“The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.”
― Madeleine L'Engle
Unit overview and description
Universal Theme: Change
Universal Theme: Change
- Change generates additional change
- Change can be either positive or negative
- Change is inevitable
- Change is necessary for growth
- Change can be evolutionary or revolutionary
- Conflict may allow for synthesis or change
- What distinguishes childhood from adulthood?
- What turning points determine our individual pathways to adulthood?
- What is the relationship between freedom and responsibility?
- What influences a writer to create? In what ways are all narratives influenced by bias and perspective?
- What is reality and how is it constructed? What tools can the individual use to judge the difference, or draw a line between, illusion and reality?
- What does it mean to “grow up”?
- Sometimes authors make meaning plain; often however, a reader must dig beneath the ‘surface’ of the text to find the meaning.
Texts that we will analyze as we explore the coming of age genre
Introduction to the Genre: What do fish have to do with anything?
A coming of age story is a glimpse of the moment in time when a character experiences an event that serves as a catalyst for growth. This growth often occurs through the introduction of a new character. In this text, Willie meets a homeless man that helps him to learn a very important life lesson that causes him to view his mother in a new way. We are essentially observing the character grow up. In this text we will analyze Willie and the moment in his life when he "grows up".
Character traits are all of the aspects of a person's behavior and attitudes that make up that person's personality. Everyone has character traits, both good and bad. Character traits are often shown with descriptive adjectives, like patient, unfaithful, or jealous. Click on the button below to go to a Google document that you will use to analyze the main character in this text.
Your written assignment will be a response to this prompt: A dynamic character undergoes change as a result of events in a story’s plot. Willie is a dynamic character because he has a shift in thinking. Trace the events that change him and explain their impact on him. Support your claim with relevant evidence from the text and include quotations.
Other SHort Texts that we Will Examine:
An excerpt from “The Change of Life” a poem from Nikki Giovanni
(To Mommy January 1,1919-June 24, 2005)
This is what I remember:
In kindergarten we made lanterns...we cut our paper
strips...glued them together bowed them out and we had a
I was always neat...always very neat...I am still
neat...Someone took my lantern...I was always last...I’m still always
late...late...last...and not terribly concerned about it…
I left that lantern and lost a bit of my heart...to the classmate
who took mine...This is so clear to me...I never mentioned
it to Mommy