that  goes along with it. It also has the characters and setting in that scene and act. Lastly, our program includes the lyrics of our two main songs so the audience can follow along when the characters are singing. This will make the audience have a stronger connection with our musical. Therefore, making our theater(The Dagger Rimmed Crown & Co.) business succeed.

My Partner’s Blog: Myah


  1. What show did you watch in class? We watched Digital Nation in class.

  2. What was this show about? Digital Nation was a cultivation of a few different perspectives in the early 2000s from different age groups. The focus was on how the internet, social media, and computers affect the kid emotionally, in school, and at home. There was also a present perspective from some teachers and scientists. The show explored the many avenues the internet and social media in the classroom and at home create. It also followed the opinions and perspectives over time of different people having mostly negative experiences responding to them.

  3. What is the most memorable thing to you about this show? The most memorable thing about the show for me was the lack of knowledge the parents and teachers had. The show seemed to focus on specifically the negative occurrences from the internet and ignorant teachers and parents who lack much creativity and authority over the children. This frustrated me very much because many of the adults seemed to have basically given up.

  4. Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these? It is important to watch informational shows such as Digital Nation because they inform us of the different perspectives and outcomes of the popular behaviors and activities that can be detrimental. It is also just as important to make sure one watched shows of multiple perspectives instead of watching one focusing on only one perspective.

  5. How will you keep your future family safe online? By making them thing of the outcomes of the action they make.

  6. Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety?  It is very important to talk to one's family about internet safety because often they will know something you don't and vice versa, it will make sure that everyone is on the same page, as well one mistake for anyone in the family can easily negatively as well positively affect the entire family.

  7. What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online? My advice to parents is to first do research before buying new technology for you kid and then become comfortable with it as well. I would also advise to put protective parental software for both viruses and making sure the sites are appropriate. I would also advise them to make clear rules and policies including limited time on the computer, I would advise to prohibit conversation with people the child does not know and/or the parent does not approve of. I would advise the parent to be consistently active and aware of the child's activities online. For children under 9 I would require an adult in the room with them while on the computer. With children of all ages I would require the computer in a high traffic room in the house. I would require that any and all social media as well email should be closely monitored and given strict rules concerning what is appropriate representation of the child especially in text and image. I would also advise to write up a policy and have a conversation with your kid about it as well internet safety and the repercussions of those who are not safe online. Prohibit bullying and be encouraging about talking about how they feel in terms of social life online. Make sure to enfore rules and to remind the kid that the technology can be taken away whenever they disrespect the parent and/or they don't follow a rule. The following is an example of this...
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Q1BM2: Macbeth Choose Your Own Adventure - Kwan Hopkins and Jack Sugrue

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My partner, Jack, and I decided that it would be really fun to write an Macbeth version of a "Choose Your Own Adventure". We felt that this was a very creative approach to this project. We found an amazing resource to help us with this kind of thing and it really set what we were going to do in stone. We started off thinking that there should be only the main story line and every time that there would be a decision to be made one would be either one that progresses the story or one that ends the story. We decided against that because it really takes a lot of the creativity out of the "Creative Project".

The purpose of this project was to find ways to make Macbeth even more interesting than it already is. We thought "What better way to show this than to create our own tellings of how Macbeth's life may or may not have gone?" To fully understand how this project works, one should have a creative and open mind so that they can see the other sides of Macbeth's story and not get upset. Many readers of Macbeth think he deserved what happened to him at the end of his story but others do not. Either way, anyone could get upset at the creativity that comes out of our Adventures.

We decided to use Inklewriter to help create our book. We used Inklewriter because it is for making interactive stories and that's exactly what we wanted to do for our benchmark. While it's not collaborative, we used it because it was our best option to complete this task. Since Inklewriter is not collaborative, we thought that we should find a way to work together or this. We thought that we should use Google Docs to type out our scenarios together. Then, we would copy and paste them into the interactive story. 

Another idea that we just had to integrate into out "Choose Your Own Adventure" book was a line that comes up very often in our stream: "IT'S OVER." When the reader has made a bad decision, they will most likely be killed. So when they are killed a picture of Kwan comes up with the caption "It's over." We decided to do this because it adds even more creativity to our book and it's really, really funny. We want whoever's reading this to be able to enjoy themselves and see that even Macbeth is something everyone can enjoy.

