An Analysis of the Essay Math and After Math by Lensey Namioka

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Math and After Math
Essay by Lensey Namioka

What are you really GOOD at?
RI 1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text. RI 2 Determine a central idea of a text and analyze how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details. RI 3 Analyze how the author unfolds a series of ideas or events. RI 4 Determine the meaning of words as they are used in a text. L 5 Demonstrate understanding of word relationships.

Knowing what you’re good at can take you a long way toward finding work and activities that you enjoy. In “Math and After Math,” Lensey Namioka describes how she first embarked on one career path and then later discovered her true talent.
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4. The detective’s analytic approach to solving problems led him to the killer. 5. Your hypothesis will not stand up to further testing.
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After Math lensey namioka
“Seven!” shouted the teacher. Or did he shout “Four”? I shrank down in my seat. Math class was an absolute nightmare. The teacher scared me so much that my hands got sweaty, and my fingers slipped on the abacus1 beads. I was in the second grade when I discovered that I suffered from abacus anxiety. The trouble was that I was going to a school where the teacher spoke a different dialect. I grew up with Mandarin, the dialect spoken by the majority of the Chinese. When the eastern part of China was occupied by the Japanese, our family moved inland, to a region where I could barely understand the local dialect. Writing was pretty much the same in any dialect, so in language and history classes I didn’t have trouble with what was on the blackboard. My problems started in the math class, where we had to learn the abacus. Before the days of the calculator, the abacus was the main tool for adding and multiplying. It still is, in many parts of China (as well as in countries like Japan and Russia). The abacus teacher would shout out the numbers he wanted us to add or multiply. My ears didn’t always understand what he said, so seven, for

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