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Module 2 Discussion: What does it mean to grow up? DUE 02/25

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Thinking about the readings from this Module, write a 400 word discussion board post in which you explore one or more of these questions:

· What elements of short stories stand out the most? How do elements like setting, symbolism, or characterization help us understand a story’s meaning?

· What popular movies or TV shows address the topic of coming of age? Choose one and discuss how it answers the question “What does it mean to grow up?”

· What did you read or learn in this Module that was surprising or unexpected? What surprised you?

· How did the literary works illustrate the ideas of this Module?

After writing your post, be sure to review and edit before clicking “Submit.” Then, respond to 2-3 classmates with a substantive reply… You can ask questions, agree or disagree, expand on their ideas, or make connections between their post and yours. Replies should be 3-4 sentences each.

Module 2 Readings

Complete these readings from the textbook:  

·  Literature

· Boys & Girls

· Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

· Norton Chapter 1 (pages 16-22)

· Norton Chapter 31 (pages 1920-1925)

Remember that academic reading is a skill you develop over time.

Here is 
my best advice for scholarly reading
.

Module 2: Lesson and Notes

 

What is fiction? 

Literature in the form of prose, telling a narrative that is imagined or not based in fact.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.” This quote shares an idea many writers and scholars understand to be true – that through imagined situations and characters, authors are able to reveal emotion, societal, and universal human truths.

What are some genres of fiction?

·  Contemporary fiction: Usually, literary fiction set during the time it was written

·  Historical fiction: Set in a historical time period

·  Science fiction: Set in imagined and/or futuristic environments, with a focus on space or technology

What are important elements of short stories?



This site gives a good overview


 of the elements of short stories


This site explains literary devices
 and how to connect them to meaning

Coming of Age Stories

Stories in which an adolescent main character learns a life lesson – one that helps them define themselves as a young adult – are called “coming of age,” “initiation,” or “Bildungsroman” stories.

Professor 
Susan Michalcyzk (Links to an external site.)
 from Boston College writes that Coming of Age stories attempt to address some of these questions:

· What does it mean to come of age?

· What experiences define us, as we make our journey through life?

· How do we process those moments of crisis and calm, so that we can become better prepared to engage effectively in all that life holds for us as adults?

Exploring written narratives of the adolescent experience provides opportunities for personal growth, for understanding of this challenging transition, and for recognizing common patterns and bonds we all share.

Module 2 Discussion: What does it mean to grow up? DUE 02/25

No unread replies.No replies.


Thinking about the readings from this Module, write a 200-400 word discussion board post in which you explore one or more of these questions:

· What elements of short stories stand out the most? How do elements like setting, symbolism, or characterization help us understand a story’s meaning?

· What popular movies or TV shows address the topic of coming of age? Choose one and discuss how it answers the question “What does it mean to grow up?”

· What did you read or learn in this Module that was surprising or unexpected? What surprised you?

· How did the literary works illustrate the ideas of this Module?


After writing your post, be sure to review and edit before clicking “Submit.” Then, respond to 2-3 classmates with a substantive reply… You can ask questions, agree or disagree, expand on their ideas, or make connections between their post and yours. Replies should be 3-4 sentences each.

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