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Among Schoolchildren | Study Guide

Tracy Kidder

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Tracy Kidder

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At a Glance

Among Schoolchildren is a journalistic work that provides an intimate look into teacher Chris Zajac's fifth-grade classroom. The narrator Tracy Kidder tells Zajac's story as a teacher and reveals the socioeconomic and racial tensions that exist for the residents and students in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Kidder's observations highlight the difficulties of teaching a student body that's been deeply impacted by immigration, racism, and poverty, yet there is also a silver lining of hope. Kidder demonstrates how a good teacher can make all the difference in the lives of the students.

Perspective and Narrator

Among Schoolchildren is told by a third-person narrator who observes and records the thoughts and actions of teacher Chris Zajac and her students.

About the Title

Among Schoolchildren refers to the topic of Tracy's Kidder's journalistic story that portrays the struggles and triumphs of Chris Zajac's fifth-grade classroom. Kidder spent an entire school year observing Chris Zajac and her students, and Among Schoolchildren tells the story of these observations.


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