Parents block Alex from social media and look at all of the messages that he sent. He cannot talk with his friends online because his parents are spying on him. His friend, who live far away have no way to contact Alex. He has no privacy on his social media. This shows that teens nowadays have no privacy to talk with their friends on social media with freedom. Also, there could be a problem with their friends who lives far away. Parents should not block teens from social media because it violates privacy for students and breaks trusts between parents and teens.  Critics may claim that using filter blocks social media helps teens. However, this is not a valid argument because of social media plays a big role in relationships with friends.

    Parents should not control teens social media accounts because it should the private information. Checking personal emails, chatting room, notes, Facebook pages, is the same thing with controlling someone, and that should not happen to students. According to Devan, a college sophomore, she informs that going on their children’s Facebook pages and looking on their phones, could be a complete invasion of privacy, which is equivalent of spying and most of the students will be upset. This evidence shows that spying on student’s social media could be one of the reasons for the problems between students and parents. As a result, teenagers have better judgments and better ideas than young students.  They are not young kids anymore, they could control themselves from danger. Privacy is one of the human rights that everyone should have and respect. If the students are grown enough to decide which is right or wrong, they definitely should have the right to have their own privacy. For these reasons, I strongly believe that parents should not control the social media accounts for students.

    Secondly,  parents should not control students for using social media because they should trust and respect their child. For example, according to the privacy organization TRUSTe,  says that parents should not censor their children online. Instead, they should trust but verify and see if that their assumption is correct. This evidence shows parents should respect and trust their children and let them control their own social media time. Parents could check sometimes or ask teens if they are using the social media appropriately, but not by spying on them. As a result, parents should ask or have a conversation with teens for social media using, so that they could know that they are using the social media in a right way without spying or blocking them. Some parents might check their kids once a week or two weeks to verify the safety of teens in social media. In this way, parents and teens could both trust and respect each other. In conclusion, trusting teens and let them control their own social media time and checking if their assumption is correct is the best way to lead the teens to use the social media properly and respecting both of them at the same time.

    On the other hand, parents use filters to protect teens from inappropriate sites and messages. For example, over 40 percent of online teens admit that they have friended strangers on social networking sites. The critics say that it could be dangerous for teens to be friends with strangers, so parents should use a filter to protect them to not go to the social media sites. Critics suggest that using filters to make sure that teens can’t access the social media sites is the best way to keep the teens safe. Although this argument seems persuasive at first, it doesn’t give the reasons why should the teens should socialize and keep in contact with new friends. According to pew research center, social media plays a critical role in connecting teens to new friends, allowing teens to learn more about new friends and get to know them better. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of teens who have made a new friend online say they have met new friends on a social media platform. 62% of teens say they’ve shared their social media username with a brand new friend as a way to stay in touch. This evidence shows that social media takes a huge role in making friends and stay in touch with them. If parents filter out these sites and block them, they won’t be able to contact with friends and it would lead them to not have good relationships with friends. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that social media is needed for teens in friendships and if the parents block them, it will give negative effects on their child.

    In conclusion, parents should not block teens from social media because they should respect the privacy of students and trust them. Also, social media helps students to make friends online. Teens are old enough to protect their own privacy, and parents should trust them. Social media is also important to teens because it is one way to keep in touch with their friends who lives far away. So, I suggest to every parent to allow teens to access social media and trust them because they are not kids anymore. Students should keep their own rights and friendships by using social media.

This is a short paragraph about social media and parents.

Many parents may be concerned about their children’s use of social media due to…being friends with strangers and meeting them in real life.
Teens often accept friend request from strangers and it could lead children to an inappropriate way.
For example, according to a research, 42 percent of teens accept strangers as a friend. So, if the teens post their location in social media or the strangers try message them, it might be dangerous.
As a result, children could be endangered by being friends with strangers and messaging them.
In conclusion, parents should be cautious and make sure their children to not be friends with strangers.

This is a project that we did in EAL class. We wrote first page of our own story to use absolute phrases.

It was a sunny and peaceful Sunday morning before something happened and ruined my day. I was just listening to music with my new headphones and laying down in my bed. It started with one email from the store in district 1. I opened the email, my eyes half closed, just looking at the computer. It said ”Only for today! We sell our products in 50% price!”. After reading the email, I thought it was a good idea to go shopping because I had nothing to do before my drama practice in the afternoon. I hurried up and changed my clothes for drama practice, putting on the long black coat which was my costume, and went to the store. I also wore sunglasses because the sun was shining, brightly and strongly. Now I realized that I shouldn’t have worn my drama costume to the shop. It was the start of the problem. When i was going into the shop, I felt people in the street staring at me as a stranger. I heard them whispering something about me. I just ignored them, my eyes just looking at the front, walking faster and faster. It was so hot because my coat was black and it was so long to walk with. So, I just took a taxi to the store. The Vietnamese taxi driver was also surprised, his eyes wide open, saying words that I couldn’t understand.
When I entered the store, there was a big, tall guy with brown hair with a mustache. He seemed like the owner of the shop. He was going around the bag corner and checking they are in the right place, his hands moving quickly, trying to move it faster. After I took a look at some new shirts in the shop, I saw the tall guy putting some of the products in his bag. I thought that he is trying to put it back to the place that they are supposed to be in. In the store, they had everything I wanted. I bought lots of things such as new shirts, glasses for my drama and new charger for my computer. It was almost time to go to the drama practice, so I decided to pay for the products and leave. Suddenly, the big man ran out of the store, his eyes closed, running as fast as he could. He bumped into me and we both fell down. He seemed busy, so he just took his stuff and ran out of the store. I picked up my belongings and thought ‘Why is he so busy? He should be more careful when he runs.’ Then, the security guard came to me.

