210 Matching Annotations
  1. Oct 2016
  2. Jul 2016
  3. Jun 2016
    1. But we do not need change based on the demagogy, bigotry and anti-immigrant sentiment that punctuated so much of the Leave campaign’s rhetoric — and is central to Donald J. Trump’s message.

      Can one be taken without the other? I don't know the answer, but have the feeling they are more intertwined.

    1. Priebus was saying in effect that it would be possible to build a wall around Donald Trump and not have the G.O.P. pay for it.

    1. her role as a prominent working woman, and hence a symbol of feminism at a time when feminism is under siege.
    2. Like horse-racing, Hillary-hating has become one of those national pastimes which unite the élite and the lumpen
    1. In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words 'Radical Islam'.

      I still can't get over the immediate pivot to attacking Obama and Clinton. I realize that Trump is all about not being "politically correct," but to pass over the immediate tragedy and those affected by it in such a perfunctory way just seems to evidence is egomania.

    2. According to Pew, 99% of people in Afghanistan support oppressive Sharia Law.


    1. Speaker Paul D. Ryan on Tuesday called Donald J. Trump’s criticism of a federal judge of Hispanic heritage “the textbook definition of a racist comment” and said he “regrets” the remark. But Mr. Ryan also reiterated his support for Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
    2. He said, “I believe that we have more common ground on the policy issues of the day and we have more likelihood of getting our policies enacted with him than with her.”

  4. May 2016
  5. Apr 2016
    1. Thank you so much, President Falwell. God bless Liberty University.

      No better place or person for Cruz to affirm his evangelical position in the 2016 election.

    1. To be right across the water from the headquarters of the United Nations, where I represented our country many times.

      Speeches like this are often given in symbolic locations. Clinton is on her own turf--nearly a year later she would win the New York primary.

      But the United Nations reference and background here further symbolize the fact that Clinton has extensive political experience--primarily as secretary of state.

    1. It's great to be at Trump Tower.

      Speeches are often made at symbolic spaces--like Obama's "A More Perfect Union" delivered steps from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. If this location is symbolic of anything, perhaps it's Trump's egotism.

    1. This campaign is not about Bernie Sanders.

      While this is no doubt a rhetorical move--no one running can president can really be that humble--this is a stark contrast from Trump who announced his candidacy in front of cameras at a building named after himself.

  6. Mar 2016
    1. neurotoxic chemicalscontribute to developmental delays,hyperactivity, memory loss, attentiondeficit, learning disabilities, and aggres-sive behavior.

      These are preventable. That seems to be the message. Jill Stein is well suited to a year when Flint is still a boiling cauldron.

    1. As soon as a job becomes routine enough to describe in a spec sheet, it becomes vulnerable to outsourcing.

      Diction is able to be seen at the very beginning of the sentence when "as soon as" is first stated. That phrase alone is encouraging the reader to not only consider a new concept, but to actually come to terms with it being the truth. "routine enough" is also used to show that one does not need to be a professional nor do they need to be an expert to describe it in a spec sheet. Lastly, "become is used for the second time to emphasize the fact that it WILL happen. Afterwards, "vulnerable to outsourcing" is placed last and primarily chosen carefully to show that vulnerable in terms of loss is expressed with a negative connotation and outsourcing is being approached as something awful.

  7. Feb 2016
    1. It was the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president showing off the demagogue's instinct for amplifying the angriest voice in the mob.

      This really hits at what's so scary about Trump (for me). It's the hatred that Trump seems to thrive off. He brings out the worst in people and amplifies it.

    1. what does a president sound like?

      Just for fun, here's an annotatable transcript of Bill Pullman's speech from the movie Independence Day. It might be kind of interesting to look at this Hollywood version of a Presidential speech and answer this question as well.


    1. But over the course of this campaign it feels as if there’s been a decline in behavioral standards across the board.

      Isn't this always the case though?

