Say, Mean, Matter Forum
Post here each week about contemporary issues that intrigue you. Follow the close reading strategy of 1. What does the text say? 2. What does the text mean? 3. Why does the text matter?
4th Say, Mean, Matter Post
Say, Mean, Matter Discussion Forum—You will contribute one Say, Mean, Matter post online each week. You may choose the content of your post. Consider the following possibilities:
a. Important newspaper articles, which you can find online or in a print newspaper
b. Textual quotes from the literature you are reading
c. Any contemporary issue that intrigues you
You will then analyze the content in terms of “What does it (whatever you chose) SAY?” This is a summary, so put the content into your own words.
The next section will be titled, “What does it MEAN?” This is an interpretation. This is where you determine what the content means. This is YOUR interpretation based on your background knowledge and your knowledge of the subject matter, etc.
The final section is the “What does it MATTER?” This is the implication piece. What are the possible outcomes? How will this content impact you, the community, the nation, the world? See columns below. There will be a sample SAY, MEAN, MATTER post online for you to consider while you compose your own. Your SMM post is due online each Friday at midnight.
Please use your first name and last initial and YOUR CLASS PERIOD. You will NOT receive credit if there is no class period listed.
Example: Shelia S., period 1
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Gregory Boyle, in TATTOOS ON THE HEART, wrote, "You stand with the belligerent, the surly, and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear"(179). (This is cited in MLA format.)
This says that bad behavior is a way of communicating one's pain and that standing with the badly behaved is necessary until the pain is revealed and understood.
My interpretation of this passage is that it means that when people act out and misbehave that they are doing so because they are in tremendous pain. Either they've been neglected and their own needs are not being met, or they have been abused or hurt in some way, or perhaps they've suffered a loss that is too big for them to bear. Instead of using their words about how much pain they're in, they act out by doing things that are inappropriate and often illegal (This is a book about gangs.)
This passage matters because it offers an explanation for bad behavior and challenges us to see beyond the behavior to the heart of the matter. If we can do that, then we may feel more empathy, and as a result, be able to stick it out with those who are acting badly rather than quickly dismiss, judge and abandon them.
Shirley H., Period 2
9/24/2013 03:35:36 am
“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak. I forgive because them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.” - anonymous
Jorge Sanchez Period 1
9/24/2013 01:05:00 pm
“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are - what others say is irrelevant.”
Jeny C., Per.5
9/24/2013 01:47:53 pm
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why." –Mark Twain
Lisa D., Period 5
9/24/2013 04:30:58 pm
"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on." - Robert Frost
Jiayuan Z. Period 6
9/29/2013 04:26:50 am
I agreed with your statement that we should look forward to tomorrow disregarding what happened yesterday. We need to forget bad memories from the past and live a better life in the future.
Jimmy Nguyen, period 1
9/25/2013 12:50:21 am
Success is simple. Do what's right, the right way, at the right time.-Tyga
Stacie L , Period 1
9/25/2013 12:50:41 am
"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Oprah Winfrey.
Brandon F., Period 1
9/25/2013 12:54:03 am
A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
Adam D., Period 1
9/25/2013 12:54:45 am
"Don't fight the problem, decide it." -- George C.Marshall
Rosakon C., Period 1
9/25/2013 01:00:07 am
“It is your responsibility to find fault with me, it is mine to hear you out. But don't expect me to change.”
Derrick L. Period 1
9/25/2013 01:02:34 am
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi
Jenn X P.1
9/25/2013 01:04:14 am
"Look inside yourself. You are more than what you have become "-Mufasa (The Lion King)
Justin Saisho P.2
9/25/2013 02:08:50 am
"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect."- Mark Twain
clarissa h. period 5
9/25/2013 02:12:53 am
"I know where I'm going and I know the truth, and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want." -Muhammad Ali
Rico L. P.2
9/25/2013 02:13:16 am
"...we ask only this: that you remember us, not as enemies, but as tragic sisters, changed into a foul shape by fate or God or evolution."-Ender's Game
kristyn g per2
9/25/2013 02:14:22 am
say:'300 signs will be placed on state roadways directing drivers to "Texting Zones." ...We are sending a clear message to drivers that there is no excuse to take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road because your text can wait until the next Texting Zone'
Kalvin L. Period 2
9/25/2013 02:15:12 am
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."
