Monday, January 5, 2015

Outside or Inside...Or Neither?

Welcome back! It has been great to see you each today, and to dive back into English class with a Quick Write and a few more Ideal School presentations. Your presentations are engaging, thought-provoking, and insightful. What strikes me most is that in almost every single Ideal School you have created, hands-on, active learning is a theme.

Our word for the day, today, is LACONIC, which is an adjective that means using few words. It is the opposite of one of our previous vocabulary words, LOQUACIOUS, which means highly talkative. Here is an example of the word LACONIC in a sentence: The shy student seemed laconic at first, but once he got to know everyone, he became downright loquacious!

Read the following quote from the novel Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye, and then share your ideas about the question that follows it (in the response section of our blog):

"Let's believe together in a world where no one is either inside or outside, yes?" 

Even though we have not yet read Nye's novel, if you had to make a guess, what do you think this quote is suggesting? Why?

No wrong answers--share your thoughts below! Peace! Mr. R.

73 comments:

  1. A world were know one is judged or treated differently.
    ---Julia Proteau

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  2. I think it means that when you believe together no one is right and no one is wrong.

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  3. I think it means that no one is around and you have to focus on yourself

    David Sampson

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  4. What I think it means is that he is saying that no one person should be better than anyone else and that everyone should be equal.
    -Ainsley Jones

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  5. I think that this quote is suggesting that everybody is treated the same and that nobody is left outside.
    - Olivia Gomez

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  6. I think that it means no one is around and you have to focus on yourself

    David Sampson

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  7. I think the quote means that we should make a world where no one is excluded.
    --Grace Acton

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  8. I think this quote means that no one should be sheltered from the the world and that we should all be together.

    --Colin McHugh

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  9. I think this means that everyone is open with each other and every person is equally treated.
    -Angela

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  10. I think the quote means that you can't judge a person by what is on their outside or inside.

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  11. I think Nye is suggesting that we should all try to make a world where no one is left out, pushed aside or forgotten, and also that no one should be the most popular or more likeable than others.
    --Collin B.---

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  12. I believe this quote is suggesting that the author wishes there to be a world where no one is more or less wealthy or important. Everyone is equal. I believe this because the quote says "...in a world where no one is either inside or outside...". Someone who is outside may represent someone who is poorer than the people inside.
    -Gwyneth

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  13. what i think this quote is trying to say is nobody should be judged about how they look or act and everyone should be kind to one and other
    ---- HENRY DINAPOLI

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  14. I think this quote is suggesting that everyone should believe in a world where everyone is similar and that no one is left alone.

    -Pasha Sahin


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  15. Do not exclude people when you could be including them.
    ~Charlie Carbonell~

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  16. What happened to the "please prove you're not a robot" thing?????????????? I liked it.
    ~Charlie Carbonell~

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  17. I think that this quote is saying, "Let's express our own ideas, think for ourselves without worrying what anyone else thinks of us, in a place where no one judges you, or treats you with disrespect. Let's make up a place in our minds where all this is possible….and then make it real."
    --Shreya Kumar

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  18. I think it means we should believe in a world where no one completely to themselves or always sharing with the world.
    --Emily Rypinski

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  19. I think the quote is suggesting for people to be real with each other. Some people feel or think a certain way on the inside, or around certain people, and differently around others.
    -Colleen Guerriero

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  20. I think what this quote means is that the person saying the quote is suggesting friendship and trying to create her ideal world in which nobody or nothing is left out ( inside or outside) he/she may have been judged previously and that is why he/she is trying to make a judge free ideal situation where everyone is included, including herself. No social ratings or popularity and favor towards some and not others.
    -Fiona Nash

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  21. I think this quote tells us that the world, people, everything is complicated and we do not know the answer to everything for example the world is not good or bad; small or big etc.

    -Alondra

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  22. I think this quote is suggesting that everyone should be together, not separated into groups. It means that no one should be left out and no one should leave people out.
    Liza Toll

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  23. I think that this quote means that everyone is equal to each other and nobody is lower then anyone else and also that nobody is considered unpopular.

