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

Freedom Academy Graduation Scholarship

Scope of the Scholarship:

The scope of the scholarship is to encourage and reward four graduating seniors who distinguish themselves through their writing.   We hope that the scholarship will provide an incentive for students to find there voice and develop ways to express it.

Scholarship Amount:

$500 per student to be awarded upon graduation.

Requirements:

In order to qualify for consideration in the scholarship, students must do the following:

  • Meet all graduation requirements for the 2013 academic year
  • Be an active participant in the Freedom Academy High School blog featured on CreateanewslifewithSusanne.com
  • Student must provide documentation that they have applied to a post high school educational institution such as: college, trade school, apprenticeship and/or internship.
  • Submit a 1500 word essay by April 15, 2013 on one of the following topics:
    • Take me to your favorite place, describe it and tell me why you love it.
    • If you were mayor of New York for a day, what would you do? Why?
    • If you were given $20 and a free day how would you spend it and what would you do?
    • Describe an event in your life that changed you.
    • Describe someone or something that you lost and wish you could get back.
    • If you could spend the day with someone, who would it be?  Why?

Students must submit a draft of their essay for review and editing to a Freedom Academy teacher of their choice.

 

One Day by Naje`e Smith

One Day

Too many people in the world grow up without a father figure in their household. My American dream is for children to get the chance of having both a mother and father growing up. It is not fair how some kids grow up to have discipline and others don’t if children in the world grew up with both parents in a household younger boys would have grown up to become real men. Instead, some grew up to abusing females, raping, killing or stealing what is not theirs. If there were more positive male role models, this world would be a better place. When I get older I plan to make a difference. More people need to fight for having fathers not abandoning their children. The men in our society are very important. By them being around it will determine your kids future.  IMG_0453

Men have the right to do more then a female can.  Males are more likely to get chosen for a job and it isn’t fair. It’s hard for a single mother to raise her child alone. Studies show the average single mother to raise her child alone. Studies show the average single female with a well paying job makes 15 to 40 percent less then the average male. ( LYF) Why should women have to struggle with raising a child, working, paying for their children’s school alone? If there were two parents, there wouldn’t be that much of a struggle because they will work together on raising their child. A single parent compared to a child with both parents has a lot to do with a child’s outcome.

Children living in single parent homes have a risk taking behavior such as smoking, drinking, or drug occurrence.  Compared to children living with their married or biological parents they whelm up in college or out of state progressing better with their life then a child growing up with one mother. Fathers can teach their sons how to treat a female the right way. Fathers can teach their daughters how to respect themselves and teach them what they should deserve. Today in this world we have nothing like this we have boys running around shooting each other. And girls showing off there body parts. This society today isn’t right.

That’s why when I get older im going to host multiple events on the struggle of single parents there’s going to be charities, fund raisers, a family events so single parents would get a chance to meet new people. They wouldn’t have to continue raising their son or daughter alone. I want my committee to spread all around the world so everyone can see the importance on his or her kid’s future. If I come across children with lost fathers I will work with the police until we find them. No one deserves to be left alone.

Growing up without both parents can be very difficult. Such as higher poverty rates and lover levels of educational and occupational attainment. That’s why parents need to stick together and work on their differences in the sake of their children. When there are two people in a household it becomes a better chance for children to have a better future. Families need to have the experience of getting to know each other. Lets make a difference and change societies outcome…..

American Dream – James Means

The American Dream that I have is to open up my own business. I would like to open up a restaurant to have people explore and taste different forms of menus that I can create. Some menus that I can create are soul food and seafood creations. My dream is not the same like most American dreamers. Most American dreamers say that their dream is to become a famous basketball player or become a famous actor/singer. To accomplish my dream of opening my own business, there are many accomplishments and achievements that I will take like getting my degrees, obtaining experiences in restaurants, the challenges of getting loans and managing, hiring and firing, take responsibility as the person in charge and making my business a nation business.  IMG_0449

The first accomplishment that I will take is to get my degrees. As of right now I am currently in the 11th grade at Freedom Academy High School. To achieve my education degrees I plan to get my Advance High School Regents Diploma, my Masters in Business Administration and an Associate in Culinary Arts. I also plan to have experiences in restaurants. I will like to have the experience in a restaurant to be shown how it is run cooperated. I would like to be shown the jobs that each person have and how the kitchen is being run, like the duty of the head cook and the duties of the other workers in the kitchen.

The second accomplishment that I will have to achieve is the challenges that I will have to take. The challenges that I will face are the managing of the restaurant, get a place to have my restaurant at, and complete my experiences in at least two restaurants. The reason why these are challenges to me is because they are problems that I will have to handle to make my American Dream come true. I plan to overcome these problems by taking it one day at a time. The biggest challenge that I have is getting a place for my restaurant, and I plan to overcome it by saving money and getting loans and grants, and even also a getting location for it. Another challenge that I really have to face is doing the experience, this is a challenge because I am a person that likes to be in charge. I plan to handle this by just stepping back and letting the manager to charge and watch him/her run the business that they are running.

