APA students celebrate national day on writing — Neuse News


Hands down, the most frequently cited “world changing” texts were The Declaration of Independence and The Bible.  On a similar note, The U.S. Constitution, The Bill of Rights, and The Quran also showed up in multiple student responses.  But so did Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Communist Manifesto, and The Cat in the Hat.  One unsigned comment said “My mom’s pizza recipe changed my world.  It makes me happy.” Another suggested, “The Tale of Peter Rabbit changed the world for bunnies by teaching them to stay out of gardens.”  A great many students mentioned novels that had altered their lives by showing them that reading can be great entertainment: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter, The Outsiders, and Ready Player One, for example.  Thomas Paris, a senior from Kinston, chose C.S. Lewis’s novel The Screwtape Letters, noting “There have been great works of satire in the past, but this book puts ourselves as greedy humans into perspective.” Junior Abby Turner from Pink Hill chose John Stuart Mill’s work On Liberty.  “Mill shows a clear disdain for any attempts, whether by law or by the pressures of society, to contain any individual’s right of self-expression.” Viewing all the responses, Casey Charles said,  “I was really pleased at how so many middle and high school students embraced this activity, both by writing responses and viewing our display.  It shows that young people really care about what others have to say.”


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