In His Steps Pt. 2

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade English Essay

This is “part 2” essay of the book In His Steps by Charles Sheldon, as I said in my previous essay. The newspaper company was almost bankrupt, because of the editor, Norman, decides not to publish content that was inappropriate. So they went bankrupt and was bailed out by Virginia. A woman from a rich family and friend of Rachel(the girl who sings for the church).

Now Virginia decides to something good and gives this failing newspaper company $500,000 to help them start back up again. Now for English, my assignment is to tell you, what should Virginia have done before giving Norman, the newspaper editor, $500,000.

Well, first of all, before she even hands in the money, she should’ve check and see if her family needed the money instead of giving it to someone else. If her family did need the money, and they didn’t have it, then they’re in some trouble.

Then after she checked with her family, she could’ve see what she’s investing in. I mean, the whole reason why the paper failed is that they didn’t publish interesting/important things that the town people wanted to read. And if you give money when you don’t know what they’re going to do with it, then that’s a bad idea.

In the book, after Virginia bailed out the company, Norman had a new idea. Instead of depending on subscriptions, like most newspaper companies, it’ll be based on donations. Now, I’m no businessman, but when you don’t have many subscribers, how would get donations. I mean, random people won’t just donate to a company they don’t know or like. And this newspaper was just bailed out, which means they didn’t have much or no subscribers at all.

Now, in conclusion, Virginia should’ve first check with her family, just incase they needed the money, then look into what she’s putting her money in. If I were her, I would want to know where my money’s going. And/or she could’ve just invested in something more useful, instead of a failing newspaper, but that’s her decision.

Overall, I hoped you liked this essay. Please comment if any mistakes.

In His Steps

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade English Essay

So far, I’ve been reading a novel by Charles Sheldon, “In His Steps”. The book encourages the idea of the Social Gospel. Whoever takes part of this “Social Gospel” believes it is their duty to get rid of all the evil in the world like, poverty, inequality, crime, child labor, etc.

The book takes place in a town called Raymond, the Reverend, Henry Maxwell, is part of the Social Gospel. He challenges his people to ask themselves “What Would Jesus Do?” before they make decisions or take any actions.

When people started doing that, it just led them to make horrible decisions. Now my topic for English is, “Which aspect of the plot so far sounds most implausible?”

One example is one of the characters, Rachel Winslow. Rachel sings for the church and everybody loves her voice, and she is a very beautiful woman. Then a guy came up to her asking if she’d liked to go to a better job, who pays more. This, of course, is a once in a lifetime chance for her.

But when she asked herself, “What Would Jesus Do?”, she eventually turns down the offer because she felt guilty. She felt guilty of using her looks and her gift of singing and thought that Jesus wouldn’t take the advantage of his looks and ability to gain popularity.

This is very implausible and stupid, why would you turn down an offer of a lifetime. Nobody feels guilty because they’re pretty, and nobody should. Even if you’re rich or poor, you could be shy about it, but not guilty. If I were her, I would take the offer.

Another example is the town’s newspaper editor. When he asks himself “What Would Jesus Do?”, he stops publishing stuff that he thinks Jesus would not agree with. And he also stops publishing Sunday newspapers. And when he does that, his company almost goes bankrupt, because he has no content on his newspaper that people want to read.

This newspaper editor stops publishing popular content on his papers just because, a guy told him to ask himself “What Would Jesus Do?”. And he almost goes bankrupt, I mean how far do you want to go with this question. I mean you could try stop publishing content for a day, but he went too far with it.

In conclusion, I think the question “What Would Jesus Do?” is a very implausible question. It’s done nothing, but make people make bad decisions. The book itself is odd and the decisions that people make is unrealistic. But it’s interesting to read a new type of book every once in awhile.

Bone Marrow

RonPaulCurriculum 10th Grade Biology Essay

So for today’s science essay, the subject is bone marrow. Did you know that we have two types of bone marrow, if you did good for you, if not then yes, we have two types of bone marrow. Before I get to the subject, what is bone marrow?

Bone marrow is a “flexible tissue in the interior of bones”. So our bones are hollow on the inside, and that’s where your bone marrow is.

Now the two types of bone marrow we have are yellow bone marrow and red bone marrow. Yellow bone marrow stores extra fat, you know how water reservoir is to keep extra water, it’s basically the same thing but we store extra fat or energy. It’s located in your long or short bones. It can convert back to the red bone marrow in severe cases, like blood loss. It slowly replaces your red bone marrow as you grow older.

In truth, babies have 100% red bone marrow. It isn’t until adulthood, where humans have a 50-50 of red and yellow bone marrow.