Writing a "Choose Your Own Adventure book" seems to have been a fun experience and a great productive use of our time. Not only were we able to review things that we read in Macbeth, we were able to have fun while doing it. We were able to create something. We chose to do this because it seemed to be very different from all of the other options. We think that that this is truly one of the reasons that we decided to create this interactive book and hope that everyone who reads it will be able to enjoy it.

You can find our story here.

Bajirao Mastani-Mako Mori Test

The movie Bajirao Mastani, is a newly released movie from Bollywood. The movie was based on a true life story of Mastani, a princess, a warrior, a court dancer. Mastani in real life, was born 1699, Bundelkhand. Mastani was a princess, but was also a warrior, trying to protect her homeland. She met Mastani, a male warrior in the battleground, and ask of him to help her. She grew to like Bajirao. She then left her home, to go find Bajirao, who had already went back to his homeland, after helping her homeland. She did not follow by the rules, she set her own, venture out after what she wants. It was about her life, and the control she had of it, instead of the typical thought when it come to princesses. It was not about Bajirao, the person she went after, that lead her to a whole new land, but what she believed in, and how she get what she wants.

The movie passed the Mako Mori Test. The Mako Mori test consist of three things.

“ -A film having at least one female character.
  - That character having her own narrative arc.

  • The narrative arc can not be about supporting a man’s story.”

Bajirao Mastani, had more than one female character. Mastani had her own narrative arc, that does not support a man’s story, even though she did fought for the love she had for Bajirao. She did it out of what she want, what she believed in, she went through great measures, that women at that time would not do. She was also a warrior, who actually went to was with Bajirao. It was about her, taking control of her life, as a powerful woman.

My anti-gender bias film test would be…

  • There’s a female with leading role in the movie.

  • Female being able to be independent.

  • Female fight for what they believe in.

  • Female who have her own narrative arc.

The movie Bajirao Mastani and my own test.

The movie would still pass, it pass each and everyone of them. Even though the name of the movie is Bajirao Mastani, Mastani and her lover Bajirao. The main focus is on the power Mastani had, going against all odds. Of going to a new kingdom, having people want her dead left and right Protecting herself and her baby. It was how the character Mastani portrayed as one of the strongest characters in the movie.
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U2-#8 (Benjamin Seing)

​​​The video we watched was called "Growing Up Online"

The show was about the online usage and the people behind it. All of the social that the children was using was doing stuff behind their parents back. Some people were doing games and talking gossip on others. Some students were being teased and made fun of, yet some people suppress these issues and some may hurt themselves. 

The most memorable thing that I remembered was the part when the kid in school was made fun of and was thinking of suicide. He was taking with another person online and searching how commit to suicide. He would search how to tie a knot that he hang himself to. After he passed, his father went to his laptop and talked the people he chatted recently and searched his history to find out why he has done such thing. 

What I felt that it is important to watch the video is because the world and generation today is filled with internet and online usage. We needed to see the first hand experience of the problems that the people were facing. These things may help the parents to control the internet and the online social media. 

To keep my future family safe from the dangerous acts, I can always lock Safe search on. For the ones for online social media, keep an eye out for the ones they follow and check their devices casually. 

If our family were not to talk about the safety, then there will be a situation that will linger in the safety. The thought about safety will at least be a magnet when using the internet when they do use it. It will keep the family from separating and have still a physical connection. 

My advice for parents that don't know about these possibilities is to show and explain what consequences their children will face and the fear they might contact to. 

