Who am I?

My name is Joshua Hodge and I am a 15 year old Freshman in high school.


Interviewing My Grandma


Hello I interviewed my grandma for the assignment. I asked her about how the Civil War effect of her life. I didn’t just ask about this but I asked about her marriage and how having kids affected her marriage. Unfortunately she wasn’t here to actually talk with me in the interview but I did get text messages of where she told me about how it affected her and everything else. I asked my grandma about how the civil rights movement affected her life about her marriage and about her kids. I asked things like how her kids affected her marriage and was it hard to take care of them.

I asked about the civil rights movement because it was a major thing that happened in time and it really just affected my day and age if it wouldn’t have happened then a lot of racial stuff would still be going on and blacks, whites, hispanics and all races wouldn’t be together in America. My grandma mainly talked about how it really took a toll on her life and showing her the true colors of a lot of people it has taught her how everybody should be treated equal. She also said how she thought it was stupid that everybody over reacted and really seen that just because a different color of skin means that they shouldn’t be with us and thought it was terrible how people did that. I personally really agree with her I feel like she makes a strong point and I feel like this is just a hundred percent right nobody should be separated and be treated bad or poorly because of what happened just because they were born into they can’t control it no one can control and they were just born into it.

I asked about her marriage too. I thought this was a good thing to ask about because I mean if if she wouldn’t have been married to him and had kids with them then I wouldn’t be here. When I asked about her marriage I asked her about how it affected her life when she was younger and how she just felt about him and all the good times they had together plus the bad. I asked about when she got married and she said that she got married at 22 but she said that it may have been young but she felt like it was the right choice she was happy with the person she was with and she didn’t want to lose them. They were together until the day that he passed away they were together until she was in her sixties which was incredible. She told me about how one time she got called and told her that he was in the hospital because he got hit by a car when he was on his motorcycle. She said that she was super worried but eventually he had been able to get out of the hospital and eventually everything got back to normal and she was really happy about how he wasn’t seriously hurt.

Another thing that I asked about if having her kids was difficult it was easy just how it was. She said sometimes it was difficult but she felt like it was definitely worth it to be able to see her kids really whenever they got older and how many good times she had with him when they was little and she said that it made her marriage a lot stronger and she was happy about that she felt like she can really trust the person that she was with, with everything. I asked this for a big reason because I mean I’m eventually going to have a family of my own. A family that I had and I’ve made and I just wanted this as a reference of how it’s going to be and if it’s going to be difficult and how it’ll be.

My grandma may not have been able to talk with me during the interview but I’m actually glad that I asked her about this just for something to look back on and remind me of how she really was and who she was. Sorry about my grandma not being able to talk to me during the interview. This is definitely something that I’ll keep saved on my computer to go back on and look at. I hope you enjoyed reading this and thank you for taking the time to read this.

Citations: Civil Rights Timeline. (n.d.). Retrieved December 13, 2015, from http://www.infoplease.com/spot/civilrightstimeline1.html

African American Civil Rights Movement. (n.d.). Retrieved December 13, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African-American_Civil_Rights_Movement_(1954–68)

How Having Kids Affects Your Marriage. (2010, July 2). Retrieved December 13, 2015, from http://www.sheknows.com/sheknows-plus/articles/816074/6-ways-having-a-baby-can-affect-your-marriage-1

Syrian War

Based on the information presented in this video, who is to blame for the Syrian war? Why do you believe so? **This question could not possibly be answered adequately in less than a couple of paragraphs.


After watching the video about the war in Syria, I believe that the one that has caused the war is Assad. Some people might see as if the rebels were the ones that caused the war but I feel like they didn’t do so. I feel that they should get a voice on what is happening where they live instead of just what the leader wants , gets.


The other participants in the war didn’t do anything but choose their sides and support them. Maybe if they didn’t support the sides the war would’ve ended earlier but they didn’t cause it. If anything, the only added onto the chaos of the war.


Is “VOX” just another propaganda machine that is explaining things from one side? Again, explain your answer with complete sentences and sufficient evidence.


I do not believe that this video is one sided. It shown the sides of each person and how they felt about it. It shown all sides and basically let you decide which one you agree with. This is not just a one sided video. It tells all opinions and facts about the situations that have happened in Syria.


Do your own research by writing out one fact from this video and verifying that fact through at least two other credible sources. Write a short paragraph on your findings and list your sources in APA format.


Who caused the Syrian war?


“The first shots of Syrian’s war are fired, in March of 2011,by Syrain dictator Bashar Al-Assad.”


“Bashar al-Assad: Cause of Syrian Civil War Is ISIS & Western Propaganda, Intervention.”




From reading the article and the quote, it seems like the dictator, Assad caused the war. The citizens were only defending themselves and what they believe in. Maybe if they wouldn’t have kept going and more people joining, it wouldn’t have been as much of a big deal. I feel overall Assad caused the war though.

Barbara Kingsolver

Who is Barbara Kingsolver? Barbara is a poet, novelist and essayist. She was born in the rural parts of Kentucky, she has lived all over the globe. From Kentucky the France! Now she lives in Virginia. One of Barbara Kingsolver’s writings is named “Called Out.” Called Out is about nature. She isn’t only a author, she earned degrees in biology as well. She describes things so vividly and just flat out amazing. The only thing is, I would not really be the type of person the read her writings. She may be good at what she does but I do not want to read about of bunch of plants and just overall boring things to talk or read. Do any of you know what figurative language, connotative language, and technical writing is? Figurative writing is basically where you draw the reads attention and compare something to make it be seen more visual to you, to better understand something. Kingsolver did an amazing job of using this. She would compare things to really just get into your mind and give you a visual look at things. For example she told about how the fields as “wearing brocade.” What is connotative writing? Showing how you feel with words, to basically prompt an emotional response. Technical writing is not knowing what some things mean.