Education

Sample Altered Passages

June 12, 2002 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Here is a sample of entries, with their alterations, that have appeared on the New York regents’ English examination. Deleted or altered text is in bold.

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird:

“Whoa-they’re not getting married after all! She’s gay! And you had no idea!.”

B.B. King’s autobiography, Blues All Around Me:

“As a child, I stuttered. What was inside couldn’t get out. I’m still not real fluent. I don’t know a lot of good words. If I were wrongfully accused of a crime, I’d have a tough time explaining my innocence. I’d stammer and stumble and choke up until the judge would throw me in jail. Words aren’t my friends. Music is. Sounds, notes, rhythms. I talk through music.”

Frank Conroy’s memoir, Stop-Time:

Original: “‘Let’s go swimming. I know a rock pit back in the woods. It’s got an island in the middle.’'Okay. I’ll have to get my bathing suit.’'Hell, you don’t need a suit. There’s nobody around.’”

Regents: “‘Heck, you don’t need a suit. There’s nobody around.’”

Ernesto Galarza’s memoir, Barrio Boy:

Original: “Almost tiptoeing across the office, I maneuvered myself to keep my mother between me and the gringo lady.”

Regents: “Almost tiptoeing across the office, I maneuvered myself to keep my mother between me and the American lady.”

Elie Wiesel’s essay “What Really Makes Us Free":

“Man, who was created in God’s image, wants to be free as God is free: free to choose between good and evil, love and vengeance, life and death.”

Margaret A. Whitney’s essay “Playing to Win":

Original: “I tried too hard today, she says. I feel like I’m going to puke.”

Regents: “I tried too hard today, she says. I feel sick.”

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
IT Management Webinar
Build a Digitally Responsive Educational Organization for Effective Digital-Age Learning
Chart a guided pathway to digital agility and build support for your organization’s mission and vision through dialogue and collaboration.
Content provided by Bluum
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Data Webinar
Drive Instruction With Mastery-Based Assessment
Deliver the right data at the right time—in the right format—and empower better decisions.
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Profession Webinar
How Does Educator Well-Being Impact Social-Emotional Awareness in Schools?
Explore how adult well-being is key to promoting healthy social-emotional behaviors for students. Get strategies to reduce teacher stress.
Content provided by International Baccalaureate

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated: April 27, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
9 min read
Education Briefly Stated: April 6, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 30, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
6 min read
Education Briefly Stated: March 16, 2022
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
7 min read