What Grade Do You Deserve?

A Student

  • DOES ALL work assigned perfectly
  • Studies before a test
  • Pays attention in class
  • Asks questions
  • Does not cheat or plagiarize on ANY assignment
  • Is organized
  • Uses class time wisely
  • Writes neatly and completes thoughts in full sentences
  • Reads and follows directions
  • Has a positive attitude and LIKES school
  • Does not use absences as an excuse not to work

B Student

  • Does MOST work assigned perfectly
  • Turns in EVERY assignment
  • Pays attention in class
  • Asks questions
  • Studies before a test
  • Does not cheat or plagiarize on ANY assignment
  • Is organized
  • Uses class time wisely
  • Writes neatly and completes thoughts in full sentences
  • Reads and follows directions
  • Has a good attitude and LIKES school
  • Does not use absences as an excuse not to work

C Student

  • Pays attention in class
  • Turns in MOST assignments
  • Asks questions
  • Studies before a test
  • Is organized
  • Uses class time wisely
  • Writes neatly and completes thoughts in full sentences
  • Does not use absences as an excuse not to work

D Student

  • Pays attention in class
  • Asks questions
  • Uses class time wisely

 

 

 

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Valley Forge: Would You Quit? by Olivia Vasquez

In 1777 the leader George Washington was having some trouble keeping his troops in the army. The army ended up at Valley Forge because George Washington decided to build a winter camp when it was snowing and really cold. I am writing an essay describing if I would quit or stay at Valley Forge. What I mean by quit I mean by I wouldn’t re-enlist into Valley Forge. I am not going to re-enlist because of all the poor living conditions, I feel like the government isn’t helping me enough, and I feel like I’m going to get sick and die.

I would quit Valley forge because of the poor living conditions. I would quit Valley Forge because soldiers were barefoot in the snow and they had nasty clothing that was falling apart. In the engraving, by William Henry Powell I see soldiers that are standing barefoot in the snow and all of their clothes all torn and looking old (Doc. B). So since everyone at Valley Forge had no shoes and nasty clothing I wouldn’t want to be like that in the snow. I worry that there is a good chance that I would get sick being in the cold like that. Another poor living condition is that the huts that the soldiers stayed in were very smoky and the soldiers that stayed there weren’t able to breath being in there (Doc. C). I worry that if I stay in the huts any longer I would probably die because I had no clean refreshing air.

Another reason on why I would quit Valley Forge is I felt like the government wasn’t helping me. I would quit Valley Forge because the government was giving us any money to get food (Doc. B). So since the government wasn’t giving us any money or food I was starting to worry that I was going to die of starvation. Also, I would want to have nice healthy looking food instead of old nasty food that wasn’t good anymore. Another reason on why I felt like the government wasn’t helping me was because they didn’t give us any nice clothing or at least some money to get more clothing for the soldiers (Doc. B). So since the government wasn’t giving us any supplies or money for new clothing I felt like I was going to die from frostbite since it was snowing.

The last reason on why I would quit Valley Forge was many soldiers that got illnesses and die. I would quit Valley Forge because during the time of 1777 – 1778 there were at least 1,800 to 2.500 soldiers that died when they were at Valley Forge (Doc. A). I would not want to take the risk of being one of those 2,500 soldiers that died. Another reason on why I would quit Valley Forge because of the high death estimates due to illness during the encampment was December – June was 1,800 to 2,500 (Doc. A). So since there was a high death estimate due to illnesses I wouldn’t want to get sick while I’m at Valley Forge and I don’t want to get an illness there since they didn’t have any doctors or any cures to help the soldiers that were sick.

I am not going to re-enlist because of all the poor living conditions, I feel like the government aren’t helping me, and I feel like I’m going to get sick and die. Since everything bad happened during Valley Forge I don’t think anyone else would want to stay there and risk their lives. Also, many people didn’t like being there since they were away from their family and they may or may not see them again if they die there.

Valley Forge: Would You Have Quit by Leeana M.

