Thursday, December 26, 2013


“I teach because, for me, it's the most effective and 

most enjoyable way to change the world.” - Elena Aguilar, teacher 

Why do you teach? Read 100+ answers:

Friday, December 6, 2013

RIP Nelson Mandela.

RIP Nelson Mandela. You were one of the greatest world leaders of our time. May your life and your teachings be echoed throughout eternity. I wish you the same peace in death that you championed in your life.
Nelson Mandela
July 18, 1918-December 5, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013


I think it's safe to say that everyone is thankful for their mama!

Monday, October 14, 2013

THEMATIC ANALYSIS - "The Road Not Taken" vs. "Follow My Feet"

"The Road Not Taken"
by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


"Follow My Feet"
by The Unlikely Candidates


Wednesday, September 11, 2013


It is so very important that we remember today and honor the memory of the many victims that died during the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Friday, September 6, 2013





Thursday, September 5, 2013

MC Lars @ TEDx USC

MC Lars connects hip-hop music to classic literature by William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


"For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision;
And today well-lived, makes
Yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well therefore to this day!"

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Value of YOU!

The Peer Referral & Orientation Staff (PROS) of Camden County Technical School would like to take a moment of your valuable time to recognize you as a truly important individual and a very special person. You may get beat up and knocked down by life, but always know that you have value that cannot be diminished. See this value in yourself, and then others will see your value as well. Please take a moment to watch this amazing video that one of our members created to illustrate this point.

Thursday, March 21, 2013


"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
-Barack Obama

Friday, March 15, 2013


The word Ides comes from the Latin word “Idus” and means “half division” especially in relation to a month. It is a word that was used widely in the Roman calendar indicating the approximate day that was the middle of the month. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months.[1] The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held.

In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. The group included 60 other co-conspirators according to Plutarch.[2]

According to Plutarch, a seer had foreseen that Caesar would be harmed not later than the Ides of March and on his way to the Theatre of Pompey (where he would be assassinated), Caesar met that seer and joked, “The ides of March have come”, meaning to say that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Ay, Caesar; but not gone.”[3] This meeting is famously dramatized in William Shakespeare‘s play Julius Caesar, when Caesar is warned by the soothsayer to “beware the Ides of March.”[4][5]

(Source: Wikipedia)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Are YOU Asking The Right Questions?

  • Click the following link and read the article.
  • Respond to the article by posing one of your own questions in the comment box. Then, attempt to answer it!
  • Reply to someone else's posted question by answering it. Then, provide them with a new question based upon their question!
  • Both tasks can be completed in one comment post.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Poetry Analysis: "Stop the Violence" by Diva Hunter-Payne

By Diva Hunter-Payne (17 years old), Massachusetts
Originally written for and performed at Teen Voices’ Poetically Speaking 2011 event.

Art by Chantal Feitosa (15 years old), New York

I look around and what do I see?
I see our young people killing one another out on the streets
We’re forgetting our black leaders fought for us to have peace.
Segregation, disjunction, manipulation, AND MORE AND MORE DEVASTATION!
No wonder why our kids are losing motivation.
Tell me what is this world coming to? Am I just being wise or am I being a fool?
Come on ya’ll, speak to me because I’m speaking to you! I really want this dream to come true.
When is this violence gonna end?
But if truth be told, we don’t even know where to begin.
True, we have all these “STOP THE VIOLENCE EVENTS”
But are we just doing this for pretend?
Because at the end
People leave out the same way they came in.
Listen fathers, to your children’s frustration
I’m using this poem as a form of communication
Less violence if family show kids more LOVE and dedication
NO MORE VIOLENCE and less altercations
I don’t believe in any violent inhabitations
I trust God to fix any situation
It’s clear someone new is dying from violence every single day
But when are we gonna take a stand AS A PEOPLE and say “Na, this is not okay.”
Kids turning to gangbanging
They don’t got no mother or father figure
Is that their excuse to press a TRIGGER?
Males putting their hands on females and treating them as toys…
No wonder why you got girls trying to be boys.
Mothers and fathers fighting in front of their children –
Is that why we have unnecessary killing?
I believe that us as blacks
When we were being attacked
It was THEN, we had one another’s back!
What happened to FIGHT THE POWER?
LOVE and embrace each and every hour!
Bring back PEACE in our streets!!!
Bring back UNITY in our community!!!
Stop hating one another
Hey, we’re supposed to be sisters and brothers!
I HATE this violence!
Listen killer
I’m talking to you killer
Who are you to take someone else’s life?
But it’s not me it’s YOU who is going to be paying the price
The messed up things that you’re doing is not cool or alright
Do you think about the life you took?
ANSWER ME, you messed up crook
Do you think about the family your victim is leaving behind?
Come on killer I want to know what’s in YOUR mind
Our kids are dying before their time
If you ask me that is a HUGE crime
So when you ask me to look around and what do I see
I see nothing but violence out on the streets
But check it – I don’t get mad though.
Cuz at the end of the day, there’s still HOPE.

Friday, February 22, 2013


"To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift." -Steve Prefontaine

 Pre held eight collegiate records and his three-mile and six mile records are still standing today. His death shocked the running community world wide.

 Steve Prefontaine is arguably the greatest American distance runner in history. "Pre" was unstoppable on the track and at the height of his career, he held every American track and field record from the 2,000 to the 10,000 meters.

 Pre was born is Coos Bay, Oregon. His running career began at Marshfield High School where he was undefeated in cross-country and in track his junior and senior years. As a senior, he broke the American record for the two mile run. His outstanding performance attracted the attention of Bill Bowerman, legendary track coach at the University of Oregon and co-founder of Nike, Inc.

 Pre entered the University of Oregon in 1969. He became famous for winning races, setting and resetting his own records and filling the University of Oregon's Hayward Field to capacity with fans that would erupt into cheering at the mere site of him. At the end of his four years at the University of Oregon, Pre racked up seven NCAA titles: three in cross-country, '70, '71, '73; and four in the three-mile in track, '70, '71, '72 and '73. Pre was the first athlete to win four consecutive NCAA track titles in the same event. He held eight collegiate records and his three-mile and six-mile records are still standing today. During his career he broke his own or other American records 14 different times.

 Pre competed in the 5,000 meters at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. He took the lead with a mile to go and held on until Finland's Lasse Viren passed him with 600 meters left in the race. Pre finished fourth.

 His death in a car accident on May 30, 1975, shocked the running community world wide. Pre was only 24 years old. Twenty years after his death, Pre's impact on running is no less than it was at the pinnacle of his career.

(National Distance Running Hall of Fame

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

VIDEO BLOG: Respected Film Actor, Jeremy Irons, Talks About the Topic of the Death Penalty (DUE 1/10)

DIRECTIONS: Please watch the video and respond in the comment box with your thoughts about what he is saying and the position that he is taking.

Please answer the following questions within your response:
  • What types of appeals does he use? Ethos? Pathos? Logos?
  • Is his argument successful? Why?
  • Do you agree or disagree with what he is saying? Explain.