Red bone marrow produces blood cells, that are important for the body. Cells like red and white blood cells. Red blood cells(also called erythrocytes) carries oxygen in your body. It also has hemoglobin that allows them to carry oxygen and also has a pigment color, which gives the cell the color red.

The two common types of white blood cells are leukocytes and neutrophils. They help your body fight and detect infections or bacteria, and get rid of it.

Red bone marrow is located in your flat bones like your, breast bone, hip bone, skull, ribs, and shoulder blades. It’s also located at the end of your long bones, such as your femur(thighbone), shinbone, and humorous bone(which is the bone from your shoulder to your elbow)

Fun Fact: “On an average, bone marrow constitutes 4% of the total body mass of humans” and “bone marrow produces approximately 500 billion blood cells per day”

In conclusion, bone marrow is an important part of your body. Red bone marrow produces blood cells, that carries oxygen in your body, and also detect and get rid of bacteria and infections in your body. Yellow blood cells store extra fat(or energy) and can convert back to red bone marrow when needed.

I hope you liked this essay! Please comment if there are any mistakes.

1887 or 2000?

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade English Essay

So I finished the book Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy. This book is about Julian West, who goes to sleep in 1887, and dreams about waking up in the year 2000. And in this “dream”, he finds himself woken up by Dr. Leete.

Dr. Leete tells him about how in the year 2000, the government is run by socialists. And how everything is equal, how everybody gets equal pay, you only work for about 24 years, there are no poor or rich people, etc.

West spends 1-2 weeks in this “dream”, till he goes to sleep and his valet wakes him up back in the year 1887. So he thinks the year 2000 was just a dream. Back in his old hometown, he walks around and sees the difference of this century and the 21st century, and later goes out with some of his friends. And while they eat, he watches them laughing, having fun, wearing nice clothes, and dining in a decent restaurant. And tells them that they’re misusing their money, while there are people in the streets who are in need of food, money, clothes, etc.

Only spending one day in his old hometown, he goes back to sleep and wakes up back in the year 2000, and this is finally reality. And the dream in 1887 was just a dream.

Now my assignment is to write, which dream is more realistic? When he woke up in the year 2000 for the first time, or the second dream, when he woke up in 1887.

Well, the first dream, when he wakes up in the year 2000, he thinks it’s a dream. I’d think the same, you went to sleep in the year 1887 and woke in 2000, you went to sleep for 113 years, that’s impossible. So instead you think it’s a dream.

Then there’s the second dream, where he wakes up back in 1887. This dream seems more realistic to me, but they’re both pretty unrealistic, but if I had to choose, it’d be the second dream.

In the first dream, he spent so long in this dream that I totally forgot that he was even in a dream. He spent about 2 weeks in this “dream”, other than being told the differences of this century and the 19th century, he even fell in love, and it just made it seem it wasn’t a dream. So I just accepted the truth that he slept for 113 years, mostly cause it’s a fiction book, and anything can happen in a fiction book.

And in the second dream, he slept, woke up, looked around began to see the difference, and went back to sleep, and woke up in 2000. That seems more like a dream to me.

Anyways I hope you liked this essay, I recommend reading the book Looking Backwards by Edward Bellamy, it’s an interesting, but also a silly book. Some parts of the book are not explained well enough, well mostly because this is a utopian socialist book. It’s not my favorite book, but it is fairly interesting.

Benefits of a Blog

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade English Essay

So for English, I have to write an essay about the benefits of a blog. Well, first blogs can be fun, you share your interests with other people and you can follow other people who share the same interests. And blogs can be a way of spending your free time when you have nothing else to do.

Blogs can show that you can write pretty well. Let’s say your employer asks you what your good points are, and you can say you write daily, remember you’re looking for a full-time job after college, so it won’t be somewhere like McDonalds or Starbucks, but instead a secretary, accountant, salesperson, etc.

Writing can be an advantage when you grow up. Most people don’t write much nowadays, I’m not talking about Facebook posts, but like real writing. When you write well, people enjoy it, you can even write a short story just for fun. Writing is especially important if you’re going to pursue in a job that involves any kind of writing, advertising, direct marketer, etc.

Writing also shows that you have creativity. It’s not every day you find something to write about, especially if you’re writing daily. I struggle with writer’s block, usually when I’m writing these essays. So I find it difficult to write about something every day, but if you can do it, then that’ll be a good advantage.

A blog also shows when you a passion for writing and when you have a passion for something, you go with it. Also writing is one of the important tools we all have to know. Good writing is something you should learn young and use it throughout your life. Even if your job doesn’t involve anything with writing, you should still learn the ways of writing.

You may think that writing on blogs is just a waste of time like you could do something else instead of writing, like studying or playing games. But writing can be fun, expressing your feelings or opinions on things, and you can just write on your down time.