Karishma Bhakta, p.2
9/25/2013 02:40:23 am
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs
Steven W. P.5.
9/25/2013 03:15:35 am
Sometimes I wish life had a fast-forward button.
Yongmin M., Period 6
9/25/2013 05:41:18 am
Albert Einstein said, "The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."
Dylan N., Period 5
9/25/2013 05:44:43 am
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!-
Dylan N., Period 5
9/25/2013 05:44:55 am
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!-
Victoria L., Period 5
9/25/2013 05:45:57 am
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand" -Confucius
Vivian L. Period 5
9/25/2013 05:54:25 am
"If you're going through hell, keep going" by Winston Churchill
Henry G., Period 5
9/25/2013 05:56:19 am
What we live by we die by. - Robert Frost
Eric V. Period 2
9/25/2013 06:26:22 am
Clara L, per 5
9/25/2013 08:43:17 am
"Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring." - Marilyn Monroe
Kami T. Period 1
9/25/2013 09:38:03 am
"Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind, or forgotten." -Lilo & Stitch
Zhi D., Period 1
9/25/2013 11:19:29 am
"Fear is the path to the Dark Side... Fear leads to anger... anger leads to hate... hate leads to suffering..." - Yoda, Star Wars, Episode 1, the Phantom Menace
Allissa S. period 1
9/25/2013 11:43:26 am
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Mindy S., Period 6
9/25/2013 12:07:08 pm
"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Jorge C., period 1
9/25/2013 12:30:28 pm
When you're in a situation, you can complain about it, you can feel sorry for yourself, you can do a lot of things. But how are you gonna make the situation better? - Tony Dungy
Jiamin Li period 1
9/25/2013 12:31:20 pm
"If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime." -Lao Tzu
Victor H. Period 5
9/25/2013 12:48:22 pm
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
Judy U. period 5
9/25/2013 01:06:37 pm
"Think of all the joy you'll find when you leave the world behind and bid your cares goodbye"
Luwei T., Per. 6
9/25/2013 01:58:46 pm
The article I've chosen this week is “Pope Francis starts key reshuffle in top Church ranks” by David Willey for BBC News. (The link is http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-23913610.)
Kathryn Pang, Period 1
9/25/2013 03:06:03 pm
"Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it." -Buddha
Lewen M., Period 6
9/25/2013 03:33:38 pm
I read the article “Man's 'Forehead Nose' a Common Reconstruction Technique” by Tia Ghose on Yahoo News. The quote is, “Despite his perhaps bizarre appearance, a man in China who is growing a new nose on his forehead is the beneficiary of a rather common nose reconstruction technique.”
Michelle Z. Period 5
9/25/2013 03:36:42 pm
Thomas Jefferson says: "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. "
Sandy Nhan Period 1
9/25/2013 03:45:29 pm
I got this quote, "Finally, old Sally started coming up the stairs, and I started down to meet her." from The Catcher In The Rye (page 124)
Kevin T., Period 5
9/25/2013 05:29:58 pm
“I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not "true" because we're hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. ”
Brian Kaw Per. 6
9/25/2013 11:58:22 pm
"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."
Kara L. Period 1
9/26/2013 12:58:10 am
"Believe you can, and your halfway there" - Theodore Roosevelt
Victoria Y. Period 1
9/26/2013 01:00:43 am
The world breaks us all. Afterward, some are stronger at the broken places." Ernest Hemingway- Farewell To Arms
Fandi Wang Period 1
9/26/2013 01:08:01 am
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
Jacqueline W., Period 1
9/26/2013 01:08:43 am
Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment.
Nicole G., Period 6
9/26/2013 01:35:37 am
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Yonshan M., Period 6
9/26/2013 02:33:57 am
Amy Tan, in ""Mother Tongue", wrote "I wanted to capture what language ability tests can never reveal: her intent, her passion, her imagery, the rhythms of her speech and the nature of the thoughts"(21).
