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?
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.
Benjamin Trinh., Period 2
9/9/2013 01:53:44 pm
Bruce Shreiner, in $250M gift to Ky. college withdrawn, wrote, "A $250 million donation that would have been among the largest gifts to higher education in U.S. history has been withdrawn from a small Kentucky liberal arts college, officials said Monday."
Cindy Tran Period 2
9/10/2013 02:36:37 am
"The Joy of Reading" by Daniel Born
Cindy M., Per6
9/10/2013 11:01:48 am
Patricia McCormick, in SOLD, wrote,“Trying to remember, I have learned, is like trying to clutch a handful of fog. Trying to forget, like trying to hold back the monsoon”(124).
Jiayuan (Amy) Z. Period 6
9/11/2013 05:13:38 pm
We all tend to try hard to do one thing, but fail to achieve, especially on managing our emotion.
Jiayuan Z. (Amy) Period 6
9/10/2013 11:12:07 am
Cartoonist, Lynda Barry, says: “In the digital age, don’t forget to use your digits!”
Cindy M., Period 6
9/16/2013 01:15:01 pm
Living in the digital age which technology development is skyrocketing, we rely on our eletronic devices so much that we actually ignore the more signifcant parts of our lives.
Yela M., Period 5
9/10/2013 01:19:03 pm
Nic Sheff from Tweak said, “And though I have done many shameful things, I am not ashamed of who I am. I am not ashamed of who I am because I know who I am. I have tried to rip myself open and expose everything inside - accepting my weaknesses and strengths - not trying to be anyone else. 'Cause that never works, does it?"
Chris (Jae) Eom., Period 5
9/10/2013 02:04:23 pm
The Muslim teen worker was fired from Abercrombie & Fitch for refusing to take off her hijab at work. She scored a legal victory in an anti-discrimination suit against Abercrombie & Fitch.
Lewen M., Period 6
9/10/2013 03:25:37 pm
Mark Twain wrote, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.”
Sandy Nhan Period 1
9/11/2013 01:26:34 am
Horwitz said, "Their bodies take in nutrition and all, right through the goddamn seaweed and crap that's in the ice. They got their pores open the whole time. That's their nature, for Chrissake. See what I mean?"
Jimmy Nguyen,Period 1
9/11/2013 01:26:47 am
“Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”
Steven W. P5.
9/11/2013 02:58:01 am
"Imagination is more important than knowledge..."
Yongmin M., Period 6
9/11/2013 04:25:36 am
Zora Neale Hurston, in Their Eyes Were Watching God, wrote, "That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly"(2).
Kevin T., Period 5
9/11/2013 04:49:27 am
"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Jenn X. Period 1
9/18/2013 02:56:38 am
This quote is very inspiring because people tend to always follow other people instead of making their own choices and risks.
Dolores R. period 1
9/11/2013 06:33:11 am
“We pray for the memory of all those taken from us -- nearly 3,000 innocent souls,” Obama said at the Pentagon.
Vivian Lam Period 5
9/11/2013 09:04:37 am
Albert Camus wrote, "I would rather not have upset him, but I couldn't see any reason to change my life. Looking back on it, I wasn't unhappy. When I was a student, I had lots of ambitions like that. But when I had to give up my studies I learned very quickly that none of it really mattered."
Jiamin Li, period 1
9/11/2013 10:03:50 am
Jeannette Walls, in The Glass Castle, wrote, "Mom was all the time hugging her students and letting them know how wonderful and special she thought they were. She'd tell the Mexican kids never to let anyone say they weren't as good as white kids. She'd tell the Navaho and Apache kids they should be proud of their noble Indian heritage. Students who were considered problem kids or mentally slow started doing well."
Mindy S., Period 6
9/11/2013 10:12:24 am
In The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, Minny said ' I have five kids and I take pride that I taught them yes ma'am and please before they could even say cookie.'
Marissa C., Period 6
9/11/2013 10:50:37 am
"The Help" by Kathryn Stockett
kelly c. period 2
9/11/2013 11:07:21 am
SAY: In Sold by Patricia McCormick Mumtaz says to Lakshmi "But if you try to run away...I will grind hot chillies and put them in your private parts."
Adam Diaz P.1
9/11/2013 11:53:49 am
"As we serve and remember, we reaffirm our ties to one another. On September 11, 2001, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family. May the same be said of us today, and always."
Karishma Bhakta period 2
9/11/2013 11:54:25 am
"Once expanded to the dimensions of a larger idea, the mind never returns to its original size."- Oliver Wendell Holmes
Chanel L., Period 6
9/11/2013 01:16:12 pm
A San Diego elementary school principal has been put on leave after being arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs, authorities said Wednesday. Rachel Escobedo, 45, principal of Lee Elementary School in the Paradise Hills neighborhood, was arrested Saturday while sitting in a car with a male companion. Police found a small amount of marijuana and also a white substance that is being tested, officials said.
