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  1. The Descriptive Research Essay

  2. RobertoClemente

  3. Brainstorm Roberto Clemente Walker was Born August 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico Died in a plane crash delivering aid To earthquake victims in Nicaragua on December 31, 1972 Played 18 seasons of Major League Baseball for Pittsburgh Right Fielder Elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 Experienced racial tension throughout career 3,000th hit in 1972 Held baseball clinics for children And low income families NL All-Star 15 times Numerous financial donations 12 Gold Glove Awards Known for his fierce ethnic pride Led NL in batting Average 4 times First Latin American elected to the Hall of Fame Charity work in Latin American and Puerto Rico Married Vera Zabala in 1964 What information do you think we should keep?

  4. The First Paragraph • General Information Who are you writing about? - when was this person born? - where was he/she from? - why is this person famous? - what are some of this person’s achievements? - How did this person die? Basically, you have to summarize this person’s life. It is sort of like a timeline. You need to find what makes this person unique or successful and condense it all down into one descriptive paragraph.

  5. First Paragraph Outline: Roberto Clemente • You should cover the wh- questions in your 1st paragraph. 1. WHO? Roberto Clemente was a famous baseball player and humanitarian. 2. WHAT? He played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. 3. WHEN? He was born August 18th, 1934. 4. WHERE? He was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. 5. WHY? He was famous for being a baseball star. He was known for overcoming the difficulties of racial tension. He was known for his charity work. 6. HOW? Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972. Remember to combine sentences when necessary!

  6. First Paragraph: Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente was a famous baseball player and humanitarian. He was born August 18th, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Roberto’s accomplishments came on and off the field. While being a star baseball player, he had to overcome the difficulties of racial tension and in doing so, was an inspiration for all Latin Americans. He was a man who always wanted to help people in need in any way that he could. Roberto Clemente died in a plane crash in 1972 while delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

  7. The Second Paragraph Two Interesting Facts In the second paragraph of your essay, you will have to provide two interesting facts or pieces of information about your person in detail. • -This information should help the reader understand the person’s • characterand personality. • You should be able to provide detailed information in this paragraph. • The information in this paragraph must have some connection with • why your person is famous. • (bad example: John Denver was famous for cutting his bed in half.)

  8. 2nd Paragraph Outline: Roberto Clemente • Look back at your brainstorm and choose the two pieces of information that you want to talk about. • 1. Racial Tension What? Roberto Clemente experienced racial tension. Who? Racial Tension came from local media and from his teammates. Example Some newspapers called him a “Puerto Rican Hot Dog.” How? Roberto continued to stay positive. Example He was noted saying that he didn’t believe in color. 2. Tragic Death What? There was a massive earthquake in Nicaragua. What? Roberto sent three planes of first aid, but they never arrived. What? Roberto decided to personally take a 4th plane. What? The plane crashed shortly after take off. There is no specific outline format for the second paragraph, but You should always give supporting details, examples, and remember To make sure the events are listed in the order in which they occur.

  9. 2nd Paragraph: Clemente At the beginning of Roberto’s career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had experienced lots of racial tension coming from his teammates and from local media. Some newspapers called him a “Puerto Rican Hot Dog,” and others would even make fun of how he talked. Even with all the negativity surrounding him everyday, he continued to stay positive and on many different occasions was noted saying that he didn’t believe in color. Roberto wanted to be remembered as a player who gave all he had to give in every aspect of his life. When a massive earthquake hit Nicaragua, Clemente immediately gathered aid packages and sent three planes to deliver the relief to the people. The packages never arrived! They were stolen by corrupt government officials. Clemente decided to personally deliver a fourth relief flight. The plane crashed immediately after take off and Clemente’s body was never recovered.

  10. The Third Paragraph Personal or Social Impact In the third paragraph of your essay, you will need to write about the impact this person has had on you personally or on society. Have there been any changes made in society because of this person? Has this person had any influence on you personally? How has this person been memorialized in society.

  11. 3rd Paragraph Outline: Roberto Clemente • Decide what types of impacts would be best to include in your paragraph. It is a good idea to incorporate both. • Social Impact Inspiration for all Latin Americans and Puerto Ricans Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame within one year of his death. MLB presents the Roberto Clemente award every year for humanitarian work. Many schools, parks, stadiums, buildings and streets are named after him. Personal Impact My hero since I was a small boy.

  12. 3rd Paragraph: Clemente Roberto Clemente has been an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world, especially in Latin America and Puerto Rico. He has been honored for his contributions on the baseball field as well as for his humanitarian efforts. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame one year after his death, which was the earliest for any player in baseball history. Every year, Major League Baseball honors an individual player with the Roberto Clemente Award. This award recognizes those who have followed in Clemente’s footsteps as a humanitarian. Throughout the world, countless schools, stadiums, parks, buildings and streets are named after him. Clemente has and always will be considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and has been my hero since I was ten years old.

  13. Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente was a famous baseball player and humanitarian. He wasborn August 18th, 1934 in Carolina,Puerto Rico. He played 18 seasons inMajor League Baseballfor the Pittsburgh Pirates. Roberto’s accomplishments cameon and off the field. While being a star baseball player, he had to overcome the difficulties of racial tension and in doing so, was an inspiration for all Latin Americans. He wasa man who always wanted to help people in need in any way that he could. RobertoClemente died in a plane crashin 1972 while delivering aid to earthquake victims inNicaragua. At the beginning of Roberto’s career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he had experienced lots of racial tension coming from his teammates and from local media. Some newspapers called him a “Puerto Rican Hot Dog,” and others would even make fun of how he talked. Even with all the negativity surrounding him everyday, he continued to stay positive and on many different occasions was noted saying that he didn’t believe in color. Roberto wanted to be remembered as a player who gave all he had to give in every aspect of his life. When a massive earthquake hit Nicaragua, Clemente immediately gathered aid packages and sent three planes to deliver the relief to the people. The packages never arrived! They were stolen by corrupt government officials. Clemente decided to personally deliver a fourth relief flight. The plane crashed immediately after take off and Clemente’s body was never recovered. Roberto Clemente has been an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world, especially in Latin America and Puerto Rico. He has been honored for his contributions on the baseball field as well as for his humanitarian efforts. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame one year after his death, which was the earliest for any player in baseball history. Every year, Major League Baseball honors an individual player with the Roberto Clemente Award. This award recognizes those who have followed in Clemente’s footsteps as a humanitarian. Throughout the world, countless schools, stadiums, parks, buildings and streets are named after him. Clemente has and always will be considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and has been my hero since I was ten years old.

  14. Works Cited http://www.robertoclemente.si.edu/ Smithsonian Institute Travelling Exhibition Service http://www.wikipedia.com