Chris (jae) E., P. 5
9/26/2013 05:52:29 am
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jin C. Period 5
9/26/2013 05:55:45 am
"A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." - Steven Martin
Kristi L. period 5
9/26/2013 06:00:10 am
"It is never too late to be what you might have been," -George Eliot
John H. Per 5
9/26/2013 07:33:57 am
Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Chanel L., Period 6
9/26/2013 07:35:50 am
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
9/26/2013 08:19:11 am
"Your attitude and the choices you make today will be your life tomorrow."
Xinyi C. Period 5
9/26/2013 11:15:21 am
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Jasmine K. Period 6
9/26/2013 11:15:29 am
John Green, in Looking For Alaska, wrote “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (...) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.”
Yela M., Period 5
9/26/2013 11:37:17 am
"I don’t want just words. If that’s all you have for me, you’d better go." by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ryan H., Period 6
9/26/2013 12:26:04 pm
In "How Much Will Obamacare Cost Me? Try Our Calcualtor, Scott Hensley states, "Nearly all Americans will be required to have health insurance starting Jan. 1, 2014, or else they'll be liable for a tax penalty. Even now, there is quite a bit of confusion about the law and how it will work."
Leodarwin L. Per 1
9/26/2013 01:35:15 pm
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." -Michael Jordan.
Kathy F. Period 1
9/26/2013 01:47:45 pm
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."
Celine W., Period 5
9/26/2013 02:10:09 pm
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
Tyler F. Period 6
9/26/2013 02:15:54 pm
"All life is an experiment. The more experiments ou make the better."
Jiayuan Z. Period 6
9/26/2013 03:26:08 pm
There’s only one reason I’m here: I’m here to make friends.
Stanley Yang (Youwei) Period 6
9/26/2013 03:40:46 pm
“Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else’s life.” By Steve Job
dolores r. period 1
9/26/2013 03:57:41 pm
Christine Lee Period 6
9/26/2013 04:15:36 pm
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Marjorie L., Period 5
9/26/2013 04:36:58 pm
“Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” -Oscar Wilde
Sharon Tang, Period 1
9/26/2013 04:57:30 pm
"We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
Chapman L., Period 6
9/26/2013 05:09:52 pm
"For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love." - Carl Sagan
Wilson T., Period 5
9/26/2013 06:04:18 pm
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Amanda Cheng, Period 2
9/26/2013 06:52:16 pm
"It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop."
Jacob N. Period 5
9/27/2013 05:55:55 am
"In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it's impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves."
Garrett H. Period 4
9/27/2013 05:56:14 am
"you can do anything, but not everything." -David Allen
Cynthia L. per 5
9/27/2013 06:02:09 am
say: Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter—tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And then one fine morning--
Alex K. Period 6
9/27/2013 07:24:20 am
"The best way to predict the future is to create it"
Eman Al-alami, Per.6
9/27/2013 07:26:56 am
“Engage your emotions at work. Your instincts and emotions are there to help you.” Richard Branson
Ronald H. Period 6
9/27/2013 07:30:55 am
"The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Peter Drucker
Qinfu G. (Period 6)
9/27/2013 07:36:12 am
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
Tatiana C. Per. 5
9/27/2013 08:18:59 am
Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?" ---Kathryn Stockett, The Help.
Natasha Nix p.6
9/27/2013 11:02:27 am
"Try to be like the turtle- at ease in your own shell" -Bill Copeland
Cindy Tran Period 2
9/27/2013 11:08:43 am
"The finest of pleasures are always the unexpected ones."
My T. Period 2
9/27/2013 02:08:18 pm
"This too, shall pass. When things are bad, remember: It won't always be this way. Take one day at a time. When things are good, remember: It won't always be this way. Enjoy every great moment." -Doe Zantamata
Lillian L., Period 5
9/27/2013 02:48:08 pm
Nathaniel Hawthorn, in The Scarlet Letter, wrote "She had returned, therefore, and resumed,—of her own free will, for not the sternest magistrate of that iron period would have imposed it,—resumed the symbol of which we have related so dark a tale. Never afterwards did it quit her bosom."
