Research Process for the Patriot's Pen Essay
Mrs. Johnson's Mini-Lesson on the Research Process using Online Databases
SAMPLE ESSAY for the Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest
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Word Count 393
Word Count 393
Freedom is a beautiful word. I am glad I live in America and that I am an American citizen. Freedom is a gift that I have that so many paid a price for, yet it contains the word free. Freedom has three very special meanings to me. Because of freedom, I can worship God, make my own decisions, and attend school.
First, freedom means being able to worship God. In 1941, many years before I was born, President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a famous “Four Freedom” speech. His second of the four was “freedom of every person to worship God in his own way - everywhere in the world.” And years later in 1988, President Ronald W. Reagan gave a speech and talked about the things that make America special. Those things were “freedom of worship, freedom of hope and opportunity, and the pursuit of happiness.” My God may not be your god. I have the freedom to worship my God in my own way and you have the freedom to worship your god in your own way.
Second, I can make my own decisions. Even though I live with my parents and they have authority over me, I know when I am independent I will be able to make my own decisions. I long for the day to decide what I will eat, where I will live, and who I will marry. In some countries, marriages are arranged by the parents. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my parents. But I do not want them deciding who I am going to spend the rest of my life with.
Now, thirdly, another freedom is the ability to attend school. School may not seem important to others but it is to me. A lot of people in some countries don’t have the option or ability to go to school. Even in the United States, some people didn’t get to finish school. My grandfather once told me that he only went to the 8th grade because he was drafted into the Vietnam War.
In closing, being able to worship God, make my own decisions, and attend school are the three special meanings of the word freedom. I must respect others individual rights and freedoms; after all, America is the land of the free and the home of the brave.