Response to essay, "The Lesson".

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The Lesson Gone Known

The best approach in learning about your moral values is on an unpredictable level. In the essay, The Lesson, Miss Moore teaches the kids what they desperately need to know the most. The lesson, in my opinion, is to have a realistic awareness of people in the real world. Whether this group of kids knows it or not they learned something that day, walking the streets with Miss Moore.

The comparison of Miss Moore to the alcoholics that lived on the streets illustrates the "young and foolish" side of the character, Sylvia. After the lessons taught that day, Sylvia may or may not have learned anything, right away. As her life goes on and she grows up, Sylvia will have an altogether different behavior or outlook on what Miss Moore was trying to pass on. There is sort of a responsible way Miss Moore has to teach these children.

In the future these children will feel fortunate to have an instructor like Miss Moore. She will be responsible for the things they will learn while their parents are off having a "good ole time."

A good teacher will get you to think about things at all different views, get you to analyze every aspect. In passages throughout the story, Sylvia expresses her thoughts, which demonstrates to the audience that she is affected by the teachings of Miss Moore. Miss Moore's accomplishment that day was getting her students to think. For instance, the children's thoughts on the expensive toys in the toy store give them an opinion on who would purchase them. The quotation, "White folks crazy," implies that the kids know what kind of people purchase an outrageously expensive toy. This in addition gives the audience the picture of a group of poor, African American minorities...