It can be easily argued that the choices people make in high school essentially shape the human being that they grow up to be. A passion for literature and reading is included in this generalization. In her essay, I Know Why the Cage Bird Cannot Read, Francine Prose writes about how we are supposed to be introduced to major literary works during high school--and, furthermore, learn to evaluate and understand the language used in them and the connections that we make with it--and how this is being inhibited in an alarming number of schools across the United States. If this is truly the case, then we should all be very concerned about the literacy of our nation, because my own high school English education has been a joke at the best of times.
This does not mean that parents have no rights to what happens to their child while they are at school but this allows school to guide student behaviors though discipline. This idea is called in loco parentis (pg. 378). This concept was once more important in schools than it is now but it has brought forth it idea that no matter the student, disabled or not, there needs to be a certain level of responsibility put on all students for their behaviors when they are at school. This would be a great chapter of the book for parents to read because it would help them to understand why the school is doing what it is doing.
An Open Letter to Ninth Graders Patrick Sullivan is a professor at Manchester Community College in Connecticut. He provides high school students this letter named “An Open Letter to Ninth Graders” and he’s a co-editor of What is “College-Level” Writing? Which is a record of the differences between high school writing and college-level writing that he uses for this letter to contribute with tips for high schoolers in order to be more suitable for their change to a higher scholar lever. This is a useful document because it focuses on the skills that students need to be successful in a higher scholar level and that the differences of academic expectations vary. As I’m from Mexico I did my high school in Monterrey and they don’t give the importance to this aspects for college and for some international people like me is tough and the evidence is that this is my second time taking this course because they didn’t teach me how to become a better writer or reader and this paper is really helpful for me because not all students are prepared equally so for this semester I’ll read important and high cognitive books to progress on my English, not only talking or expressing but writing as well.
Reading this will better help them connect their history lessons to real life. That is why I believe this book should be taught alongside history lessons pertaining to that point in time. Having this book read in an English class while learning facts about the Dust Bowl in History class will form connections better than just one or the
The conventions of college writing are very complex and if professors are more helpful and patient with first year students as they learn academic discourse, students will be better prepared for all future academic endeavors and they will have a better opportunity to strengthen and develop their voice. David Bartholomae, author of Inventing the University, is a professor who writes about the struggles that students face with transitioning into college level writing and learning to write with authority in academic discourse, all while maintaining a unique voice. I agree with Bartholomae’s views on the subject and his arguments are very valid because he speaks from the status and
3. Prose makes several key assumptions about the role and impact of reading literary works in high school. What are they? Some of the key assumptions that Prose makes about the role and impact of reading literary works in high school are that our literary taste and our love for reading is developed in high school, not before, not after. Also, that high school reading lists are developed by adults who had to suffer through the same system as the kids before them, thus developing their literary taste in high school and recycling the same books generation after generation.
The Propaganda Machine History can be a source of great national pride or great national shame, but it is something that everyone should be truthfully familiar with. In “Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong”, James Loewen point out that sometimes history can be taught in a way that hides the shame and promotes patriotism. The United States of America has events in its history that some teachers leave out in class, some events that do not paint the United States is a good light. Learning the true history of our past can help our nation prevent making the same mistakes in the future. Many people look to their forefathers for a source of pride.
Taking Responsibility For Education Students rely on a number of things in their pursuit of a higher education; teachers, accredited institutions, and textbooks containing correct information. James Loewen, who wrote Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings up concerns for students stating US History lower-learning textbooks are not equipped with factual information. In Loewen’s text he brings to light some very significant US events he believes are not factual. When we think of studying history we think about learning specific dates, events, or wars that impacted our country. Not many people stop to question if the information they are reading or being taught is factual.
While using and teaching storytelling in the classroom is purported (Simmons, 2001; Gillard, 2012) to be effective at all levels of education, its application in high school is of particular value because it is during this time that many young students are struggling with identity issues, self-worth and concern for their success as adults. (Gillard, 2012; Bones, 2011). According to Gillard (2012) storytelling can provide some very critical answers to these all-important concerns. There is a need to closely examine different aspects of storytelling as it relates to education, to underscore its value, and to attempt to instill a greater interest in exploring its value by more educational professionals Storytelling in the Classroom All people have a need to communicate and share stories. Storytelling is a feature of every country’s culture.
Promoting Literacy and Comprehension The ways of traditional teaching are a thing of the past. In today’s classrooms teachers are working hard to find new and exciting ways to engage the students, promote learning, comprehension and writing. However, even with the stimulating activities and lessons students will continue to ask the same question, “Why do I have to learn this? When will this ever be a part of real life?” Teachers must be prepared to explain to their students exactly how math, reading, science, and history will all be a used outside of a classroom setting and in the real world. For example, teachers should shine light on how studying algebra actually develops stronger problem solving skills and leads students into a deeper level of thinking.