Derrick L. Period 1
9/11/2013 01:24:43 pm
"In some ways, Miller, the aspiring doctor, is doing better than other Corinthian alumni. She landed a job as a surgical technician shortly after graduating but says she got it only with the help of a friend's mother and can't advance unless she starts college all over."
Caitlin Lian Eckvahl, Period 2
9/11/2013 02:29:07 pm
Beth Greenfield, Yahoo Shine staff for fall beauty, wrote an article on Theresa Vail, Miss Kansas, who is breaking taboo this week in the 92nd annual Miss America Pageant by revealing her tattoos on stage. "Now, many still believe that Miss America is apple pie and pearls...However, in the job description of Miss America it clearly states that ‘she must represent contemporary women between the ages of 17-24.’ The operative word here is ‘contemporary,’ synonymous with modern! 1 in 5 Americans have at least 1 tattoo.” says Vail.
Chapman L., Period 6
9/11/2013 03:16:26 pm
Dylan Stableford wrote for Yahoo! News in his article: AT&T, Marriott, others apologize for tacky and outrageous 9/11 tie-ins, “Sept. 11 has become an annual day of reflection, as people around the world pause to remember the 9/11 terror attacks. It's also become a perennial day of apology for ill-conceived attempts to honor the victims. And Wednesday was no different.” (1)
Michelle Z. Period 5
9/11/2013 03:28:43 pm
The Tampa Bay Times reports that "John Andrew Welden pleaded guilty Monday to federal charges of product tampering and mail fraud, admitting in court, as he had to detectives, that he slipped his ex-girlfriend an abortion drug."
Janet, F. per.5
9/11/2013 04:32:40 pm
Larry Gordon, in "Stanford's historic maps of California as an island are online." wrote, "The online repository is expected to attract viewers interested in early California history, or at least the imaginations of European explorers of the region."
Luwei T., Per. 6
9/12/2013 08:51:19 am
My article is “Google faces Streetview wi-fi snooping action” on BBC News. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24047235) Ironically, I found it through Google News.
Henry, G. Period 5
9/12/2013 11:06:01 am
President Obama said,"It's important for us to recognize that when over 1,000 people are killed, including hundreds of innocent children, through the use of a weapon that 98 or 99 percent of humanity says should not be used even in war, and there is no action, then we're sending a signal that that international norm doesn't mean much. And that is a danger to our national security"
Rosakon C., Period 1
9/12/2013 11:17:36 am
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
My T. Period 2
9/12/2013 12:00:12 pm
Tatiana De Rosnay wrote "Every month Andre Tezac had his bank send money to the Dufaures, for Sarah. A generous sum, I noticed. This had gone on for ten years. For ten years, Edouard's father had tried to help Sarah, in his own way. I could not help thinking of Edouard's immense relief when he had discovered all this locked away in the safe. I imagined him reading these very letters, and making this discovery. Here was his father's redemption at long last." in Sarah's Key.
Xin Yi. Chen
9/12/2013 12:28:42 pm
“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”― George Bernard Shaw
Mindy S., Period 6
9/16/2013 09:08:06 am
People have the right to become who they wanted to be.
Rainie X. (Period 1)
9/12/2013 12:53:40 pm
"Dad kept telling me that he loved me, that he never would have let me drown, but you can't cling to the side your whole life, that one lesson every parent needs to teach a child is 'if you don't want to sink, you better figure out how to swim.'"--The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Jasmine K. Period 6
9/12/2013 01:12:10 pm
Orson Scott Card, in Ender's Game, wrote “If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault.” (Ch 13).
Kathy F. Period 1
9/12/2013 01:55:44 pm
I chose a quote from "The Standover Man" [in The Book Thief] by Max Vandenburg : " It makes me understand that the best standover man I’ve ever known is not a man at all…"
Tyler F. Period 6
9/12/2013 02:05:27 pm
Recently, a man named Scott Mackintosh said, "I will look like an idiot any day if that point gets across." This was on an article written by Beth Greenfield.
Ryan H. (Period 6)
9/12/2013 02:06:06 pm
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof wrote, "I find the surge in intermarriage to be one of the most positive fronts in American race relations today, building bridges and empathy. But it's still in its infancy" (1).
Garin L. Period 1
9/12/2013 02:32:06 pm
New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, told reporters "I said to my staff, I feel like I want to throw up" after seeing the scene of a rollercoaster crash in Seaside Park, NJ.
Clara L . Per 5
9/12/2013 02:34:33 pm
Nic Sheff, on " Tweak ": mentioned that " I have tried to rip myself open and expose everything inside - accepting my weaknesses and strengths - not trying to be anyone else. 'Cause that never works, does it?"
Natasha Nix p.6
9/12/2013 03:05:05 pm
Tom Hiddleston said: Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming.
Kayleigh Hennerty., Period 6
9/12/2013 03:34:43 pm
Nicholas D. Kristof in "Love and Race" wrote, "I find the surge in intermarriage to be one of the most positive front in American race relations today, building bridges and empathy. But it's still in its infancy."
