Who Am I? by Keisha Howell

Who Am I?

I’m still searching for the answers

Am I a broken glass that can’t be picked up without hurting someone.

The sun that goes into hiding when the rain falls.

The scrapes on a place that no one wants.

Am I the least of favorite outfit that you just won’t wear?

That pair of shoes, that won’t fit anymore.

The dirt on a shoe that no one wants to clean.

Who Am I?

I’m still searching for the answers.

Am I the abandon child that no one seems to look for?

That hard math problem, that can’t be figured out.

Am I the caged bird that can’t be freed.IMG_1211

The street light that keep changing colors.

Who am I?

Who is this girl?

I’m still searching for the answers.

The answers are unknown which is the reason for this sad tone.

I’m searching for change

I’m sick of this game.

These pieces must be mended.

I’m sick of pretending.

Who am I?

Tell me cuz I’m tired of searching for the answers.

And if you can’t tell me I guess am that last bible scripture that cause tears to flow down your face, after a sermon.

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

 

 

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…..

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.

“Transit Searches” Sontique Campbell

Transit Searches

I am against transit searches, because it doesn’t have an effect on keeping the terrorist away it has never happen and its random and it only happen when I’m rushing to the train.  IMG_0038_2

What are transit searches? …… Metro Transit Police advised customers they would conduct random inspections of carry-on items, as part of the continuously changing law enforcement programs designed to keep the system safe.  The inspections, which will be conducted with Transportation Security Administration officials, are expected to take only minutes, as police will randomly select bags or packages to check for hazardous materials using crazy technology as well as K-9 units trained to detect explosive materials.  Carry-on items will generally not be opened and physically inspected unless the equipment indicates a need for further inspection.  Anyone who is randomly selected and refused to submit their carry-on items for inspection will be prohibited from bringing those items into the station Customers who encounter a baggage checkpoint at a station entrance may choose not to enter the station if they would prefer not to submit their carry-ones for inspection.

To me it goes against the 4th amendment. Which is the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.  Bombing trains, I feel its never happen so its not keeping anything safe the only things that’s getting bomb is buildings, I think they need to worry more about planes in the air with no altercation, and train stations that cops barely at anyway.

Also as a citizens and my own experience I was searched for a little pocketbook and which you can highly doubt a bomb would be in it I was also running late and was rushing to catch my train.  And I hear an officer call for me I admittedly stop which made me  aggravated, for them to find nothing on me.  Train searches are a waste of time and playing with people money. Especially if it has never happened before!

Mr. Schulman U.S Government Class…..

“The Legal Age” Shanice Junor

The Legal Age

Why shouldn’t 18 be the legal age for everything?  IMG_0028_2

After doing research and conducting class surveys, it is clear that there is controversy in what should be the legal age for everything.  Majority, believe that 18 years olds should be allowed to have the same privileges of those who are 21.  The main concern of the majority is they believe 18 years olds should be able to drink.  But there are many reasons why it is NOT safe for 10 years olds to consume alcohol, which later on I will thoroughly explain with strong facts behind it.  According to my research, many people believe that most 18 years olds are not mature enough to handle the responsibility of drinking and strongly agree with The National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984 which was passed on July 17, 1984 by the United States Congress as a mechanism “whereby all states would become thereafter required to legislate the age of 21 years as a minimum age for purchasing and publicly possessing alcoholic beverages.

What does Drinking do for an older person, that isn’t 10x worse for someone younger?

Teenagers are four times as likely to be involved in a car crash and three times more likely to die in one than adults according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Recent studies have shown that these statistics may have to do with teenage brain development.  A National Institute of Health study proposes that the part of the brain that restrains risky behavior, including reckless driving and thinking skills is not fully developed until the age of 25, so even the age of 21 is 4 years behind.  After doing some more research, Scientists have recently proven that alcohol can still damage the brain of a 25 year old.  Why would the government of US allow 18 year olds, almost 10 years behind the full development of the brain, to drink alcohol?

Overall, any benefit or joy alcohol can bring is minimal compared to the greater harms alcohol causes.  Although alcohol is harmful to everyone, alcohol harms young adults much more than older adults.  One’s brain does not complete development until the age of 25.  The mind has not fully formed its critical and rational thinking abilities.  Studies show that alcohol is deterrent to the process.  This can connect to a few of my senior classmates who are 18 and older and are prospective college students.  If you are looking to go to college and excel and gain something from higher education alcohol can be a roadblock to that goal. The fact that your brain isn’t fully developed yet, drinking alchohol  can stop the full formation of your mind, and your ability to think critical and rational, two things that may be necessary for college.  Not only does alcohol consumption affect the brain, it also affects female maturation and reproduction abilities during adolescents.

The National minimum drinking age act, allows 21 years olds to drink.  Once again, 4 years to low but there goes the government’s way of giving the people some leeway.  Most 18 years olds are still at home with their parents, fresh out of high school and even on their way to college to begin life on their own.  At this point they are finding themselves and are bound to make many mistakes, which of course some may learn from, and unfortunately some may not.  The hype of finally being 18 may cause teenagers to go above the limit, because to them they’re an Adult.  They are on their own without parental supervision.  Here is where the law comes in handy.  The National minimum drinking age act is the rule they must abide by, in other words it serves as their parent, and if they don’t abide by the rules, they will have to face the consequences.  Being that 21 is the minimum age for drinking, it allows teenagers to mature more, and the excitement of finally being on their own should be long gone.

