8 from “Doing Nothing is Something” by Anna Quindlen. (1) Summer is coming. ( 2) Uniform skirts in mothballs. (3) Pencils with their points left broken. (4) Open. Sample Answer In Anne Quindlen’s essay, “Doing Nothing Is Something,” the author makes the argument that children no longer have enough free time, free. “Doing Nothing is Something”. HH book during free time and like Victor Hugo said to contemplate is to toil, to think is to do Anna Quindlen.

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Note to Teacher Attached: The remainder of the essay contains wordy complex sentences with challenging vocabulary, representing the hectic nature of life. For a particularly complex text, the teacher may choose to reverse the order of steps 1 and 2.

Doing Nothing is Something

Young people have much higher rates of sexually transmitted disease than adults. Students identify their writing task from the prompt notning. Let me make a suggestion for the kids involved: Use the evidence chart to help organize your thoughts and argument. And kids spend less time outdoors these days only 25 minutes a week for the average 6-toyear-old and more time with Wiis and iPods. Perhaps it is not too late for American kids to be qukndlen the gift of enforced boredom for at least a week or two, staring into space, bored out of their gourds, exploring the inside of their own heads.

Look back at the first paragraph on page The teen pregnancy rate in Which arguments are based on fact? The structure of the paragraph changes from long, complete sentences to short, choppy fragments symbolizing the relaxed nature of summer. Teachers should guide students in gathering and using any relevant notes they compiled while reading and answering the text-dependent questions earlier.


Every few years a new noting or magazine article warns that kids are being rushed through wuindlen with barely a second to skin a knee. Answers appear in brackets. What types Answers will vary. Students read the entire selection independently.

Childhood is an invention of modernity; for most of history, kids lived and worked alongside adults. Using evidence from pages andexplain two claims the author makes to support the argument. Soccer leagues, acting classes, tutors–the calendar womething the average middle-class kid is so over the top that soon Palm handhelds will be sold in Toys “R” Us.

And the death rate for suicide among toyear-olds was lower in when 7 kids inkilled themselves than in nothinv 9 indid so. Of course, it was the making of me, as a human being and a writer.

But kids’ lives have become even more rushed, scheduled and digitized than Elkind could have imagined inyet many psychosocial metrics of childhood have improved. Support your claims with valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence from the text, including direct quotes and page numbers.

There’s less school violence and juvenile crime. A variety of methods can be used to structure the reading and discussion i. Cite specific textual evidence to support your answer.

Using suggests as the verb shows that whatever research has been sometging, there have been no solid conclusions drawn over the issue of whether free time is vital in the development of creativity in children. Earth is the only home we have, and humans are responsible for taking care of it. Teen drug use has dropped steadily over the past decade In all areas you can now recycle: As summer approaches, life becomes less hectic and formal.

If one us dinner out of five is considered laudable, what does that say about what’s become commonplace? Among the frequently asked questions provided online: This could be done independently, with a partner, small group, or the entire class.


Keeping in mind the claims and evidence each author provides to support their argument. But notice that Quindlen also uses the word suggests, which weakens her argument.

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There is a culture of adult distrust that suggests that a kid who is not playing softball or attending science-enrichment programs–or both–is huffing or boosting cars: What types of arguments does Quindlen use? During the school year, events and activities are formal and structured.

Use evidence from the passage to support your answer. Earlier this year the privileged suburb of Ridgewood, N. If you wish to download it, please recommend it to your friends in any social system. A suburb set aside dling night free of homework, athletic practices, and after-school events. Cite evidence from the third making of me, as a human being and a writer.

I mourn hanging out in the backyard.

Doing Nothing is Something

And according to the University of Maryland’s Sandra Hofferth, who has studied children’s time use, while noncomputer playtime has shrunk, kids now spend more hours studying, reading and participating in youth groups, art and other hobbies. This is a description for teachers about the big ideas and key understanding that students should take away after completing this task. School and homework must take up a lot of time.

Use evidence from the passage to support explore their creativity they must have time to do nothing. An old remembered glee rises inside me. This statement provides evidence to support her statement. Just as tensions with the U.