And if you think that making a blog will be hard, it’s not, most places will let you make a simple blog for free, and should be easy to use. I use my blog for my school studies, mostly because I have to, but it’s enjoyable. I use WordPress, the free one, and it works just fine.

So in conclusion, writing in blogs can be a way to show your employer one of your key points you can do or something. Blogs are easy to build and are usually easy to use, and it can be fun when you have nothing to do. And I recommend you make one yourself just for fun.

43rd President of the United States

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade History Essay

George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States, son of the 41rst President of the United States, George H. W. Bush. George W. Bush and George H. W. Bush are the second father-son presidents since John Adams and John Q. Adams.

George Walker Bush born in July of 1946, was the first son of George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush. Grew up in Texas, where George H. W. Bush started an oil company, which made him rich. The family moved to Houston, and W. Bush went to a preparatory school for 2 years, then went to a boarding school in Massachusetts. There he played on the baseball team and was the leader of the cheerleader team.

After graduating, he got accepted to Yale, getting a Bachelor of Arts in History, and then got a Master of Business Administration in 1975.

Bush worked in the Texas Air National Guard in May of 1968, and spent two years in training, then was assigned to Houston. He then enlisted in the Alabama Air National Guard and was finally discharged in 1974.

In 1977, he met Laura Welch, a school teacher, and librarian. Before he met Laura, he was an alcoholic for a bit, but when he married Laura, he joined the United Methodist Church and became better. Only three months after meeting, Bush proposed, and they got married later that year. They had twin daughters on November 25, 1981, Barbara and Jenna.

Bush first ran for House of Representative but failed. So he bought a portion of the Texas Rangers baseball franchise, and also managed his father’s presidency campaign. The Texas Rangers baseball team was doing really well because of him, and he soon became the leader. He also gained a status as a great businessman.

He then tried again with politics, this time running for governor of Texas in 1994. Because of his success with the baseball team, and his family’s background, he was able to defeat the incumbent Ann Richards. He focused on education, reducing the crime rate, welfare, and tort reform.

In 1999 he tried his luck and ran for president with Dick Cheney as his vice president. The 2000 presidential election was really close, Bush lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote. And because of his win in the electoral vote, he won the election.

Eight months after this election, the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred. After these attacks, Bush declared the “War of Terror”, which was a war on Afghanistan. Then in 2003, he declared war with Iraq.

The war with Afghanistan is the longest war yet for America. In 2011, there has peace talks with the country, and in 2014, all the American troops in Afghanistan returned, just leaving a small group until 2016.

In 2007, the housing market bubble popped, it was one of the biggest drop in the U.S . It didn’t get better, and people started calling it the Great Recession, which takes from the “Great Depression”. The economy finally started to recover in 2011, 4 years after.

The George W. Bush administration was different, mostly because they had control of both the Houses of Congress and Presidency. And in this administration both House and Senate were both Republicans, and made some of the worst decisions. Usually one will be mostly Democratic and the other Republican, to balance things out.

In conclusion, this is the last history essay for the 8th grade, I had a lot of fun learning. This course started from 1754 with the Seven Years War to now. You can look at my past essays, I have my 6th(i think) and 7th grade history essays if you to wanted you read them :P.

Osmoregulation

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade Biology Essay

You know how we breathe air and drink water, but filtered water, not salt water. Then there’s the saltwater fish, they breathe air, but they only drink salt water. For example, salmons, they’re anadromous, they are born in freshwater, then move to the ocean(salt water), then go back to freshwater to reproduce.

But how do saltwater fish live in salt water? Well, they use a process called, osmoregulation. Osmoregulation can let them control the amount of salt and water in their body, which is pretty cool if you ask me.

Saltwater fish drink a lot of water, then they have this extra salt in their body. Extra chloride ions are removed by active transport and leaves the body by their kidneys or gills. And since sodium ions are attracted to chloride ions, it follows it outside the body. And for saltwater fish, they have to drink a lot of water to get enough water for their system.

It’s the opposite case for freshwater fish. It’s pretty dangerous if they drink too much water, they either drink little or no water at all. They urinate huge amounts and it’s very watery. They gain their salt from the food they eat.

But for salmon, it’s different since they live in both fresh and salt water. When they’re in freshwater, they do what other fish do. Urinate a lot, and get salt from food. But when they’re in saltwater, they produce cortisol. These cortisol starts growing chloride cells. And these chloride cell ejects chloride, and when chloride ions are excreted, the salt follows.

In conclusion, osmoregulation is an important part of saltwater fish to have, without it, they wouldn’t be able to live. And I never really noticed how salmons are actually a pretty complicated fish.

I hope you enjoyed this essay, please comment if they’re any mistakes I should change. Thanks!