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Él Triángulo De Amor: Doniesha, Imani, Lauren, Hamidou

In this show, you will see that Blanca really likes Pablo and gets distracted by his handsomeness. She likes him so much that she can even speak clearly when he is around. However, Pablo does not like Blanca but he likes her best friend, Liliana. What a change in events! In the end, everyone is friends-- or are they? Tune in next week for the next episode of: Él Triángulo De Amor!!
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In the end of year 1989,  Hamad Hahsy, my father, came to America. In the year of 1996, he got engaged with Sona Hahsy, my mother. They got married in the year 1998.  In the end of the year 1998, my father brought my mother to America with him for they were in Afghanistan. In the year of 1999, August 2nd, their first daughter was born, Haisha Hahsy, me. Meaning Haisha Hahsy is an American. As Haisha grew she told others she was from Afghanistan. Truly and officially, yes, Haisha is an American, yet in Haisha’s heart she knows she is an Afghan. I know my background and my truest self is Afghan. The culture and traditions I follow are what make me different:my beliefs, and the way I carry myself.

The customs and cultures that I follow are a huge part of what creates me. From the different foods I eat, our dining etiquette, religion, holy days, and family responsibilities. Yet, when I tell people I am from Afghanistan and that I was born here, in America, they give me a look like “what they heck?”

Yet when people find out that I am Afghan, in that moment the vibe changes into something completely different than the moment before. Sometimes I get treated like a child. Sometimes their expression tells me what they are thinking, like, “Oh, I’m sorry that you are from Afghanistan.” Their face expression changes into that of a little wimp, like when a baby is crying, and you make that ‘I feel bad’ face. Others even avoid eye contact. Some make twists with their body and start getting all jibbery.. Some get confused as in a way of saying, “What are doing here?”  Others are disgusted because of  the stories of terrorism Americans have heard about.

In freshman year of high-school, I remember I had just started becoming friends with someone that I will not name. I had forgotten to tell her that I am from Afghanistan. But one day coincidentally we were talking about traveling.

I said “I love traveling whenever I go back home I try to make pit stops at my favorite places around the world I said.,”

“Where are you from?”She asked.

“I am from Afghanistan.” I said, flat out.

She gave a very disgusted look like and I was talking to you this whole time.

Right after that sentence she was like, “Your Muslim, right?”

“Yes,” I replied..

Right then she said well I have to get going I have some important things to do bye. Then she rushed off. From that moment I noticed the hate she showed towards me only for the stereotypes she has heard. When she saw me in the halls she would ignore. Soon I ignored her too, she heard (good) stories about me through others. And now today she tries very hard to become my friend once again; but I have her told not to judge too quickly about something you barely know about. Now she is somewhat my friend but let’s say not my closest.    

Most people believe that I was on the run from Afghanistan because of the war. Then of course when they know I am born here, they think different.  I make sure they understand they shouldn't be sorry, for I am proud to be an Afghan. I mean there is no problem with being from Afghanistan. Sometimes it is known for the terrorism stories people have heard about it. Especially Americans in their teenage years they believe they know so much yet they don’t know so much.  The once to be war in Afghanistan makes people think that there is war there always when in reality it is much different. Once a country is in war, it is known for it, till it is out of war and out of its ruins no one will notice the change. Also people do not think or notice the time it takes for certain places to restore themselves due to certain extents of war. Till then the people are labeled differently. All known as failures and losers that all come from a ‘bad’ place.

What create a relationship between people is what they know about each other. There are some many connections one can make to see how a relationship is created. Not a fake relationship; a long lasting, strong bond.  In the book The Things They Carried, O’ Brien, the main character bases his friendship from what he knows about them. He risks his whole life in combat for people that he knows about, on the relationships he has created. One thing that is a main key to each person, is the things they carry. For example, First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a girl he is in love with yet she does not have the same type of feelings for him. Kiowa another character carries the New Testament. Henry Dobbins carried his girlfriend’s stockings around his neck. These all told the men about each other, and what is important to them. Giving each other the right expression of what is important to them.

Many people think they know a lot about you once they know where you are from. They think they know everything for the stereotypes they have heard of Afghanistan being a war-zone or a country full of terrorists. People think that they know all about me, only after finding out I am from Afghanistan, most of the time shaping my relationship with someone differently. Making my relationship with new friends different when I first meet them. People just think they know so much about you, and already judge without knowing anything. Without knowing one should not contemplate someone only because you know where I am from you think you know my whole background, my traditions, and my cultures. Yet the person knows none about such and should not just conclude and judge what one is like. Creating a wrong and misunderstood perception, making all types relationships weak and wrong. One should not judge someone without knowing much about them and do not let ignorance be your downfall. This makes relationships that are less trustworthy and the other person just seems that they are arrogant and unflattering at most times. You know that they will stick to what they think and not really get to know you as you who are truly.

