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Unformatted text preview: Lauren Furlong October 3, 2007 EDFD 221 DBQ #1 Page 45-Going to School Going to school is a document written in “The American Pictorial Primer.” The type of document is a curricular guide which is a guide designed to help teachers or in this case parents in developing a teaching plan for their children. This particular document has a picture of a mother getting her son and daughter ready for school. This picture is located above the wording. Also, the wording of this document is typed. “Going to School” was originally published in 1845. No author or illustrator acknowledged for this document but George F. Cooledge & Brother were the publishers of the book. This document was written as the first book for children. It was designed so mothers or fathers can teach their children at home. Mostly it was for children to enjoy the stories and learn. The whole document basically displays two good children who love to go to school. Within every sentence there is evidence that shows how the kids leave everything else they were doing to go to school. This stood out to me the most and I couldn’t just pick two to that were important because the whole document shows importance in some way. “When it is time to go, they leave their play, and run to their mother to be made read-y.” As I stated before this shows importance because it makes children be eager about school and want to learn. “Going to School” is a very short document that was written for the pleasure of children and for them to be excited and want to go to school. In the document, “Going to School,” the author states “Frank is a good boy. He loves to go to school. So does his sis- ter Ma-ry.” These few sentences make children think that if they love to go to school and learn new things that therefore they are in fact good children. If they wanted to be good children they would have to love to go to school. Through the document of “Going to School” from the American Pictorial Primer you can try to see what life in the United States in 1845 was like. “Dear mother, haste, when you have done, Brother and I to school will run.” The way the daughter says how she and her brother would run to school shows you that children in 1845 saw school as a number one priority which is still the same today. Well, in some people’s cases. Also, as Mary’s mother was getting her brother ready she patiently waited with her book already in her hand, “Frank came first to-day, and Ma-ry is wait-ing, with her book in her hand.” This quote shows that Mary, even as a young child, is very eager to get to school and be ready to learn new things. “Going to School” leaves some questions unanswered. The one question I was wondering about was were all the families in 1845 like this one? Was the father not in the picture because he was at work and it was up to the mother to teach and help the children get ready for school? All in all, I was intrigued by if the father was involved in the children’s schooling. Page 53 – “Harry Careless”...
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