Davis English 9

Monday, October 19, 2009

Convictions--are they worth risking...everything?

The following statement is one that I think many of us will believe in; however, really think about the second part of the statement. What would it be...the cost...the sacrifice...and for what or whom??

The statement is this: When we believe something strongly, we should stand up for our belief no matter what the cost. Do you agree or disagree and why?Think about this statement in regards to history first. Who stood up for what they believed in? Use Google to search for some examples:

Search possibilities: people who stood up for what they believed in, famous people who stood up for what they believed in, people persecuted for what they believed, leaders who stood up for what they believed, people who died for their faith, people who died protecting others...

Today's assignment:
1. Open a word processing document
2. Research several people that stood up for their beliefs keeping track of the website you used for information. Copy and paste the link to your word document along with 1-3 sentences IN YOUR OWN WORDS explaining what the person believed in, why they had to stand up for their beliefs, and what was the outcome of doing so.
3. Write a topic sentence and a paragraph with specifics that answers: Can you stand up for your beliefs to the same extent that the person you researched did?

*** You may have researched someone who stood up for their faith and you might not, but you could imagine doing so for your family, country, team, etc.

Ex. topic sentences:

Despite my strong faith, I cannot imagine defending my beliefs like Cassie Bernall did at Columbine High School because of my own fear of death.

Like Cassie Bernall stating her love for God right before the Columbine shooter shot her dead, I too would defend my faith because of my deep rooted belief in the afterlife.

--->Notice I am stating my belief, stating the person I researched and what their belief was, and WHY I would or wouldn't do the same.


  • At 12:57 PM , Blogger Callie said...

    I do not believe that i would stick up fir myself and others the way Alice Paul did because I do not think I would ever be able to starve myself, sacrafice my life and be hated and ridicueled on by so many other people everyday. I do believe that I could fight for something uncivil that I believe in in a less radical way. In the future I plan on not settleing for less than what we deserve as people. It doesnt always have to be a fight either, it can be in any way whether or not it is just acting out infront of a group or supporting another group of people who are fighting for something uncivil. If everyone learns to do this then we can learn to choose the results of problems in the future. If we figure this out then we can live in a peaceful world. The world will not be perfect but we can always find ways to make it better.

  • At 12:59 PM , Blogger Moriah said...

    Moriah Denler
    Rachel Scott

    Since I believe in God and the after life, if I was in Rachel's situation I would stand up for my belief and even face death if it came to it. Rachel was a student at Columbine High School and was shot after telling two boys named Eric Herris and Dylan Klebold who also attended Columbine High School that she was a Christian. They chose September 20th to attack Columbine High School because it was Hitlers birthday and they basically worshiped at his feet. He was their idle. Rachel always stood up for those who were picked on and accepted everyone who needed a friend. I think that as long as Heaven is waiting for me I'd be fine with dying. NOT that I'm suicidal or anything but Heaven will be amazing! Also, I don't want anyone going against my belief and feel horrible later for not correcting them. I can't imagine the pain Rachel would feel later if she hadn't stood up for God. She always knew she would die young, and if you were prepared to die I think that it would be easy to chose to stand up for what you believe and sacrifice you life for God. There's no greater cause. If she hadn't stood up for he belief she wouldn't have touched thousands of hearts with Rachel's Challenge. I believe, if in Rachel's situation, I would stand up for my beliefs and sacrifice my life.


  • At 12:59 PM , Blogger Callie said...

    Alice Paul:


    Alice Paul, who was a radical womens sufferagist took her life and dedicated it towards getting women human rights. If it wasnt for her and all other people then we as women would not be able to express our creativity. Alice Paul ignored all laws and stood for whhat she believed in and did whatever she could to help women everywhere.

  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger NS said...

    In my opinion it is very important to support your opinion no matter what. There is a man named Saint Thomas More who sacrificed his life for his religion. He was alive a long long time ago. King Henry VIII wanted to get appointed the head of the church so he could get a divorce, and St Thomas More and his good friend denied that. He was thrown in prison for many months until he was finally decapitated for it. I don't know if I could be able to do a thing like that for my church. To sacrifice one's life for their religion is a very brave thing, especially when you are doing it to the King of a country. If I was put in a position where I had to defend my believe I would hope that I could come through and do it. Decapitation is a very harsh way of punishment and if someone threatened me with that I would be under a real test. I admire the people that can do those things and if I were to be put in a situation like that I hope that I could be able to do such a thing.