Afghanistan is regarded as “A battlefield by many outsiders, rather one of the most culturally rich countries in the world.” by Zahirshah Amin a 27 year old Afghan tile maker. This quote is used for even a tile maker understand that most believe that Afghanistan is just a battleground yet there is much more that most do not see or understand for they are blinded by themselves.  

There is more to a country that is put under ruins. One must see what a country was and what it became other then thinking that, that country has been like such from day one. Maybe for the day you were born but if you are judge one so easily you must also understand the true background, what made such happen?. What made a country to become such? First one must know the accurate background information in order to judge one.

One must notice the change socially, physically, and mentally. I remember there was this day when my friend in the 9th grade introduced me to one of his friends. The girl he was introducing me to was so nice and sweet yet the moment that my friend said that “Haisha is from Afghanistan.” Everything changed from nice and sweet, it went to sassy and rude as if the girl was the of queen Sheba. I looked back at her confused and a little mad. Just a moment ago you seemed like your going to make me a BFF bracelet and and now it seems as if I just killed your dog. I did not understand what happened in just such a small sentence. Yet my friend was smiling and as the mood and tone changed his smile slowly disappeared for the girl he introduced me to was supposed to be a friend rather than a instant rival. He was finally said, “Haisha well let’s get going”, I said “well it was nice meeting you, I think, haha, but I have better people to talk to.”

A relationship means something strong that helps each other and it there for you at all times. When there is trust and when they can take you from the bad and put you into the good. They build you back, they entertain you, all in all they are there for you at all times. This bond of friendship helps the men of Alpha Company (from the book The Things They Carried) survive on a day to day basis. They rely on each other for entertainment in order to drone out the monotony and boredom of the days. With hours and hours of marching and no action the men need a release of the boredom, it would drive them crazy. For example of such, "Kiowa teaching a rain dance to Rat Kiley and Dave Jensen, the three of them leaping around barefoot while a bunch of villagers looked on with a mixture of fascination and giggly horror." They are there for each other now matter how severe things could be.

Even though everything could be fine still a person needs a friend for support especially emotional support and reassurance. For a true friend is shown at those points of life, there will always be someone to have fun with, to go to a party with but not always for someone to give you a hug when you feel most lonely or when you are stressed.  These men from the Alpha company look to each other for emotional support and reassurance since none was coming from the home-front. The men of Alpha Company trusted each other with their lives. Dave Jensen and Lee Strunk are an example of this trust, In late August in the book the two friends made a pact that if one of them should ever get really hurt ("fucked up") - a wheelchair wound - the other guy would automatically find a way to end it. This pact helps these two friends in that they know that if it came down to living their entire life in a wheelchair that the other would end it there in Vietnam. Letting the men create a special pact between them two. The men trusted each other to make no mistakes because one mistake could cause someone to lose their life. Now everyone does not need that type of trust in their friendship yet everyone is looking for a friend that always will be there and is pretty much willing to kill them-self for you.  

People need to stop thinking they know everything and they need to stop judging everyone based on things they have only heard. They need to update everything they know before they judge. One needs to look at a case see the past and present of the situation. Also what creates the situation or what was there before. Afghanistan was not always known as the war zone it was known as a great country. Even in 1969 Vogue came to Afghanistan to create a magazine special named “Afghan Adventure.” Showing times from women standing in a record store to people walking in the greatest fashions at the airport. One must know the true background of something before jumping to conclusions. All I want is true and good friendships and relationships yet these factors that judge others almost make it seem that sometimes it is not even possible to happen. Some try to hide for they do not want to be marked in a way they know they are not. But deep down they want to come out and say hello to everyone and to be everyone's friend, maybe not everyone's but close enough.   

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U2-#8 - Seng, Meymey

What TV show did you watch in class?

The TV show that we watched in class was "Growing Up Online".

