Prompt 1: Duncan "NW Passage" In Duncan's writing, titled Northwest
Passage, we are introduced to the story of a 16-year-old boy living in a town near the Colombia River. He has deep questions about the morals he would like to promote and who he is as a person entering adulthood. The boy accompanied by his friend that carries many alternate views, cut class to go on a fishing trip but find themselves doing something more important. Draw parallels between the boy's journey into adulthood and the journey of the salmon? What is the significance of the two boys coming to a single conclusion about the river's scythe, knowing the Sierra Club published this work? Prompt 2: Wright "Black Boy" In the essay Black boy, Wright writes with the poetic refrain "There was the..." that showcases the main character's emotions and feelings attached to certain experiences. One consistent theme throughout is how much the boy cherishes good food and drink, clearly knowing what it's like to go without. What are other themes or experiences that come up constantly in this reading and what emotions are associated with them? Drawing on your own personal life, do you feel an especially strong connection to a particular verse in this work? Why may that be?
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