    --Natalie L'Ecuyer

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  24. I presume that Nye's quote has to do with ones mental feeling and choice. But I think his quote implies that people that feel many different emotions should believe, even though there beliefs might not work because they are sad or depressed, meaning "inside or out".

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  25. It's saying that we should believe that no one should be included too much or never included. When we begin to this, the world will become a better place for all of us. I have been in situations before where I wanted to be included in activities, but was not allowed. Also, I have excluded my brother sometimes because I thought he was too young. Maybe the whole world shouldn't be judgmental.
    -Tommy Wacek

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  26. I think it means that no one should be on the outside of something-not part of it but in order to make that happen you have to make sure there is no inside because if there is no "inside" you can't possibly be "outside" of it. It is saying that no one should have to feel like they are a outsider.
    -Tessa

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  27. I think that this quote is suggesting that we should live in a world where no one keeps there feelings inside and pretends they are someone they aren't and no one is really loud and tells everyone how they feel and it ends up annoying everyone and it makes everyone's life worse.
    --Emmalyn Mirarchi

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  28. i think that this quote means that in this world they want to imagine that no one will be left out in this world. they want to believe that everyone will be together and there will be no outside or inside.
    ~ Cierra Wilkins

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  29. I think that this quote means that the world accepts anyone no matter if there shy, "nerdy", or anything, yes

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  30. Im not all that sure what this quote is saying, but if i had to guess, i would say that it has a meaning about discrimination. When it talks about the "inside" and "outside", i think it means one race, religion, gender..etc.. compared to another, and it is saying that they do not need to be compared, because they have equal rights or something like that..
    - Anna Shlimak

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  31. I believe this novel is about a person who may not be accepted and the quote is them accepting their self and maybe becoming equal with others.

    ~~Dylan Ashe~~

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  32. This quote is suggesting in believing in a world where there is no outsiders or insiders meaning everyone is equal and looked upon as equal
    --brooke bourgeois

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  33. I think that it is suggesting that everyone is equal and that no one person is worse than another. Suggesting that one of the two (in or out) is better than the other
    -Chris Pickreign

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  34. I think what he's trying to say is let's try and create a world where everyone isn't judged by. because when you say they are outside they are kind of paying attention to where you are and what you are doing.
    ----Lucy Bodtman

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  35. I think that this quote suggests that no one is higher or lower in value and everyone is even, having the same things. Of course in real life, this would never ever work because a lot of people do not have the same work desires or good ones at least, and have become quite lazy. This laziness is not good for anyone, mostly in the sense that we, the people, have to unwillingly pay for them and there families through taxes, so they can do nothing and sit around watching tv, eating and becoming obese. These taxes do also work because some people have medical problems not allowing them to work.

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  36. I think this quote is suggesting that they want to believe in a world where every one is kind and honest like they all are friends
    Clayton Hanlon

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  37. I think that this quote is suggesting that we would all live in the world where everyone is equal. I think this because the quote says, "Let's believe together in a world where no one is either inside or outside, yes?" In Nye's novel when he says, " no one is either inside or out" I think that he means no one would be richer or poorer than another, or that no one is better or worse than another. That is what i think this quote is suggesting
    ~~~Julia Hawes

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  38. I think the quote is suggesting that "they" (whoever they are....I'm not really sure yet) should think/dream about a place where everyone is equal -- there is no difference between gay and straight people, black and white people, poor and rich people. They should believe in a world where there are no social ladders to climb and everyone befriended everyone else just because they liked them.

    At least I think that's what it's trying to say....

    ~ Allie Hunter

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  39. I think that the quote means that everyone should be treated equally. So, that no one is left out or alone. We should except everyone for who they are, not who they want to become.

    --Meili Stanten

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  40. I think that this quote means that everyone should be treated fairly and everyone should be kind and nice to one another. Also where everyone is treated with value and worth.

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  41. stefan scornavaccaJanuary 5, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    I think that means that there can be a world where there is no bounderies. There may not be one now but their should be.
    -Stefan Scornavacca

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  42. I think she is suggesting that everyone should live equally and no one would be treated unfairly.

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  43. It is suggesting that no one should be the odd one out. It also is showing that everyone should be treated equally.