    1. Did you know that the musical Hamilton dramatizes Washington's decision not to run for president and the writing of this speech? Here's an annotated version of the lyrics at Genius and a lyric video:


    1. Media Bias?

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      Check out this sketch from Saturday Night Live that mocks the news media for being uncritically in love with then candidate Barack Obama. There first and second questions for him are whether he is completely comfortable or if they can get anything for him.

    1. Sarah Gross, a high school teacher and contributor to our blog, did recently using Hypothesis with her senior class as they read the Opinion piece “What Really Keeps Women Out of Tech.”

      Will this work? When this teacher asks her class to annotate online about an equity issue, the students are working in an environment where they might encounter public feedback and also influence public opinion.

    1. Iowa has proclaimed to the world, morning is coming. Morning is coming. From day one this campaign has been a movement.

      As the intro from Vox above points out, this is a clear call out to the most famous and loved conservative politician in the last 100 years: Ronald Reagan. Cruz plays on the phrase from Reagan's 1984 campaign advertisement, "Morning in America":


    1. debate transcripts

      Here, for example, is how Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake annotated the 7th Republican debate using Genius's annotation tool.

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    2. athons

      From Merriam-Webster:

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      So, in this case the event will involve a great deal of annotation!

  8. Jan 2016
    1. squirmishes

      Folks, like Molly Ball of The Atlantic had fun with this one on Twitter:

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    2. You can watch the video of the speech below or here in this annotation:


    3. “He is from the private sector, not a politician, can I get a “Hallelujah!”

      It might seem odd to celebrate a candidate's lack of experience for a job--it would stand to reason that a experienced politician would be a good choice for the next president--Palin here plays on the rhetoric that Washington/the political system is "broken" and needs someone from outside it's corrupt influences to fix it.

    4. you betcha.

      One of Palin's signature lines:

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    5. “Mr. Trump, you’re right, look back there in the press box. Heads are spinning, media heads are spinning.

      The NYTimes's Michael Barbaro described this as "This is perhaps the most accurate statement in her speech."

    6. our great United States of America

      So America is great but also needs to be made great again? It mystifies me that the whole rhetoric around the lost greatness of the country doesn't get labeled anti-American.

    1. Those with money and power will gain greater control over the decisions that could send a young soldier to war, or allow another economic disaster, or roll back the equal rights and voting rights that generations of Americans have fought, even died, to secure.

      Here's one of those with money in search of greater control.

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    2. It won’t be easy.

      MLK quote from Nobel Speech 1964. Lots of powerful turns at end well worth studying.

    3. and the business owner who gives him that second chance. 

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    4. inspired by those voices of fairness and vision, of grit and good humor and kindness that have helped America travel so far.

      An image of Alice Paul appeared next to the video feed on wh.gov when Obama spoke these lines:


    5. And if we want a better politics, it’s not enough to just change a Congressman or a Senator or even a President; we have to change the system to reflect our better selves.

      Significant increases in the number of people who vote seems the easiest way to bring about change and also seems possible given the recent shifts. Stats pulled from "What would it take to turn red states blue?" on Fivethirtyeight.com

      from 538

    6. I see it in the American who served his time, and dreams of starting ove

      I am glad to see a reference to what I consider our largest national embarrassment. Our prison population and how many men of color we lock up.

    7. There are a whole lot of folks in this chamber

      He really address the room here. I don't remember such a direct, sincere address of the house/senate as this in my SOTU listening.

    8. There are a whole lot of folks in this chamber

      He really address the room here. I don't remember such a direct, sincere address of the house/senate as this in my SOTU listening.

    9. government of, by, and for the people

      at least the third direct or indirect reference to Lincoln

    10. words that insist we rise and fall together.

      He actually added the lines "more perfect union" here live. He of course gave a famous campaign speech in 2008 centered around those lines.

    11. But I can’t do these things on my own

      This is straight from ym the Bernie Sanders playbook.

    12. reduce the influence of money in our politics

      Based on precedent money=speech. The government can not tell someone how to spend their money.

    13. We have to end the practice of drawing our congressional districts so that politicians can pick their voters, and not the other way around

      This would take a constitutional amendment or grassroots efforts at the state level.