What was this show about?

This show was about how technology affects people differently. For example, it may make other people get cyber-bullied, while others feel like being online is like their safe haven. Also, this show tells us about how it affects schools and education. Having laptops for everyone in the school really increased the drop-out rates and the academic rates. Although, the kids could get distracted online. Even with this, adults took the turn to look at it in a positive way, that the kids learning how to multi-task is good. A third thing that this show tells us about is how technology separates kids from their parents.

What is the most memorable thing to you about this show?

The most memorable thing to me from this show was how business meetings are taken place in a 3-D game called "Second Life". The reason behind this is to save money from having to travel into an actual meeting. The concept of this is okay, but I think they take it too far. Second Life is made for gaming and having a business meeting in a game takes out the seriousness. Also, when they say wait a second, they have to change their avatar's outfit for the meeting was a bit too far because they are taking it as if it was real life. Another thing was that they had to move their meeting to another table because it was able to fit everyone in better. I would say that these things are a bit too much because they're treating it like a game.

Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these?

I think that it is important to watch shows like these because it allows us to see parents, teachers, and children's point of views about technology. It shows us the bad things that can happen online and it shows us to be careful of the reality that goes on.

How will you keep your future family safe online?

I will keep my future family safe online by setting a time limit for them online and taking their electronic devices when they go to bed. I will also be honest with them and tell them about what can happen online and hope for the best.

Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety

It is important to talk to my family about internet safety because you will NEVER be able to know everything that someone does online. So, there's only so much you can do, and that's telling them the truth about what can happen.

What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online?

Some advice that I would give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online is to just talk to their kids and tell them about the things that could happen online. Also, to not to ask them for their personal passwords and stay on them every time their online. If they do this then the child will feel integrated and not want to share with their parents. This is extremely bad because you want your child to be able to talk to you.
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U2#8 - Myah McCoy

​   In class we watch Frontline's Digital Nation. The show points out many different things about the internet. One of them was teens growing up online. Teenagers are coming more and more amune to the internet. It can become addictive. Some teens in the video were addicted to social media others were addicted to video games. The most memorable thing that stood out to me was when one of the teenagers said that "when your're online you can anybody you want". This stood out to me because it's so true. Nobody knows who you really are online, it's a escape from reality. It's important to watch videos like these because it makes you realize hoe much we really do use the internet everyday and to not become addicted to it. It also makes you aware of all the dangers the internet can bring if you're not careful. I will keep my future family safe online by having a family computer in the living. Everyone will have their seprate account on the computer and everyone will have a hourly limit on the computer. I will also talk to them about all the dangers that are on the internet so they can be more aware. The advice that I would give to parents that don't know how to keep their their children safe will be to talk to them about the dangers of the internet. Also to have a hourly limit on how much time they can be online.

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Frontline: Growing up online

  1. It was about the internet and what parents think about it and what they think about how teens these days are using it.

  2. The most memorable thing about this show was when a kid was convinced by his friend to kill himself and a website.

  3. It is important to watch shows like these so we can learn about everyone's point of view about the internet and the different ways people decide to use it.

  4. Make sure they don’t talk to people they don’t know and not to post anything stupid.

  5. It is important to talk to your family and friends about internet safety because it can also keep them safe and they can give you good advice.

  6. I would tell not to be too protective but just enough to know that they’re not talking to strangers so they should give their children advice then let them do what they need to do.

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Growing Up Online - #8

​1.What TV show did you watch in class? 
Growing Up Online
2.What was this show about?
It was about how high school students and the dangers of them basically growing up in such a technology friendly era.
 3.What is the most memorable thing to you about this show?  
The most memorable thing about this show was when the mother of a high school student informed her kid's friends parents about a video showing the inappropriate behavior of them on a train. The mother received many different reactions from the parents from "thank you for informing me" to "get out of our business. It surprised me because what parent wouldn't want to know any trouble there kid is getting into.
4. Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these?
It is important to watch shows like this because it aware you of all the dangers that lurk online from social media to games themselves.

