Cause And Effect - 1,025 words
The mission of public schooling is to offer every child full and equal educational opportunity, regardless of the background, education, and income of his/her parent(s). To achieve this goal, no time is as precious or as fleeting as the first years of formal schooling. Research consistently shows that children who get off to a good start in reading rarely stumble. Those who fall behind tend to stay behind for the rest of their academic lives. Good teaching and a good classroom reading program can bring most students up to or near a grade level during the primary grades. But sustaining this accomplishment is difficult when a large percentage of a schools students are failing (Preventing Readi ...
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Phonics In The Classroom - 991 words
Illiteracy is a crucial issue facing this nation. There are too many individuals who cannot read or write. According to the National Adult Literacy Survey, some 40 to 44 million of the 191 million adults in the United States demonstrate the lowest basic literacy skills and approximately 50 million adults have skills on the next higher level of proficiency. What is worse is that the next generation of illiterate adults is currently in classrooms across the nation. According to the latest reading results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) there are a large number of children who are falling through the cracks. Many do not even have a basic understanding of what they read ...
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Ys In The Hands Of An Ego Tripped Boy - 993 words
Little Toys in the Hands of an Ego Tripped god Well, let me introduce myself; my name is Chris Rodgers and as a child I was rather cleaver and many times extremely squirrelly. Because of that my childhood was even more interesting than most childrens. Many of the toys that characterized my essence when I was in the preteen years were the vintage models of the incredible G.I. Joes, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Matchbox Cars, and Cabbage Patch Dolls (and yes I did have names for them). Let me talk to you about these toys in a little detail so you can get an idea of why they characterized my childhood so much. As a child I was extremely ill from birth until around 4th grade. Since I had su ...
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None - 828 words
I chose to do my observation on a small (12 students) elementary ESL class. The students in this class ranged from second grade up to fifth grade and all are fairly fluent in English, but come from homes that use Spanish as the primary language. The day began with a rehearsal of a play this class will be performing for the first graders. This play calls for the children to read, understand, and memorize the parts of such characters as the narrator, a donkey, cat, rooster, robbers, police, dog, and pigs. By doing this they have been exposed to many animals and have done an enormous amount of authentic learning just through their own personal experiences. Each of the twelve children was given ...
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Child Interview - 1,442 words
For this paper, I chose to interview a family that I have known for a few years. We do not know each other well: we are only acquaintences. There are four members of their family. The father's name is Ed, the mother's name is Sue and their two sons are Brian and Bobby. I met them a few years ago because my mom use to watch brian and bobby all the time. My little sister alisen was pretty good friends with bobby and Brian cause when they would come over they would play together. Brian and bobby spend the night sometimes when their parents would go out, and I have gotten to know his family a little by sometimes going out to eat with my mom and them here and there. And since Ed is black and Sue ...
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The Stage Of Life - 614 words
Infant: This is the stage of live that goes from the moment you are born to a certain age, when you start to go to school. During this stage of your life you develop some skills that will play the key part of your life. Like to walk, to talk, to eat, and a lot more things babies learn at home before they go to school. I don not remember most of my life during this stage if I started thinking about the past the deepest I can reach in my memories is the things that I did during my first years in school. Schoolboy: this is a very important stage of life, during this stage you receive the skills to be a great person in the future but most important you receive an education, it doesnt mater to wh ...
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Behavior Of A Growing Adult - 1,351 words
Sassy has been my friend for the past eight years. We met in middle school when she moved to my town. We grew up together and there are a lot of similarities in our lives. Sassy is now a homemaker who lives in New Jersey. Last year she changed roles from being a second grade teacher and wife to become a new mother. Ten years from now she said, "I see myself working in a classroom again. I would love to go back to teaching. I miss teaching so much. I want to have more children and I plan to teach while I'm raising them." She also said, "I hope my life will still be fun and less stressful in years to come." When I asked her about work she was very abrupt with her comments. She was a school tea ...
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The Unheard Writing - 999 words
One day, in the second grade, the teacher told our class to get out their lined paper and pencils. As I made that first fancy loop, following the example on the board, I was wondering what possible situation I was getting into. Later in the year, I learned that cursive writing was time consuming and very difficult to master. In high school, I found out that we had a choice of cursive or printing. I asked myself why we needed cursive? Why are others putting aside this writing that consumed so much time? What are the pros and cons of cursive? This type of writing is established, and I never thought to evaluate its effectiveness or its need until now. One such pro is that cursive an established ...
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Childhood Interupter - 725 words
Oops, someone spilled red paint on the floor. Touch it again, look around and feel the chill in the room. Bullet holes jammed in walls, a little girl with her honey golden hair matted in blood on the floor, and baffled little Johnny holding his toy. He didnt know it was loadedJohnny has had a rough upbringinghe learned it on television. Another two childhoods wasted and gone, both to places unknown. The boy begins his life as a murderer, a crime that will consequently go unpunished. The precious little girl is finished in this world, her time done; hopefully she is off to a better place. Childhood is the most influential and pivotal point in a humans life, it is at the root of all rebellious ...
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Pencil Box - 1,056 words
Nobody liked Jane. As soon as Emily Sweet found that copy of Anne of Green Gablesa three-hundred-page-long book! in Janes faded purple kindergarten backpack, that was it. Any hope Jane had for a normal life, for swing on the swings, for making a life long friend, someone to share secrets and giggles with, someone to teeter totter with, was over, because nobody likes the smart girl. Nobody likes someone who totes a three hundred page long book to read on the bus. That is the jungle gyms unwritten rule. Well, maybe its not totally accurate to say that nobody liked Jane. Thats not an entirely true statement. Teachers liked Jane. Teachers loved Jane, even though Jane thought they had a funny way ...
