By: Katrina M
The time is flying by.
Clearly, there has to be more;
More than what meets the eye.
The present is now,
The future is near, but the past is surely done.
Oh, how intriguing it would be
To see them unite as one.
With moods enlightened,
With colors so bright,
What a merry song.
How could such beauty cause a fright?
Two rights could certainly make a wrong.
Would time travel be fun,
A place to wallow and explore?
Or would it obliterate our minds?
Though when all is over; said and done.
Even Wonderland can be filled with horror.
To see your future,
To rebuild your past,
To be the co-author of history.
Sad to say it wouldn’t last,
And we’d all be swallowed by misery.
The time is flying by.
We must not travel into time,
For surely we would die.
By: Lexi M
In the hatred and judgement she saw the light
She found courage in the sparks of night
Many died, many suffered
Although she still couldn’t surrender
As many raged, she felt the pain
In the dark of day she wouldn’t pay
Though she wanted more than she could ever repay
And as the new day would come
She watched all fall in the scariests of nights
Whatever could she do to make it right
If all writing is what she could do
If only if only the world was new
Dreaming and dreaming is what she did
Couldn’t the world be more instead?
Segregation was something that wasn’t new
And what many wished and wished they couldn’t do
autumnmangrich Six Degrees was the first ever social media that was made on a website.
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autumnmangrich @andrew.weinrich was the creator of #sixdegrees
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autumnmangrich 62.1% social media users are U.S. citizens #USA
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The first social media had came out in the late 1990s.
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Every sign up, click, screenshot, post, view, and many more, are all recorded somewhere.
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Social medias can be a great help when it comes to communication, also because let’s say a family member that lives in a different state or farther wants to chat well you can skype call, etc.#Ilovesocialmedia
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65% of U.S. adults are social media users#savageparents
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Did you guys know that 1.96 billion people in the world use social media.
Did you know 62.1% of social media users are U.S. citizens?
In 2016, 78% of the U.S. had a social media account. Strange right?
51% of social media users are teens that are ages 13-17.
By: Jacob L
Jimmy is an all star running back and safety on his junior high team and is going to make the transition from Junior High to High School. The end of the season marks his “off season” when he rests for the next season from all the hits he took during the season. One day, he is given a topic to write about, and Jimmy had gotten Brain Injuries in sports. He is very unhappy in his topic and asked for a change but was not granted a different one. He hated the topic because he thought nothing was wrong with football causing brain injuries.
Then on Monday, the week after football season was over, they had a research day. Jimmy wasn’t doing anything because he had thought his topic was terrible, until he was forced to work. He had looked on google and only found what good sports could do for you until he read about all the player who got brain injuries and how they are impacted. There was one about the NFL being in trouble with the concussion lawsuit. He thought it all was bogus and if it happened, it happened, but concussions are a big deal and is very bad for one's health.
He read that the concussions had a serious effect on the brain and can kill. He also saw the symptoms and seen he had suffered from a few too many concussions in the football season, but had never told any one because he thought it was normal to be concussed after a game or practice. Jimmy had a huge choice to make. Either get help then have to give up on sports or tell no one and then keep playing sports and risk endangering his life by the way of brain injury.
“Mom, I have an important question!” Jimmy declared.
“What's wrong Jim? Everything Ok?” Mom asked.
“Yes and no.” Jimmy shyly stated.
Mom was confused and asked, “What do you mean and what is wrong?”
“I have to make the choice either to keep playing sports and keep getting my brain injured or quite sports and live a normal life where I wouldn’t risk my brain!” screamed Jimmy.
“Jim, it seems like a no - brainer to me but I know how invested you are in into your sports so it’s up to you. I can’t make the choice for you but you should quit and be safe,” declared Mom.
Jimmy stormed out of the house and marched up the street to Dave’s his coach’s house. He had the two thoughts in his head the whole time and couldn't make up his mind. He had made a decision by thinking of the damage he doesn't want to go through again. He had knocked on the door, and his coach greeted him at the door.
“Well if it ain’t my favorite football player, Mr. Jimmy,” announced Coach Dave.
“Coach I’m here because I'm going to quit the team,” stated Jimmy.
“What? Why is that? Is there something wrong?” Coach Dave asked.
“Well Coach, I have suffered too many blows to the head and if this doesn't stop I going to be very hurt or even dead,” said Jimmy.
“Ok Jim, I understand and respect you for that, so I would like you to become the assistant coach for the team. Then next year, be the assistant for the high school team.” said Coach Dave.
