September 11, 2001

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade History Essay

One of the worst disasters in America was the 9/11 terrorist attack. 9/11 happened on September 11, 2001, when planes were hijacked and flew into the World Trade Center Towers. With a count of 2,996 deaths and over 6,000 injured. As of now, we still don’t know the true story behind the 9/11 attacks.

Four planes were hijacked, and all them were headed towards California. American Airlines flight 11, United Airlines flight 175, American Airlines flight 77, and United Airlines flight 93, were hijacked. Sadly no survivors from any of the crashes survived.

American Airlines Flight 11 was the first to be hijacked at 8:15 AM. As it headed to Los Angeles, California, it was redirected to New York City, where it crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 AM.

First crash, North Tower

Just after the first crash, news traveled fast, and 17 mins later United Airlines Flight 175 flew into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. This plane left Boston and was headed to LA, but redirected to New York City. It actually missed the tower, and had to turn around and crashed into the Tower at 9:03 AM.

Second crash, South Tower

After this second crash, the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA), ordered the landing of all flights and closed all U.S. airspace. This messed up all the flight schedules, so a whole new schedule had to be made because of this. President Bush was put under high protection and moved to a few places to avoid any assassination attempts.

American Airlines Flight 77 was another hijacked plane, but this one headed towards the Pentagon. The headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Virginia. Flight 77 departed from Washington D.C., hijacked and turned around half an hour later, heading towards the Pentagon. And at 9:37 AM it crashed creating a fire and a result of 184 deaths.

Pentagon crash

After this third crash, the U.S. was basically closed down. All schools and government buildings were closed down for the whole day.

9:59 AM, when the South Tower, the second hit, collapsed 56 mins after the crash. Killing anyone inside the building and causing smoke all over New York City.

South Tower Collapsing

At 10:58 AM, the North Tower, the first crash, also collapsed creating another cloud of smoke all over New York City. Other than the North and South Tower, World Trade Center Towers 4, 5, 6, and 7 all caught on fire from the first two crashes. And World Trade Center 7 was only of the four to collapse from the fire.

United Airlines Flight 93, was the last crash that occurred in 9/11. But, when this plane was hijacked, the passengers took control and overthrew the terrorists. But not knowing how to fly a plane, it crashed at 10:03 AM in Pennsylvania, and no survivors survived the crash.

Fires continued to burn in New York and the recovery of any survivors continued to the next few days. The U.S. was surprised and was in mourn for the people who didn’t survive the attack and many people didn’t go to work or school for days.

Osama bin Laden, the founder of the Al-Qaeda group, was accused of the terrorist attacks of 9/11. It wasn’t until three years later, the Al-Qaeda group claimed responsibility for the attacks.

And because of all the evidence the government collected was never shared publicly, people started conspiracies.

After the attacks, President Bush requested that Afghanistan gives up Al-Qaeda who were hiding in Afghanistan. But they refused, and the U.S. declared war on Afghanistan in October 2001, and it is the longest war in American history.

Should You Go To College?

Should you go to college or not? I mean you could go to high school, and then start working and get on with life. But most people go to college to expand their world and experience new things.You don’t need to go to a college, but sometimes people just go to get the paper. Most jobs will ask if you a degree, but it’s not essential sometimes. But I believe that going to college can open up your view on things, and you never know who you’ll meet there.

It’s important to go to college if you’re going to major in medicine, engineering, coding, robotics, etc. To show that you have a piece of paper showing that you went to school to become a doctor, for example.

Sometimes people dream to go to Harvard or Princeton if they get accepted of course. I’m between the ages of 10-14, and my parents already decided that I go to college, mostly to get the piece of paper.

Sure college is expensive, but you can test out of college, so you don’t need to go all 4 years. My dad tested out half a year of college, so I think I’ll do that.

I don’t really know what I want to do when I grow up, so going to college and living a dorm is a good idea for me. If you already know what you want to do, for example, computer engineering, then go to a college who teaches that.

And if you don’t think you want to pursue with the college you’re at, then you could drop out. But I doubt you’ll get your money back, depending on how long you’ve been there. But this is if you’re really sure you don’t want to spend another 2-3 years in this college, cause you will lose your money.

Some people don’t go to college, after high school, they’ll start working full-time, and some people end up fine, and some not really.

College can be a good opportunity for you, and you can test out of college which is good, and if you really don’t like it, then you can drop out. But it’s a good idea, especially if you’re going to pursue a career, then yes, you should go to college.

