Thank You Ma Am Analysis

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Middle school students benefit from an environment that is indicative of their personality traits, views, interests, developmental stage, and adolescent minds. Gaining knowledge on understanding the adolescent mind and strategies that have been proven to work cam impact middle grade students in a positive way.

“Thank You Ma’am” by Langston Hughes addresses multiple factors that influence the lives of all people. In reading the work factors such as family life, community, the justice system, cross-generational relationships, social issues, and culture, are all addressed.

The factors can impact students in the following way:

1. Family: Roger mentioned that no one was at his house at 11 o’clock at night. Students can discuss and learn about
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Community: The “It takes a village to raise a child” phenomenon is addressed. Students can discuss how people other than their parents have influenced, guided, or even raised them through adolescence.
3. Justice: Students can draw inferences from the text and answer the question, “In today’s society, do you think Mrs. Jones would have called the cops?” Students can then discuss the difference between the community now and the community in early years.
4. Cross-Generations: In the story, a younger male learns from a wise woman. It signifies the importance of guidance and parental involvement.
5. Social Issues: Students can participate in collaborative discussion about adolescent incarceration, stealing, disrespect towards the elderly, and other social issues they feel are necessary to discuss.
6. Culture: Students are impacted by how well they analyze whether or not the social issues are international or existing only in the United
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Throughout life, I had the advantage of meeting and learning from many people like Mrs. Jones. Mr. Shackleford, who was my mother’s best friend’s husband taught me how to ride a bike, my next door neighbor, who had this dog name Champ, taught me that all dogs weren’t bad; Tony, from the neighborhood recreation center taught be how to swim; Mr. Rowe, who lived across the street from my grandmother, taught me to address elders as ma’am and sir; Ms. Hall who went to my church, taught me how to bake cakes; and Ms. Lucy, who married my step-fathers brother, taught me how to use coupons when shopping. As you see, some of greatest things I learned came from people in the community. Although, I wasn’t a troublesome kid, the community still played a part in changing my

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