Ranniel Peña Maria


Blog #7

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“Parents and Children in Second World War Germany: An Inter-generational Perspective on Wartime Separation”. This article explains how the relationship between parents and their children was affected by World War II. as after their parents had to leave they still continued to play an important role in their children’s lives. As parents struggled in the war to be able to return to their homes. This article is important since it suggests how the family relationship between parents and children was affected by the Second World War, supporting the fact that, for example, older children had to take actions thinking about the future with their parents.


Vaizey, Hester. “Parents and Children in Second World War Germany: An Inter-Generational Perspective on Wartime Separation.” Journal of contemporary history 46.2 (2011): 364–382. Web.




“Childhood temporary separation: long-term effects of the British evacuation of children during World War 2 on older adults’ attachment styles”. This article suggests the long-term effects on children of the separation from their parents by the Second World War, how this affected their behavior as adults, to the point of creating emotional dependence in a small group of women. This is important in my research because it suggests that the separation of children and their parents can create a series of behaviors and habits for the rest of their lives and cause irreversible damage in the lives of children.


Rusby, Tasker. “Childhood Temporary Separation: Long-Term Effects of the British Evacuation of Children During World War 2 on Older Adults’ Attachment Styles.” Attachment & human development 10.2 (2008): 207–221. Web.




“Depressive Symptoms in Adults Separated from Their Parents as Children: A Natural Experiment during World War II.” This article explains the symptoms of depression suffered by some children who were separated from their parents during the Second World War. This article was based on a natural experiment done during the Second World War. This article is important for my analysis because it deals with the issue of depression suffered by some people who were separated from their parents, creating trauma in their lives and causing depression.


Pesonen, Räikkönen. “Depressive Symptoms in Adults Separated from Their Parents as Children: A Natural Experiment During World War II.” American journal of epidemiology 166.10 (2007): 1126–1133. Web.




Blog #6

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The text that I choose to talk about is the movie “Grave of the Fireflies.” Thesis Statement: A teenager is faced with the difficult task of having to take care of his sister after his mother dies and he is taken from his family and home by a bomb (based on ww2).


What I hope to address in this essay is the people affected by the Second World War, just like the protagonists of the film, many families were affected by this fact, making the story of the film not very far from the reality that happened after the Second World War. There were not only losses in Japan where the film is set but in countries like Belgium, Germany, and Yugoslavia. The desire for future research may have been inspired by people who lost family members during the war. The thesis came to me after thinking about a topic to talk about, at first I had no idea what I could talk about, but later my friends remembered this movie and I had the idea to talk about this topic, this is important because People know that many lives were lost in the Second World War but they do not know how this affected people, they only know the numbers as simple numbers and not as families that were separated or lost. I intend to search for information on the people affected by the Second World War in reliable articles on the internet and web pages that have the truth.


Blog #5

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Undocumented immigrants always have been a problem for the United States. In “Outlaw: My Life in America as an Undocumented Immigrant” Jose Antonio Vargas share with us their story of being an Undocumented Inmigrant in America. Jose talks about anxiety, life limitations, and loses opportunities that he had to experiment in his life after trying to get their driver’s license in Mountain View, California, and realize that his legal documents are fake. After this incident the future life that he had in their mind change completely. After Jose confronts his grandfather “lolo” he convinced himself that if he works hard he can earn citizenship. we can see this in paragraph 5: “I decided them that I could never give anyone reason to doubt I was an American. I convinced myself that if I worked enough, if I achieved enough, I would be rewarded with citizenship. I felt I could earn it.”. Time after, Jose get graduated from High school and college, built a career as a journalist, and interviewing some of the most famous people in the country.

Based in paragraph 11: “After my encounter at the D.M.V. in 1997, I grew more aware of anti-immigrant sentiments and stereotypes: They don’t want to assimilate, they are a drain on society.” we can conclude that the most important connotation between “undocumented immigrants” and “illegal aliens” is that illegal aliens are seen as an evil that causes wear and tears on American society. “illegal aliens”, only with this we can conclude that they don’t even classify them as humans, from their point of view they don’t deserve human rights such as education. The term that should be used to refer to Vargas and others in this situation is undocumented immigrants because they are still humans who have humans rights and deserve rights such as Education. People who enter the country without the legal documents but this is not reason enough for them to be cleared of their human rights.


