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?
7th Say, Mean, Matter Entry!
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.
Kristi L. Period 5
11/4/2013 05:27:30 am
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Dylan N., Period 5
11/4/2013 05:32:24 am
Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
Susan C.; Period 6.
11/4/2013 06:27:11 am
"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,love like you'll never be hurt, sing like there's nobody listening, and live like it's heaven on earth" -William W. Purkey.
Ronald H. Period 6
11/4/2013 06:27:51 am
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great." - John D. Rockefeller
Alex K. Period 6
11/4/2013 06:32:52 am
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams
Qinfu G, Period 6
11/4/2013 06:34:03 am
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
Amanda Cheng, Period 2
11/4/2013 09:23:58 am
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Vivian L., Per 5
11/4/2013 10:06:34 am
"It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world."
Lewen M., Period 6
11/4/2013 12:36:46 pm
Elise Sole wrote, “It’s no secret that little girls today are hitting puberty earlier than ever before, but new research published Monday in the medical journal Pediatrics has identified a new reason for the surge: obesity” on Yahoo News.
Eman Al-alami, Per.6
11/4/2013 12:44:44 pm
"Thy soft heart refused to discover, The faults which so many could find;Though thy soul with my grief was acquainted, It shrunk not to share it with me, And the love which my spirit hath painted, It never hath found but in thee." Stanzas to Augusta by Lord Byron
Sandy N. Period 1
11/4/2013 01:03:02 pm
"Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses."
11/5/2013 01:08:24 am
"Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece."
11/5/2013 01:13:08 am
You may need $2.5 million to retire.
11/5/2013 01:13:43 am
"I don't believe that if you do good, good things will happen. Everything is completely accidental and random. Sometimes bad things happen to very good people and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But at least if you try to do good things, then you're spending your time doing something worthwhile."Helen Mirren
Karishma Bhakta P.2
11/5/2013 01:14:03 am
"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying."
Ramon Casillas p5
11/5/2013 03:24:19 am
I don't even know how to speak up for myself, because I don't really have a father who would give me the confidence or advice.
Steven Coto per 6
11/5/2013 03:26:22 am
Say:You can't stop loving or wanting to love because when its right it's the best thing in the world. When you're in a relationship and its good, even if nothing else in your life is right, you feel like your whole world is COMPLETE.
Jeny Chavez, Per.5
11/5/2013 04:51:03 am
“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.” -Maurize Switzer
Yela M., Period 5
11/5/2013 04:53:18 am
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."
John H. Per. 5
11/5/2013 04:54:32 am
When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. -- Albert Einstein.
Lisa D., period 5
11/5/2013 04:55:51 am
"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." -Benjamin Disraeli
Steven W. P5.
11/5/2013 04:57:05 am
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.
Clara L. Per 5
11/5/2013 05:10:57 am
" No one will love you, if you dont love yourself " - Tyga
Clarissa H, period 5
11/5/2013 02:05:00 pm
“People aren't born good or bad. Maybe they're born with tendencies either way, but it's the way you live your life that matters." - Cassandra Clare, "City of Glass"
Leodarwin L. Period 1
11/5/2013 11:57:15 pm
"Push yourself again and again. Don't give an inch until the final buzzer sounds" -Larry Bird.
Gabriel H. Period 1
11/5/2013 11:57:35 pm
"We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone." - Ronald Reagan.
Zhi D., Period 1
11/6/2013 12:02:10 am
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." -Buddha
Jorge Sanchez Period 1
11/6/2013 12:03:13 am
“At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black.” George Clooney on Gay Rights
Jiamin Li period 1
11/6/2013 12:04:11 am
"Live like it's your last day, work like you don't need the money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like nobody's watching." -Mark Twain
Kami T. Period 1
11/6/2013 12:04:42 am
"A friend is one who knows you and loves you just the same." -Elbert Hubbard
"you're born an original, don't die a copy."
Rex Yang Per 1
11/6/2013 12:14:30 am
“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.”
Rainie X., Per 1
11/6/2013 12:17:23 am
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Henry G., Per 5
11/6/2013 03:31:06 am
"Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down." -Robert Frost
Tatiana C.Period 5
11/6/2013 03:54:56 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 by Muhammad Ali.
Chanel L., Period 6
11/6/2013 04:59:52 am
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Stacie L Period 1
11/6/2013 10:40:55 am
"If you can accept losing, you can't win."
Mindy S., Period 6
11/6/2013 10:57:55 am
"A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool."
Jimmy N period 1
11/7/2013 12:01:33 am
“When you need something to believe in, start with yourself.”
