Coming of Age What does it take for us to grow up?
Coming of age unit questions • How do authors of coming of age stories use conflict and character development to reveal their ideas about growing up? • In what ways are the difficult challenges of growing up shared by people of different cultures and time periods? • How can we use textual evidence from different short stories to support our ideas about how characters change and learn life lessons?
Stories we will read "The Moustache" "Through the Tunnel" "Initiation" "Marigolds" "Rules of the Game"
Coming of Age stories • Typically include a young main character or protagonist • At beginning, protagonist is shown to be immature or youthful • Protagonist is faced with a difficult situation, obstacle, or choice • Main conflict revolves around making the decision, overcoming an obstacle, or learning from a mistake • The character makes an important decision, typically a symbolic one • The decision helps define who he/she is. Why they did it helps explain what they learned. • Character "grows up" at the end
A typical Coming of Age story pattern Big decision - character makes tough choice or decision; or overcomes difficult obstacle. The problem - character encounters a challenge or problem Struggle - character struggles to overcome challenge or problem Ending - Character is seen as different or changed. Significance of the learning is revealed. Beginning - character introduced as youthful and immature
Overview of unit • Read short stories • Discuss them in class • practice using literary terms correctly • practice choosing textual evidence that supports ideas • Learn vocabulary • Compare characters from different stories • Write comparison essay • Honors option extensions • read three (3) other stories from text • record dialectical notes about each of the three extra stories • comparison essay must include one of the extra stories read
Getting started with the first story... "The Moustache" Task: in your notes, write the title down (in quotes) and complete a brainstorm list or web around it: • What are some ideas it makes you think of? • How can the title be related to literature? • How can the title be related to coming of age stories? Be ready to share some ideas...