We Beat The Streets- Independent Reading
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We Beat The Streets

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We Beat The Streets has 19 ratings and 3 reviews. Sujitt said: We Beat the streets is the inspirational story about three friends who beat all odds and t...
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Summary: The book was about three boys: Sampson George and Rameck; who faced the struggles of growing up in the ghetto. All three boys were strongly influenced to participate in illegal activites and sink in the hole that is the ghetto. But the three boys eventually made a pact that they would bring their grades up, attend college, and earn good jobs. Which would create a tranformation of three delinquits, to three well respected and hard working men with a future.

 

Theme: I believe there are two pretty bold themes in the book. The three boys went through lots of struggles but still managed to achieve their goals together. One of the themes is that unity and team work can always benefit the whole team, as well as an individual. A great example of this theme is a quote by Rameck, "yeah man your right, if it weren't for this pact i wouldn't have been able to achieve any of this. One other theme was that focus and hard work will pay off. I believe the book teaches that success is inside everybody in the world, no matter where or how they live. The three boys proved that after escaping the ghetto to a more fulfilled and succesfull life. 

 

Review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is narrated through the main characters who actually went through life in the ghetto. I think this is good because it really teaches you what the ghetto is like for the youth. I think that experiencing life in the ghetto is filled with struggle, but that fills the book with constant drama and intensity. There would be a character of the novel having a flashback conversation at the end of each chapter. This was appealing to me because you were always more engaged. One of the flashbacks was titled, "The begininng of the pact." It also shows how crazy the world can get through fights, robberies, drug use, and obviously police involvement. At one point of he stories, the three boys even brutally beat up a crack head who was smoking by children. The police found out and eventually called the boys for questioning. This is one example of how intense the ghetto got to be for the boys. If you enjoy lots of intensity and would like to see a different style of living for people, then you will enjoy this book. I Highly recomend this to all ages from highschool and up. Weather you are a girl or a boy, this book is filled with new life experiences that prove to be filled with hardship, however very interesting for people of all sorts.

 

 

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UC Davis School of Medicine, Outreach Programs

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UC Davis Health System is charged with discovering and sharing knowledge and providing the highest quality care.
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Summary: This website explains all about becoming a doctor. It initially asks if you know that you actually want to be a doctor ; because some might say they want to, but don't know exactly what is a head of them. Furthermore, the website dives into all the criteria for getting your medical license: classes, internships,tests, extracirriculars etc. It also explains all the possibilities in the medical field, like nursing, physichians, physical therapists etc.

 

Relation: The website strongly relates to the book. For one, the narrarators of the book are doctors. But there is also a relation because the website gets more in depth of what the three characters did in order to achieve these jobs. " They stuffed the apllications in their backpack, not knowing that their future lies a ahead of them in their bags." This is a quote of the three boys begininng their journey of becoming doctors. 

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The New American Ghetto

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Summary: An anthropologists, Philipe, and a photographer named jose lived in the ghetto for quite some time. They wrote an article relating to the ongoing violence, abuse, and struggles that happens in the ghetto everyday. The article talks about how the two men tried to integrate in this society. Experiencing poverty, racism, violence, drugs, etc. Showing how bad the ghetto could get, One of the men stated, "it is a destruciton of an urban environment."

 

Relation: This article contains a strong relationship to my book. The writers expressed the severity of a ghetto and how there is a huge diversity in the struggles of the ghetto that are occuring everyday. Geroge Sampson and Rameck were used to this sort of living. Even as 6 year olds they expeirenced the poverty and careleseness of te ghetto. "The park was filled with broken glass, beer bottles, and all sorts of trash." This is an example as to how something as little as a park in the ghetto with kids can get really dirty. Whereas a normal neighborood park would probably be more clean for the children.  Furthermore, the three boys all grew up as young boys who witnessed as well as participated in  sorts of crimes like stealing from the electronic store to make money. Which actually landed George in jail for a night. 

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Summary: Greg Harris is a teenage boy who loves the sport of basketball. He has stayed on the court his whole life and has witnessed many fail to make it to the top. All he wants to do his be a basketball player. But basketball is not the only thing on his mind any more. Teachers, and other obstacles are in his face about grades and his future. He eventually is in a competition with himself and his future, not knowing what is to come. 

 

Connection: This book shares a strong connection with We Beat The Streets. Both of these stories are held in the ghettos of America. Where gangs, drugs, and fights are all big distractions to the youth. Also, main characters from each story both have dreams of a bright future for themselves. Greg Harris wants to become a basketballer, and George, Rameck, and Sampson all want to attend college and become doctors. And each one of them has to work as hard as they can to beat the streets and achieve their goals. "We all got accepted",  is a quote from the story when all three boys made it to the college they desired to further pursure their dreams. 

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Started From the Bottom-Drake-Clean with Lyrics on Screen

Clean version of Started From the Bottom by Drake. Lyrics on Screen During Song.
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Summary: This is a song by rapper drake. He is very rich ad very famous. However, he used to be poor and lived without some support. This is a song saying how "he started from the bottom now he's here." That lyric means that he used to live with little money and a pretty struggle filled life like always fighting with his mom and having to work all day and all night just for some pay. But now he has made it to the top and lives a great life making lots of money for his greatest passion which is rap.

 

Relation: I believe there is a relationship between this song and my book. In my book, the characters had a struggle filled life like drake, dealing with money problems etc. There was one incident in the book where Rameck's mother needed money so bad that the had no electricity. "They turned off the electricity", Ramecks mom said," you got any money?" Ramecks mom was so desperate she was relying on her young son just to keep the house's electricity. This is one example of how the characters from this book "started from the bottom as well." However, now " they are here" because they worked hard and achieved their dreams of becoming high paid doctors.

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Style Wars

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When director Tony Silver and co-producer Henry Chalfant delivered the broadcast version of their prize-winning film to PBS in 1983, the world received it
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Summary: This documentary shows inner city kids and their life style of graffiti. The kids seem to be living in pretty old and beat down areas, as well as maybe not having support from your average supporter. For example a 14 year old has a role model who is 17 and still in the city doing graffiti.  Some of the graffiti makes statements of how city life is like. Like, "crime is everywhere in the city." Showing what innercity is like for the youth. 

 

Relation: The documentary relates to my book in terms of innercity youth. Both my book and the documentary exposes what today's city kids are doing, which can be highly dangerous and illegal for an average child. The characters in my book withstand all of this though and do make mistakes, but also make a path for them selves, which some kids in the documentary can be doing now. There is on quote, " it's not like he wanted to get in trouble, it was just so easy to do so". This is a great example of how it would be easier for some kids to get in more trouble rather than foloow a good path. But in some cases like this one, easier is not better

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Summary: This picture is taken at a ghetto in America. The picute shows how beat down the area can get. In ghettos, corners tend to be a hot spot for illegal activites from prositution, to drug deals. 

 

Relation: In my book, drug deals and gang affiliations happened on the corner of certain streets. "He watched as Hock took out the tobacco, put the cocaine in the cigarette and lit it up on the corner." This is just one example of what the boys experienced on some "corners." This corner might have been occupied by activites like that. 

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