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. Who provides Codell with an explanation as to why her substitute got stabbed in the back with a pencil?

2. What does Codell use the Thinking Cap for?

3. Which student actually stabbed the substitute teacher in the back with a pencil?

4. What does Codell call the subject of Math?

5. What is Codell's opinion of teaching about Anne Frank and concentration camps?

Short Essay Questions

1. At the beginning of Part I, what does fifth-grader Melanie warn incoming students about the fifth grade?

2. What does Codell think of the numerous speeches at the graduation?

3. Describe Codell's experience with the teachers union representative.

4. Why does Jim Trelease in the Afterword bring up a governor and a chairman of the State Board of Education?

5. What embarrassing exchange over pronunciation happens in Part I's meeting over Codell's Fairy Tale Festival proposal?

6. What award does Codell win early in Part III, and why is it important to her?

7. What is Codell's approach to teaching about the Holocaust and Nazis?

8. What is The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes about, as described in a September 27 entry?

9. Describe Ismene, including her appearance and personality.

10. Why does Codell resent the "educational chiropractor" brought in by Mr. Turner?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The class has a moment of unity when they read The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.

1)Describe the plot of The Hundred Dresses.

2)Why do you think the story caused Ashworth to reveal the fact of his missing finger to the class?

3)What larger comment does this incident make about the power of learning and of reading?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What does the Miss Clark incident as well as the stabbing of the substitute teacher incident reveal about the right and wrong way to behave as a teacher? How do these incidents validate Codell's own philosophy about how to behave in front of one's students?

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