Why Homeschooling

Homeschooling or public school, are you debating on which one you should do? Well, first homeschooling allows you to be more flexible on time, and you have more freedom.Homeschooling allows the student to have a broad subject on what he/she wants to learn(like coding, arts, music, basic engineering, etc.). As in public school, you don’t have much choice.

In homeschooling, you can advance in things you like to do. For example, you enjoy doing history, so you do two lessons a day, and then you finish that grade, and you can move on to other things.

In public school, there’s always that slow student, and you can’t advance because of him/her, and you’ll get bored. If you’re the slow one, usually you’d just fall behind and not able to catch up.
But in homeschooling then you’d be able to watch the lesson again, and actually, learn at your own pace.

Another thing, homeschooling can only take 4-5 hours, and you have the rest of the day free to do other things, like your hobbies or after school activities. Once I finish my schoolwork I play guitar and practice my piano, and I also have swimming after.

As in public school, you spend 7-8 hours a day just in school. Then you have homework after school and won’t have time late at night since you have to go to school early.

In public school, you learn whatever your teacher teaches you. Then you take tests, and if you get a good enough grade, then you don’t need to retake the test, and you forget. In homeschooling, you keep the information and actually learn.

In the system I use, there are 4 days of learning, and taking down notes, and on the fifth day, there’s a review and an essay to do. And I think that’s very effective.

If you’re afraid that you won’t make friends because you don’t go out and socialize. Well, there are programs for homeschoolers, for example, I go to a public speaking club, mostly because I don’t socialize much with kids my age or whatever. And I go to a swimming class/team and I get on with people just fine.

In conclusion, homeschooling is more beneficial, you have more time for other things, and have more freedom. And not just learn but also remember most things, and not what the government wants you to learn.

Intro Paragraphs

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade English
For English, I just have to write an introduction paragraph to the question “Why is school necessary”

First, everybody has to go to school, but why? I mean, why can’t we just get on with life? Well, when you’re an adult and have a job, you at least have to know the basics of math and English, or you’ll be just the stupid person, and nobody wants to be that person.

School is necessary. If you grow up not knowing anything, then you won’t be successful and you won’t have the life you wanted. And knowing the basics of math, English, history, science, is essential.

Just imagine yourself in life, and don’t know simple things because you didn’t go to school. You may think it’s a waste of time, but when you grow up, it’ll be quite helpful. And you won’t regret it.


Today’s biology question, “When you find yourself breathing hard, is this due to a lack of oxygen or an excess or carbon dioxide”. It’s due to an excess of carbon dioxide in your blood. You breath harder to get rid of the carbon dioxide in your lungs.

So the physiology of your breathing starts with your thoracic cavity. Your thoracic cavity is protected by your ribcage, and in the bottom of your thoracic cavity is your diaphragm.

When you inhale, the air goes in through your nose or mouth and goes down through your windpipe. Then goes down your bronchus, where it leads the air to your lungs. Then enters your alveoli, where it takes the oxygen in the air into your blood. Then you exhale carbon dioxide.

When you inhale, the muscles tighten, pushing your ribs outward. When you exhale, the muscles relax pushing carbon dioxide out.

Your body also has a feedback system, it regulates your pH blood. Your body goes through a lot to keep your blood pH level at 7, and it’s not good if it drops or rises.

For example, when you breathe hard, that means your blood pH level is low. There’s too much carbon dioxide in your blood and not enough oxygen. So when your blood vessels detect that your pH level is low, they send a message to your medulla oblongata.

Your medulla oblongata sends a message to your ribcage muscles to contract faster and deeper. This makes you breath harder, and when you exhale, you exhale the carbon dioxide in your blood. Your breathing returns to normal when your pH blood returns to normal.

Semester Report

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade English Essay

So for English I have to write a semester report of all the things I learned, read, and did. I learned a lot during the first half of this course including how to write good paragraphs, essays, reports, research papers, etc.

The first book I started out with was 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, it’s about an underwater sea adventure. The main characters Professor Aronnax, his servant Counseil, and Ned Land, get kidnapped by Captain Nemo. They all go on an adventure with him in his submarine the Nautilus. This book was a fine book by Jules Verne, it’s not my favorite, but it’s a fun adventurous book.

Then I read the Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. This book was during the French Revolution, it was about the father finding his daughter. Who thought he was dead, and it’s also about the daughter and who she marries, etc.

The next book I read was Out on the Pampas by G.A. Henty, this one I enjoyed a bit more. It’s about a family with two girls and two boys moving to Argentina to live on the pampas. They go through a lot of things, including almost losing a daughter, and I liked this book.