Stacie L; Period 1
9/12/2013 03:35:41 pm
Lakshmi from the book "Sold" by Patricia McCormick says, “Inside my head I carry:
Lisa D., Period 5
9/12/2013 03:48:28 pm
"And This Too Shall Pass"
Jean M., Period 2
9/12/2013 04:01:37 pm
"Biology determines our sex, but our culture sets up expectations about what it means to be male or female." Psychology Eight Edition.
Marjorie L., Period 5
9/12/2013 04:41:51 pm
“How we love they kids when they little . . .” she says and I see Aibileen’s lip tremble a little. “And then they turn out just like they mamas.” - THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett
Briab Kaw Per. 6
9/13/2013 05:13:11 am
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." - Helen Keller
Tatiana C. Period 5
9/13/2013 08:56:24 am
President Obama's Sep. 10th speech " The situation profoundly change, though on August 21st, when Assad's government to death over thousand people, including hundreds of people.
Nicole G., Period 6
9/13/2013 12:18:38 pm
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
Lin T., Per: 2
9/13/2013 02:46:40 pm
In the “Brief Overview of Non Western Art”, the quote: “atomic power, the increasing pace of technological inventions, and the electronic age further expanded and changed the realm of art in the twentieth century,” matters to me.
John H. Per. 5
9/13/2013 07:03:51 pm
Jacqueline W., Period 1
9/14/2013 09:15:03 am
Judy U. period 5
9/14/2013 04:01:56 pm
After the fire at the New Jersey boardwalk, governor Chris Christie said, "We had two days to feel sad about this, and it is legitimately a sad thing. But we've got work to do now. A couple days to mourn, now we've got to move on and get back to work".
Tommy C., Period 5
9/14/2013 04:52:33 pm
Tony Abbott, in KRINGLE, wrote, "Dream, if you like, of the sound of a bell jingling - kringling! - in the night, for it is mainly in dreams that you hear that sound." (317)
Yang Stanley (Youwei) Period 6
9/14/2013 05:50:26 pm
“Love and Race” p. 11 by Nicholas B. Kristof
Stephanie Wong, Period 06
9/15/2013 08:18:08 am
“The power of “can’t”: The word “can’t” makes strong people weak, blinds people who can see, saddens happy people, turns brave people into cowards, robs a genius of their brilliance, causes rich people to think poorly, and limits the achievements of that great person living inside us all.” - Robert T. Kiyosaki
Anita Z., Period 06
9/15/2013 11:09:47 am
"SOLD" –Patricia McCormick
Zhi Yu Deng，Period 1
9/15/2013 01:43:46 pm
"The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege."-- Charles Kuralt
Amanda Cheng, Period 2
9/15/2013 02:10:14 pm
Robert Frost said, "In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
Stephany F., period 2
9/15/2013 02:33:45 pm
"I'll come back for you later. I promise." – Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Jackie G. Period 2
9/15/2013 03:03:48 pm
“Incidentally, did you know that the whole eight glasses a day thing is complete bulls**t and has no scientific basis? So many things are like that. Everyone just assumes they're true, because people are basically lazy and incurious....”
Brandon F. , Period 1
9/15/2013 04:07:51 pm
"Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, and a tragedy for the poor." -Sholom Aleichem
Christine Lee Period 6
9/15/2013 04:41:53 pm
"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain
Victoria L., Period 5
9/15/2013 04:43:24 pm
"Shintaro Tsuji, the 85-year-old founder and CEO of Sanrio, was just revealed to be worth more than a billion dollars by the crew over at Bloomberg Billionaires. Soaring sales of Hello Kitty products helped the company stock price double this year. Shintaro controls 1.8 million shares of the stock directly, and even more through his wife Yasuko. Sales for Sanrio were $899 million in the last fiscal year."-Yahoo!
Christine L., Period 6
9/16/2013 11:04:27 am
I did not know that the owner of Sanrio was gaining this much money. It's great that Shintaro has gained this much money and popularity! He is definitely an inspiring role model for everyone. People should be passionate about their dreams and never give up. Follow your dreams, that is what's important.
Daphne L., Period 6
9/15/2013 05:08:07 pm
John Green, in THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, wrote, "There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings left to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. there will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it's millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever.There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it" (13).
Kami T. Period 1
9/16/2013 10:22:48 am
"Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden
Leanne Q., P. 2
9/16/2013 11:10:42 am
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.”- Lord of the rings
Victor H. Period 5
9/16/2013 02:46:35 pm
My coach said to me a quote that John Wooden once said: "Be quick but don't hurry."
Ryan T., Period 2
9/16/2013 04:23:53 pm
“And though I have done many shameful things, I am not ashamed of who I am. I am not ashamed of who I am because I know who I am. I have tried to rip myself open and expose everything inside - accepting my weaknesses and strengths - not trying to be anyone else. 'Cause that never works, does it?
Kristyn G per2
9/19/2013 02:14:07 am
'Today when I ask what she learn, Mae Mobley just say,"Nothing" and stick her lip out..."How come you're colored Aibileen?"..."Miss Taylor says kids that are colored can't go to my school cause they're not smart enough" - The Help
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