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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 was the most powerful word under the "fear" category?

2. How long were Ashton-Warner's seven-year-old students able to write?

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

4. What did the junior assistant or a senior pupil sometimes do with the younger students during shared reading?

5. What teacher did Ashton-Warner describe as being on the "high mountain" at the beginning of "Workbook"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the connection Ashton-Warner drew between the infant room and war and peace?

2. How can a teacher tell when a book is valuable to her students, according to Ashton-Warner?

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

4. How did early exposure to white cultural norms adversely affect the Maori?

5. How did modern life in New Zealand make it difficult for people to use their inner resources?

6. In "Workbook," what did Ashton-Warner mean when she said that one cannot plot life?

7. How did the children's writings differ from the standard readers offered in most schools?

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

9. Why were "key words" so essential to learning to read?

10. Why did Ashton-Warner say that the discussions of the children's stories were the "most significant" feature of the class?

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

Many of Ashton-Warner's children used violent imagery in their writings, some of it reflecting their daily family life, some of it made up. In most schools today, that sort of imagery would be a cause for concern. Is it wise to allow students to express themselves in their writing if it is violent? Should teachers and school officials question the content of a student's writing? Why did Ashton-Warner allow her students to write in this way? Were their any advantages to doing so? Could students with emotional problems or bad home environments benefit from having an outlet for their feelings at school? Or do schools have a responsibility to rein in children's violent feelings for the sake of the entire class?

Essay Topic 3

The Maori girls in Ashton-Warner's classroom experienced success on the basketball court. Write an essay discussing the role of sports in academics. How does participation in team sports help students in the classroom? How does it help in other areas of life? How can schools ensure that the benefits of participation in sports are extended to all students, regardless of athletic ability?

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