Jimmy had gone home and told his parents of the decision he had made and the assistant coaching “job” Jimmy got. Jimmy also had been praised by his parents for his actions and choice to give up his sports. He was also praised by his coach for the man he was to have to quit the team by doing it face to face. Jimmy was very good at being an assistant coach for the high school team and has moved on to working for the NFL. Jimmy is an assistant coach for the Chicago Bears along with John Fox as the head coach, but Jimmy one day hopes to get that job being the head coach when he is given to him and he will take it. Jimmy also created a charity to help people be safe and help to cure brain injuries. Each year Jim helps 250,000 people with the help of his charity Jimmy knows that the dangers of being a player would not be as fun because of the risks he was talking and hasn't regretted the choice once because he knows it was the right choice to make for him and his family.
By: Tyler L
Minimum wage is not a good thing. It is the lowest amount of money that a person can make for a job per hour
Is it worth it?
No it is not because a person can’t live off of minimum wage; you only make $15,080 a year
It can be changed. It was most recently changed in 2009. When minimum wage was first made it was set at 25 cents per hour
Minimum wage right now is $7.25
Upsize, is what some people want. Upsize means to increase, so people want the minimum wage to be increased to a higher amount
Many think it should be raised. In a google form 93.3% of people said that it should be raised
What is the definition of minimum wage? The lowest wage permitted by law or by a special agreement
Another thing is that you only make $15,080 a year. “By the time you paid your bills (heat, electricity, car home and health insurance, rent or mortgage, gas money, groceries) I do not think you would have much money, if any, to buy the things you wanted.” - Irv Laube
Gaining enough money on minimum wage to by anything is hard to do. It would take you around 4 years to buy a car, and that is without including food, bills, and any other needs
Every state has a minimum wage. Some states have different minimum wages than others. In Iowa the minimum wage is $7.25, whereas, in Illinois it is $8.25. The highest minimum wage is Washington, at $15.00 an hour
By: Kiana G
Sleep disorders are a group of conditions that affect the ability to sleep well on a regular basis.
Lifestyle adjustments can greatly improve your quality of sleep.
Effects of alcohol consumption are magnified when you are deprived of sleep.
Exercising is one of many lifestyle changes that may help you be able sleep.
People are highly impacted due to loss of sleep.
Daytime fatigue is a symptom of a sleep disorder.
Insomnia is difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Sleeping less than five hours a night increases the risk of death from all causes, by about 15 percent.
Obvious signs of a possible sleep disorder are excessive sleepiness, yawning, and irritability.
Risks of developing a chronic illness are high.
Decreasing tobacco and alcohol use may help you sleep better.
Energy is drained after not being able to sleep, because you need sleep to regain energy.
Risk of heart failure is increased.
By: Lindsey F
On the threshold of democracy
Before you we stand,
United by a common goal
The flames of hope we’ve fanned;
We will not sit silenced
By your power with the upper hand,
Because of our right to vote
That we have been banned;
We’ve been deprived many things
Our creativity has been hindered,
Until we are unique no longer
Your reign is greatly splintered;
Today we will join forces as one
To make your hear our mourn,
Still growing so we can show you
That we shall suffer no more;
And yet today it still haunts us
For we have not obeyed,
The commands from our elders
Because our beliefs slowly strayed;
Our equality has been approved
Nevertheless it has once more faded,
Current society has an odd fixation
Where one waits to be adored;
Many have lost their power
To demand what is deserved,
The strength from equality brings
A hope to be gratified;
Our image has been diminshed
As our emotions fill a reservior,
The upper hand drowns our flames
So we shall suffer forevermore.
By: Brady F
One early morning Jake woke up and got a glass of cold milk. Jake went back to the fridge and got some eggs to cook. He had eggs and milk for breakfast and ate it all because he knew he would have wasted agricultural products. He did not want to waste agricultural products because he knew how important they were. He knew that we need to eat the food because he knows how hard it is to make products and we could run out of them someday.
Jake wanted to tell other people why agriculture is so important but he did not know how. In addition, Jake gave a speech about agriculture and how it is so important. He showed us that more than 50% of jobs rely on agriculture. He was hoping his message would get out to the world. He wants to prove that we need more agriculture in the world.
He went to every little event to get his word out about agriculture. He showed his research in a powerpoint on why we need more farmers. Jake wrote a letter to the government showing how much agriculture we need to live. He knew that if he could get his word around about agriculture it would go viral. Jake also wanted to show people how the world would be like with no agriculture by telling them what they won’t have.
He showed many people how much money agriculture makes for the nation. Many people don’t think about having agriculture and what it would be like. The world could end if we do not have agriculture because we would not have anything to eat. Agriculture makes about 50% of the nation’s income. We export our extra goods to other countries to get money. Many other jobs rely on agriculture too. If we don’t have very many jobs people can not work.