5.How will you keep your future family safe online?
To keep my future family safe online I would establish early on the rules of online to build it into them early so they know their rights for their wrongs. I would also create parental controls to restrict bad things from happening.
6. Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety
It is important to teach your family about internet safety so, again, they can be aware of dangers that lurk online.

7. What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online?
I would tell that to make there children aware of the dangers and for them themselves to learn dangers so they know how to prevent it. 

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U2 #8 Reflection Media

In class we watched Frontline's Digital Nation. The show was about a couple of teenagers who viewed online as a their own digital reality. They were able to really be themselves on the internet without any real physical judgement. The most memorable thing that stood out to me was the ending part when "Autumn's" parents begin to accept her for who she is and who she really wants to be. It is very important to watch shows lie these because it is REALITY! It gives you a feel of people's everyday life. It makes you feel for them and basically just lets you know that there are people out there who are struggling with these types of problems. My future family will remain safe online by following rules and regulations that I set for them. (ie. Tell an adult if there is anything that makes you feel uncomfortable) Also, I will be really strict with enforcing those rules. I believe it is important to talk about internet safety with your family even though people don't do it. It is important because at the end of the day you want to keep your family safe and at well-being. Make sure you check in on your child's online activity even if you have to do it on a sneak.
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U2-#8 Amaris Ortiz

In class, we watched Digital Nation, which was a show about the dangers of technology. The most memorable thing to me about this show was that the teachers or principals could see what was on the students’ computer screens. It is important to watch shows like this because it shows kids what to do and what not to do while using the internet. I will keep my future family safe online by making sure that they now about the precautions when using the internet so that they do not run into trouble later on online. I would tell parents who don’t know how to keep their children safe online to make sure they trust that their kids, know what they are doing on the internet, and to not constantly be checking what they are doing.
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U2-#8 Jowon Dorbor

  1. What show did you watch in class? We watched Digital Nation.
  2. What was this show about? This show was about the different outcomes of using the internet in different ways.
  3. What is the most memorable thing to you about this show? This most memorable was the websites that kid have access (How To Have a Successful Suicide ).
  4. Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these? It's important because parents need to know how much of an influence the internet can have on their child.
  5. How will you keep your future family safe online? By making them thing of the outcomes of the action they make.
  6. Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety? It's important because anything can happen from poor usage on the internet.
  7. What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online? Advice is to have rules. What you should/should not do.
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U2-#8 Naima DeBrest

1. The film that we watched was called Growing Up Online and it was about growing up in the digital age. 
2. The most memorable thing was that the teachers could look at a live feed of what the student where looking at on there laptops.
3. It is important to show this type of media because it lets kids know about how to be safe online and the consequences of risky behavior. 
4. I will keep my future family safe by knowing when, why, and what they are doing on the internet. 
5. It is important so your family can know how to be safe also because adults also get tricked and act negatively because of the internet. 
6. I would tell them to make sure the know what there child is doing on the internet and how long they will need the internet.  
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Digital Nations

  1. The show was about the how children are online and unsupervised too much. It also touched bases on what kids are hiding from their parents online.

  2. The most memorable moment was when the group of girls realized how petty the fight they got into was over something that happened online.

  3. It is important so that children and adults will know what they are getting into in case something bad might happen to them.

  4. I will keep my future family safe by warning them about situations like these and monitoring their internet time.

  5. It is important to talk about these things with your family so you will not have to hide anything and they can help you if you get into some kind of trouble.

  6. If you do not know how to keep your kids safe at least have a talk with them about what can happen and what is already happening.

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U2-#8 - Lauren Matthews

Growing up online

  1. What was this show about?

    1. this show was about a school in NJ where the internet is very popular and is used in different ways. Ways such as for school purposes, music videos, blog post, fights for entertainment . etc.

  2. What is the most memorable thing to you about this show?

    1. The most memorable thing was people regretting for the wrong of what they did.  

  3. Why/Why not -  is it important to watch shows like these?

    1. It is important to watch these shows to understand the dangers of online.

  4. How will you keep your future family safe online?

    1. To keep my family safe online, we will use online sites that all ages can use and  make sure everything website that is used is overlooked by a parent each week.  

