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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 did Ashton-Warner do with the key vocabulary words that were forgotten the next day?

2. How many other books preceded the development of the Maori transitional readers?

3. What was the most powerful word under the "fear" category?

4. What was the most powerful word under the "sex" category?

5. What color crayon did Ashton-Warner use for the key vocabulary?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did the students perform when they did expressive dancing versus when they learned specific moves?

2. What did Ashton-Warner mean by "tone" in the classroom?

3. Why did Ashton-Warner find the European and American early readers two-dimensional?

4. Why did Ashton-Warner believe that standardized reading texts were damaging to children?

5. Why did Ashton-Warner describe children's minds as volcanoes and how did that affect her teaching?

6. Why did Ashton-Warner throw out words that students did not recognize the second time?

7. Why did Ashton-Warner describe the language of published first readers as "dead"?

8. What did Ashton-Warner mean when she referred to a workbook as a "middleman"?

9. What was Ashton-Warner's reaction to the sometimes violent imagery used in the children's stories?

10. Why was the class so noisy while the children studied their individual key words and what did that noise signify?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sylvia-Ashton Warner wrote about her attempts to bring some order to the classroom when the students got out of hand. She eventually realized that the first few bars of Beethoven's Fifth on the piano did the trick. Write an essay exploring how music can be used in the classroom to bring calm during difficult times. What is it about music that speaks to all humans, regardless of ethnic or racial background? How does it provide a form of "quiet control" that is more effective than yelling or making other loud noises to get attention? Why were the Maori children entranced by Western classical music?

Essay Topic 2

The mother of one of Ashton-Warner's students, Mark Cutter, protested that her son was going too fast in the classroom and she wanted him to slow down. This was an unusual complaint among the parents of her students. Was Cutter's mother simply opposed to Ashton-Warner's teaching methods? Or did she sincerely believe that her son was being advanced too quickly? Is it possible for a student to advance too quickly? What does a teacher do if children in his classroom are advancing at different paces? How does a teacher adjust his teaching to ensure that all students are progressing at their own rate without either slowing down or speeding up the overall pace for the entire class?

Essay Topic 3

Ashton-Warner pointed out that although the Maori love words, they frequently speak to one another in one-word sentences that convey detailed meaning. Do you think this tendency is natural to human beings or was it developed over time by the Maori as they lived on a previously-isolated island nation? Do humans develop different language patterns based on their culture? Would it be possible for a non-Maori to develop the skill of interpreting the many nuances of a one-word Maori sentence? How can different speech patterns lead to misunderstandings?

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