In conclusion, ages of initiation vary in this country.  One may vote at 18, drink at 21, visit the local casino at 21, rent a car at 25 and run for President at 35.  These ages take into account that requirements, risks, and benefits of each act.  The National minimum legal drinking age of 21 has survived the test of time and is firmly supported by current scientific research.  Opponents of lowering the MLDA argue that teens have not yet reached an age where they can handle alcohol responsibly, and they are more likely to harm or even kill themselves and others by drinking prior to 21 and that traffic fatalities decreased when the MLDA increased.  The lives and futures of our children depend on its continued support.

“The Legal Age” Tatiania Dominique

The Legal Age

Adulthood is something that much adolescence looks forward to. This is because as an adult your able to do whatever you want.  Eighteen should be the legal age for everything because at this age you’ve experienced enough to conduct yourself as an adult.  The Supreme Court should review the legal age for a number of reasons.  As a young adult myself, I feel that I’m mature enough to take on adult privileges.  IMG_0015

I’m not satisfied with 21 being the legal age.  I believe 18 should be the legal age.  As the 14th Amendment states, “All persons born in the United States are citizens and no law shall be enforced that abridges their privileges.  Nor shall any State deprive a person of life.”  This is an example of how young adults are being deprived of life.  America is about equality and at 18; young adults aren’t treated equally as those whom are 21.

What makes the age of 21 so special? Some might say that those who are 21 have experienced enough things in life and are more mature than those that are 18. I disagree with this statement because for one, some people that are 18 are more mature than some adults.  If voting privileges doesn’t make you an adult than I don’t know what does. People might also argue that at 18, young adults haven’t even gone through the college process.  Going away to college and being independent are great qualities of an adult.  Children are surly not capable of completing such a task.

The Legislative intent of the law might be that 18 Year olds have been acting more mature over the years and they should be considered adults.  This would be great support towards passing this law.  Hearing the voice of others always helps your claim so I conducted a vote from class 120 during government.  The entire class agreed that 18 years olds should have adult privileges.  A statement in which everybody didn’t agree with is that 18 year olds have experienced enough in life to be considered adults.  Although they might not have faced obstacles as an adult, facing such things will help you grow and become stronger. I say that we give young adults a chance to prove all that they can be.

The monster within by beautiful young lady

Fat, ugly, dirty these words echoed in my head
as I laid down on my bed.
Sometimes I wonder what’s the purpose of my life
I often wonder am I here to fight, am I here to look beautiful, am I
here to take up space, or am I here to make something out of my life.

But yet I could never find the answer. I got up and look into the
mirror wondering who the reflection in the mirror is, but yet I
could never figure out who it was. I think hard and hard and then
finally I realized the person I was l looking at, was me. But I
couldn’t recognize the unfamiliar face nor the unfamiliar body. I walk
back and forth in the mirror trying to figure out this stranger in the mirror. But yet I couldn’t figure out who this stranger is..

I think again and again and again and then I finally figure out this is
the person I have become. I now realize that all my life I have been
walking around with a stranger in my soul. I stand there staring and
staring trying to solve this mystery. I then finally figure out that I have become a terrible monster, that look like ugly Betty with big glasses, freckles on her face, short hair and smelly. I ran down the stairs to my family asking them who was this monster in my body and no one seems to know what I was talking about. I ran backup stairs and looked in the mirror. There was the ugly monster again, I called my sister asking her who was this monster in the mirror  but she didn’t see a monster. I look and look again and I keep seeing this ugly monster. But no one else could see it but me. I started to cry. It just made me look like an uglier monster. I stop crying and look deep into the mirror trying to figure out, how I could get rid of this ugly monster.

Then I realize in order for me to get rid of this ugly monster. I have to change the way I think about myself. I started to think of myself as this beautiful young lady, who is better than she thinks she is.  I started to look back into the mirror and the monster was finally gone.

“The Legal Age” Delroy Brown

The Legal Age

IMG_0010Turning 18 is a big step in a person life, to some people it is a step away in having they on life, but most people believe that even when you are 18 you still not old enough to have your own life because of the fact that they can’t buy legal things until they are 21 but that’s not necessarily true because being 18 come with a lot of responsibly like taking care of your self, getting out of school, or even finding a job and roof to live under.  But if you don’t believe that then you would just be collecting plastic bottles and cans like most people around the world ho kill them self with the same legal thing than the government don’t want us to have in we are 21.  You may say home come we are able to vote at the age 18 but can’t drink?  The reason why is because alcohol can kill or hurt you our some one close, alcohol is the number 1 rape drug in our county also evidence links a high proportion of death from falls, fires and drowning to drinking.  And 18 year old are able to vote because they are basically becoming an adults and also would be alive to understand what they are voting for and plus the more votes the better.

Some people disagree with the 21-year or up age limits on doing or buying legal things that an 18 ear old can’t do or buy.  But I agree with the fact that we have this law or policies.  I agree because you can’t trust a 18 year old to start drink at a young age just because they probably haven’t adapt from acting immature it’s already that you hear kids fighting each other and going crazy on the street with the violence and the crime and putting alcohol in there hands may just elevate them both.  I see it that you can do everything that a 21 year old can do but drink so what else is there, 18 year old can drive a car, get a job and even buy a house so what else do they really need. Age 21 is when you should have adapted to being a responsible adult.  21 is the appropriate age to be admission in some clubs or casino I believe the rule is like this because most people can’t act mature enough to be around older adults trying to have a good time but don’t think cause you 18 or 20 years old you can’t club out that’s really not true because there are 18 year old clubs that you can find and go to depending on where or what you looking for.