A Sign of A Victory by Demetrius Johnson.

IMG_0012Throughout life, I believe, we are all destined to go through obstacles, trials and tribulations.  These events can either, destroy your faith and break you down to the core or bring the best out in you and show you your destiny. Whether the reason is you are destined to face situations and problems good or bad, you can face them and give life its bull shit back or you can let life bring you to being miserable, disconsolate, and even suicidal. I, Demetrius Johnson, know how life can bring you to being exultant or becoming disheartened only because life has brought me to down to my feet at times and also life has strengthen me to bring the best out of me.

As a child that faced foster care from the age of two, I myself stood before many challenges that I had to overcome; some to this very day I still struggle with. I sometimes wonder if foster care a system to destroy or make you. I didn’t find out until I was 16 that Foster care is somewhat a business. Families are making money off a child’s misery and pain. Struggling with trying to find love, acceptance, family and happiness turned my heart into a cold and lonely figure. I was once told by a wise man “don’t search for happiness, live your life and one day when you awake she’ll be home.” It’s a very formidable feeling to have to grow up without either parent and without some type of structure in your life.  You’re forced to have a relationship with complete strangers who only take care of you because of the income that will arrive on the 12th of the month.

Foster care is only one of many obstacles I have faced.  Between losing my mom, having problems searching for love and acceptance; my life hasn’t been a walk in the park. Even when the mountains seemed too high to concur, when faith became just a blur, and when hope was dying as a child with a dream- I still believed in change.   I believe in courage, strength, and I believe in a change. I believe in a future, I believe in foster children! We can rise above it and help change the world!

I stand now as a young man who just turned 18, I used to believe no one loved me nor cared about me. It seemed friends and family were just a dream and my world just came crashing down a bit more every day. The road I was walking down led to nothing but anger, agonizing pain, and loneness.  To find myself, I had to stop isolating from everyone just because people made me promises and broke them.  People hurt me, family and friends disappeared before a blink of an eye, and also the pain I experienced from being in foster care.  I believe there is still good people out in the world. Just because your life may not be the way you want it to be it’s never too late to make an 180 degrees turn around.

I know my mother looks down on me and smiles. I am beating a system designed for money and to destroy children.  Even when I am weak and the world seems to be on my shoulders, I promised my mother, before she died, no matter what I would find a way to overcome foster care.  I will keep the faith and believe in what’s right. My heart can be crying while I’m in the middle of a smile. My entire life I have been through 30+ foster homes all around Brooklyn and Queens.  I was feeling suicidal at times, not caring anymore.  I was at the peak of my life but I wanted to finally give up because I had been arrested and sentence to some months in jail. This is when I changed my life at 16 and swore I would make a change; even though I knew it would be hard to get back on my feet. God has blessed me with a beautiful, caring, understanding girlfriend (Tyra); my astronomical foster parent, who is young and consider himself my brother (Kabar); an amazing social worker who stood by my side since I arrived in care ( Ms. Tony Ince); and so many more people who came in to my life and helped me believe in a future. They helped me believe that there are still good people in this world.

I am now a senior at Freedom Academy High School.  I originally had a grade point average of 36. Now, I can gladly feel accomplished by saying I stand with an average of  81. From a child who used to fight, steal, and lie and so much more problems I dealt with; I am now a man of my word.  A strong young man, who wants to become a lawyer for foster children. I want to change the lives of foster kids. I want them to know and believe they are not out there alone, I am here with them. We will continue to stand strong and fight this system together.

I won’t give up.  I will make it in life, prove everyone who doubted foster kids wrong, and show them change will come. We will beat this system that was designed to destroy and take our future away.   Even if our blue skies are now gray and everyday it seems you wake up angry, brokenhearted or you feel as if you can’t go on anymore; this is when you use your last breath and give life one more chance. Fight back and believe in what’s right, but most of all believe in yourself. I believe in all of us, the future may seem far away but change will come and we will stand up. This fight will bring the best out of us, this is just the beginning of a sign of a victory.

 

 

Thematic Essay thank you Sharon Ritch

How to Write A Thematic Essay thank you Sharon Ritch

Thematic essays will require students to write a coherent essay that has an introduction, supporting paragraphs and a conclusion. Note that the current SED social studies essay is divided into multiple sections, which invite independent responses. Currently, students can receive full credit without writing an introduction or conclusion.

Introduction

Step 1 Copy the Theme

Add an outside sentence after each sentence with in the theme

You can always choose a word to define from the theme

Step 2 Look at the TASK

Remove the word identify

Copy he remainder of the sentence

Step 3 Choose a topic or topics (depends on how many they ask for) from the selection given under the task box

Step 4 Look at the TASK bullet or bullets and put them into a sentence by removing the discuss or describe and adding ‘There are” or “There have been” or anything that makes sense to you

Body Paragraphs

For every topic they ask for, you will provide three paragraphs.  Below is the layout for each paragraph

Step 1 Paragraph 1 – Define or explain your topic.  If you are asked for more than one topic, only discuss your first topic because you will discuss your next topic after you have finished writing about the first one.

Step 2 Paragraph 2 – Think about the event.  Re write bullet 1 in statement form and answer accordingly

Step 3 Paragraph 3 – Rewrite bullet 2 in statement from and answers accordingly

Step 4 If you are asked for a two topics, go back and repeat step 1 – 3, for your second topic.

Conclusion

Discuss both topics in a general form

What have these events cause on a basic level?

If you are totally stuck summing up your material for a conclusion, take your topic sentence or your most explanatory sentence from paragraphs 2, 3, 5 and 6 and use them to form a concluding paragraph.

Thematic Essay #2 Introduction

By Katie Regan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGGWuiHfnZk

Published on Jun 4, 2012   Thank you Katie for sharing.