  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger crawdaddy19 said...

    Though I have a strong faith I could not stand all the persecution that Paul withstood just to tell people what I believe in. Paul from the Bible was a great man of Jesus and he with stood a ton of persecution from almost everyplace he went to. He had to live his life in fear and in jails. "Yet, some of the jealous Jews plotted to have these two mistreated and stoned. They heard about the plot and escaped to Lystra." I could never do that being told of plots to kill you at almost everyplace you went to. He basically lived his life in jails."The Apostle Paul spent a total of approximately seven years in prison." He wrote most of his books in jail also."Paul was writing 2nd Timothy from a Maritime dungeon." If I was in that situation I would probably just quite and go home, I could not have the faith that Paul did and the perseverance he did. Paul was a great man of God and had to go through a ton of persecution, he spent about 7 years of his life in prison and had a ton of plots to kill him. I just could not have the perseverance and faith like Paul did.



  • At 1:05 PM , Blogger JTJ10 said...

    Although I am afraid of giving speeches, I would still state my beliefs through speech. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his beliefs about blacks rights and other issues during time of racism. He got shot before he was to lead a protest, which would stop me from giving my mind. Even though I would be afraid of dieing, I would still risk my life for the saving of my beliefs and loved ones. Martin Luther King Jr. was a strong, willing, black man that went out of his way for the rights and safety of his kind and only got shot for the showing that whites and other races became scared that the blacks would come to greater power. The power to blacks that he had brought would teach me to do the same thing if the issue calls to me. I would still be afraid for the killing of my soul but like Martin Luther King Jr.'s spirits, I would hope my message would live on. These are why many people are afraid of speaking there beliefs, but like me some people would go on to go all out and not be 100 percent afraid of the consequences.


  • At 1:05 PM , Blogger jfootball25 said...

    I can't imagine dying for my faith like saint Stephen did for his faith because of my own fear for death. Saint Stephen died by getting stoned to death by the nonbelievers. He died for his christian belief
    like many other saints did. Saint Stephen was the first martyr in the christian church. Before he died he said "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." he is saying that he would rather die then don't beliefe in Jesus and live. I would die for my belief so that I would have a happy afterlife like saint Stephen did.

  • At 1:05 PM , Blogger baby_chick123 said...

    Caitlin Hanson Mrs. Davis Period 6 10/19/09

    Like Rosa Parks I believe that everyone has the their rights as a person and that nobody should ever try and take that away from you no matter what your skin color is or what heritage you come from. I think that if the situation was appropriate that I would stand up for my rights and beliefs like Rosa Parks did. Everyone has their rights as a person and nobody should ever try to take that away from you,no matter what the reason is. People that live in the United States are lucky because unlike other countries we have rights that allow us to be a free country. Without these rights we would be separated by our races and we wouldn't be able to have free speech, the freedom of the press, the right to dress how we wish to, and even the right to bear arms. Without these rights we wouldn't be the country that we are today. Even though some people take advantage of these rights and don't use them for the right reasons they still are considered lucky to be living in the U.S. Because in other countries committing those actions that would result to them being severely punished. They would be punished if they tried to speak against their countries government or if they wrote something that they were not allowed to write and published it in their newspaper. We are lucky that we have our rights and that we are able to do the things that others cant do daily.


    Rosa Parks believed that no matter what your skin tone is, everyone is equal. She had to stand up for her beliefs because if she didn't then no body else would respect her and see what she believed was right or wrong. When she stood up for her beliefs she was arrested because she broke the law when she refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus.

  • At 1:07 PM , Blogger Justin said...