Rainie X., per 1
9/27/2013 03:37:34 pm
"American artists and writers have often looked to the East. What is new in the age of globalization is that Asia is the active agent in the interaction, projecting its vision westward with confidence."--All things Asian are becoming us, Andrew Lam
Janet F. Per. 5
9/28/2013 02:24:47 am
Alana Semuels, in NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRISTIE TO APPEAL RULING BACKING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, wrote, "New Jersey violates the rights of same-sex couples by not allowing them to marry, a judge ruled Friday, saying the state's civil union law deprives them of benefits recently granted by the federal government."
Anita Z., Period 06
9/28/2013 06:44:16 am
“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ― Albert Camus
Stephanie W., Period 06
9/29/2013 02:31:56 am
"Americans are perceived as being terribly wasteful. They discard food appliances, clothing, and so much more that other peoples and societies would find useful." - Andy Roobey
Benjamin Trinh., Period 2
9/29/2013 06:05:06 am
"Learn who you are as an individual." - Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kayleigh Hennert., Period 6
9/29/2013 12:50:28 pm
"If you don't build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs." by Dhirubhai Ambani
Matthew Salazar., Period 6
9/29/2013 01:02:58 pm
"Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success."- Dale Carnegie
Stephany F., period 2
9/29/2013 02:04:55 pm
"Why so much pain, so much suffering, thought the girl. "It's because they hate us," Rachel had told her with a deep hoarse voice. "They hate Jews." Such hate, thought the girl. Why such hate? She had never hated anyone in her life, except perhaps a teacher, once." – Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay: page 87
Jean M., Period 2
9/29/2013 02:05:08 pm
"Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise." -Les Miserables
Lin T., Per:2
9/29/2013 04:08:52 pm
“stereotyping is the practice of identifying a person or group by a single trait, or as a member of a certain group instead of as an individual. It is never wise to assume that all people in any group are the same:
Daphne L., Period 6
9/29/2013 06:06:37 pm
John Green, in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, wrote, "'Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them,' I [Hazel] said. Isaac shot me a look. 'Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Don't you believe in true love?' [Isaac]" (60-61).
Tommy C., Period 5
9/29/2013 06:19:14 pm
Rick Riordan, in THE LAST OLYMPIAN, wrote, "There were too many names, but I was proud to wear the bead. I put it on my camp necklace - four beads now. I felt like an old-timer. I thought about the first campfire I'd ever attended, back when I was twelve, and how I'd felt so at home. That at least hasn't changed" (378).
Michael Qi, Period 1
9/29/2013 06:39:21 pm
Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.- Booker T. Washington
Garin L. Period 1
9/30/2013 01:26:09 am
"The genius of America is that it permits children to leave home, it permits us to become different from our parents" -Richard Rodriguez
Patina H. Period 2
9/30/2013 02:01:19 am
"Learn from yesterday, live for today. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
Helen Trang Period 2
9/30/2013 02:18:49 am
"Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up, we forget they are also growing old."
Johnny Mojica Period 2
9/30/2013 02:29:42 am
"when you go another round when you don't think you can that makes all the difference in life"-rocky
kelly cuadra period 2
9/30/2013 09:33:26 am
"leaving" i say,"im going home"..."you belong to me"she says.Sold by Patricia McCormick
9/30/2013 11:43:40 am
"Just Keep Swimming" Finding Nemo
Daniel Ly Per 2
9/30/2013 12:08:20 pm
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." -Confucius
Caitlin Lian Eckvahl, Period 2
9/30/2013 02:15:34 pm
"If you want crappy things to stop happening to you, then stop accepting crap and demand something more. " - Dr. Cristina Yang
Rex Y Per 1
10/20/2013 02:11:51 pm
"If the only place where I could see you was in my dreams, I'd sleep forever."
Dannie Perez, Period 2
10/21/2013 10:41:28 am
"We'll talk about how your parents separated and how you don't want to make the same mistakes as them. I'll say its all about stickin' it out and trying to feel forever young" - All-Time Low
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