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Everyday Use - 1,183 words
African textiles and quilting developed in Africa will over 1,000 years ago. When the Africans came over to the United States for the slave trade, many African traditions combined with American traditions. Their combined ideas were passed down from generation to generation, thus preserving many African textiles traditions(Torrey, 517). Afro-American quilts are mad by piecing cut out shapes on a larger fabric called an applique. Afro-American quilts are characterized by strips, bright colors, large designs, multiple patterns, asymmetry, and improvisation All design principles with roots in African textile techniques and cultural traditions.(517). For the Afro-Americans who grew up in the time ...
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Alice Walker Everyday Use - 896 words
This short story first articulates the metaphor of quilting to represent the creative legacy that African Americans have inherited from their maternal ancestors. The central theme of the story concerns the way in which an individual understands his present life in relation to the traditions of his people and culture. Dee tells her mother and Maggie that they do not understand their "heritage," because they plan to put "priceless" heirloom quilts to "everyday use." The story makes clear that Dee is equally confused about the nature of her inheritance both from her immediate family and from the larger black tradition. The matter of Dees name provides a good example of this confusion. Evidently ...
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William Faulkner - 1,002 words
William Cuthbert Falkner was born on September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi. He was the eldest of four brothers from Murry and Maud Butler Falkner (later in his life he restored the "u" to the family name). As a child William always had a strong interest in the arts. He enjoyed painting, writing poetry and other forms of art. During his elementary years William excelled and skipped the second grade (Helmster). However during his early teens he began to waiver and lost interest in school, which then sparked his interest in poetry, and short stories. As a young child Faulkner created a strong bond with a man named Phil Stone. With a common interest in literature, Stone encouraged Faulkn ...
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Everyday Use - 321 words
In Everyday Use the Mother and Maggie are presented as how heritage is passed on from one generation to another through learning and experience. Dee represents a misconception of heritage as material. During her visit, Dee misplaces the value of heritage in her desire for racial heritage. Mama and Maggie represent the connection between generation and heritage that passed between them. They live in a home that is old and out of touch compared to present day. The Mother is a big woman who takes care of the home and land, " I am a large, big-boned woman with rough, man-working hands", and Maggie is the daughter who helps Mama in the yard and around the house. After the second grade the school ...
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Recent Studies Show Bible Is Wrong - 844 words
Recent Study Shows That the Bible Is Wrong The Christian Bible says the words of God and states that God is omnipotent and cannot lie. If you think about that statement you realize that if God is omnipotent then he should have the power to lie. The error could not be corrected by any additions made to the bible throughout the last two centuries. In order to fix that error and other scientific errors, too many changes would have to be made to the Bible. The Bible says that God created Earth in 6 days about 10,000 years ago. Clearly Earth could not have been created in 6 days about 10,000 years ago. If Earth is merely 10,000 years old then how do you explain the dinosaurs that existed millions ...
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Gore Vs Bush On Education - 904 words
Vice-President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush are both running for president, and they both have very strong views on education in the United States. Their positions on education are very different, but they both offer some good plans on reforming education. The main differences are seen in the topics of college, testing of students and the voucher program, teacher qualification, and character and discipline issues. Vice-President Gore and Governor Bush have different plans on how to boost early education and how to hold schools accountable for the success of students, but it is evident that they both feel that these issues need to be addressed firmly. Governor Bush feels that college s ...
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What Are The Differences Between The Indian Religion And Catholicism? - 1,297 words
When the settlers first came to America they were meet by the Indians. Once the settlers were able to make it on there own, they no longer needed Indian help. Then they began to try to change the ways of the Indian. One of the aspects that the settlers spent much time on trying to change of the Indians was there religion. One of the main religions that the Indians were forced to try to convert to was that of Cathoilism. Many attempts were made to change the Indians ways and convert them, but to understand why they were trying to convert them one should know the differences between the religions of that of the Indians and of the Catholics. One of the biggest differences is that of individual ...
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To Kill A Mockingbird: Summary - 4,280 words
Chapter 1: To Kill a Mockingbird begins, "When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow ... When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out" (9). Only after one finishes Mockingbird does the significance of Jem's broken arm become apparent. How did it happen? Harper Lee refers to the subject only one other time at the end of the book, turning her attention inste ...
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William Faulkner - 1,366 words
William Faulkner is viewed by many as America's greatest writer of prose fiction. He was born in New Albany, Mississippi, where he lived a life filled with good times as well as bad. However, despite bad times he would become known as a poet, a short story writer, and finally one of the greatest contemporary novelists of his time. William Faulkner's accomplishments resulted not only from his love and devotion to writing, but also from family, friends, and certain uncontrollable events. William Faulkner's life is an astonishing accomplishment; however, it is crucial to explore his life prior to his fixated writing career (Mack 1794-1798). In 1905, Faulkner entered the first grade at the tende ...
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Moving On - 616 words
Moving boxes make me think about the time my parents just got divorced. It was second grade and just after Christmas. (I guess spending Christmas of '91 together was a kind of gift from my parents to me.) I lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at the time, and it was freezing. Snow blanketed the grounds and the air was crisp. My mom and I were moving out of the apartment that we lived in with my dad. I remember being angry, confused, and hurt. I was mad that my parents were splitting up. Why couldn't they just stick together? Didn't they love each other anymore? I was seven years old and dazed. I couldn't believe that we weren't going to be a family anymore. Like most kids whose parents are divorced, ...
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