By: Jayne Eilderts
In 1972, it changed. It all changed for girls….. and boys.
A government funded program must now provide equal opportunity to girls, women, boys and men they said. Congress tried to help us gain equal rights but did they really give us equal rights? New sports started being created at universities for but the sports were for girls only. Girls gained the right to use a locker room, have the same number of coaches, and equal funding. The number of girls in sports in college grew from this new amendment while the opposite gender suffered.
Some men sports eventually lost their funding. No more baseball. While girls had the opportunity to participate in Volleyball, swimming, diving, tennis, softball, and soccer; Boys no longer had the opportunity to play college baseball. I’ll admit that boys have the football and wrestling program and girls do not but does that give them the right to have five sports that men don’t have. Even though women were elevated into position they deserved, it felt like men were being pushed down at the same time. It was as if men had to be knocked down like a old building so that women can replace them in with a new replacement building. Is that really equal rights? Is making women possibly higher up than men equal rights? Can anything really be equal?
In 1972, it changed. It changed for girls and ….. boys.
A government funded program must now provided equal opportunity to girls, women, boys, and men. Congress helped many girls have a shot at college athletics. Women around the country rejoiced. We now had the opportunity to play volleyball and basketball at our universities. We watched as women were finally allowed to have a locker room. We gained the right to compete in swimming, diving, track, cross country and gymnastics.
Colleges were now required to spend the same amount of money on men and women's sports. They couldn’t just double their already tight budgets, so there were some cuts made. It was like the end of the world for some boys. No baseball. They finally understood what it was like to not have an opportunity to play college ball. They whined about how the government was tearing their precious building of college sports down. There is a reason for the demolitions, and it was their old building was filled with code violations. Under Title XI, women and men were suppose to be equal and the old college athletic system went against the entire Title. Was before really equal? Did women not having sports really make us equal? Can anything really be equal?
It Didn’t Change
In 1972, it didn’t change. It changed for girls and boys but not for ….. the rest of us.
A government funded program must now provided equal opportunity to girls, women, boys, and men. Congress tried to make people equal and they failed. Transgender people were not covered by this law. In most cases, they were not allowed to compete with their gender identity or not at all. Is this really equal? Can anything ever be equal?
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Is a very serious disease that affects your brain. Often CTE is from hits to the head. Football players and military veterans are the ones most likely to get it. This disease is very dangerous and is life threatening. The side effects of CTE are harmful and make your life very stressful. Some of the side effects are memory loss, confusion impulse control problems, aggression, depression, anxiety, suicidality, and eventually, progressive dementia. Most victims of CTE have heavy suicidal thoughts.
How is CTE linked with football? Well, you get CTE from blows to the head. Concussions make your brain easier to develop CTE. CTE is like living with a big migraine mixed with a concussion. Helmets help prevent CTE but do not cure it. Football is a contact sport so, the more protection you have on your head the better. Doctors say to take as much time off as you can when you have a concussion to make sure that your brain is getting healed right. Taking time off and letting your head heal is the right thing to do so it doesn’t come back and hurt you in the long run.
Today there is no way to tell if you have CTE. There is no test or exam that you can do to see if you have CTE. After you die, a pathologist can do an autopsy and see what you have. Scientists and doctors are trying to discover a test or a way to prove you have CTE. Some doctors think that it is possible to find a cure to this disease but it is going to take a lot of time, money, tests, and hardwork.
Zac Easter was a victim of this terrible Disease. Zac was a normal High Schooler in a small town in Iowa. He was captain of the Indianola football team until CTE took over. Early on on his Junior year he had been diagnosed with a big concussion which sat him out of half of his football games. Later, he returned and played good but he knew something was wrong when he dove into the endzone and got up and his head was twirling and felt sick. He tried to play it off but the next game the athletic trainer pulled him off the field and did a concussion check which he failed. He sat out the rest of his games and thought he was going to get a fresh start playing football next year.
Next year he was playing at a before season game where he tripped and hit another guy head to head which lead to another concussion. He returned a little over half of the season until he was hit and was carried of the field. He later did some research of why he was getting so many concussions and he saw a disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. He knew he had this disease because he had all the symptoms so he got help but nothing helped. He tried to commit suicide but he was caught by his father and the police. Zac didn’t think much of himself anymore and his dad tried to help him. Nothing helped him. He took the 20 gauge his dad gave him and shot himself leaving a note that he wanted his brain examined for CTE.
Ms.Backstrom's class has been working on creative writing pieces based around 'big question' research. Take a look at what they've come up with!