Blog #4

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After reading Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and John F. Kennedy’s “Inaugural Address” We can see that the two presidents are talking about the United States in their respective times and facing different problems but with only one goal, which is to make all people are treated equal. President Lincoln makes it clear in his speech that people must put aside their differences and focus on coming together so that the lives of those who died on the battlefield are not lost in vain. Lincoln says: “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Here we can see how Lincoln exercises his role as president of the nation but putting himself in a secondary role as a leader who works with and for the nation.

On the other hand, John F. Kennedy uses this opportunity to send a message and make it clear that he will do whatever it takes to ensure the success of the nation in the future and guarantee the freedom of citizens. Kennedy says: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” He also expresses his dissatisfaction with the poverty that exists in the country and sends a message of the union to the Republicans so that they can work together for a better nation.

Comparing the speeches it is clearly seen that the two presidents express their dissatisfaction with the current situation of the country and speak about a union between the opposing parties for the progress of the country and especially where the two agree is that they will do whatever it takes to maintain and ensure the freedom of all citizens of the nation. I currently believe that the United States has not solved these problems. After a long time, the country continues to have differences between them. the black lives matters movement is just one of the many problems the country has to face. Although the United States has changed a lot from 1863 to today, there are some problems that continue to recur and should have been solved long ago.


Blog #3

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Being in prison means that you are not going to have the liberty to do anything, but this is not the case for Malcolm X.

In the beginning, when he was in prison he looks a way to be freedom by reading, when she started, at the start Malcolm did not understand a few words so he skipped it, but after he starts to looking the words that he does not understand in the dictionary to have a meaning of those words and understand the text that the was reading after he had a piece of knowledge about the words that he did not understand, he realized that his world was bigger than he imagined. Malcolm says “I spend two days just riffling uncertainly through the dictionary´s pages. I’d never realized so many words existed! I didn’t know which words I needed to learn. Finally, just to start some kind of action, I began copying”.

The narrative suggests that Malcolm had freedom, but not physical but freedom through the understanding of literature that he had ignored for years, This narrative also suggests that people can have greater freedom of mind through books and language understanding than through the world around them. after Malcolm understand what he was missing after years before being in prison he starts to read every day in their free time even in the night when guardians were passing around with the poor corridor light that barely enters to the room, reading change completely the life of Malcolm after prison, he reads every day even when he was in an airplane, the literature of the language change the mind of Malcolm forever because after this he can feel more freedom and let Malcolm transmit their express in a more complex and precise way than before.


Blog #2

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Language plays an important role in Amy Tan’s life. Amy grew up in a family that does not speak English well, people call it “Broken English” because Amy’s mother is not an English native speaker, Amy learns English in school, and then English become part of her life, we can come to this conclusion when Amy says: “I am fascinated by language in daily life. I send a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language – the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all – all the Englishes I grew u with” thanks to being a writer Amy realized who important is the language when someone tries to express their emotions and feelings.

People who learn English as a second language are constantly aware of the way language is used around, I can speak by myself saying that I am constantly aware of the way people used English around me as a way to improve my pronunciation and writing, this has a big impact in me because thanks to this I improve my pronunciation with some words that have been difficult to me to pronounce by the accent of my first language, I can say that I have the same experiences that Amy with my mother because her English is not perfect I sometimes I have to speak with someone that she does not understand because I’m the one that “speaks it well”. in conclusion Amy loved the English language and the way she can evoke her emotions.


Class Introduction – Ranniel Peña

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Hello Everyone , My name is Ranniel Peña (Him, He), My Intended major at Lehman is undecided at the moment

After reviewing the syllabus, one thing I am excited is to improve my writing and reading level at a professional level and have the same understanding as in my native language, one thing I am nervous about this course is not being at the level of my other classmates and not perform well. The qualities of good writing is having a good understanding of the language and words, also have a good spelling so others can understand it. In order to be a good writer, you must have a good command of the language to avoid spelling mistakes, in addition having the imagination to create a work. It is important to be able to write well because the basis of writing is the spelling of the language, if a writer has bad spelling no one will be able to understand what he is talking about, then his writing will not be able to communicate the message he is trying to send.

The easiest part of writing for me is to think about what I am going to write and how I am going to do it so that it is well understood, the hardest part of writing for me is maintaining control in writing, I mean not losing context and staying on topic without deviating. I need to work on my grammar and understanding of the language to be able to use a large vocabulary while writing. I am thinking of going to a computer science field as computer science so I need a high understanding of the language because it requires being able to program correctly.

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