Fandi Wang P.1
11/7/2013 12:03:20 am
“Just know, when you truly want success, you’ll never give up on it. No matter how bad the situation may get.” - Unknown
Rosakon C., Period 1
11/7/2013 12:03:29 am
“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
11/7/2013 12:03:47 am
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light"-
Jenn X. P.1
11/7/2013 12:04:38 am
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Victoria L., Period 5
11/7/2013 12:18:35 am
"There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest." -Confucious
Victoria L., Period 5
11/7/2013 12:24:25 am
Matter: This matters because wisdom is very important. It's better off being wise than grumpy.
Jacqueline W., Period 1
11/7/2013 12:24:39 am
"Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it."
Shirley Ho, Period 2
11/7/2013 01:20:23 am
“If they don’t appreciate you, they don’t deserve you.”
Anita Z., Period 06
11/7/2013 04:01:59 am
The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart. -- Helen Keller
Michelle Z. Period 5
11/7/2013 05:11:11 am
"Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."- C.S. Lewis
Judy U period 5
11/7/2013 05:11:42 am
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up"
Sharon T, Period 1
11/7/2013 08:45:25 am
Twitter is finally up for grabs on the stock market. Goldman Sachs' Anthony Noto, one of Twitter's bankers, priced shares of $26 each on Wednesday. Since then, the value of the stock has soared 73%.
Ryan H., Period 6
11/7/2013 12:17:29 pm
In "FDA Moves To Phase Out Remaining Trans Fats In Food Supply," Dan Charles writes, "If the Food and Drug Administration has its way, an era of food technology will soon end. The agency announced Thursday it is aiming to ban partially hydrogenated vegetable oils from all food products."
Dolores Resendiz Period 1
11/7/2013 12:25:48 pm
"Success is only meaningful and enjoyable if it feels like your own."
Derrick Lam, Period 1
11/7/2013 01:17:42 pm
"Sometimes Me think, 'What is Friend? 'and then me say, 'Friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'''
Brandon Fujii, Period 1
11/7/2013 01:25:41 pm
"It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness."
Stephany F., period 2
11/7/2013 05:44:30 pm
“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.” –Markus Zusak
Kyrstin N. Period 1
11/8/2013 12:06:11 am
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain." -Joseph Campbell
Victoria Y. Period 1
11/8/2013 12:07:28 am
“You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
11/8/2013 12:37:18 am
"Without struggle, there is no progress"-Frederick Douglass?
Luwei T., Per. 6
11/8/2013 08:35:15 am
Even though Chris Christie is a Republican, he still believes in a stronger mental health policy. Take a look: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/05/21312204-christie-nj-mall-shooting-shows-need-for-stronger-mental-health-treatment. This article is titled "Christie: N.J. mall shooting shows need for stronger mental health treatment" and it details Chris Christie's response to a recent mall shooting.
Xinyi C. Per 5
11/8/2013 12:46:06 pm
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.---Albert Einstein
Kaiqiang L Per.5
11/9/2013 12:12:12 pm
"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen."-John F. Kennedy
My T. Period 2
11/10/2013 09:18:12 am
"Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of." -Unknown
Yongmin M., Period 6
11/10/2013 11:57:57 am
Buddha, wrote, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."
kelly cuadra per 2
11/11/2013 05:11:33 am
It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle Onassis
Allissa S., Period 1
11/11/2013 07:08:06 am
"Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and I don't have to be! Before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean." - Bob Marley
Stanley Yang (Youwei Yang) Period 6
11/11/2013 07:12:32 am
“A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.” By Colin Powell
Stephanie W., Period 06
11/11/2013 10:43:29 am
“I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.” – Albert Einstein
Chapman L., Period 6
11/11/2013 02:09:39 pm
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. - Indira Gandhi
Brian Kaw Per. 6
11/11/2013 02:13:53 pm
"Where there is love there is life."
Jorge C., Period 1
11/12/2013 09:37:37 am
“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
Kevin T., Period 5
11/13/2013 05:13:29 am
"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair." - Samuel Johnson
Jiayuan Z., Period 6
11/13/2013 05:55:06 am
"Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”
Kayleigh Hennerty., Period 6
11/13/2013 06:35:33 am
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happend."- Dr. Seuss
Natasha Nix p.6
11/13/2013 06:36:26 am
"A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ." -John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In search of America
Yongshan Mai., Period 6
11/18/2013 01:38:59 am
“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn't stop for anybody.” -Stephen Chbosk "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"
Garin L. Period 1
11/18/2013 01:54:39 am
"I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work." - Thomas A. Edison
Helen Trang Period 2
11/18/2013 02:22:15 am
"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
11/18/2013 06:09:29 am
"To fear death is to limit life"
Nicole G., Period 6
11/18/2013 06:11:08 am
“I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
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