Monday, September 29, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Social Voice Values

This was actually a free-hand painting cread quickly to convey the values that we hold dear in Social Voice. It's the first thing a visitor sees when turning to the right.

Social Voice Mural

The following are pictures of a mural we painted in our classroom. The theme is "our social voice" and each of the person in the mural is doing something to convey his or her social voice. The mural evolved over time, often leading to more experimentation and slowly figuring out what style it would be. We'd love to see it continue as a work in progress, slowly adding people and detail - not unlike Social Voice itself.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Failing Economy

by Pablo

For the Multimedia Me, I'd like you to check out my individual blog about how our economy's issues are inter-related. You can visit it at The Failing Economy.

So, if you want to check it out, feel free to leave any comments.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A Disjointed Girl

helping at the food bank

Students on Saturday, September 20th, students in Social Voice volunteered at the West Side Food Bank.

To imagine my mom hugging me as shiver with hunger. To imagine us begging for food on the side of the street. It's a terror screaming nightmare. Yet everyday around the world it's happening. I give my best wishes and hopes to those who are going through such a vast rough patch. I couldn't put myself in their shoes.

When Mr.Spencer announced that we were going to be doing community service at the St. Marys Food Bank, I couldn't wait to join. Two of my teachers and a couple of my peers and myself, got to the Food Bank bright and early at 8:00am to start work immediately. Once there, one lady gave us a brief history about St.Marys Food Bank then put us right to work. We started off Packing 'Bonus Boxes' where there had to be two things of bread, one pastry, and veggies. Things were going slow with that, but some of my peers were working hard in the chilling freezer where they had to unpack dairy, meat, and ice cream then pack them into boxes in limited time. Then in the last 2 hours or so, work picked up and I was moving.

It felt incredibly warm to know that I was working hard for those who are less fortunate then me. Not only did we work hard and do something good, we also had a great time. That's the best part. This experience was one of a lifetime and I would gladly do it again.


Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Multimedia Me: Art Blog

by Stephany

I created an art blog about famous works of art and what they mean to me.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Social Satire: Job Interviews

What to do and not do in job interviews.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

power and authority

Who has the power and authority in the United States? Who are the powerless? Why are the powerless unable to gain power?

government and power

Why is it that the government has so much power yet we have so little? What do we lose when we give power to the government? What do we gain in return?

war in Iraq

Why is it that we as a nation are fighting a war? Would Iraq be more free if we weren't there? Is it our job to guarantee the freedom of another nation?

Photo Credits
Flickr Creative Commons


How were unions created and what were the positive and negatives outcomes of creating a union? Are unions a thing of the past? In other words, do we even need them anymore?

is it our responsibility?

When does is become our responsibility to help other nations with less power?

minorities in office

Will having a black president change anything? Will having a female vice president change anything?


What were one of the major misunderstandings throughout history? What can we learn from them?

endangered species

How can we prevent endangered species from becoming extinct? If you have to choose between saving a species or allowing people to live in an area, which would you choose? Why?

school and prison

Is school like a prison? Does this make it safer? Is it worth it? If it is a prison, what would make it more free?

who fights, who dies

"When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die."
-Lincoln Park

What do you think of this? Do you agree or disagree with this quote?


Is it o.k to cuff some one, and put them in a police car and take them to jail like if they were a criminal, and when their only "crime" is to be here illegally?

the economy

Is economy becoming a problem now a days? How is the economy affecting your life?

Is school worth it?

At school we learn math, science, language arts but is it actually worth getting up early in he morning to come to school and just sit here and listen? Do you think we are going to need to know all this for every day life? If not, what are some things schools could be teaching us?

Are we safer?

Are we making America a better place to live in? Why or Why not? What could we do to make this nation safer?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cause #3 - New Taxes

After the French-Indian War, Great Britain passed a series of taxes meant to raise money to pay for the war debt. At first, it began small. England first passed the Sugar Act, which provided a minor tax on sugar. When the colonists began protesting, the British were stunned. How could the loyal colonists have such an issue with a small thing like sugar being taxed. The colonists argued that, since they did not have representatives in the English Parliament, they should not have to pay English taxes. Next came a Stamp Act, where colonists had to pay taxes on all paper products (from newspapers and books to playing cards). A few years later, Great Britain passed the Townshend Acts (which taxed items such as glass, paper and tea) and later the Tea Act.

Although the taxes felt high at the time, colonists back then did not pay an income tax, social security tax or sales tax the way we currently do. Even the percentages were not considered high. The bigger issue seemed to be whether Great Britain had a right to create taxes for America.

1. What was the cause of this conflict?
2. How did the colonists feel about paying the taxes?
3. Why would this lead to a revolution?

Revolutionary Cause #2 - Quartering Act

The Quartering Act forced colonists to allow British troops to live in their homes. This allowed the British to save money on food and lodging for their troops. Yet, it also allowed the troops to see if there was anything unusual going on in the colonies. Colonists had to pay for the food and give up at least one room as a result and they had no real choice in the mattering.

1. Why did the British pass the Quartering Act?
2. How did the colonists feel about the Quartering Act?
3. Why would this lead to a revolution?

Revolution Cause #1 - French-Indian War

The name of this was is a little misleading. The reality is that the British fought the French and a small group of Native Americans to expand the territory that they controlled. The colonists, being part of Great Britain, supported the war for two reasons. First, the colonists wanted the French out of North America and also they wanted to push back the Native Americans as far as possible. As a result of this war, England faced a major debt. Therefore, they raised taxes on the colonists, which the colonists resented. They felt that the British should pay for the war on their own rather than making the colonists pay for it. After all, the British had gained so much extra land as a result (what is currently Canada). On the other hand, the British felt that the colonists should pay, because they were the one benefiting from the new land.

1. What was the cause of this conflict?
2. How did the colonists feel about paying for the French-Indian War?
3. How did the British feel about paying for the war?
4. Why would this lead to a revolution?

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Puppet Theatre: Job Philosophies

A few puppets argue ideas about what makes a job a good job.

Multimedia Me: Immigrants Should Stay

by Karina

One thing that I believed deeply in is the right of immigrants to stay in America. So, I created a blog to advocated for their cause. If you'd like to visit it, it's at Mexicans Should Stay.