    Paul Revere
    Paul was glorified after he died on May 10, 1818. He died as a messenger in the battles of Lexington.
    He is well known in the U.S.A as a patriotic symbol. Be for that he was a Boston craftsmen. He helped the American alarm system and intelligence to keep watch of the British military. I can stand up for my beliefs. If some one was going against it or arguing it with me I would stand up for what ever it was. I would not be to the same extent because he died trying to alarm the Americans that the British were coming.

  • At 1:07 PM , Blogger ravinous pear said...

    I belief that when you belief something strongly you should stand up for them. For example when George Washington believed we should be free from Brittan he fought for it even though he could have died. I think i would have the courage of Washington and fight for my freedom because America is great because it is free. But only if something is so important to you that u live for it should you stand up for it no mater what. To me not every thing i belief is worth standing up for no mater the cost because not everything is as important as freedom. I defiantly agree that you should stand up for what you belief in no mater the cost if its that important to you.

  • At 1:08 PM , Blogger valgavi23 said...

    Valentina Gatica
    English 9

    When we believe in something strongly, I think we should stand up for it no matter what, but despite what I believe in I couldn't imagine doing what Martin Luther King Jr. did. Martin Luther King Jr. was an amazing black civil rights leader. He was assassinated standing up for something he believed in. He led many African American people to follow his beliefs. I myself have many beliefs but I would only stand up for my beliefs to a certain degree. Several people didn't agree on what MLK Jr. was addressing, that's why many attempts to kill him were made. Even the president said he was “Shocked and saddened by the civil rights leaders death.” All he wanted to do is create a better world for his people and wanted everybody to live equally, but people disagreed with him. Martin Luther King Jr. gave all his effort and sacrificed his life to try to make peace with many people, even though he died trying many people are very thankful for what he has accomplished throughout his life.


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  • At 1:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    “Do you believe in God?” Cassie stood face to face with her killers and she said “Yes.”

    Cassie Bernall stood up for her faith in God, and sacrificed her own life to prove it. Cassie was a true Christian Martyr, and I look up to her as my true role model. Cassie is a person who truly did put all her faith in the hands of God. Her killers were her classmates, and possibly so-called friends. Only a junior at Columbine High School, she was unique in a way that her many of her classmates and friends could not understand. I have complete faith in God, but I would not do what Cassie Bernall did. When faced in a situation like hers, I would probably do what her classmate stated other people would, cower and scream for my killers to spare my life, even when I knew they wouldn't. Cassie Bernall is a true inspiration to me, and I know that she did what she did because of her true faith in Him. When faced with her killers, she knew she was being protected by God, and knew that He would put her in the right place when she died.
    Cassie had entered the school library to study during lunch, and a sophomore had been hiding somewhere in the library. He listened to her final words, before she was shot to death.
    As I read the final words that Cassie Bernall spoke, I think about the way she stood up simply for her own faith in God. She was faced with people she had passed in the hallways, who were now her killers, and had no mercy whatsoever for her bravery. Her killer asked her why she believed in God, but never gave her a chance to answer, before he murdered her in cold blood.
    The students and few teachers who were killed at Columbine did not deserve to die, whether they sent the students who started the massacre to detention, or if they were a bully to them. The killers were friends and fellow students, and they turned into monsters, murdering the people they had befriended over the years.

  • At 1:09 PM , Blogger howdy95 said...

    I cannot imagine being Lt. Ehren Watada, and standing up to the U.S. army, knowing that I would probably go to jail. Lt. Ehren Watada was a man who joined the U.S. military, but after joining the military researched the American invasion into Iraq. After doing this he found out that America had gone into Iraq based on false evidence presented to Congress. When it was time for him to be deployed, he stood up for his belief, saying that his own involvement in the war would be constituted as crimes against peace under command responsibility. Today Watada lives knowing that a 6-8 year prison sentence is somewhere in his future, but he still holds his head up high, knowing that what he stands up for is right to him. Lt. Watada inspires me to stand up for my moral beliefs no matter, what the consequences.

  • At 1:12 PM , Blogger ryans2013 said...

