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FC: The Lives of... A Chinese and American teen | Hello, my name is Jodie!

1: Jodie Ehlers, 15 Richmond, Virginia, USA | Gao Yilan, 13 Hebei Province, Beijing, China

2: American Home | Jodie lives in a four bedroom suburban house with her mother and father.

3: Chinese Home | Yilan lives in an apartment with his mother and father, as well as, his grandmother.

4: Pets | Jodie has a springer spaniel dog named scottie.

5: Pets | Yilan has 2 parrots that live in his apartment with his family.

6: American School | Jodie attends Douglas Southall Freeman High School, a public high school. She is in the 10th grade, which makes her a sophomore. She is in her second year of high school and will graduate the 12th grade in 2013.

7: Chinese School | In China, education is free up until the tenth grade, which is considered the first year of high school. In order to attend high school one must pay an administration fee (unlike America where there is public education kindergarten through the twelfth grade). Yilan will also have to pass a nationwide entrance exam to determine the prestige of the high school he is accepted too (much like the American University system).

8: American Morning | Wake up at 7:40 AM

9: Chinese Morning | Wake up at 6:00 AM

10: American Breakfast | Eggo waffle 8:00 AM (fixes to eat in car)

11: Chinese Breakfast | Sit down breakfast of bread and milk 6:10 AM

12: American Transportation | Jodie gets a ride to school with friend 8:15 AM

13: Chinese Transportation | Rides his bike to school 6:30 AM

14: American Education | American Education involves studying subjects such as Math, History, Science, and a foreign Language, usually French or Spanish. 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM

15: Chinese Education | More intensive than American Education. 9 years of education is required by the government, and students attend school for much longer. 7:30 AM- 5:30 PM

16: 4:00-6:00 Jodie does a sport after school everyday of the week. In the fall she runs cross country and in the spring she plays tennis.

17: Gao Yilan does not do any sports after school, because by the time school is over, it is dinner time and then he has homework.

18: 6:30 Come home from after school activity and sit down for a family dinner cooked by Jodie's Dad, who finished his work in sales. The meal is normally spaghetti and salad.

19: 7:00 Gao Yilan rides his bike home from school and enjoys sweet and sour pork prepared by his mother. Everyone in his family had a long day at work/ school and were happy to be home. His mom is a language teacher, his dad a sales manager, and Gao is a hardworking, determined student.

20: 9:00-10:00 After dinner and homework, Jodie goes on Facebook and watches T.V. Her favorite show is the Bachelor, where girls compete for a rose to continue on to the next week in hopes that they will marry the handsome bachelor.

21: 7:30-10:30 After dinner time Gao goes straight to homework. He normally has over an hour, but if he finishes early he loves to read. Gao's favorite book is Tom Sawyer. If it were his choice, he would also play video games or watch T.V but his parents do not let him on the weekdays.

22: Jodie's Future | Jodie hopes to graduate from the Leadership center at Freeman and go on to attend college.

23: Yilan's Future | When he grows up, Yilan wants to go to college in the United States and study to become a lawyer since "I'm good at talking," he says. He then plans to return to China to work.

24: In America, girls and boys have very similar opportunities in sports, school, and occupation.

25: In China, gender equality is not the same as America. The one child policy has caused a severe increase in the boy to girl ratio because Chinese couples want their one child to be a boy. This creates severe gender inequality for girls.

26: Kirby Collett Jodie Ehlers Tucker Omberg

27: "A Day in the Life of a Teen" 4th Period 3-16-11

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