Here are examples of some projects I have written for school in the past couple years. I am not sure what good they will do you, but enjoy them anyway! :)
You can also check
out a graphic design project I did outside of school if you go to www.threadless.com
history many societies have been set up to try and create an “Eden”
on earth. These societies have tried, some consciously, others subconsciously,
to force all of their members to conform to the orthodox standards the
society itself has created. These societies were, and are intolerant
of others and limit the freedom of the members of the society. By insisting
on complete orthodoxy a society hurts only itself.
When a society
forces its members to conform to orthodoxy is severely limits the adaptability
of the society as a whole. When any group of people is suppressing new
ideas or new ways of doing things is loses its ability to change along
with the changes in the rest of the world. Doing things the same old
way is not the best way to face new challenges created by other societies
who are not so afraid of change. Not adapting hurts a society.
When a society
forces its members to be orthodox it runs the risk of pushing its members
to the other extreme of not having any conditions or limitations on
what can and can’t be done. In Salem Mass. in 1692 the somber
Puritan theocracy pushed its girls to mass hysteria and the witch trials.
In the 1960's the conservative drabness of America pushed many young
people into the sexual and social revolution. When the heavy handed
communist rule of Francisco Franco ended in the 1970's Spain became
on of the wildest most liberal countries in Europe. Without a balance
between regulations and freedoms a society will push itself off the
edge of one extreme or the other.
When a society
forces “orthodoxy” it only hurts itself and its members.
|This project was written in Mrs. Thornton's Honors English III class during our discussion of Puritanism during our "Scarlet Letter" unit. This paper was written in response to a question about what the effects of trying to force a group of people to be totally orthodox can be. While I worked on this project I not only learned about the effects of excessive orthodoxy, but also how to write a short essay paper for a short deadline.|
of joy and grandest purity,
the music of our lives moves out and in,
|This project was created in Mrs. Barne's Honors English II class during our unit on poetry, especially odes. This poem was created to be an ode about how it feels to play the guitar. This project was quite difficult for me and through it I learned how to force myself to write in a style that is not my usual one.|
Sides begins his story with Eugene Nielsen’s tale of escaping from a prison camp where the prisoners had been massacred in cold blood to keep them from being rescued. This ghastly and gruesome tale is a brilliant way to begin the book because it explains both the dangers the Cabanatuan prisoners are in and the driving force behind the Ranger’s rescue. Throughout the rest of the book, Sides primarily alternates between the past tense accounts of the surrendered Bataan soldiers, and the present tense account of the 6th Army Ranger’s preparation and execution of a rescue of the Cabatuan prisoners.
|This project was created for Mr. Mansfield's AP U.S. History Class. I chose to write about this book for my required portfolio piece because the book seemed to be worth spending time with. This project first taught me how to write a book review and secondly it is continuing to teach me how to revise my own work due to the fact that this is one of the pieces I am working on to include in my final portfolio.|
Gas prices are rising. Heating bills are going up. There are brownouts in large cities. Coal power plants are causing acid rain. We are told there is pollution in our air that is causing the earth to warm. We are told danger and catastrophe lie ahead due to our world energy crisis. Is the reason nothing seems to be being done to correct these problems because no one cares about them? I think not. Of course people want a cleaner safer world, they just don’t know how to get it. I think people hear research is being done, and legislation is being passed and they assume this means there is nothing else to be done. They take what is fed them in the 11'clock news or in editorials like this one and don’t try to learn about the problems, or how to fix them, for themselves.
is the transfer of the energy of the wind into useful electricity. This
is done by setting up wind turbines, which are basically large fancy
windmills, with electric generators inside to make electricity when
the blades spin. Although wind power is the fastest growing renewable
energy source in America it still supplies only about 1% of the world’s
energy. Wind energy is inexpensive, clean, safe(except for birds) and
provides jobs in the rural communities where large scale “wind
farms” are set up. Government research has suggest that the wind
harvested in just three U.S. states could power the whole country. Even
with these benefits there are still plenty of arguments against using
wind power. Some say that with the worlds constant rise in energy needs
the amount of wind farm land needed would just take too much space.
Using Great Britain as an example it is easy to see that although they
have seriously boosted their wind power out put their CO2 emissions
are still increasing at a high rate. Those against wind power also say
it wind farms cause noise pollution, look ugly and take up valuable
land in areas previously untouched by construction.
have given some information on both sides of the debate over wind power
you surely know that I have not even begun to explain everything there
is to know. You must do research and learn for yourself. There are all
types of renewable energy sources: biomass, solar, geothermal, wave
power and hydrogen fuel cell power are just a few. All of these different
types of energy have pros and cons just like wind power. Each of you
must decide for yourself if you want to change the world, and if you
do you must make your decision based on firsthand knowledge. You have,
or will soon have, the power to influence the policies of our government
through voting. Please make your decisions regarding our energy based
on your own opinions from your own knowledge, not the hearsay you get
from the news or editorials like this one. If you get one thing from
this editorial it is that you must think for yourself in regards to
this nations energy crisis. You must take this call to action: vote
for renewable energy. You live in a country with a government by the
people, use the power of your convictions and knowledge. Write to your
legislator, vote, rally, petition–do something to help the world
we live in.
|This project was created for Mrs. Fugate's Accelerated Biology Class. I wrote this editorial as my required portfolio piece for the class. During this project I learned about different forms of renewable energy and how it is important to be knowledgeable on a subject in order to have an opinion on it.|
© Luke Spicer, 2006