The Road to Perseverance

Yumnah Saifullah

My Definition of Perseverance

Perseverance is not giving up even when you know something is going to be tough. Even when people doubt you. Even when you're all by yourself. Perseverance is a journey, it is not a destination.
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Stephen J. Cannell's Adversity (Description)

Since the beginning, Stephen could not read as well as the other kids in his class. Stephen could not muster up letters to form words. He failed many grades throughout his lifetime. He tried to get involved in other things that didn't require to read, and he tried sports. He got a scholarship, but soon lost it due to poor grades. At the age of 35, Cannell found out that he had dyslexia. He had a hard time, but luckily he had a supportive father who was by his side every step of the way, and his adversities helped him become successful. He met a writer who inspired him to write things of his own. He grew a passion for writing. Stephen wrote novels, scripts, and more. Stephen's work is great and is well-known by many people today. His difficulties helped him find his strengths and weaknesses, and his strength was writing.
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Stephen J Cannell

This picture is the logo for Stephen J. Cannell's Productions.

Jackie Robinson's Time Period (Cause/Effect)

Jackie Robinson played baseball during the time of segregation. There weren't black baseball players, but he always had an ambition to one day become a world-famous baseball player. He first played in the Negro Leagues, but later joined the all-white Montreal Royals for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was a great player, but he just was not accepted by society.
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Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt's Difficulties (Compare and Contrast

Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt's adversities were similar in several ways. Jackie Robinson grew up in a time period where his race was not accepted. He was determined to become a famous baseball player, even though there weren't any of his race. He eventually made it into the all-while Montreal Royals.


Eleanor Roosevelt was not loved by her family. She was called names and grew very insecure about herself. She was a tiny, scrawny girl and her mother would introduce her to people as "Granny". The only person who loved Eleanor Roosevelt was her father. Her father would call her beautiful and tell her he loves her, but soon her father passed away. So did her brother. So did her mom. She lived with other relatives who also did not take care of her as well. She grew a connection with her teacher and she traveled with her. Her teacher taught her manners, and gave her love and confidence. Eleanor grew up and resilient, and she gave speeches and was loved by many people. She was given the title "First Lady of The World".

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Nadja's Journey To Becoming Triumphant (Chronological Order)

Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg was good at playing the violin since the beginning. She was told to play the violin, and she just did what she was told. After a while, Nadja stopped playing her violin and forgot techniques and skills that she used to play the violin. She would falter while playing, and she sounded so bad that she didn't like playing at all. She then decided that she would have to gain back these skills and play the violin again. First, she signed up for a violin competition. Even though she regretted it, she did not neglect it. Then she practiced persistently for large amounts of time, even up to 13 hours each day. When the day of the competition came, she played her best and got to the second round. After that, she chose the right songs she knew would impress the judges. She practiced hard and constantly, and she ended up winning the whole competition and winning lots of money.
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Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

This is a picture of Nadja and her violin.

Eleanor Roosevelt's Rough Childhood (Problem/Solution)

Ever since she was little, Eleanor was not liked by her family. She was called ugly, granny, and other hurtful names which caused her to become very shy and self-conscious. The only person that loved her was her father. He would call her beautiful and Eleanor loved him so much. Sadly, Eleanor's father died, and so did many of her other family members. So, Eleanor decided that she would need to stop living so miserably. She traveled with her teacher who took care of her and loved her dearly. She was taught how to live life. Eleanor gained the confidence to give speeches and even married the president. She helped stand up for people who wanted rights, and met many people who loved her along the way. She was given a title, "First Lady of The World" and was a great hero to many.
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Eleanor Roosevelt

This is a picture of Eleanor and her family (after their mother passed away). Eleanor is on the far right of the picture.

Lessons Learned

The lessons that these people have taught is that nothing is impossible if you try hard enough. It's astonishing how Jackie Robinson handled all the abuse and taunting just because he wanted to play baseball. It's amazing how Nadja practiced for hours and hours to get better at something she had forgotten. It's crazy how Eleanor Roosevelt went from being a shy, insecure girl to The First Lady of The World, giving speeches and helping people get their rights. It doesn't matter if there is something in the way of what someone is doing. It has to be moved past from, and hard work may be required. The goal will be reached if someone tries hard enough to achieve it.
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Orphan Train Riders

Orphan Trains were trains that carried kids that did not have one or more parent to take care of them on trains and give them to people who would take care of them. Charles Loring Brace, the creator of orphan trains, tried hard for orphans to get the love they deserved and had good intentions. However, many kids were abused and overworked by their new families.