In this Charity video project, we picked a charity that we are interested in and made a video about it. Valdi and I decided to make a video about Blue Dragons. The reason why we chose blue dragons were because in their homepage, it shows they help kids in Ho chi Minh city and give them education, food and shelter to stay. I thought I wanted to help them because I saw a story about one disabled kid who needed help to live. He needed other people’s help. Then, Blue Dragon helped him and gave things that he need. There was a photo of him smiling when he was participating in a sport event, and it made me to make video about them.
So, in the first part of making video, we thought it would be effective if we make a Q/A video about blue dragons. We wrote down some basic questions that people might ask about blue dragons such as “How can the Blue Dragons help kids?” “Do they really rescue kids?” “How can we support Blue dragons?”. Then, we made answers to the questions. We sent the email to the Blue Dragons and asked permission for the photos in the homepage. They said it was fantastic to make a charity video about them so it was okay to use the images. We got the images from the homepage and put a background music which can give hope because we wanted the audience to have hope and help the kids in Blue Dragons.
We told them how can they help the kids. They don’t have to donate and use their money, just vote for the Charity.
At the last part of the video, I introduced the Blue Dragon homepage for more detailed information. I recorded my screen and showed the homepage and some sections that some people might want to go in such as meeting the kids and what do they do.
It was a great experience to make a video about the charity. I noticed there are some kids to help in Ho Chi minh city and I wanted to help them, so making a video was an important project.

In this tutorial video, we should make a video advising the 6th graders to have an idea what to do and what they shouldn’t do in the Dragon’s apprentice. We tried to focus on showing the differences of the good example and the bad example. (But we focused more on the good side) Our group first discussed of what went well last year, and what was disqualified based on our experience. I wasn’t here last year, but they told me some example and points of the Dragon’s apprentice. Then, we wrote down things that the 6th graders should do during the preparation such as “Always do your work and stay on task.” or “Don’t argue during the discussion and fully explain your idea.” On the other side of the paper, we wrote down something that they should not do. For example, “Ignoring the idea of your teammates and just going with your idea”. Valdi said that there was some cases like that so their project didn’t work well. After making the outline of the tutorial video, we started filming the video based on the outline. We divided some roles. Valdi and I were the actors of the video. Andrew filmed and edited the video. The basic plot of the video was that Valdi was the student who is doing right, or inappropriate things. My role was to advise Valdi to the good example as a teammate or a teacher.
After making this video, I knew something happened last year in the Dragon’s apprentice. It was great to advise the 6th graders to make the product. I hope they watch our video and work as a team together.

Many parents may be concerned about their children’s use of social media due to…being friends with strangers and meeting them in real life. Teens often accept friend request from strangers and it could lead children to an inappropriate way. For example, according to a research, 42 percent of teens accept strangers as a friend. So, if the teens post their location in social media or the strangers try message them, it might be dangerous. As a result, childrens could be endangered by being friends with strangers and messaging them. In conclusion, parents should be cautious and make sure their children to not be friends with strangers.

In this water filter design project, we are trying to be the NGO of Vietnam. We had 4 trials to filter the polluted water and get 15 ml of pure water.

In our first trial, we made a filter that has a filter paper in the bottom side to get the dirt out. Also, we tried to put some magnets on to get the irons. However, we were not able to get rid of the salt and get the acid level lower.

After the first trial, we changed the design of the filter. We brought a bottle made with plastic and tried to get the water that are dripping down. However, the plastic bottle melted because of the heat.

In our third trial, we changed the plastic bottle to glass beaker and put the heavy rock inside the the beaker to hold the bottom. It did work, but there was only a little amount of water about 3ml.

In our final design, we thought about how can we make more water fall down. We made the plastic wrap more tight so none of the steam could go out. We keeped dragged the steam to the bottom so it could get more water. Like the third trial, we did put a small beaker inside and put the rock inside. It worked and we could get a clear water with no salt.

After the project I was very proud of our group because we tried every class to change the design and finally it worked and we got 15ml of clean water.

Here is my digital poem video.

At first, I was very confused because it was my first time using i movie and it was hard to control. But, I figured how to use the i movie after few days.

The thing that i feel proud of my video is that I tried to show all the poem and put some images in between to make the audience understand.

Making the video helped me to express the theme because I included some background music that clock sound and some pictures that show the theme that I am talking about.

If i can change it over again, I will focus on reading with emotions. I want to read it with controlling the voice. Sometimes it goes louder and sometimes quiet.

My advice to this video making to other students is focus on audience to understand your theme.


In my three poems, I tried to use more skills than before. I also improved for adding more details in the poem and make the readers to understand the poem.

In my first draft, I got some comments to put more details, because the readers cannot easily understand the theme of the poem. Also, there was a comment that said fix some grammatical mistakes. So, in my revision of the poem, I tried to improve some parts of the grammar and provide more details.

I worked to use more skills such as metaphor, similes, onomatopoeia and some puns. I also tried to use more white spaces and line breaks to emphasise a word.

In my first poem,  I tried to explain the theme "Don't compare me with other people with differences."

In my second poem, I wrote a poem about the time keep going and I think it was a good prompt to write a poem.

I final poem was about my first day in SSIS. I was very confused that day, so I decided to write a poem about it.