The first two years of the American Revolution had not gone well for the continental army and many wanted to quit. Many soldiers wanted to quit because George Washington set up camp in Pennsylvania where the living conditions weren’t that great. I wrote this essay to describe why I am not going to re-enlisting at Valley Forge. I would not re-enlist at Valley Forge because of the poor conditions, the government is not helping, and I don’t want to get sick or die.

First off, I would not have re-enlisted at Valley Forge because of all the poor conditions the army faced. One poor condition that the continental army faced was that all their clothing was ripped and dirty(Doc C). Another poor condition was poor ventilation in the huts(Doc C). The huts in Valley Forge did not have any windows so when they cooked in the huts all the smoke stayed inside and everyone was breathing it in  (Doc C).

 Secondly, I would not have re-enlisted because the government was not helping the continental army. One way the government wasn’t helping was when they went to Valley Forge you look at the continental congress they’re all dressed up and healthy, then you look at the continental army and they’re all dirty and sick with bad clothing(Doc B). Another way the government wasn’t helping was while they were at Valley Forge they could have left some of the congressmen to gather supplies for the army.

Lastly, I would not have re-enlisted because I don’t want to get sick or die. Some days I could have gotten sick was from scarlet fever, inhaling smoke, and the bad weather(Doc C). Some days I could die was from fighting in the war, scarlet fever, bad weather, and inhaling the smoke(Doc C). This matters because How am I supposed to fight for the country when I am sick or dying.

All in all, the first couple years of the American Revolution hadn’t gone too well for the continental army and many wanted to quit. I personally would not have re-enlisted at Valley Forge because of the poor conditions, the government isn’t trying to help us, and I do not want to get sick or die.

Valley Forge: Would You Have Quit? by Alex M.

In 1777, George Washington was having trouble keeping his soldiers in the army while they were at Valley Forge. In the winter of 1777, Washington decided to build a winter camp to have a place to live during the cold winter. At Valley Forge, there weren’t any beds to sleep on. Many soldiers slept on straw on the muddy floor. I am writing an essay describing why I would quit or not re-enlist for Valley Forge. I would quit Valley Forge because of the poor living conditions, the government not wanting to help, and the chance of getting sick and die.

I would have quit Valley Forge because of the poor living conditions. The American soldiers lived in smoky huts and slept on the floor with mud all around. The cold harsh weather made it very hard to live in Valley Forge for the next 3 or 4 months (Doc. C). The soldiers wore old tattered clothes and had nothing to eat. There had old ripped clothes and with the cold weather, they would freeze. In Doc C, Dr. Waldo stated that he heard many soldiers say “why are we sent here to starve and die? ”There wasn’t any food which made it even harder to survive (Doc. C). In the engraving in Doc B, I see that American soldiers were barefoot in the cold weather. (Doc.B). Living without food and wearing old clothes makes me want to quit Valley Forge.

Another reason I would quit Valley Forge is that the government wasn’t helping. The American soldiers were in very horrible conditions and the government didn’t even try to help. They didn’t give the army any money or food to survive (Doc. B). The Congressmen (the government) could have given the army some money or food but chose not to. For these reasons, I would have quit Valley Forge because I wouldn’t want to live in a harsh place with the government not wanting to help.

The last reason I would have quit Valley Forge was the chance of death and illness. The number of deaths during Valley Forge was 1,800 to 2,500 soldiers (Doc. A). In December of 1777, 2,898 soldiers became ill with a chance of death and in February of 1778, 3,989 soldiers became sick (Doc. A). The more the soldiers stayed at Valley Forge, the more soldiers became sick. I wouldn’t want to be at a place for the whole winter with the chance of getting sick and even dying. I wouldn’t want to be at a place where I’m risking my life. The chance of dying and getting sick would make me want to leave Valley Forge.

For these reasons the poor living conditions, the government not wanting to help, and the chance of getting sick and die would make me want to quit Valley Forge. Yes, it is true that only 1800 to 2500 soldiers died. That might have been a small number considering there were many more thousands of soldiers but still losing 2,500 soldiers gave the advantage to the British because they had more soldiers. Victory seemed a long way off, in fact for many it seemed unlikely.