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Unformatted text preview: Allen McDavid Stoddard/Shutterstock A Quilt of a Country Anna Quindlen ANCHOR TEXT | ESSAY The reality is often quite different, a great national striving, consisting 1) frequently of failure. Many of the oft-told stories of the most pluralistic nation on earth are stories not of tolerance, but of bigotry. 1) America, Quindlen says, has a long history of practicing inequality toward minority groups. Americans want to celebrate their unity. But there are still so many who can only see how others are different from them. This is not a new trend. In the past, people from different European countries feared one another. Quindlen grew up in Philadelphia, and she remembers children of different ethnicities walking on different sides of Chester Avenue. I was the product of a mixed marriage, across barely bridgeable lines: an Italian girl, an Irish boy. How quaint it seems now, how incendiary then. Ethnicities may be different now, Quindlen argues, but the conflict is still the same. Why should a nation founded on the idea of inclusion be full of people who are biased toward one another? 2) Other countries with such divisions have in fact divided into new nations with new names, but not this one, impossibly interwoven even in its hostilities. 2) Americans used to have a common enemy, Quindlen states. First, it was other countries the United States fought in the world wars. After that, it was communism until the end of the cold war. Since then, Americans has slowly become more divided. Now, it seems America only come together in times of tragedy. Yet many people are still proud of what America stands for. One of the things that it stands for is this vexing notion that a great nation can consist entirely of refugees from other nations, that people of different, even warring religions and cultures can live, if not side by side, then on either side of the country’s Chester Avenues. GRADE 9 • UNIT 1 • Accessible Leveled Text • A Quilt of a Country 1) The main idea of this paragraph is to express that many Americans want to show how united they are, but even so, many of them only see the NOTES differences they have with other ethnic groups, so this becomes contradictory, and she also says that the United States is like a quilt with a lot of ethnic diversity. 2) The main idea of these two paragraphs is to make us understand that whoever is the result of an Irish father and an Italian mother also expresses that ethnicity has changed over time but the problem remains the same, people are very prejudicial Even other countries with these cultural diversions have divided into new nations with new names, but despite this, Quindlen says that this will never happen in the United States. Although there were many problems between the diversity of cultures, the United States shared the same enemy, but as time went by, people in the United States have been separating until it seems that they only come together in moments of tragedy, even so, there are people who feel proud of United States. © by Savvas Learning Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. In this essay, Anna Quindlen writes about her experience living in the United States. America, she observes, is unlike any country that came before it. This country came into being because so many different people came to live here. She compares the United States to a patchwork quilt made of different materials and colors. The pieces come together to make one whole object. In theory, America is proud of its diversity and believes that everyone should be treated equally. This version of the selection alternates original text with summarized passages. Dotted lines appear next to the summarized passages. 1 3) Quindlen identifies several things that most Americans. One is that Americans have in common love to take on difficult tasks and do their best to succeed. Another is that many Americans understand that immigrants today face the same struggles that our ancestors did. Leonel Castillo was the director of Immigration and Naturalization Services. His grandparents were immigrants from Mexico. He talked about how local neighborhood stores used to be owned by European families. Now, the owners are more likely to be Asian or Middle Eastern. The store owners’ ethnicities may be different, but their situations are similar. Americans can peacefully live with others from different backgrounds because of their sense of patriotism. And when a tragedy such as September 11 strikes, Quindlen says, people see the similarities between themselves and the victims instead of the differences. 3) These are the representatives of a mongrel nation that somehow, at 4) times like this, has one spirit. Like many improbable ideas, when it actually works, it’s a wonder. 4) “A Quilt of a Country” © [2001] by Anna Quindlen. Used by Permission. All rights reserved. 3) The main idea of these paragraphs is to describe the qualities of Americans NOTES she expresses that one of the things that all Americans have in common is the love to take on difficult tasks and to do everything possible to be successful, something else that describes Americans is that many Americans understand that immigrants face the same struggles as our ancestors, the grandparents of the director of Immigration and Naturalization Services were Mexicans, he said that before the owners of the stores were European but now that time has passed the owners of the stores are Asian or Middle Eastern. It also specifies that Americans can live peacefully because of patriotism when a tragedy of the magnitude like that of September 11 occurs, people see the similarities between them, not the differences. © by Savvas Learning Company LLC. All Rights Reserved. The main idea of this short paragraph is to express that in difficult situations such as September 11, all people come together to move the country forward. GRADE 9 • UNIT 1 • Accessible Leveled Text • A Quilt of a Country 2 ...
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