Tutor profile: Jessica R.
Ernest Hemingway once commented, "As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary." Do you agree or disagree with Hemingway's position? In one paragraph, support your claim with evidence and reasoning. (Common Core 9th-10th grade: Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.)
I agree with Ernest Hemingway's position that "As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary." As people age and gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, they are often disillusioned to the idea of a "hero" that they once may have seen. For example, young children are often taught in school about how Christopher Columbus was a hero because he discovered America, but as you grow up you learn that not only is that not completely the case, his position in history is also problematic. I also strongly agree, however, that even as it becomes harder to have heroes with age, it is still important. As adults, because it may be more difficult to find role models and inspiration, it means that we have to try harder so that we may continue to be motivated, ambitious, and find value in the people around us. I, myself, have found a growing importance in finding women who I can look up to. As I grow older and more conscious of the gender disparities in our society, I find it more important to turn to strong women who I can identify with and draw inspiration from, such as Michelle Obama or Malala Yousafzai. In conclusion, Ernest Hemingway's seemingly contradictory statement that "As you get older, it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary" reminds me that especially with the experience, disillusionment, and jadedness that comes with age, finding people who we identify with, align with, and can look up to becomes increasingly important.
Subject: Basic Math
Samantha had 54 flowers. She gave 5 to her mom, and then made 7 bouquets with the rest. How many flowers were in each of her bouquets? (Common Core 3rd Grade: OA.8: Solve two-step word problems using the four operations)
Step 1: 54-5 = 49 Step 2: 49 / 7 = 7 Solution: She would have 7 flowers in each of her bouquets
Read the following passage from Chapter 1 of "To Kill a Mockingbird.": "Maycomb was an old town, but it was a tired old town when I first knew it. In rainy weather the streets turned to red slop . . . somehow it was hotter then . . . bony mules hitched to Hoover carts flicked flies in the sweltering shade of the live oaks on the square. Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three-o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum. . . . There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County. But it was a time of vague optimism for some of the people: Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself." What is an inference? What inferences can you draw about Scout's town of Maycomb? Cite at least 2 pieces of evidence to defend your answer. (Common Core 8th Grade: RL.1: Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports the analysis of what a text says both explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text)
An inference is a conclusion that is drawn from a text using your schema and prior knowledge, coupled with evidence from the text. Inferences are not explicitly stated in the text. An inference we can draw from Scout's description of her town of Maycomb is that it is a small, old-fashioned town that is poor and secluded, likely in the country. In the text it describes "men's stiff collars" and "ladies bathed before noon, after their three o'clock naps," which indicate conservative and old-fashioned values and customs. Additionally, the text states that "there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County." The mention of the lack of money tells us that Maycomb is likely not an affluent town, and the fact that there is nowhere to go and nothing to see beyond tells us that it is a secluded town without many nearby attractions. This leads me to infer that it is located in the country, rather than in a city.
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