    Despite my hope, I would not have done what Rosa Parks had done because I would have been scared to get shot or get hurt by a white person. There was much hatred towards the blacks at the time that she sat in the white section of the bus. She is a brave person to stick up for the blacks and not to be very scared too. At the time in the city she lived in there were about 1700 blacks that were killed. Blacks were hanged and tortured back then too. That would be scary to live beck then and you were black because you would always have to watch your back. As you can see, i would not stick up for myself because you could've got killed and i wouldn't like to be killed.

  • At 1:14 PM , Blogger Zach said...

    General George Patton lead the U.S. 3rd army through Europe during WWII and fought bravely along side his men. He made some of the hardest decisions by leading his troops into battle, knowing that many of them would not come back. He loved his country and therefore sacrificed his men and risked his life to protect our country and the people that live in it. Patton also had strong morals and if he was ordered to do something that he thought was wrong or could be done better, he disobeyed his order and did what he thought best. On the occasion that he did disobey an order he would usually make a good decision and not get penalized by the army. He was a good leader and earned the respect of his men.
    I would be willing to give my life for our country like George Patton because I believe that I am saving the lives of people in the U.S. by giving my life. I also have strong religious beliefs and would not fear death because of the promise after death. I would be ready to fight for the U.S.
    1. http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/2WWpatton.htm
    2. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bulge/peopleevents/p_patton.html

  • At 2:27 PM , Blogger cheyenne B. said...

    Rigoberta Menchú Tum was a lady that was involved of womens right movement when she was a teenager. She fought for the indian rights and ethno-culture reconciliation. She believed others had a right to their freedom as well. For doing this she lost her family an almost lost her life as well. I think that doing something this couragous is very modest and dangerous. Me putting myself in that risk would be horriflying but if i had to. I'd stand for the people as well as for myself. Losting my family would be hard that would be an incouragement to push me on doing what Rigoberta Menchú Tum did. These rights people stood up for are rights that make civilization more free. These beliefs she had were goals that seemed impossible but she made it through.

  • At 3:59 PM , Blogger da-artistBS said...

    Bailey Smith
    Period 6
    Despite being both lazy and indecisive, I would endanger my life for a cause like Emily Wilding Davison did in 1913, because some ideals are worth dying for. Davison threw herself in front of King George V's horse on June 11th, 1913, and never regained consciousness. Her passion for women’s rights caused her to be arrested several times, go on hunger strikes, and plant a bomb at David Lloyd George's house. Eventually, this enthusiasm for women's suffrage lead to her injuries and death on the racetrack. If faced with a similar situation, I would do the same thing. Women's rights was a major issue, and if someone didn’t do something drastic, maybe it wouldn’t have gotten resolved. If such a issue were to rise today, I would most definitely get myself involved. Maybe, if the cause needed it, I would also be willing to sacrifice my life. If the cause was a positive one, and it was going to improve many people, that may also influence me to sacrifice myself. All that really matters is what the cause is for and if giving my life would help it.



  • At 5:21 PM , Blogger Luke Marshall said...

    I definitely could see myself being a major peace activist like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and the Beatles in general, but not to their extent at my age although I would love to spread peace through music. John Lennon was definitely the most involved with peace in the Beatles but they were all involved a lot. John Lennon wrote a song all about peace called “Imagine” and in that song he talks about the world being one; “and the world will live as one” (Imagine). That whole song is filled with lyrics like that and they really get to you. Paul McCartney worked with John Lennon while they were together in the Beatles. They traveled all over the world together and with the Beatles writing, recording, and playing songs to countries about peace. The Beatles, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon are all great inspirations if you want to be a peace activist and follow your dreams.

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  • At 5:36 PM , Blogger Prettynpink62091 said...

    I will do anything to stand up for what I believe in if that means my life or my family. I will not lie to anyone or myself for what I believe in even if that does mean taking my life at least I would know that I died for something I believed in. What would you do?
    You have a gun to your head, the man holding the gun asks “Do you Believe in God?”
    What would you say? Would you say No and go on living your life knowing that you didn't stand up for what you believed in. Or would you say yes and die for what you believed in? Many of you may not be faced with this situation but Cassie Bernall was. When she was faced with a gun pressed against her head and asked a question that determined her life Do you believe in god what was going through her head ? Not knowing what the right answer would be, if she said no and didn't get shot then she would live with knowing she didn't stand up for god.The main question is What would you do? Will you stand up for what you belive in even if it means your life?