  5. Why is it important to talk with your family about internet safety

    1. It is important because you want to be aware of what happens on the internet because it is used all over the world.

  6. What advice would you give to parents that don't know how to keep their children safe online?

    1. Keep track of what sites your child uses.

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Busted Houses and Bullet Holes

Some movies are set in neighborhoods to portray certain hoods like Compton, Queens, the Bronx, Detroit. Some documentaries try to delve into the dynamics of living in the hood, the systems, rivalries, etc. The portrayals and the footage of the busted houses, bullet holes in signs, expensive cars with special suspensions to rock with down the block, thugs giving you side eye. Most of these aren’t the reality in my hood. Southwest Philadelphia isn’t home to any Bloods or Crips, most of the crew's’ names don’t exist. We don’t have cars rolling down the block at 5 m.p.h., bumping to the bass of any N.W.A or Tupac song. We do have busted houses, bullet holes in signs up and down Elmwood Ave, and people throwing out looks that would make you cry. It isn’t all bad though.

My neighborhood affected me in ways I had never realized until this question was posed to me, what is the relationship between the self and a changing world? It raised me, especially the people in my neighborhood. My neighbors may not have always been the most law abiding citizens, they were pretty dangerous. But they are my second family. They helped me with my throwing arm, protected me, teased me like any big brothers and sisters would. More than anything, they taught me about the world and how people work. I learned how to physically and mentally protect myself. They did not have to say anything to me for me to learn. I would watch.

I was a pretty observant child. I would pay attention to all the conversations I wasn’t supposed to, their body language, everything. Just by watching the world around me, I became a very complex person. My neighbors and even my parents were very quiet but loud. I know that sounds kind of stupid. How can you be quiet and loud? They were quiet about relevant details to stories, what was going on with them and their lives. They were loud about things that did not matter, and what made them mad, etc. I never seen any person or adult around me growing up, back down from a fight or a problem. In turn, I was taught how to defend myself with words and my hands. I was taught that my voice and my opinion mattered, and anyone who said differently could get shut up. I was taught to not be a wimp.

Everyone in their life probably has a bullying story, I have a few of my own. My elementary school was very interesting, and I stuck out a lot. I was very intelligent for my age, I was small and thin, basically an easy target. I started to hate myself then. Yet, I never let anyone get away with it. I learned that you never had to put your hands on someone to hurt them. The problems at school got really bad, but I never let anyone see. I never told my parents or my neighbors, or teachers. I would go off, start firing insults back. I can not really remember the things I would say, but I was eight so I doubt any were worth remembering.

I got to middle school and I was the new kid, but I didn’t really care. I had built up this new person I would be, like most new kids do. I became open about anything, but I caused a lot of problems for myself. Everyone is a mess in middle school, no doubt. No one can look back on those years and say, “Wow, those were some fun times.” I got into a lot of arguments. A lot. The new school, new me attitude had a really strong personality. Anytime I felt disrespected, I popped off. I am still really surprised I never got in a fist fight in my life.

I started to be disliked a lot, just because I didn’t take shit from anyone. With losing friends each year, I never lost my love of learning. So I engulfed myself in school even more. Yet, by the end of middle school, I only had two or three close friends. Which was fine with me, because they were loyal and I am still friends with two of them to this day.

If there was anything I learned from growing up in the hood, it was that you only need two or three people to rock with. Telling your business gets complicated and messy, and nobody deserves to know any part of who makes you who you are. If people aren’t worth it, then you cut them off. Of course in southwest people cut other people off in an entirely different way! Even in this paper, I am not opening up in detail about everything. It is permanently etched in my brain to not give a lot of myself or what I go through up.

In turn, everything I went through in middle school tore me up inside. I never showed it, until one mental breakdown in the hallway in 8th grade. After that incident and graduation, that summer became one of the hardest of my life. I had so much going on and a lot of the problems were all inside of my own head. But just as my hood taught me, you do not let people see. So, I breezed through my freshman and sophomore years as smoothly as I could. And I never got to work out so many things about myself.

