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The Dairy Model


The Dairy Model
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.38

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    autograph, consumption, flaunt, freckle-faced, innocence, posed, pre-teen, self-confidence, spritzed, tuition, teens, affecting, agency, sales, mustache, intend
     content words:    Jordan Whiznant, Harvard University


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The Dairy Model
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     I want to tell you about someone special. Jordan Whiznant is the new girl in town, a freckle-faced pre-teen with a future in scientific research. She is remarkably nonchalant about her superior grades and notable talent for problem solving. Given a chance to flaunt her brains, she waves it away. There isn't an ounce of conceit in her body!
 
2     Such a mature attitude didn't come from Jordan's upbringing. Until recently she had been a ward of the state, living in foster and group homes. However, she never let her circumstances affect her self-confidence.
 
3     This girl with a mind for science didn't pursue a modeling career. Jordan was "discovered" at the county fair one bright, sunny day. We were enjoying vanilla ice cream cones when a woman approached with a business card and asked Jordan to consider a career in modeling.
 
4     Being the intelligent girl that she is, Jordan didn't trust the woman's motives. She sought a trusted adult's opinion. Jordan was reassured to learn that the agency was well known. Independence is an important trait for teens to develop, but not to the extent that they deal with strangers on their own. Because of her past, Jordan was aware of those adults who try to take advantage of a child's innocence. Seeking help was another sign of Jordan's wisdom.

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