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    #148786 - 02/15/13 08:17 AM Re: Literal Interpretations [Re: ultramarina]
    MidwestMom Offline
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    Registered: 03/14/11
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    I am thinking about this issue again because DD is occasionally struggling with reading comprehension worksheets. She had one the other day where the question was something like, "How would Jane's classmates have reacted if she decided to write a class newsletter that was accurate?" (Jane had written a newsletter full of lies.) The right answer was, "They would have thanked her." DD filled the right answer in, but was annoyed. "We don't know they would have thanked her. Who says? Just because she wrote things that were true?"


    Just for fun, I asked DD11 this question. Her response: "They probably would have been disappointed because I bet the newsletter full of lies was more interesting than the accurate one."

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    #148834 - 02/15/13 03:53 PM Re: Literal Interpretations [Re: ABQMom]
    ultramarina Offline
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    Registered: 08/24/10
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    Ha! No kidding. It DID sound interesting, the way they described it!

    It was a stupid question. The issue is, is DD simply resisting stupid questions because she recognizes and objects to their stupidity, or is she actually unable to correctly answer a stupid question because her brain can't make the "I guess the right answer is supposed to be X even though..." leap. (And if she knows the answer but feels emotionally really bothered by selecting it, is that because she is ASD-rigid, or because she is a perfectionist, or...)

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    #149083 - 02/20/13 01:28 PM Re: Literal Interpretations [Re: master of none]
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    Registered: 02/17/12
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    Originally Posted By: master of none
    I thought my DS was literal but able to see another way until today, he comes home and says, "that teacher took points off for stuff she didn't even say we had to do. She said 'it would be a good idea to include' but she didn't say to include it."

    Funny - we had a dispute over language like this with DD8's teacher. She sent email to parents on a Wednesday about a book report assignment, and said something like "it would be helpful if" kids could bring in their selected book by Friday. Then she gave a Late to everyone who didn't have a book yet on Friday. We couldn't even get a book shipped by Amazon Prime fast enough to have it at school on Friday! And guess what, we don't have lots of Newbery award books laying around that DD hasn't read yet, and the assignment said that it had to be a book they hadn't read before. And most Newbery winners are grossly inappropriate for third graders, in my estimation.

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