Now while reading these books, I learned how to write a mind map. Where you have one topic in a bubble and you make sub-topics coming out of the one topic. Then I learned to put your mind map into an outline, so it’s easier to write your essay.

I first started with easy questions like, “best birthday gift”, “a bad day”, “yourself”, or “your house”. Then I learned the font uses, like bold, italic, and underlining. Afterwards, I wrote essays with a little harder questions like, “Do we value only what we struggle for”, Is it always essential to tell the truth, or are there circumstances in which it is better to lie?”, etc.

Then after I read Out on the Pampas, I started to read Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. This book is also around the time of the French Revolution, it’s about a man who calls himself the Scarlet Pimpernel, and no knows who he is, not even his wife. But the story goes on, he saves people who get sentenced, and it’s very interesting.

Later I had to write essays under time, usually between 30mins-1hr, it was a bit challenging, but not too bad. Then I learned how to write book report, research papers, and book reviews.

My first research paper I wrote was about the Monarch butterflies. This one was interesting, I learned a lot myself, I’m not a butterfly gal, so I didn’t know much, but that’s what research papers are for.

I also read With Clive in India by G.A. Henty, it’s literally about a boy traveling with Clive in India. A boy, goes to india and travels with the military, and the general is called, Clive. They go through a lot of adventures, and fight with Indian tribes.

The next book was by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This book was actually was written as a series on the newspaper, and then was published as a book. It’s about Tom, a slave, who was sold to Simon Legree, who was very harsh to his slaves. But Tom never given up in faith.

After that I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. It’s about the second eldest daughter Elizabeth(Lizzy), her older sister Jane, and two younger sisters Kitty(Catherine) and Lydia. The story follows Elizabeth’s experience in love with Mr. Darcy, and his best friend Mr. Bingley who falls in love with Jane. This one was more of a romantic story, but with pride and prejudice.

That’s basically most of the things I did and learnt in this English course. I learned writing mind maps, writing book reports, writing down references, etc. I really liked this course so far, and hope to learn more in the future.

President Carter

RonPaulCurriculum 8th Grade History Essay

The 39th President of the United States, James Earl Carter Jr., usually known as Jimmy Carter, born in Georgia, 1924. His family was very religious, his mother worked as a nurse in a hospital, his father was successful in farming the business.
President Carter
He grew up in a very segregated area in Georgia, which will affect his presidency in the future. But he still made friends with the children in the area and the workers in his father’s farm.
His family’s farm was going down during the Great Depression, but they made it through in the end.
His wish was to attend Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, although he had to go to other classes in Georgia, to be able to be accepted in the Naval Academy. In 1943, he was finally accepted, he was almost rejected because of his slim figure of his.
He was a good student in the Academy, and graduated in 1946. He returned home to Georgia, and married his childhood friend, Rosalynn Smith, in the same year, together they had 4 children.
Rosalynn Carter(née Smith)
Carter worked on his father’s farm, and became a well-known figure in the public, and even became the president of a school board. In 1962, he was nominated to be the Senator of Georgia, and won, and then was re-elected in 1964.
Then in 1970, instead he ran for Governor of Georgia, and won. He focused on ending racial segregation, which was a surprise for his followers, who were Democratic, fyi. He then prepared for the 1976 presidential election, he had little chance, mostly because he wasn’t really recognized by the rest of the country.
But actually he won against Gerald Ford, with the votes in the electoral college 297-240. He’s the first president from the Deep South, since President James Polk in 1848.
While serving as president, he did quite a lot of things. He added two new Cabinets, the Department of Energy and Department of Education. Returned the Panama Canal back to Panama.
He also continued the “Strategic Arms Limitation Talks” with the Soviet Union(U.S.S.R.), these talks were about both countries discussing in putting down their weapons. The Cold War was actually re-escalated after the attack in Afghanistan, and it was an unpopular move.
One of the most remembered things during his presidency, was the Iran Hostage Crisis, lasting from 1979-81. When Iranian students captured the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. 52 American diplomats and citizens held hostage for 444 days in Iran.
Iran Hostage Crisis
But when Ronald Reagan came into office in January 20, 1981, the crisis immediately ended. Although President Carter’s was popular in his early days, by the time of the next presidential election, he lost to Ronald Reagan.
Jimmy Carter then moved on to aiming World Peace, in 2002, he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, “for his decades of untiring effort to find peace solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”
Carter is still around today, as of 2017, and is still married to Rosalynn Carter, who is also still alive. He organized the Carter Center, with his wife Rosalynn, where they promote human rights causes.
I hope you liked this essay about the 39th President James(Jimmy) Carter.