No one other than Sharon Draper could pull of being such a talented person with so many accomplishments in life. Sharon Draper has written many children's books and influences many people’s lives. Sharon Draper’s works, Forged by Fire and Out of My Mind, themes connect to her life because she has known people who have been abused, who have been disabled, and she can can connect and understand the people who have had struggles in their life. Sharon Draper is an American author, poet, public speaker, and master educator. She was previously a teacher at Cincinnati Public Schools from 1970 to 1997. She was a challenging, but respected and adored teacher. Although she has retired from teaching in the school systems, she says wherever she goes, she always ends up …show more content…
In her family, attending college was an expectation. She grew up in a family who was always surrounded by books (“Sharon M. Draper”). Draper was reading before kindergarten. Going to the library after school was a hobby for her. Her favorite subject in school was english. Her love of reading is what helped her become such talented author (“Welcome to the Official Site of Sharon Draper”). Forged by Fire is the second book of Draper’s Hazelwood High Trilogy (Sharon M. Draper). The theme of Forged by Fire is to always strive to have courage even through the tough times in life. Gerald started showing courage from the time he was three years old. His mom, Monique, went out, probably to buy some drugs, and left three-year-old Gerald home alone. Of course, one of the worst possible things that could have happened, happened. There was a fire (Draper Forged by Fire 8-11). Gerald went to live with his Aunt Queen while his mother was in jail. (Draper Forged by Fire 16). Once his mother gets out of jail, she waits almost a year to improve her life before requesting to see Gerald for his 10th birthday. Gerald is furious (Draper Forged by Fire 30). Monique
Instead of letting everything go, she starts acting, making one empowering choice after another, no matter how hard and challenging life seems. Acceptance into an alternative high school Humanities Prep provides Liz with the support, community, and accountability she needs to thrive. With an abundance of encouragement from Perry and other exceptional teachers, she earns her high school diploma in two years rather than four years. Murray states, “It was possible I could change everything”. (Murray 251)
Forgotten Fire, by Adam Bagdasarian is a compelling book about the struggle of a 12 year old boy who lost his whole family to a war in 1915. Throughout the book Vahan Kenderian is put to the test to survive and make it in a world where everything is against him. He goes through deaths of family and friends, starvation, and he struggles to find a home all because of a war. Without the war that ripped apart his family, Vahan would have never grown up and matured like he did into the grown 15 year old he turned out to be. Vahan becomes a carriage driver at only 15 for the Army.
In “Forged by Fire” by Sharon M. Draper, Gerald, the main character in the story, grows into a brave man. In the beginning, Gerald starts a fire in his mom’s apartment. Gerald gets scared from the flames, sounds, and heat that he goes behind the couch to hide from the fire. After the fire, Gerald lives with his aunt. On Geralds’s 9th birthday, Gerald’s mom came to the house with a sister for Gerald, but he doesn’t want to see neither of the two.
Octavia Butler demonstrates that being educated is very important for survival then food, shelter, and safety, because an education can give you all of those things. When Lauren had to leave her home she had to depend on herself to survive. She is armed with a lot of information. She knows her city like the back of her hand and most importantly, where water is, and what plants she can eat and not eat. She learned all of this information from reading books from her father’s library.
At the beginning of the memoir, the author starts off the story by explaining a time she started a fire by cooking hotdogs when she was just three years old. She “screamed” and “smelled the burning and heard a horrible crackling as the fire singed my hair and eyelashes” (Walls 9). An exposed fire occurs multiple times in the book, which represents the author’s dad’s continuous drinking habits. Not only is the fire destructive and harmful to the family, but so is the father’s alcoholic addiction. This metaphor represents a large negative impact on the family.
The novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, takes place in a dystopian society that strictly forbids reading or have a printed book in your possession. The protagonist named Guy Montag, is a firefighter who burns any illegal books that are found. Montag in the beginning of the novel is an average citizen who hates books and does not understand the true value of them. He is known as a salamander, Montag can walk among the books he is burning, but he won’t get affected by them. But as the story continues, he begins his transformation.
Betty Smith was one of the most influential writers of her time, and her works impacted American culture in several ways. Betty Smith was born on December 15, 1896 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In Jones’s article (1994), Jones describes Smith’s childhood as “a childhood and youth at once poor in material terms, but rich in experience.” Smith’s father was an actor, but died when she was young, leaving the
Everyday, she excels in her job of caring for the children and making a difference in the community. Due to her kindness she would always bring thoughtful gifts for the children. She doesn 't have to do the classes with the children everyday but she continues to do it like Sylvia says “school supposed to let out in the summer I heard, but she dont never let up” (Bambara 96). The lessons learned while earning her degree has lead her to becoming a positive role model in the children 's lives; nonetheless, teaching them lessons that may never learn from others. She shows her passion in the story by saying “she said, it was only her right that she take responsibility for the young ones’ education.
I make a fire’... I set out on my search.” As you can tell, she is taking charge and trying to make the best out of the situation. She had to leave the city and her sick mother. Her grandfather and her were booted off the carriage that would take them to
“2.2 million people in the United States depend on a wheelchair for day-to-day tasks and mobility. 6.5 million people use a cane, a walker, or crutches to assist with their mobility”. Every single day, people varying in ages, struggle to live their lives due to conditions out of their control. Whether it be life threatening or not, it can have effects that are both socially and emotionally harming. Although some of them may change appearances on the outside, other people cannot forget that all people, not matter the disability, have brains and personalities of their own that may not be seen to the human eye.
When people are asked when they decided to choose their career, the typical answer is that they have known they wanted to be in that career field since they were little kids. In Lorrie Moore’s short story, How to Become a Writer, she is able to bring . By using irony and having a humorous, yet mocking tone, Moore is able to tell the readers that the journey to becoming a writer is not easy and does not come naturally. In the beginning of the story, the readers are able to pick up Moore’s humorous and slightly mocking tone which helps the story become relatable because almost everyone has had a person make fun of their career choice.