  • At 6:11 PM , Blogger TD said...

    Although I stand up for what I strongley beleive I would not scrifice as much as Nelson Mandela. The South African leader stood up against the South African goverent because o racial segregation in the political system. Because of his beliefs he spnt 27 years in an African Prison. I believe in standing up for your beliefs to a certain extent, but 27 years? I don't think so. I also wouldn't die for my beliefs, minus my faith and family, like Mahatma Gandhi and Malcom X. My faith and my family are the only things I would die for. Your country's independence is not worth dying for in my opinion.

  • At 6:50 PM , Blogger Lexi612 said...

    Lexi Mercier

    Even though I think standing up for what you believe in is very important I don't think I could risk going to jail like Rosa Parks did when she didn't give up her seat in the bus. Rosa Parks was arrested on December 1, 1955 for violating segregated seating in a public bus. When doing this she stood up for many African Americans by showing she didn't agree with the way they were treated and sat in the front of the bus when they were supposed to sit in the back. This led to a successful boycott of the Montgomery buses by African American riders. Rosa sacrificed going to jail which means she wouldn't get to see her family, have her job, or live her everyday life anymore. I don’t think I would give all that up for just showing what I believed in, but then again if Rosa Parks didn’t do that the bus boycott might not have ever happened and many African Americans might have not felt like they needed to act or stand up for their equal rights. When standing up for what you believe in, you need to be brave and ready for the consequences that it brings and I don’t think I could ever be as brave as Rosa Parks.


  • At 7:18 PM , Blogger jrlval2 said...

    Although I greatly admire Martin Luther King Jr. for standing up for the African-Americans civil rights movement, I don't believe I could go to the extreme measures for anything that I believe in. Martin Luther King Jr. gave speeches in front of millions of people, leaded rallies and lots boycotts. I don't believe that I could do all of this for one cause because it would become everything that you believe in and if you were to fail it would be as if you had failed for everything you have ever fought for. Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous 'I have a Dream' speech in which he said; “And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” King knew that what he was doing was going to be hard, the hardest thing that he has ever done but if he gets it, it will be the greatest accomplishment of his life! I don't believe that I could put all my effort into one thing for my entire life knowing that there is a strong possibility that I could fail, knowing that there are thousands of people out there that would love to see me fail. I admire the way that King fought for what he believed in. He never fought violently or threatened a single person that threatened him; he would only work harder to prove them wrong. I would not be able to stay peaceful about something I cared this passionately about; sooner or later I would want revenge on everyone who had doubted me. Knowing everything that Martin Luther King Jr. suffered through for what he believed in I don’t feel that I would be able to stand up as passionately for what I believe in like Martin Luther King Jr. did.


  • At 7:27 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

    Passion, something that motivates me in everything I do, but I could never imagine expressing my passion like Rosa Parks or John Lennon; even though I would support something I strongly believe in, I couldn’t do it quite like them. Whether it’s through music, or simply standing up to society these people knew exactly how to make their voice heard. For example, Rosa Parks, one rebellious woman that knew what she wanted how to use it to fix the problem she felt strongly about, racism towards African-Americans. Rosa stated, “I didn't have any special fear, it was more of a relief to know that I wasn't alone." Though, there was the possibility that she could very well been driven down by fear, she knew in her heart that there were others with her. Though, what if she didn’t have support from others, could this be the only motive? Thankfully, she had that motivation to drive on. Unlike Rosa Parks, John Lennon stood up for what he believes in through music. In the late 1960’s, early 70’s the Vietnam WAR inspired Lennon to write music about peace, love and equality. With the help of his band, The Beatles, he changed a generation into rebellious people that would fight against the society. No matter the arguments, no matter the drugs, or the money John still believed in peace throughout the land. For he and his band members have created music that has changed the views of people and will forever live. These people have stood up for what they believe no matter the cost, and I too would do the same. If I believed in something strong enough I would go after it and pursue it.
    John Lennon: http://www.johnlennon.com/html/biography.aspx
    Rosa Parks: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/par0bio-1

  • At 7:29 PM , Blogger isaac3777ahsfootball said...

