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The Things I Carry

I carry my CCSD identification badge and the tracking device contained therein. I carry my keys, guaranteed entrance to most doors in our school, except those most in need of opening.

I carry the burden of expectation, the anxiety borne of the worst kind of perfectionism–the feeling that you are forever letting other people down. I carry the endless list of questions: Am I a good teacher? Am I good enough to make this meaningful? If I cannot make it meaningful to students, does it…

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How does communication affect our relationships with people?

 

“She opened the closet and dug through a pile of leftover junk until she found an antique, yellow rotary phone; she’d bought it herself at a garage sale back in high school--because she’d been exactly that kind of pretentious” (Rowell 25).

Landline phones have long since become a thing of the past. I’ve never seen an actual landline…

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"America" student poems

Here are some efforts from my English 11 students, using Whitman and, in one case, Hughes as models.

Macie B

 

I see America singing, the varied carols I see,
Those of teenagers, each one singing theirs as it should be emotional and strong,
The attention seeking, singing hers as she spreads another rumor,
The athlete singing his as his final season comes to an unfortunate end,
The alcoholic college kids singing what appears to be a jumbled mess as…

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leslie luft replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I have heard this song a few times and my friend, who is obsessed with Harry Styles and One Direction, had already told me the meaning. The song is clearly about some kind of death. It's from the POV of the mother who is trying to tell her child to…"
Tuesday
Lukas Lawler replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I feel like this song could have two meanings; the meaning given here about his mother, and the meaning of "One Direction is over, move on." There are lyrics to support both of these meanings. The "bullets" could be the hate from One Direction fans…"
Tuesday
Maria Rose King replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"Because of the sound of the police sirens at the begining of the song I was able to form a picture in my head of it located in the city. The lyrics We gotta get away from here, caught me because I've said this before and thought that the bullets in…"
Tuesday
Megan Schieffer replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I would have never interpreted this song about being about a mother and a child, I did however think that it had to do with some type of death whether it be literally or just the death of his career with his "boy" group. I also thought that maybe it…"
Tuesday
Anna Schultes replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I thought that this was about someone passing away and not wanting others to feel sad for her. Now knowing the song is about a mother who just gave birth and she's going to pass away. "Just stop your crying, have the time of your life breaking throu…"
Tuesday
Sullivan Drumheller replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I now understand where this song is coming from. Before Molly explained it I thought it was about a school shooting, saying we gotta get away from here. It also states that "They told me that the end is near" like a shooter could just straight up te…"
Tuesday
Jada Snyder replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I did not know the meaning behind this song, and that is very deep for Harry to write and say. I feel we all as people hide our emotions as well. Even is its relationship problems. We want to tell those we love what is bothering us and why we feel t…"
Tuesday
Carter Kovarna replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I definitely did not expect that to be the meaning behind the song. I expected it to be about how society treats younger musicians, with their only fans usually being younger kids, and how older people will make fun of them, calling them all childis…"
Tuesday
Elizabeth Neal replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I wouldn't have guessed that was the meaning behind this song. I took it a different way as in he had a friend and they were doing wrongful things with their life. I thought it was him helping that person after they have hit rock bottom. Rock bottom…"
Tuesday
Lucas Thobe replied to Molly Schrader's discussion Molly's Song of the Day- Sign of the Times
"I haven't really ever listened to this song because I don't prefer sad moppy songs. I have a feeling that it was about him and a loved one trying to run away from a tragic event but I still don't understand the bullets. This song is a really deep so…"
Tuesday
Molly Schrader posted a discussion
Sign of the Times by Harry Styles is a slow paced pop-rock song about avoiding emotion and hardship. I picked this song because no matter what is going on in any of our lives we all have different emotions and different stories to tell. No matter ho…
Tuesday
Lukas Lawler replied to Carter Kovarna's discussion Song of the Day-Roundabout
"I've heard this song used many times in meme compilations. The prog genre seems really weird since Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and this all fit into that genre. I thought it was about driving due to the roundabout and the 24 before my love lyrics."
Monday
leslie luft replied to Carter Kovarna's discussion Song of the Day-Roundabout
"I liked this song because it reminds me of something my dad would listen to and it puts a lot of visuals in your head. I thought it was cool that the song itself was a roundabout. It ended and then went back to the beginning. It seems to me like thi…"
Monday
Megan Schieffer replied to Carter Kovarna's discussion Song of the Day-Roundabout
"This song for me was kind of hard to annotate just because I never heard it before and I was kind of confused about it. I did however think that maybe it was some kind of road trip that they were taking and the date does go back to like hippies and…"
Monday
Maria Rose King replied to Carter Kovarna's discussion Song of the Day-Roundabout
"This song was longer than I expected and is different than the type of music that I'm into, but I don't hear 70s music often so this was an experience and a taste of what the 70s was like. It's different and not necessarily my era. A lot of translat…"
Monday
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