      What would also help would have been scientific methods of sampling for the census but a literal read of the constitution does not allow this....

    14. it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.

      sort of like drone strikes?

    15. Fifty years of isolating Cuba had failed to promote democracy, setting us back in Latin America.  That’s why we restored diplomatic relations, opened the door to travel and commerce, and positioned ourselves to improve the lives of the Cuban people.  You want to consolidate our leadership and credibility in the hemisphere?  Recognize that the Cold War is over.  Lift the embargo.

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    16. 10,000 air strikes

      Recent statistics I read in the NYTimes. Number of ISIS fighters in 2014 = 30,000. Number of fighters killed in air strikes in 2015 = 25,000. Number of ISIS fighters at the end of 2015 = 30,000. New math? 30 - 25 = 30? (And only 6 non-combatants were killed the U.S. claims.)

    17. Ask the leader of al Qaeda in Yemen

      Ask the wedding party in Yemen...oh wait you can't b ecause you aithorized drones to kill them.

    18. Infographics next to video on wh.gov are pretty cool. Visually rhetorically support Obama's points.

    19. online tools that give an entrepreneur everything he or she needs to start a business

      Have you compared either our physical infrastructure (crumbling) or our digital (monopolized and non-existent)

    20. echoing the lie that ISIL is representative of one of the world’s largest religions. 

      So refreshing to hear a thoughtful person speak about these issues.

    21. And the international system we built after World War II is now struggling to keep pace with this new reality.

      Is this nuance lost on most Americans?

    22. But after years of record corporate profits

      And capital gains taxed at a far lower rate than the income of lower and middle class.

      Nothing is going to happen on taxes until the next census. Gerrymandering after 20110 was just to deep a red cut.

      The only tax reform Paul Ryan will take is a txt cut.

    23. The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth.  Period.

      Seems a jab at Trumps's "Make America Great Again."

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    24. carpet bomb

      Carpet bombing image from Wikipedia

    25. America safe and strong without either isolating ourselves or trying to nation-build everywhere there’s a problem.

      another issue--doing so without killing our economy.

    26. climate

      Ever need inspiration about youth? Check out their work on climate change on Youth Voices: http://youthvoices.net/search/node/climate

    27. Gas under two bucks a gallon ain’t bad, either.

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    28. But even if the planet wasn’t at stake;

      Stakes are low.

    29. You’ll be pretty lonely, because you’ll be debating our military, most of America’s business leaders, the majority of the American people, almost the entire scientific community, and 200 nations around the world who agree it’s a problem and intend to solve it.

      melting glaciers

    30. We’ve protected an open internet,

      A reference to Net Neutrality. But is it open enough? Or how exactly is the word "open" being used here?

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    32. four big questions

      How do these compare to Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms"?

    33. we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there.

      Backhand to global climate change deniers.

    34. how do we reignite that spirit of innovation to meet our biggest challenges?

      Maybe with annotation flash mobs. ;)

    35. I think there are outdated regulations that need to be changed, and there’s red tape that needs to be cut.

      No, duh.

    36. early childhood education

      While critics will claim the gains caused by early childhood ween by third grade I do not see this as an issue. Universal pre-K will be a game changer.

    37. Now, I’m guessing we won’t agree on health care anytime soon. 

      As Obama noted live in an aside, this is not an applause line, but it got a few claps from someone who I'm guessing does not agree with so -called Obama Care and is proud of it. LOL.

    38. Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction

      Fortune magazine made just his claim last summer. Fortune mag article

    39. get the education

      The idea that America has had the number one education system in the world is not true. I think our success has always been as being the place the best and brightest want to be.

      We are a country built on immigration not our educational system.

    40. we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids

      no argument there, but what does this support look like?

    41. The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start,

      Laughable lauds for a failed program.

    42. Students and teachers! We're annotating the State of the Union live and in the days that follow here at this link. Join the conversation at any point!

      No pressure. Really, this is just a conversation. Respond as you might if you were watching the speech in class. You can ask questions, make comments, and reply to those of others. Feel free to get historical, political, even humorous--you can add GIFs!