    Isaac Prudhomme
    Davis p. 6

    Yes I would like when Gandhi stood up his beliefs in non aggressive problem solving even know he new that lots of people would disagree with him. Gandhi ended up paying the ultimate price he was assassinated on January 30 1948 by Nathuram Godse. I think that I would also give my life for what I believe in be a strong roman catholic I would give my life to defend my religion. Gandhi was just telling people what he thought and it ended up killing him. So even if it endangered me I still would do it because if now one stood up for what the believed in there would be no chose in life. Even know Gandhi had a good idea there was still some one who wanted to take his life. And Gandhi new that if he kept preaching his ideas he would have people coming after him. That did not stop Gandhi from telling people what he thought. So even if my life was endanger I think I still would stand up for what’s right.

  • At 8:58 PM , Blogger Katey said...

    Although I do agree with Cassie Bernall, I can't even see myself in her situation, and how awful it would be. I would tell anyone in the world who asked me that I believe in God, and I would die for it. I have no problem saying that I love God. Now, I would like to say that I wouldn't pause for a second if someone was holding a gun to my head and asked if I believed in God, but when it comes down to it, I do, and I would tell the killer strait to his face. Its worth dying knowing that, with my belief, I can go to heaven. I think about my family, my friends, my church family, and I still say that I would tell that killer that I love God. I know that my family and friends would miss me, but would be proud of me for showing my love for God. Even if something is not this extreme, I will still stand up for what I believe in, even with the consequences.

  • At 1:12 PM , Blogger Allen said...

    Bob Marley a Jamaican man with pure talent. Many people may believe in something but give up there hopes or deny what they believe in because of being threatened or harassed. Bob on the other hand, he was much different. He wasn't going to let people bring him down. "He had this idea, it was kind of a virologist idea, he believed he could cure racism and hate, literally cure it by injecting music and love into people's lives. One day he was scheduled to perform at a peace concert, a gunmen came to his house and gunned him down. Two days later he walked out on that stage and sang. Somebody asked him why? He said the people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking a day off. How can I? Light up the darkness." He wont even consider giving up his beliefs after being shot! Bob Marley was a religious man as well, he was a member of the rastafari movement whose culture was a key element in developing reggae. he believed that he could change the way people think, see things, and be more peaceful through his music. that to me is amazing and his songs are all about finding happiness, not worrying about life, and standing up for your rights. the words he speaks are true and very meaningful. how can we get through life with just hate disrespect, and always having worries? I believe that with love and peace being given to us through his music and thoughts can help people be more carefree and lovable for so many things. some think that peace is a "hippie" term or involves things like marijuana but they don't see that if we could have peace without war racism hate etc. how beautiful this world would be.

  • At 12:47 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

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  • At 12:53 PM , Blogger Buffunicorn said...

    Kurtis Werner
    LA 6

    I think you should stand up for what ever you believe in no matter what cost. If you strongly believe in something you should never let someone tell you different. Like Martin Luther King he did everything he could to make sure everyone was treated the same. He gave a speech called “I have a dream”to make his point. He was assassinated, but died fighting in what he believed in. I would have done the same thing. So no matter what the cost you should always stand up in what you believe in.

  • At 12:55 PM , Blogger ravinous pear said...


    would you stand up for it if it was something as important as warning people about an attack. i think i would because that is a very big deal.

  • At 12:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Even though I absolutely love my life I would die like Jim Elliot did. Jim Elliot lived from 1927-1956, he died at age 28. He was a missionary in Ecuador. He went to evangelize to a dangerous group of Indians in the jungle and was killed in a brutal attack with his fellow missionaries and wife."He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."(Jim Elliot) I love my god and if God leads me do so I would. This would be hard for me because I love life and living but I would stand up for God. I will serve him and if it means dying for him that's a chance I am willing to take for God and spreading his word.http://www.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/faq/20.htm

  • At 12:56 PM , Blogger ryans2013 said...