Student Checklist for a Thematic Essay

My Introduction is more than a restatement of the Theme because

First Topic Review

My first body paragraph for the first topic is an explanation or definition of that topic

I answered all of the bullets for the first topic

I used 1 2 3 4 5 details when answering the bulleted tasks for the first topic

I added 1 2 3 4 5 outside facts and / or examples to the first topic in my essay

Second Topic Review

My first body paragraph for the second topic is an explanation or definition of that topic

I answered all of the bullets for the second topic

I used 1 2 3 4 5 details when answering the bulleted tasks for the second topic

I added 1 2 3 4 5 outside facts and /or examples to the second topic in my essay

Overall Review

I connected the given topics to 1 2 3 4 and events in American history

My conclusion is more than just a restatement of the Theme because

I followed the “How to write a Thematic Essay” Method

How to Write A Thematic Essay thank you Sharon Ritch

Thematic essays will require students to write a coherent essay that has an introduction, supporting paragraphs and a conclusion. Note that the current SED social studies essay is divided into multiple sections, which invite independent responses. Currently, students can receive full credit without writing an introduction or conclusion.

Introduction

Step 1 Copy the Theme

Add an outside sentence after each sentence with in the theme

You can always choose a word to define from the theme

Step 2 Look at the TASK

Remove the word identify

Copy he remainder of the sentence

Step 3 Choose a topic or topics (depends on how many they ask for) from the selection given under the task box

Step 4 Look at the TASK bullet or bullets and put them into a sentence by removing the discuss or describe and adding ‘There are” or “There have been” or anything that makes sense to you

Body Paragraphs

For every topic they ask for, you will provide three paragraphs.  Below is the layout for each paragraph

Step 1 Paragraph 1 – Define or explain your topic.  If you are asked for more than one topic, only discuss your first topic because you will discuss your next topic after you have finished writing about the first one.

Step 2 Paragraph 2 – Think about the event.  Re write bullet 1 in statement form and answer accordingly

Step 3 Paragraph 3 – Rewrite bullet 2 in statement from and answers accordingly

Step 4 If you are asked for a two topics, go back and repeat step 1 – 3, for your second topic.

Conclusion

Discuss both topics in a general form

What have these events cause on a basic level?

If you are totally stuck summing up your material for a conclusion, take your topic sentence or your most explanatory sentence from paragraphs 2, 3, 5 and 6 and use them to form a concluding paragraph.

Thematic Essay #2 Introduction

By Katie Regan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGGWuiHfnZk

Published on Jun 4, 2012   Thank you Katie for sharing.

Student Checklist for a Thematic Essay

My Introduction is more than a restatement of the Theme because

First Topic Review

My first body paragraph for the first topic is an explanation or definition of that topic

I answered all of the bullets for the first topic

I used 1 2 3 4 5 details when answering the bulleted tasks for the first topic

I added 1 2 3 4 5 outside facts and / or examples to the first topic in my essay

Second Topic Review

My first body paragraph for the second topic is an explanation or definition of that topic

I answered all of the bullets for the second topic

I used 1 2 3 4 5 details when answering the bulleted tasks for the second topic

I added 1 2 3 4 5 outside facts and /or examples to the second topic in my essay

Overall Review

I connected the given topics to 1 2 3 4 and events in American history

My conclusion is more than just a restatement of the Theme because

I followed the “How to write a Thematic Essay” Method

This essay is better than the last one I wrote because

 

 

How to Write A DBQ Essay – Regents Prep Global History

How to Write A DBQ Essay

DBQ stands for “Document based question” where there will be a number of documents provided with the essay question to analyze and use when presenting your thesis, as well as in your main point paragraphs. The documents contain bias, and it helps to point it out during your essay.

Introduction

  1. Copy the Historical Context
  2. Add an outside sentence after each sentence within the Historical Context.
  3. Define a word from the Historical Context if you cant’ think of anything else
  4. Look at the TASK bullet or bullets and put them into a sentence by removing the discuss or describe and adding “there are “ or anything that makes sense to you.

Body Paragraphs

  1. Make sure you have labeled each document with a task number.
  2. Copy your answers directly from the constructed response in the task Numerical order.  Put all the 1”s first then the 2’S… depending on how many tasks there are.
  3. You can make a separate paragraph for each constructed response or if there are only a few of one task you can put them together in a paragraph.

Conclusion

  1. Rewrite the Historical Context
  2. Add an outside sentence after each sentence within the Historical Context
  3. This time instead of defining a word as you did in your introduction add key phrases from your body paragraphs

Wenzel’s World – How to write a DBQ

http://wenzelsworld.tripod.com/home/id19.html

How to Answer a DBQ

What do you do once you open the DBQ package?

  1. Read the historical context and determine the theme of the documents
  2. Read the Tasks and number each bullet point
  3. Begin the documents

How do you read a document?

  1. Read the caption or the title
  2. Read the question
  3. Look at the document for the answer
  4. Underline what you think is important and the answer to the question

How do you answer a document correctly?

Begin with –

  •    According to
  •    Based on
  •    As it can be seen
  1. Rewrite the caption or title
  2. Transform the question into a statement
  3. Write answer from the document
  4. Add any outside information to flesh out the answer
  5. Decide which “task” the question belongs to and write the number
  6. Decide which “task” the question belongs to and write the number next to the question.  Then answer the ”Task” question with regards to that particular document.  This will be your last sentence

If there is only one part to a question, do steps 1- 6

If there are two parts to a question

  • Steps 1-4
  • Steps 3-6

*In a two-part question, you may find that the second question answers a different task than the first question.  If this is the case, complete step 6 to both questions.

Examples of DBQ Essays…..

http://www.regentsprep.org/regents/global/examoverview/dbq.cfm

thank you Sharon Ritch