    43. uniquely American belief

      It this thinly veiled American Exceptionalism?

      Not sure. I do know when I travel abroad you do not see the same "I can crush it" attitude.

    44. Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction.

      Another Trump ref

    45. Today, technology doesn’t just replace jobs on the assembly line, but any job where work can be automated.

      Is this just another "expert" prediction like Christensen's bogus disruption theories.

    46. dogmas of the quiet past

      from Lincoln's 1862 message to the Senate and House: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=29503

    47. It’s how we reformed our health care system, and reinvented our energy sector; how we delivered more care and benefits to our troops and veterans, and how we secured the freedom in every state to marry the person we love.

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    48. these things

      Is this a veiled attempt at American exceptionalism?

    49. We did not, in the words of Lincoln, adhere to the “dogmas of the quiet past.”  Instead we thought anew, and acted anew. 

      A call out to Trump and "Make America Great Again"

    50. promising to restore past glory if we just got some group or idea that was threatening America under control.  And each time, we overcame those fears.

      Reference to Trump et al.

    51. It promises education for girls in the most remote villages, but also connects terrorists plotting an ocean away.

      Is this a reference to the claims of far-reaching xMOOCs.

    52. widely available online

      Dan Doernberg put the address on NowComment -- another place to comment: https://nowcomment.com/documents/44829/

    53. I want to go easy

      So conversational! I feel like he's in my living room!!

    54. change that’s reshaping

      change as the only constant

    55. an election season

      Here's a recent assessment of the candidates by a tenth grader: http://youthvoices.net/discussion/our-presidential-candidates-fearful-or-cautious

    56. I want to focus on our future.

      Alliteration and consonance are under valued rhetorical devices.

      They bring power through cadence.

    57. I will not let up until they get done.

      or until December., which ever comes first. I wouldn't take wagers on things getting done.

    58. from helping students learn to write computer code

      kidscancode and everyone needs to code mantra comes front and center. Not sure that is our strongest educational priority.

      but if Obama has been weak on anythign it has been education.

    59. So I hope we can work together this year on bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform, and helping people who are battling prescription drug abuse

      Low bar problems (it is an election year) and lets not ignore the fact the big pharma has made millions on prescription drug abuse.

      Though look at the sentence structure in the paragraph. Sets the bar low and then dangles low hanging fruit with a call to action.

    60. And for this final one, I’m going to try to make it shorter.  I know some of you are antsy to get back to Iowa.

      A call back to the election. A preview of #nextprez to start the election

    1. But tonight, we turn the page.

      Notice the rhetorical technique. You have the metaphor of turning the page along with the strong "But" as a signal word to start.

    2. unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.  It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

      Is this an example of 44 passing the blame back on to 4 or simply a statement of reality?

      It is quite the negative connotation to start

    1. the teacher’s role here is as co-learner in the reading process, observing and coaching student thinking on the side.

      This is crucial ... and Terry is talking right now about videocasting annotation activity to show the work you are doing (but we do lose real authenticity? Are we annotation for the camera?)

    2. In this way, we can attend to annotations as texts themselves.

      This part I find harder to get my head around. How this make sense and is useful.

    3. annotating explicitly to make connections between what they’re reading and the rest of the world can help them see why particular texts matter and are still relevant today

      I think this is a great point. Readers/annotators can add modern relevance to classic texts.

    4. a way of working many find much more engaging than individual analog annotation

      It is interesting to start with comments and then go to text, different from reading the text and when there is an annotation decide to read. I hate to say, but could be used kind of like cliffnotes?

    5. Ask students to fact-check a claim made in an article.

      I love this idea ... particularly in this political season ... prove something right/prove something wrong ...

    6. Post questions

      like this?

    7. audio recordings on 12 months of reading

      Is this for him? Or for the world? You wonder about intention with annotation, and the value of it. Sometimes, I notice annotations get lost in the mix, and I wonder the real value of doing this: is it for me, to better understand? Or to gather with you, to share understanding? Both?

    8. to not just passively read but to fully enter a text, to collaborate w