The Road to Perseverance

By:Caitlyn Chapple

What is perseverance?

To me the word perseverance means the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. You can't just sit around an and be idle because that will get you no where. You can persevere through many different things like just trying to get through the day and then things like overcoming cancer. It would be easy to falter but you've got to tell yourself to never give up. You can do anything you set your mind to.

Breaking the Barrier (Sequence)

When people know they want something in life they go for it. They are not someone who is inadequate, or someone who does nothing. they feel they are there for a purpose. That's what Jackie Robinson felt when he knew he had to make a change in Baseball history. Jackie Robinson made history in 1947 when he broke baseball’s color barrier to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A talented player, Robinson won the National League Rookie of the Year award his first season, and helped the Dodgers to the National League championship the first of his six trips to the World Series. In 1949 Robinson won the league MVP award, and he was added into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. Despite his skill, Robinson faced a parade of insults and threats because of him being an African American. The courage and grace with which Robinson handled the abuses inspired a generation of African Americans to question the beliefs of people around him and helped pave the way for the Civil Rights Movement.

Losing To Win (problem/Solution)

“Basketball isn’t just a sport, it's a life lesson.” Said team basketball coach for the Lady Jags. Carol Academy is home to these ladies where learning a sport is more important off the field than on. Carol Academy is located in Tennessee in a very poor town with 19.6% below poverty rate and 12.3% unemployment rate. Girls come to the school from all over the state for many different reasons. One thing that they have in coming is the many adversities they face. They come from struggled homes where parents are in jail, having no family, suffering drug abuse themselves or from their families, shoplifting, vandalizing, etc.. To come girls can court ordered here or come if they get kicked out of school they can come to get a second chance. A normal school day is from 8 to 3 with 3 courses of regular education. Then they go to playing sports. Basketball is used to teach the girls life lessons and to teach them how to to control the anger, stress, anxiety, etc.. In 14 years the girls have only won 6 games and have encountered 212 loses “according” to the record book, however they are taught that that doesn't matter. Learning to play gives them the qualities they need in life and so much more.

Eleanor Roosevelt Cause/Effect

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The Speaker (Description)

Winston Churchill was a diligent and hard-working historical figure. He was born in 1874 at his grandfather’s home, Blenheim Palace in Marlborough, England. His childhood consisted of him having absent parents that traveled extensively and led busy social lives. Most of his time was spent with his nanny Elizabeth Everest. Everest nurtured Churchill through his childhood illnesses. At age 8 he was sent to boarding school and was known as the school troublemaker. In 1894 Churchill graduated near the top of his class from the Royal Military College and was given commission as a cavalry officer.

Throughout his life he has shown leadership,determine ship, and spokesmanship.For example in 1914, when WWI began he was given praise for the work he did behind the scenes to prepare Britain for victory.He also gave a speech called Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat in the House of Commons. This speech, a first of many, was a boosting speech made by Churchill to inspire Britain to keep fighting.However he is best known for giving Britain hope when the Nazis attacked for WWII.Churchill spurred himself and everyone around him to prepare for war. Although Churchill's extreme dislike for the communist Soviet Union he realized he needed their help and actively courted the United States to join hostilities against Nazi Germany.Although, during this time Churchill was given credit for inspiring and making his nation win the War,many felt he was losing connection with the lives of the people. At the age 70 Churchill resigned to become a Prime Minister. At the age of 80 Churchill resigned as Prime Minister due to failing health. When he retired he continued to write, paint, and draw for recreational purposes. Churchill earned many impressive awards such as Knight of Gartner, honorary U.S citizenship, and Nobel Prize in Literature during his retirement. He fell into a stroke after falling out of a hotel bed a few years earlier and fell into a deep coma. On the 14th day without waking up Churchill died in 1965 at the age of 90. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we get a life by what we give.”From this quote, we know that even in the the tough times he kept fighting and kept going. In the war he was willing to give his life for what he believed in. Even though Winston Churchill is dead he is a hero and will never be forgotten.

Winston Churchiil and Jackie Robinison (Compare/Contrast)

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What can we learn from the perseverance of others in order to overcome adversity in today’s world?

We can learn from the perseverance of others in order to overcome adversity in todays world is that being resilient is important because some things aren't going to go as exactly as you plan and you need to be able to bounce back from that. Important character traits that can help you with being able to persevere through adversity are patience, having leadership, and to be determined. Anyone can persevere through an adversity with the conviction of knowing to do what your heart tells you too.

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