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Read Toni Cade Bambara's Gorilla, My Love, Michael Chabon's The Lost World, and Alice

Munro's Boys and Girls.  All three stories can be found in the story module.

As you read, think about the main character's situation in each story and how the plot, structure, and imagery reinforce the theme of initiation or coming of age.


2.) Choose one of these 3 stories and discuss one passage or scene that you think demonstrates how the story addresses the theme of childhood or coming of age. : 

3.) -Write a sentence or two that sets up the passage or scene, which is where you contextualize the scene for your reader: where in the story does it appear, what's happening or happened before that is important?

4.) Offer the textual evidence in quotation marks. Be sure to quote the passage or scene exactly as it appears in the story.

5.) -Offer your analysis of the evidence by making specific points about the passage you quoted and then making connections between that scene and the theme being discussed. You can also make connections to the rest of the story as long as you don't lose focus on the scene you are discussing. 

Develop your ideas in as much depth as you can.

After you write your analysis, offer one connection between the story you chose and any other story we've read so far. The connection you offer can be specific or broad as long as you demonstrate it clearly.


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