    I like it Allen

  • At 12:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I agree with Moriah because Rachel Scott, along with many other students, was killed because of her belief in God in the Columbine Massacre. Rachel was a believer in God, like Cassie Bernall, and both were slaughtered by Erik Harris and Dylan Klebold. I like the examples that she used to demonstrate how Rachel was a vicitm, and the fact that she was confident in where God would put her. I look up to Rachel and Cassie as my role models, and like that Moriah chose to research Rachel Joy Scott.

  • At 12:56 PM , Blogger Zach said...

    I agree with ravenous pear that you should stand up for what you believe because your beliefs are your personality. Your beliefs make you who you are and what you will do based on your beliefs.

  • At 12:57 PM , Blogger TD said...

    Jack, yours is good but you could make it longer. You chose a good example.

  • At 12:57 PM , Blogger Veronica said...

    Bailey Smith

    1. Something interesting that I learned was about this woman that spared her life for the sake of women's rights. I find it very powerful and inspirational, though it would depend on the sitation whether or not I would want to take my life for it.

    2. I really think your topic sentence is great, it really opens up to the topic and the concluding sentence really wraps it up. I like your example though I question I have is, what ezactly happened and what was the end result due to this woman's actions.

    3. I learned that Emily spared her life for the better of other woman. It seems to be a hard decision, but it is something that resulted positivly.

  • At 12:57 PM , Blogger NS said...

    For Lexi612,
    I do agree with her paragraph. She had a good topic sentence stating her point and making it clear. Her examples of what happened because of Rosa Parks actions were very good and believable. The concluding sentence was a solid and strong finish to a good paragraph.

  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger jfootball25 said...

    everyones was good

  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger crawdaddy19 said...

    Sam Crawford
    I am commenting on Luke Marshall
    1. I found interesting that John Lennon and the Beatles wrote an entire song dedicated to peace. It was cool that they were that into peace that they would write an entire song dedicated to it.
    2. You had a detailed topic sentence and you got a clear point on what the paragraph was about. You also had a good clear conclusion sentence.
    3. I learned that John Lennon was a very peaceful man and not just a hippie stoner.

  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger Justin said...

    Domonick i agree with your entire paragraph you wrote it very well. I agree that if i ever got drafted to the war i would not go i dont belive in us going there to fight wev been there longer then both WW1 AND WW2 its a waste to kill helpless people there. I agree with you person you wrote about and i agree with you i would not go.

  • At 12:58 PM , Blogger Moriah said...

    Sam!(Crawdaddy19). I agree with you completely. If I was in Paul's situation I would reject being a Christian and could not go through all of the pain he did and still be so close to God. Your topic sentence is very clear and well put together! You used a very thought out set of words. Can you imagine writing things about God in a Meritime Dungeon?!? I could not get through that and not be mad at God. You really had a great paragraph! Also it's crazy that he spent 7 years in jail! WOW! Very good job Sam!

  • At 12:59 PM , Blogger da-artistBS said...


    Oh my goodness! WOMAN STOP WRITING SO WELL!! I love the bit on John Lennon and the way he expressed himself. I also found it interesting that you drew the parallel between Rosa Parks and John. The quotes were perfect and your words choice was amazing.
    The topic sentence was long, but it got to the point and 'opened the door' for the rest of the paragraph. The conclusion did the exact opposite, and wrapped up the paragraph beautifully.
    I really didn't learn anything, but to someone who didn't know anything about the Parks and Lennon,they could probably get a pretty good idea on who these people were and what they stood for.
    You are making me feel bad, stop improving.

  • At 12:59 PM , Blogger Katey said...

    Cheyenne B.

    That would be really hard for me personally to do what Rigoberta Menchú Tum did. I couldn't stand having a lot of people hate me, and be mean to me, and I wouldn't want to go through that danger.

  • At 1:00 PM , Blogger baby_chick123 said...

    I really like what you said about what your believe in. I liked how you used other peoples examples and put your own beliefs along with yours into your writing. Your topic sentence was really powerful and you immediately stated your love for god. I think it was really powerful what your person that you researched had did before the columbine shooter had shot her dead. You did a good job!

