The blizzard on January 12, 1888 will forever be known as one of the most disastrous storms in history. The storm earned the name “the children’s blizzard” because so many children lives were taken in this malicious storm. Could something have been done to prevent such a large death toll? Yes. If the proper steps had been taken to warn the people of the approaching bad weather, then many could have taken the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their family and livestock.
When you think of a blizzard, you usually don’t think of tragic 40 below zero temperatures. You don’t always imagine extremely high winds blowing the snow every which way, making it very difficult to see what’s in front of you. You certainly don’t think of a blizzard to kill 235 people, including 213 children just trying to make it home from school. The Children’s Blizzard of 1888 included many details common to blizzards, had incredible devastation due to the welcoming conditions beforehand, and involved some very surprising circumstances.
The “Black Blizzard” from Scholastic Scope is about how a major drought caused a horrible disaster in the middle of the U.S.A. When all of this happened, thousands of animals and people died of suffocation when a 7,000 foot tall wave devoured the area. After that, all of the other stuff just went down hill. All of the crops died because of the major drought, farmers lost money and couldn’t afford their houses they lived in, and they couldn’t care for their family. Then another storm hit and scooped up all of the dead crops and the soil that the crops were in.
As the storms blew across the plains, it came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling walls of black from the North. This just wasn’t any wind, this dust-filled wind made even the simplest acts of life difficult. Taking a walk, eating a meal and breathing were no longer easy and they couldn’t be taken for
Selflessness is defined as “concern more with the needs of others than with one’s own” (dictionary.com). Suzanne Spaak is the perfect example of selflessness. She was willing to die for a meaningful cause she believed in: rescuing Jews throughout the Holocaust. Spaak did whatever she could to help the struggling Jews, and joined an underground movement that’s goal was to put an end to racism. She risked all that she had to stand up for what she believed in, putting all personal problems aside, to do what she knew in her heart was right.
With the use of imagery, Gary Paulsen shows us that the outdoors is unpredictable. Furthermore, with the help of description, the reader can experience what it's like being in Gary Paulsen's shoes without going through the cruel, frigid temperatures and gruesome deaths. Finally Paulsen can change the mood with his words faster than you can say WOODSONG! While nature is also mesmerizing, it can still surprise you with memorable casualties that can cause an unanticipated turn. Paulsen starts off by taking us to "a grandly beautiful winter morning, the
The article “Blizzard!” by Jeanie Mebane and the poem from “The Blizzard Voice” by Ted Kooser both portray the blizzards of 1888. For example, the first sentence of the article “Blizzard!” says “no one on the prairie was prepared for the violent blizzard” that shows the reader that it's not just a couple of inches of snow, it shows that the blizzard will be windy and there will be a lot of snow and damage, also the fact that no one was expecting it makes it a whole lot worse. Another example is in paragraph 5 “Hunt and her students were blinded by the force of the blizzard and almost immediate felt their eyelashes crust over with ice.” Even though it doesn't specifically say that it's windy you just know because of the details. Also in the
Saving Others, Selflessly The word “hero” usually brings to mind a knight slaying a dragon or a firefighter rescuing someone from a burning building. But does one have to save a life to be considered a hero? Oftentimes, we assume that heroism is limited to physical bravery. This term, however, implies the notion of helping and inspiring others: a teacher cultivating a love for learning or a paraplegic Olympian reaching out to youth with disabilities. Because heroes range from Olympians to teachers, not all are famous--in fact, many remain unrecognized.
To be selfless is to make sure the needs of others is put before your needs. Beowulf the Angelo-Saxon hero, made sure the safety of the Danes came before his. He put his life on the line just to fight off the monsters or dragons that made the lives of others miserable. In part two, Beowulf fights off the dragon but he dies after killing the dragon, his last words were to Wiglaf, he told him to take care of his people. The soldiers leave their home and families to fight for our country and our freedom.
Selflessness, having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money, etc.; unselfish. " Two people that have shown selflessness are Mrs. Jones and Harriet Tubman. Both of them show selflessness in so many incredible ways. Mrs. Jones from, Thank You Ma'am, shows selfless through caring for a young boy who doesn't know how to behave. Harriet Tubman, from Harriet Tubman, Guide to Freedom, shows selflessness by freeing slaves all by herself even though she escaped from freedom too.
After just a few days of being in New York, the young boy was exposed to the harsh realities of his new life in America. Prior to arriving in America, Medina had never experienced snow. As he takes his first few steps into this new country he sees this clean, fresh snow. He describes
This 150,000 square-mile storm area encompassing Oklahoma, Texas, and neighboring parts of states including Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico was not an issue to be taken lightly. When winds easily picked up topsoil and swirled it into dense dust clouds call "black blizzards", it was hard to not be terrified for your life. These enormous clouds of dust deposited mounds of dirt on anything you could imagine. The dust also began to cause the choking of cattle and pasture lands. Children were even beginning to get pneumonia.
To prove, there are many situations that Beowulf displays this characteristic throughout the poem. For example, when he hears of the Danes being terrorized by Grendel, he immediately decides to help them. Although, he is risking his own life to help an entire other kingdom. Obviously, this demonstrates that Beowulf is selfless. In addition, he travels to kill Grendel's mother alone.