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Summary writing workshop I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read by Francine Prose. Introduction Mandatory elements + efficient syntax. e ntitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read w ritten by Francine Prose f irst published in the 1999 September edition of Harper’s

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Summary writing workshopI Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Readby Francine Prose


Introduction Mandatory elements + efficient syntax

  • entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read

  • written by Francine Prose

  • first published in the 1999 September edition of Harper’s

  • is a critique of the required reading in American high schools


FP blames American high school Lit. teachers for lowering the standards because:

  • they lack passion

  • they sacrifice complexity for diversity; they constantly lower ‘’the educational bar’’

  • they make mediocre choices: they do not choose works of merit

  • some of them have stopped teaching Lit. altogether and replaced it by teaching what was already done in civics or ethics classes

  • they have stopped to believe in their students’ capacities; by giving their boring classes, they prevent students from developing their infinite capacities and a deeper understanding of ‘’complexities of human experience’’.


ConclusionThe rhetorical pattern used: from specific examples to a more general conclusion

FP blames these educational methods for their inability to teach students to think, and therefore, for turning all our high school students into McDonald’s employees.


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