Educating Esme: Diary of a Teacher's First Year - Part I: Pages 45 through 71 Summary & Analysis

Esmé Raji Codell
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October 21: Codell gets a complaint from a student named Asha's mother, about Codell's suggestion that all students should buy a dictionary. Asha's father is in prison and the family is very poor. Asha gets a new dictionary donated, and Codell sees that Asha is proud of her possession.

October 25: Esther is "putting voodoo spells on people." Codell calls a conference with her father (who needs a translator). The translator assures Codell Esther will no longer cast spells. Codell is pleased with Esther's progress, and admits Esther is her "secret favorite."

October 29: Codell has organized an after-school club focused on the "Addy" series of historical fiction books. Frankly, she's getting a little tired of Addy from all the related activity.

November 1: Codell describes recent Halloween-related activities. The class reads The Bat-Poet and studied bats. They have a scary story contest and a mummy wrapping race. Codell plays her own trick by...

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