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Nothing But The Truth Final Assesment

English class - Due 1/4/13
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Cameron Woods

on 7 January 2013

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Transcript of Nothing But The Truth Final Assesment

By: Avi Nothing But The Truth Final Assessment Character Motives: Why do the
characters
do what they do? Philip Philip has a "disliking" of Miss. Narwin even before he's put into her homeroom. On page 18. Phil writes in his diary, "now I'm going to get Narwin for homeroom teacher too. Not me!" On page 24, Phil says to Coach Jamison "I think it's a personal thing with her. It really is. She has it in for me." Basically saying that they don't see eye to eye and he thinks she actually doesn't like him even as a person. Then he asks Coach "I shouldn't be in her class. Could you get me switched [out]?" On page 28, Phil tells his dad why he thinks he's getting bad grades in English, "It's the teacher, Narwin...she has in for me", again showing he thinks it's her fault and not his. He says all of these things before he hums the national anthem in her homeroom and gets kicked out. Miss. Narwin On page 35, Phil hums the national anthem in Miss.
Narwin's homeroom when the song is played over the
intercom. She asks who is humming and says "You heard Dr. Doane request silence", then when she asks Phil if it's him he says "just humming" and she asks to "please stop it write now". On page 49 and 50, Phil hums again and she says "please, stop singing", then when he keeps humming, "stop this insolence", he keeps doing it, "Philip, leave this room instantly. Report to Dr. Palleni's office. Now!" On page 59 and 60, "I want you to stop it immediately. Your actions are...disrespectful", says Miss. Narwin, "its you who is being disrespectful", Phil yells back, "leave this room immediately", she tells him. She told Phil to stop and kicked him out because she believes the memo Dr. Doane says over the intercom is a rule. The memo, on page 1, says "please all rise and stand at respectful, silent attention". Phil doesn't follow the memo and instead hums, not being respectful to the song by doing this, or Miss. Narwin for reasons I've already
mentioned. All she is doing is following what she
thinks is the rule and sending him to Dr. Palleni
who is the Assisstant principal and
in charge of discipline. What is the moral? Is there only one? How does the "truth" affect the lives of the two main characters? In society, what would be the consequence of this story if it really happened? There is one main
moral to the story that
the author really wants everyone
who reads the book to hear its message and
meaning. That moral is that one small lie or
changing of the truth can really have an affect on
one small problem your having in your life, to it making
national news and affecting many peoples lives. On page 80,
Phil's dad asked "how can you have a rule against singing 'The Star-
Spangled Banner'", and Phil said "Ask Narwin", implying that Miss. Narwin created a rule against singing the national anthem and that she "threw me out of class", in Phil's words, for doing it. Mr. Malloy after hearing this then went over to Mr. Griffen's house because "he should be interested" and told him what happened from the information he got from Phil. The reporter wrote an article of it and then, well, you know the rest. From that little change in the story Phil told of what happened and why he got suspended,
it had a result or effect that affected many people in many different
ways. This message was the main moral to the story and it had many examples from the one I just mentioned about saying Miss. Narwin suspended him for her rule on singing the national anthem, to
him "being patriotic" by singing along when he didn't
"know the words", and to Dr. Palleni suspending Phil for
"disturbing a class" when in the article he
"was suspended for singing
'The Star-Spangeled Banner'". The "truth" affects the two
main characters a lot. Phil, on page 152,
is called "Uncle Sam", asked if he's "going to have a
press conference" and "what's it like to be famous", and
all of classmates are teasing or mocking him in all the
hallways and he doesn't like it. He feels like everyone at school
doesn't like him as a friend or even a classmate anymore. That night
when he goes home and stays in his room, his dad asks "what happened
in school" and he just answers "nothing", and Mr. Malloy says "dinner will be ready" and Phil says he is "not hungry" on page 165, meaning he doesn't want to talk about it or even try to explain the emotions he is feeling from being the victim of the teasing. This embarrassment leads him to transfer to Washington Academy where they don't even have a track team, which shows he justs want to get away from his old classmates and the past that haunts him in his mind. Miss. Narwin also is affected in a few ways but are still important in her life. The school is getting many telegrams saying things like "people like you... cause the problems", "[you] don't believe in patriotism", "dismayed and horrified", and "hate people like you". Dr. Doane says "the superintendent wants you to take the rest of
the term off" to her, but all that does is take her away from "teaching them", the students, "the literture I love". She goes to the airport
and decides if she should go be with her sister and resign or
stay and be away from doing what she loves but might be
able to later continue teaching. If this
were to happen
in the present days, it would
act itself out very similar to the
way it happened in the book. The media would blow up and every news station on TV would cover it and it would be a big news headline in newspapers and magazines. Talk radios would talk about it and discuss and debate the news article. The incident wouldn't just spread by word of
mouth, but would be
publicized all over
the media. Another moral in the
story is to take responsibility
for your actions you did and didn't do.
If Philip had just taken responsibility for
his English grade and worked harder by
reading The Call of the Wild and studied and took the exam seriously he might have gotten a better grade and made the track team, but he made excuses and put the blame on Miss. Narwin and didn't take responsibility for his actions. He said "its a personal thing with
her", but she actually thought of him
as "intelligent" and "real potentail",
saying this in a letter she wrote
to her sister on page 5. Singing and humming are two different things when it comes to the lyrics of this song...
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