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					ESSAY ASSIGNMENT: Growing up with a disabled sibling can be the cause of many hardships and joy for a child. Siblings
often take on the responsibility of caring for a disabled brother or sister. This responsibility can help teach children
many lessons in responsibility and selflessness. However, this responsibility can also feel like a burden and hardship for
many children. Squeaky, the protagonist in “Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara , and Brother, the protagonist in
“The Scarlet Ibis” by James Hurst, both care for a disabled sibling. However, Squeaky and Brother react to the situation
much differently.


Assignment: Compare and contrast “The Scarlet Ibis” and “Raymond’s Run.” Your essay should focus on analyzing
the motivations and reactions of the protagonists as each character cares for a disabled sibling.

Writing Instructions:
Your essay should be 500 words minimum and should include:
- Introduction: strong hook, background information, and a clear thesis
- Body paragraphs: focused paragraphs that support your thesis and include analysis of the texts and
                    direct quotes.
- Conclusion: a paragraph that restates the thesis, sums up the arguments of your essay, and includes a
              universal truth about life as it relates to your essay

Your essay will be graded for content of analysis, organization, focus of ideas, vocabulary, sentence fluency and variety,
and mechanics.

DATE DUE: WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2011

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   Growing up with a sibling with disabilities
can be the cause of many hardships and joys
for a child. Squeaky, the protagonist in
“Raymond’s Run” by Toni Cade Bambara , and
Brother, the protagonist in “The Scarlet Ibis”
by James Hurst, both care for a sibling with
disabilities. However, Squeaky and Brother
react to the situation much differently.
Option 1
Body 1= Squeaky vs Brother (motivations)
Body 2 =Squeaky vs Brother ( reactions to
Raymond’s running and Doodle’s death)
   OR
Option 2
1- Squeaky’s (motivation & reaction to
   Raymond’s running)
2- Brother’s (motivation & reaction to
   Doodle’s death)
Item                    Compare- similarities     Contrast- differences
Apples                  Fruit                     Red, green, yellow
                        Sweet                     Crunchy
                        Full of vitamins
                        Grow on trees
                        Processed to make juice
Orange                  Fruit                     Orange
                        Sweet                     Outer peel
                        Full of vitamins          Not crunchy- softer
                        Grow on trees
                        Processed to make juice
Option 1- compare/contrast both in one ¶
     Apples and oranges are both a nutritious fruit filled with vitamins.
Both grow on trees and have a sweet flavor. Each type of fruit can be
processed to create a liquid juice. Even though apples and oranges are
similar fruits, their appearance is dissimilar. Apples come in a variety of
colors such as red, yellow, and green while oranges only appear in one
color. When bitten into, an apple is crunchy. Oranges, however, must be
peeled in order to find the fruit that is divided into smaller sections.

Option 2- write about one item only in each ¶
     Apples are a nutritious fruit filled with vitamins and nutrients.
Apples grow on trees and come in a variety of colors such as red, yellow,
and green. People can eat this crunchy fruit or it can be found processed
as delicious juice.
     Oranges are a nutritious fruit filled with Vitamin C. Oranges grow on
trees and like its name, only grow in an orange color. This fruit must be
peeled in order to eat its juicy, softer center that are separated in mini
sections. Orange juice is also a popular way to consume this fruit.

				
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