Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Esmé Raji Codell
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Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Codell offers several criticisms of the educational bureaucracy. Describe these criticisms in the context of the following:

1)The Michael Jordan Foundation

2)The Educational "Chiropractor"

3)The approval process for the Fairy Tale Festival

Essay Topic 2

EDUCATING ESME is written as a series of journal entries. What effect does this format have on the narrative? What are its advantages and possible disadvantages?

Essay Topic 3

Codell frequently demonstrates creativity and ingenuity in dealing with problematic children. Describe how Codell deals with the following students and situations:

1)Billy Williams and his constant bad attitude

2)Melanie and her desire to steal

3)B. B. and his frequent behavior issues

Essay Topic 4

Describe the tone of EDUCATING ESME. What does Codell wish for readers to take away from her journal? How is any discussion of tone complicated by the fact that, presumably, Codell was writing a private journal and did not expect her...

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