  • At 1:01 PM , Blogger jrlval2 said...

    I thought it was interesting to learn how General Patton gave everything for his country. I also liked your word choice and how you truly made his sound like a hero. I also really liked your topic sentence and how you explained who Patton is and what he had done for the country. I learned about another man who gave everything he had for our great country!

  • At 1:01 PM , Blogger theshort1 said...

    Caitlin h.

    i agree with you and i thought that it was interesting how you tied in what you thought with telling about Rosa Parks, and showing how there are right times for when you need to stand up for yourself or when the appropriate time is. I like how you chose a strong person to research on. I Think it was fascinating how you chose a person that you have similar thoughts with i really like what you wrote.

  • At 1:02 PM , Blogger JTJ10 said...

    I pick nick

    1. It was fascinating how st Thomas more was killed because i didn't now that and it is a good story

    2. i agree and complement your whole essay

    3. i learned how st Thomas more died

  • At 1:03 PM , Blogger valgavi23 said...

    I agree with Caitlin on what she said about standing up for what you believe in no matter what. Everyone should have there own opinions and stand up for their faith just like Rosa Parks. She stood up for her beliefs and got punished for her actions, I don't think anyone should be punished for expressing their faiths. Therefore you should stand up for yourself no matter what.

  • At 1:03 PM , Blogger Lexi612 said...

    For NS
    1. I've heard of Saint Thomas More before but I didn't really know anything about him. I thought it was fascinating that he stood up for his religion because a lot of people wouldn't sacrifice their life to defend their beliefs.

    2. I agree with Nick because I am religious too and i would hope that if I was to defend my religion that I could but it would take a lot of courage.

  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger howdy95 said...

    I found JTJ10's blog very ineresting, because he seems willing to fight for his beliefs, no matter what. i really like his topic sentence that stateshe is willing to do just about anything to get his beleifs, and ideals recignized. I learned that Martin Luther King was scared, but he still stood up for what he belived in.

  • At 1:04 PM , Blogger Luke Marshall said...


    1. I liked your word choice you used a lot of big interesting words.

    2. Your topic sentence was really strong and it drew me into the rest of the peace.

    3. I know a lot about the Beatles but i didn't know that the reason John Lennon wrote peace songs was because of the Vietnam War.

  • At 1:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Katey, I completely agree with you. I think the way you put it was really strong. I also feel the same way.

  • At 1:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I am commenting on Moriah's post.
    It was fascinating to learn that Cassie Bernal was not the only person who died for their faith in the Columbine shooting because everyone always thinks of Cassie as being the only one who died for their faith but really Racheal died also for god. Moriah I love your topic sentence it was direct and answered the question really well. I learned that Racheal also died for being a Christian as well as Cassie.

  • At 1:10 PM , Blogger cheyenne B. said...

    Zach. I thought your comment on the civil war, he did what was by best judgment on his point of view and how the General patton fought with his men and did everything for his County. That was great, your wording and thoughts were good and interesting.

  • At 1:13 PM , Blogger isaac3777ahsfootball said...

    many people said that they would not stand up for what the believe in if the cost was to much. I think that any belief that is strong should be a belief that your willing to die for. so thats where i disagree with them

    isaac Prudhomme
    davis p.1

  • At 7:59 PM , Blogger JM65 said...

    Jalin McKinnon

    Although I am not very good at science and don’t get any of it I feel like Galileo Galilee is by fare the greatest scientist ever. I think he is so great because he believed things that other people didn’t and back in his time (1600s) if someone heard something they would believe it because they could not prove that it was wrong. He was curious about what was in space he wanted to no what else there was besides are small little planet, but some people back then thought it was bad people hated him but I agree with many people that he was the father of Modern Science. For thows of you who don’t know who Galilieo is he did many things he improved the telescope to a 30x magnification, he also found 4 moons that surrounded Jupiter. Galileo was the greatest astronimer he found many stars and he found out that the rings around satern werent planets. I pick galileo because a lot of people in the 1600s didn’t care he wanted to fine out new things in spase and I also want to follow in his footprints because if he haddent found these things out we would be lost.


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