I have always known I was a good person, that was never a question. But I had so much to get over. So, I did. A lot of people who have major insecurities and self esteem issues deal with it outwardly and even harm themselves. I never hurt myself, but I took my insecurities out on other people. When I got mad, I was furious, because I had so many emotions going on. I would hone in on something that made me mad other than myself, and feed off of it. It is easier to hurt other people than hurt yourself.

A lot of my neighbors and people I grew up with started to get in trouble. A lot of people who were a big part of my life, got locked up. A lot of my close family friends and family started to die. Not from the streets, but losing them nonetheless. This closed me off even more. I felt as though I did not fit in anywhere. Just as the characters in the novel, “The Yellow Birds,” their worlds were changing everyday, and they felt so closed off from society.

There is this Evergreen tree at the end of my street. If you have ever seen any hood movies, or live in the hood, there are not always a lot of other trees than plain oaks. So an Evergreen is almost impossible to come by. I am mesmerized by it every time I am walking home. It is so out of place. The tree is never bare, but it is magnificent and beautiful. Captivating if you stare for more than a beat. I am that Evergreen. I always have my armour on to protect me from the outside world, I stick out in places, but I am magnificent and beautiful. It may have taken me a long time to grow, but I am not going anywhere anytime soon. I thank my hood for everything it has taught me, my home.

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Digital Nation- Reflection: Aysha Siddiquee

1. The tv show that we watched in class was Digital Nation.
2. This show described and gave many examples of how teens and children in Korea were becoming addicted to the internet and how there were institutions created to help them. As well as how laptops are helping students with their education in schools.
3. These shows give you an idea of whats taking place all around the world how other are being affected by the same things we use.
4. I will keep them safe by making sure there is a limit to everything they do online.
5. It's important to talk about internet Safety so they know everything that's out there and how it could affect them so they are aware.
6. To limit the children's internet and as well as occasionally check up on them

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(Not So) Law and Order - Taylor, Deja, and Tony

In this episode of “(Not So) Law and Order”, a girl and her friend decide to hang out at a cafe. What seems like a casual Monday morning turns into a nightmare when one of the girls are poisoned for being rude to the barista. Detective Verde, is on the case. Will she able to solve this crime, or will the real conspirator be set free?

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E1 U3 "El Amante en Havana" (Olivia Musselman, Israt Jahan, James Adams, Julia Hood)

María (Olivia) is secretly working overtime as a waitress in a restaurant in Havana, Cuba. Her husband's birthday is coming up, so she's trying to get enough money for his birthday present. One night while on her shift, María sees her husband, Ricardo (James), in the restaurant with another woman! How will she react? Find out in "El Amante en Havana".
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Our Counterweight to Discrimination of Muslims in Airports & Planes


We believe that this specific bias needs to end. It is extremely unfair and biased for muslims to be targeted anytime they are in an airport or plane. We should not judge the majority for what the selective few have done. We do not say all Christians are murderers just because the selective have taken multiple lives. Therefore, we neither think nor utter that all muslims are terrorists, for all people have the ability to become a Muslim, therefore implying that if all Muslims are terrorists then all people are terrorists.


We pledge to spread awareness of this important issue by having a notice on the advisory memo and the SLA Media page that supports Muslims and spreads knowledge on this topic. We also want to encourage you to use the hashtag #searcheveryone created by Ijustice Avery on all  social media based on the research of Laith Abuharthieh and Alexander Torres in effort to stop bias against muslims in airports.
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Our Counterweight to Asian Bias


With 5 of the 7 of us that regard our parents as “strict”, it is true that the boundaries of strict parents aren’t just residing in that of Asian families. It can occur to every race and/or gender, no matter your background. Usually the term of strict parents comes from the parents childhood as well, as they might have considered their own parents as ”strict”. It’s a big cluster of “strict parents”, and you were possibly born into that lineage. But it’s not something that should overtake every family. They should take ease on their children. Hard work is needed, not just good grades. The parents should take into the account the amount of work the child puts forth to attain a B or below.


We pledge to put forth more effort into our work, and show our parents the hard work, opposed to the good grades. Confronting the parents themselves about the topic could be risky, but it’s nice to resolve with the parents. It’s some understanding between them and you.
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