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El Paso parents say YISD fourth-graders receive inappropriate reading assignment

By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- Questions about affairs, death and murder were all part of a fourth-grade reading assignment at Pasodale Elementary in the Lower Valley.

One woman who did not want to show her face on camera told KFOX14 her son brought the assignment home because he was attending another tutoring session when his teacher passed it out.

She is concerned other students completed the questions in class, so other parents could not stop them from reading it.

"How is she grading it? Is she reading it? I don't understand that," Ursula Garcia said. Garcia has a daughter in the same fourth-grade class.

Parents tell KFOX14 the teacher might have found the worksheet online, and it could have come from this website. (http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/free-reading-worksheets/reading-comprehension-worksheets/inferences-worksheets/)

A similar incident also reportedly (http://wafflesatnoon.com/third-grade-adultery-worksheet/) happened in Arizona last year.

"He's not supposed to know those questions. I don't think it is appropriate," Pasodale Elementary parent Martha Reyna said.

The Ysleta Independent School District said it is looking into the incident. The district said in a statement:

"YISD administration is aware of an unacceptable assignment that was given to a 4th- grade class... Campus administration has addressed the issue with the teacher, and has taken decisive measures to assure that future assignments are aligned to the curriculum and are of the highest instructional caliber."

YISD also said it apologizes to students who received the assignment and to their parents.


Do you think the subject matter (read assignment below) is too mature for kids?

Ruby sat on the bed she shared with her husband holding a hairclip. There was something mysterious and powerful about the cheaply manufactured neon clip that she was fondling suspiciously. She didn't recognize the hairclip. It was too big to be their daughter's, and Ruby was sure that it wasn't hers. She hadn't had friends over in weeks but there was this hairclip, little and green with a few long black hair strands caught in it. Ruby ran her fingers through her own blonde hair. She had just been vacuuming when she noticed this small, bright green object under the bed. Now their life would never be the same. She would wait here until Mike returned home.

Why is Ruby so affected by the hairclip?
How has the hairclip affected Ruby's relationship?
From where did the hairclip most likely come from?

Valerie opened up the letter from the military department. She felt the pit of her stomach drop to the bottom of the earth before she even opened it. She knew it was news about John. As she read the first line, she thought of all of the lunches she had packed him and all the nights she tucked him in his bed and warded off the nighttime monsters. The man carrying the flag put his hand on her shoulder. She thought of the day that John signed up for the military. Her tears wet the letter. She stopped reading after the first line.

What does the letter say?
What is Valerie's relationship to John?


"Tommy!" Mom called out as she walked in the front door. "Tommy," she continued shouting, "I sure could use some help with these groceries. There was still no reply. Mom walked into the kitchen to put the grocery bags down on the counter when she noticed shattered glass from the picture window all over the living room floor and a baseball not far from there. "I'm going to kill you, Tommy!" Mom yelled to herself as she realized that Tommy's shoes were gone.


What happened to the window?
Why did Tommy leave?

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