After my American Dream has come true, I still would have one more accomplishment that I need to achieve. My third and last accomplishment to achieve is to make my restaurant a national restaurant. I plan to make my restaurant a national restaurant by using the money I get from the local restaurants organization to build another restaurant organization in a different state or city. After I build at least three or four organizations I will then have my restaurant known has I national restaurant, like Red Lobster, Applebees, Joe’s Crab Shack and many other well known restaurants.

In conclusion, I can say that I will make my American Dream come true. I also can say that I am not sure I will fellow my accomplishment in this essay to make my American Dream come true, but I will try. My American Dream will come true, through all the challenges, and the accomplishments that I will overcome and achieve. My American Dream will come true because no matter how hard the challenges get I will not quit, because quit never win. Opening my own business is my American Dream.

My Life in the Hurricane by Sontique Campbell

Hard winds, dark sky, and water forcing itself inside…Hurricane Sandy left my town in an ocean of tears…  IMG_0002_2

I lived in Far Rockaway since I was eight years old. I met my friends and father side of the family there. Far Rockaway is very much a part of me, so to see my library, my board-walk, my skate park, my friends homes and my old middle school destroyed showed me everything can be taken away from you in a few seconds. Rooms flooded, lives taken, no lights, no food, no power and clothes. Honestly I was distraught by what I was seeing.

On October 29th warning signals flashed across my T.V. screen but the sky didn’t seem to reflect that scene. So me and my family decided to stay home. Three hours later the winds were greater. Hard whistles as the wind hit my window. Four hours passed. It’s dark and water reaches my parking lot, tons of water. My lights went out. My parent’s car was floating near my front door. I ran to my hallway and the water reached my landing, my brother and sister started crying and my mother is worrying. I suggest we play cards to keep from being gloomy. We all got tired and fell asleep to see the aftermath in the morning.

The day after, I open my door to a horrible fish stench. I go downstairs and my hallway is full of mud, tree branches and garbage. I go further outside to walk towards the boardwalk. I see cars on top of cars, Channel 1 News, police, fire fighters, and buses going to shelters. The boardwalk was smashed into someone’s house and so many pieces of it in the street, homes caved in, mud and dirt everywhere it was a ghost town. Far Rockaway was officially at it’s worse.

No Street lights so criminals came out at night. Those that lost things or never had anything took it upon themselves to steal from their own community. Red Cross and the National Guard came to the rescue. Food, pampers, clothes given to those in need, covers and blankets for those with no heat. The sad faces of my neighbors, family and friends while trailing through dirt to see the outcome of Sandy made my stomach turn and suddenly sadness took over me and I started to cry.

Throughout this whole experience I take nothing for granted, Hurricane Sandy definitely open my eyes to fear and sadness, but I also realize the place I grew up in has played a special part in my heart I never knew it did. Having this happen to me made me a more stronger and positive person in so many ways for my family and myself. I learn how to pick myself up and move forward, it wasn’t easy but me, my family and my community did so by coming together to rebuild our community back.

11th Grade Advisory Anti-Bullying Campaign

When asked what FEELINGS they associated with BULLYING, 11TH grade boys responded with a range of unfulfilled emotions and scenes:

-ANGER: at being a target

-FURY: towards the bully

-AGGRESSION: towards the victim

-AGGRAVATION: because of the way you are being treated

-DEPRESSION: because you feel incompetent

-ANNOYANCE: at being constantly picked on

-WORRY: about what might happen next

-HESITANCE: not sure what to do

-TENSENESS: freezing up

-STRESSED: keeping all the anger inside you

-HOPELESSNESS: at who to trust anymore

-HATE: emotions boiling over

-HURT: the physical pain you feel

-EMBARRASSMENT: at having to endure these acts

-FATIGUE: getting tired of the same teasing every day

-MEANINGLESSNESS: what is the point of all this??

-HARM: to your body AND your mind

-FEAR: scared, but will never admit it

-SADNESS: just feeling bad about your situation

-SERVITUDE: you are in debt to someone else

-CONFLICT: the interaction between you and the bully

-OPPOSITION: who is against you?

-LONELINESS: seems like EVERYONE is against you

-UNNERVED: by the lack of help

-ENRAGED: at the perpetrator, your friends, your family, yourself

-HOSTILITY: when violence starts

-FRIGHT: feelings of darkness

-MADNESS: feelings of shock

-MISERY: feelings of gloom

-DESPAIR: feeling suicidal