Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Esmé Raji Codell
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of music do the Slick Boys use in their assembly presentation?

2. What does Codell tell Mr. Turner about why he did not receive her classroom's inaugural newsletter?

3. Who is the author of the book King Matt the First, which is chosen by Codell for read-aloud time?

4. On December 14th, older children steal which of Codell's classroom accessories?

5. How does Melanie react to the birthday party Codell throws for her on January 8th?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Codell's opinion of the teaching education she received?

2. How does Codell build up suspense in her class for the introduction of the "time machine"?

3. Why do the students stab the substitute teacher in the back with a pencil on February 1?

4. What does Codell's class do to learn about Native Americans?

5. Describe Ismene, including her appearance and personality.

6. What changes does Ms. Coil suggest in a January 18 entry, and what does Codell think of these suggestions?

7. What is Codell's rationale for insisting her students call her Madame Esme?

8. What February 15 incident nearly results in Codell quitting the school?

9. How does Ms. Federman convince Codell to remain a teacher at the school on February 15?

10. What reasons does Trelease give in the Afterword for his contention that Educating Esme is "terribly relevant"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Codell uses innovative (and sometimes controversial) teaching techniques for her lessons.

1)Choose three instances of Codell using an unconventional teaching technique.

2)Argue why these teaching techniques might be effective in getting the students to learn the material.

3)Take the other side, and argue why these teaching techniques may not be effective.

Essay Topic 2

Codell must frequently deal with misbehaving students.

1)What is Codell's attitude about bad behavior? Should a teacher consider the student's home situation when disciplining the child?

2)What is a principal's role in addressing and correcting bad behavior?

3)Why does Codell disagree with the corrective behavior administered by the parents of B. B. and Twanette, for two examples?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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