The story draws on Vallejo's own life experience; for some months, Vallejo had tutored the son of a land owner in the Sierra de Pasco. Grieve, a railway manager and the town's mayor, has a son, Humberto, who is the same age as Paco. The story begins with their first school day. Humberto however behaves like a nasty bully, and the teacher lets him get away with it, because of the standing Humberto's father has in the community.
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RSS Feed. I'm rather proud of myself, for this weekend I read two pieces of literature electively that won't earn me credit for class. There was a time in my life that I enjoyed reading. And then I arrived to college. Ha ha? I remembered a piece that I read a few years ago and dug it up and out from the library's entrails.
See full text here. It tells the tale of a young, poor, country boy's first day at school. He's overwhelmed by the sounds, the rambunctious recesses and all the new energy that surrounds him. Despite being academically sharp, Paco finds it difficult to assert himself. After all, his classmate, Humberto Grieve, is also his master and lord and has long established a tradition of subjugating and punishing Paco, whether or not Humberto is provoked to do so. The story is also a good tool for brushing up on one's Spanish.
The text is accessible and not very grammatically demanding. If you like this story about a child exploring the power dynamics of a classroom, explore Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros ' " Once " as well. Another good read about children and learning outside of the classroom is The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara. Author My name is Katrina Spencer.
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RSS Feed. I'm rather proud of myself, for this weekend I read two pieces of literature electively that won't earn me credit for class. There was a time in my life that I enjoyed reading. And then I arrived to college. Ha ha?
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