An article from L.A. Times written by Megan O'Neil discusses the pros and cons of teaching the book in schools. The author interviewed a teacher who supported high schoolers reading the book and she had only positive things to say about the novel, "Capote’s work is a great fit for the class, because it introduces students to the American judicial system and the death penalty, among other contemporary topics. It is also superbly written and allows students to form their own opinions" (Ciotti). Ms. Ciotti believed the book would benefit her students greatly by introducing them to the controversial topics and letting them give their own opinions. A school board president agreed with Ms. Ciotti and had her own reasons for allowing the novel, “I whole-heartedly support the adoption of this book, not just because it is on the AP list, or because it represents a milestone in literature as the first nonfiction novel.
In the course of his life my grandpa Beto taught a valuable lesson of hard work to everyone around him. He gave an inspiration to move forward no matter the hardships, like the saying that is commonly used today, that he used to say frequently “if life throws you lemons, make lemonade”. For instance, he had a difficult childhood but, not once did our family see my Grandpa angry, or disappointed, instead he always managed to find the positive things in every situation, an example is when his car broke down, he said, “thanks to God I have
Throughout the book we are led to believe that Salva’s parents and siblings had passed away but he never lost hope that they were still alive. In the end, his suffering paid off as his hope and dream of finding his family alive finally came true. Through the story of a young boy who treasured all his blessings in a harsh environment, I learned to value the things I have and to not waste these special
Long ago, racism was very common in the United States. In Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt, Turner Buckminster, and Lizzie Bright have to endure a racist town against Negros. Turner and Lizzie are both hated by the town, nevertheless, Turner's and Lizzie's understanding of racism is completely different. Turner and Lizzie are both hated by the town for certain reasons. For example, when Mr. Stonecrop asked if Turner to sell Mrs. Cobb's house and Turner refused, Mr. Stonecrop says,"You'll regret living in a town where no one wants you."
The book Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario is a nonfiction book based on a real story told throughout 367 pages. The reason why I decided to read this book is that it was highly recommended by one of my former English teachers. I was extremely persuaded to read this book by her but I also personally believed that by reading this book I would gain a new understanding of life by really opening my mind to new experiences that other people go through. This journey begins in Honduras, a country in Central America, then continues into Mexico and finally in the United States where Enrique ends up living for the remaining of the story. The story definitely took place a couple decades ago when Enrique was younger.
One of the first words children learn to say is “daddy.” This is one of the earliest signs that fathers play extremely large and important roles in their children’s lives. Part of the father’s role that can make or break the relationship with his child is the expression of fatherly love. Reuben Land of Peace like a River receives a constant stream of affection from his dad Jeremiah. In fact, the righteous Jeremiah Land is a near-perfect example of pure, fatherly love and even more so an example of God’s love for His children. Jeremiah isn’t just a tender father to Reuben; he treats his other children Swede and Davy with the same passion he shows Reuben.
She felt them go away.” (Bradbury 2). This quote shows the lack of empathy in society with polarization. The boys and Margot are separating and are becoming polarized and unfriendly towards each other. This second quote is from Robert F. Kennedy's speech called, Statement on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. “We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization - black people amongst blacks, and white people amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another. Or we can make an
He felt that his marriage to Praskovya was the “right thing [to do]” and provided him with “personal satisfaction” (747). Like all people who pursue happiness, Ivan fought through several unhappy periods during his life. After the birth of his first child, Praskovya became very jealous. Even so, Ivan was determined to pursue happiness and disregarded his wife’s unpleasantness. He “continued to live in his usual easy and pleasant way” (749).
" I ran away from home. I ran away from St. Louis, and then I ran away from the United States of America, because of that terror of discrimination, that horrible beast which paralyzes one's very soul and body" This quote by Baker Josephine engages the reader's attention about discrimination and shows how this person suffered from it. Josephine Baker tried to escape from her place where she lived in a world that participated discrimination on her and the people there. Many people recent their lives because of his or her skin color due to other people treat these people with colored skins in a negative way. For example, some people enjoy mocking at colored people purposely, or say offensive words toward these colored people because of their
The Perils of Indifference: Jermaine's story Jermaine woke up, took care of his hygiene, ate, and went to work just like any other day. Normal huh? Not this time, this one choice of being indifferent changed his life forever. Jermaine Michaels Jr. woke up to a new day, he was always happy, he always was thankful of the little things in life. His parents were his #1 supporters, supporting him ever since he was born and said he was grateful for them.
Anne Fadiman wrote a successful award-winning book called, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which highlights how the cultural differences between the Hmong culture and American medicine jeopardized the health of a little girl named Lia Lee. The story brings into light the topic of Medical anthropology, which is the study of medical systems, healing practices, and views on health from different cultures. Prior to reading this book, I always was thought of this issue in the immigrant 's perspective; I understood the mistrust that immigrants had in the health field, because they feel that the county is
Arnold works hard to make his friends. He sticks up to himself and doesn’t bully others even though he has been many times. Another time Arnold is kind to his friend is when he is talking about Rowdy, “It makes me think of Rowdy. I missed him so much. I wanted to find him, and hug him and beg him to forgive me for leaving(217).” He and Rowdy have been friends for a long time and that is because Arnold appreciates him.
Her inspiration came from the feelings of writing to an actual experience and thinking of names that are memorable to her. While she told us that reading is a pleasure activity and not for a younger audience to learn from a lesson, she immediately got my attention. The reason was because in most children 's books I have read are all based on lessons, in which it made me stay away from reading because it was so boring. As the session ended, it made me rethink the importance of writing and reading and how different approaches can to lead to