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  44. It might mean that no one is judged and no one if more popular. Outside = judged Inside = popular

    ~Brianna

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  45. I think that this quote is suggesting that everyone is in one group, not separated by anything.

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  46. I don't know what the quote means but if I had to guess I would guess that it means that everyone should get along
    --George Earnest

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  47. I think that this quote is trying to say that we should treat everyone equally. We should not think of people as insiders or outsiders.

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  48. I think it means that everybody is equal like the inside group and the outside group.
    -Jacob e

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  49. I believe that this quote is suggesting that there should not be any difference that are being shown in a negative way. Everyone should be equally treated and wealth and looks should have nothing to do with it. really just should be shown by the way you treat others, and how they treat you back. harmony?

    --Anna Laursen

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  50. I think that the statement is suggesting that there is a world where everyone is included.
    ~Magnus Miller

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  51. I think that this quote is suggesting that in "this world" no one is in the "in" club or in the "out" club. The "in" club being the popular people who wear the right clothes, have the right stuff, say the right things, hang out with the right people, and so on. The "out" club being the rejects: a group of the people the In's consider not like them, and not "worthy". A world without the "ins and outs" the "socs and greasers" the "jocks and geeks" would be much better than the world we live in today. That's why whoever said the quote would like to believe in a would without the groups.

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  52. i think this means to not think of what someones outside looks like and just focus on who they are when you really get to know them.

    -will _____Armstrong

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  53. I think the quote is suggesting that we should live in a world where everyone is equal.
    -Paul Witmer

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  54. I think this quote is saying to express what you believe and no one will judge you because when people are inside aot their believes hen people can judge hem on that and if you are to outside with your beliefs you can be judged or even hurt.

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  55. I think this quote is suggesting that we should try to create a world for ourselves in which everyone's belief's are equal and none are "good" or "bad" or "right" or "wrong".
    Fiona Morrison

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  56. I think that the quote is suggesting that we should live in a world where no one is treated just about their looks. Where people are judged and put into categories.
    ~ Lwiza AitDowd

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  57. I think its about how we should live in a world in which nobody is considered below them, or less cooler than them. Everyone is equal regardless of their personality, gender or race.

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  58. I think that the quote is saying that nobody should be excluded or there should be groups of people. Everyone should be together and treated equally.
    - Rachel Shrives

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  59. I think that the quote means that we should be living in a world where no one is left out, and there shouldn't be insiders who are favored or have greater privileges.

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  60. The author is asking us to imagine an Utopian world where everyone is treated equally and never excluded.

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  61. I think tis quote is saying that we are all the same. We may look different and act different but we all have the same goal, and that is to fit in. This quote shows that there shouldn't be groups, and that we should all be treated the same.
    --Kellie Sundeen

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  62. I think that the quote is stating that all people should have the same rights and should all be treated fairly and should not be discriminated because of their religion, gender, race (etc.)
    ~Caroline Mara

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  63. I think the quote means that everyone is treated equally and everyone's opinions are heard.

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  64. I think this quote means everyone has a say in things and everyone is treat the same

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  65. I think the quote means that everyones has a say in things and every one is treated the same

    --Mark Goldsher

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  66. All people have equal rights and nobody is a celebrity over others. races, religion gender wouldn't play factors in how we viewed others
    -Ted Justicz

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  67. I think that the quote means that we should live in a world where nobody is judged based on how they look or how they act and where everyone is treated equally no matter how strong, rich, weak, or poor they are.

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  68. I think it means to all be equal and treat all others the same with kindness.

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  69. That last one was my quote i forgot to put my name Tom H

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  70. I think it means that we should not judge others or make them feel left out.

    --Sean McNamara

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  71. i think it means that nobody should be excluded
    --robert arellano

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  72. I think it means that everyone should treat each other with kindness no matter how they look, and also how rich you are shouldn't affect the amount kindness given to one another.

    -Devin Patel

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  73. I think this means that there is nothing considered an outlier, or there is no certain way to be. In our world, people make lines that separate others. Popularity is defined by specific characteristics and that is wrong. All in all, this quote, I think, is meant to say that we should be on the same plane, and our differences should be respected and encouraged.
    --Raiya Suliman

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