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Are You There God? It's Me Margaret.
Margaret's character is this book displays many examples from Bronfenbrenner's Ecological System Theory. This theory defines the layers of environment to have an effect on the development of a child. Thefirst layer of Bronfenbrenner's structure of environment is the microsystem. Margaret's family, school, and neighborhood are all various Microsystems she lives within. Margaret's family consists of her mother Barbara, daddy Herb, grandma Sylvia, grandma and grandpa Hutchins. Her mom's family are Christians and her dad's family are Jewish. ( pg.35) Margaret was in Mr. Benedict's sixth grade class with Gretchen, Nancy, Janie, Moose, Laura, and Philip. ((Pg. 26) Margaret and her family moved from New York to Farbrook, New Jersey. (Pg. 1) She moved to a neighborhood where her friends and neighbors either go to the Y or the Jewish Community Center. (Pg. 35)
The next layer of Bronfenbrenner's structure is the mesosystem. This is when there is a connection in Margaret's microsystem. Margaret's friends attend Sunday school. Everybody in her neighborhood goes to the Y or to the Jewish Community Center. Her parents don't commit themselves to a specific religion and that put Margaret in a position where she has to decide what religion she wants to belong to. Margaret does communicate with God in her own way by writing to him with her thoughts and concerns. (pg.1) She feels the need to belong to a specific religion and begins her search by attending to temple with her grandma Sylvia on Rosh Hashanah. (Pg. 56) She also attended First Presbyterian Church with her friend Janie. (pg.63) She didn't feel comfortable at either church because she couldn't feel close to God like she felt when she wrote to him at home. (Pg.63)
Margaret's exosystem and macrosystem affect her in many ways. In her exosystem, her parents relocated to a di…

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