In the course of a few decades, I became separated from my copy of “Up the Down Staircase,” Bel Kaufman’s classic novel about a New York. Unit 5 Up The Down Staircase Солодокова Анастасия ИЯ АМБ The text under analysis is called “Up The Down Staircase” and written by an American. Bel Kaufman, a former New York City schoolteacher whose classic first novel, “ Up the Down Staircase” — shot through with despair and.

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I greeted him with a feeble joke: He takes her aside and tells her about all the grammatical errors she’d made in her note. Her experiences there were the inspiration for Up the Down Staircase. An older colleague tells her, walk through the halls, listen at the classroom doors.

I recognize entirely dodn much of the jargon.

Paperbackpages. I learned that white people back in the sixties don’t talk about racism much less the complexities of race.

Plus, Sylvia, the protagonist has her students just about entirely in love with her, and rarely makes any rookie mistakes, short of the ones that only happen because she had the “student’s best interest” at heart.

May 02, Diane Barnes rated it really liked it. Anyway, it was interesting, hilarious and very sad in parts as well. Stuck in the college library for two hours with no computers available. They need to know doown cares. She said that her experience was that people didn’t mention the tension and severe discrimination of the times staigcase that she didn’t remember people talking like Julie Andrews.

Aug 29, rivka rated it really liked it Recommends it for: September Learn how and when to remove this template message. Jun 20, Brenda Osborne rated it it was amazing. Well, the problem discussed in the extract lies in contradictions between teaching in theory and in practice.

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Quotes from Up the Down Stair It was still a very entertaining and enlightening novel, though no doubt some of the same battles are still being fought in the public schools to this day.


Heard on Weekend Edition Saturday. So Bel Kauffman wrote a book that taught the world. When Bel Kaufman published Up the Down Staircase on January 27,she was already a published writer, whose short stories had appeared in magazines like Esquire and The Saturday Review. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

This is one of those rare cases in which I liked the movie better than the book. Discover Education Programs Join our growing community of educators. There is even a point where Barrett is being swamped by correspondence and we hear nothing back from her, and in this we can feel the degree to which she is overwhelmed.

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The boy is accused of cheating. Her family moved to Odessa when she was three, and Russian is her native la Bel Kaufman b. Jul 31, Sterlingcindysu added it. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The composition of the text is direct as it is the letter form, so the main characters at first answers the questions from the addresser of the letter and only then tells the story of her staircasf.

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Though it was a fantastic, thoughtful and relatable read, I would take off a star if I were in a less generous mood for the endless reel of paperwork we read through as readers – almost all of it worthwhile, and certainly gives you a feel, but still got monotonous I mean, I do this for a living, spare me.

I found it charming and sweet and unrealistic while being all too realistic. For the film based on this novel, see Up the Down Staircase film. The reader gets to see events unfold and responses by way of different documents. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Written inthis fictional story of a teacher in an inner-city public high school struggles with the administration, the other teachers, the students — just throw in some cell phones and it feels like it could take place in present day.


The events described in the fragment take place in some kind of public school, as we can see, but what school it is not mentioned, so we realize that this problem, underlined in the text can happen to anyone and anywhere. The JWA Podcast listen now. She is currently and recently wrote a forward to the kindle version of her book. I also asked if everyone spoke like Julie Andrews.

For the Porcupine Tree album, see Up the Downstair. Sylvia tries to resist the methods of teaching which have been imposed on her by other teachers and supervisors. I also recognize the lesson she learned that I have to relearn: Our heroine,the fictitious Miss Barrett, deals with bureaucracy, over-loaded classrooms, apathetic parents, discipline problems, deteriorating schools and lack of needed supplies.

Mar 06, Jessica rated it it was amazing.

Up the Down Staircase

At that point, I’d been a teacher for three years, now it’s five, and in ten years, I’ll be able to say i’m a third of the way through my career and forty years into life. An Historical Encyclopediapp. As in real life, this good teacher managed to connect to a few of these students, and tragically lost others. I suggest just Good and Bad at the end of the term on report cards.

I also adore books told completely through notes, letters, memos, and such, which makes it perfect. Ok, yes, I’m a sucker for all things kautman, and especially English teacher, but this book truly is outstanding.