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Christina Bostick O’Neill AP Lang Pd: 7 10 October 2017 1. Teachers face status and racial division in terms of work ethic and the expectations of students based on their background. They also endure the attempt to determine the balance between privileged and underprivileged children in terms of treatment; however, Mrs. Zajac remarks that she considers all students impartial when completing. Teachers also encounter conflicts with providing equal attention to their class as some troublesome students that provide daily annoyances similar to Clarence require more contemplation than others, detracting necessary recognition to other students lacking discipline and proper work ethic such as Claude and Robert. Teachers can treat students equally if they implement specific methods for struggling students, but I think most teachers are susceptible to favoritism even if they intend to conceal their admiration. 2. Descriptive writing in nonfiction involves utilizing figurative language, rhetorical devices, and a plethora of adjectives and adverbs. Besides grammatical description, the author applies tools including imagery, simile, metaphor, allusion, connotation, and understatement. The author presumably employs a variety of devices to influence the text to be more engaging and intriguing to the audience. Examples include “Al was a diminutive colossus” (45), “Jimmy was to schoolwork as Ghandi was to violence” (76), and “Chris… was like the mother duck… leading her chicks safely through the world” (151). All of these instances are more alluring than straightforward diction common to non-fiction because they describe a character trait instead of outwardly stating it, forming a more cohesive representation of their personalities. 3. Although teachers are commonly considered to be employed by principals within their respective school board, the author states that teachers “are the hirelings of communities,” insinuating that teachers are ultimately hired by and adhere to the regulations of their environment (49). Teachers are also governed by the curriculum plan of each subject within their grade level. While modern-day teachers are allowed to determine their prefered grade and area of academia for a certain amount of years, they can sometimes be powerless in detaining the overall behavior of problematic students that they teach, forcing them to comply to the mentality of their classroom. This relates to how Clarence would frequently act obscene and troublesome particularly in the absence of Mrs. Zajac such as when Miss Hunt was teaching. Teachers have not always possessed freedom of choice as in the 1930s, teachers in southern communities were forced to
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