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Human Family

Author: Maya Angelou


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[Teacher's Note: This was my 7th grade class English class's first use of NowComment. The goal was to use the site to practice Close Reading strategies. The first six sample comments shown here, like most of the 168 total comments, didn't fully tap the power of NowComment; the students' comments were more like short cell phone text messages. But some comments, like the later four, were already more developed and show my students engaged with the poem via NowComment and willing to write more and share their feelings and opinions. – Mary Moore]

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I note the obvious differences
in the human family.
Some of us are serious,
some thrive on comedy.

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Michael Student1 (Aug 06 2013 3:09PM) : I like comedy more

i think that serious people are stressed out more than people that are not serious

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Hannah T. (Aug 06 2013 3:10PM) : laughing is the best kind of medicine.. more

i definitely agree . laughing is the best kind of medicine and it brings people closer together!

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Emily Student3 (Aug 06 2013 3:13PM) : I agree it makes you happy and not stress
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Madison Student4 (Aug 06 2013 5:20PM) : I agree with madison it makes me feel happy and stress free [Edited]
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Sarah Student5 (Aug 06 2013 5:27PM) : i agree more

i agree with savanna laughing make me feel not stressed and happy

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Brianna Student6 (Aug 06 2013 5:30PM) : I agree with Madison laughing makes me happy. I laugh almost everyday.
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Jacob M. (Aug 07 2013 10:19AM) : My mom is very serious but my dad will make jokes about anything even when my mom is mad at us but you know my mom is awesome to almost as much as I am:P
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Matthew Student14 (Aug 07 2013 10:21AM) : Jacob, I completely agree. My parents are the same! more

My mom is very stressed out over her about 90 hours of work each week. My dad and I always try to make jokes to try to cheer her up and take her mind off of work for a while.

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Joseph Student15 (Aug 07 2013 10:24AM) : No one is alike everyone is different in many different ways. more

Everyone is different not everyone likes the same things or doesn’t the same things or has the same mannerisms

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Lauren Student16 (Aug 07 2013 10:26AM) : Differences in the family. more

I understand this VERY well. My sister and i have NOTHING in common yet she tries so hard to be like me. It’s really annoying. Why cant she be her own person? She is constantly taking my clothes and trying to walk and talk like me. I hate it…

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Some declare their lives are lived
as true profundity,
and others claim they really live
the real reality.

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The variety of our skin tones
can confuse, bemuse, delight,
brown and pink and beige and purple,
tan and blue and white.

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I've sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I've seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man.

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I know ten thousand women
called Jane and Mary Jane,
but I've not seen any two
who really were the same.

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Mirror twins are different
although their features jibe,
and lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side.

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We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.

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We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.

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I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

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We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

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We are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.

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