How is Leslie different from the other students?

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mkoren | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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Leslie is very different than the other students in the school.  She is dressed very differently than the rest of the students on the first day of school.  She is wearing shorts, a shirt, and tennis shoes, while the other kids are dressed in their best clothes.  This sets her apart immediately.  At lunch, some girls make fun of her partially because she is eating yogurt for lunch.  It is hard not knowing anybody nor understanding the customs of a new school.  Leslie is also different in that she feels it is acceptable to take part in activities which normally, at this school, are reserved for boys.  When she takes part in the races, she is so good at running that she beats all of the boys.  This also sets her apart.  Leslie's family is also different from the other families.  Her family moved from the city.  Her parents were in professional jobs as writers.  They moved away from the city to reexamine their values.  They felt they were too focused on financial and material things.  Because of this, Leslie didn't have a television at home, which amazed the other kids in the grade.  There were many ways Leslie was different from the other students.  This made her adjustment to the new school much more difficult.

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