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Unit 1: Rites of Passage

In this unit students will learn about a variety of different milestones on the pathway to adulthood and celebrations of rites of passage. 

Studied texts include:

  • Red Roses-Non-fiction narrative model
  • The Medicine Bag-Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve: Short Story
  • Apache Girl’s Rite of Passage- National Geographic: Media, Video
  • You are the Electric Boogalo-Geoff Herbach: Letter
  • Just Be Yourself-Stephanie Pellegrin: Letter
  • Hanging Fire-Audre Lorde: Poem
  • Translating Grandfather’s House- E.J. Vega: Poem
  • The Setting Sun and the Rolling World- Charles Mungoshi: Short Story
  • Stories of Zimbabwean Women-Media connection
  • Cub Pilot on the Mississippi-Mark Twain: Memoir
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings-Maya Angelou: Autobiography
  • Quinceanera Birthday Bash Preserves Tradition, Marks Passage to Womanhood-Natalie St. John: News Article
  • Childhood and Poetry-Pablo Neruda: Reflective Essay
  • The Winter Hibiscus-Minfong Ho: Short Story

Standard addressed in this unit:

  • RL1A1,2,3,4
  • RL/RI2D 1,2,3
  • RL3D 1,2
  • RI1A 1,2,3,4
  • RL2D 1
  • RI2D 1,2,3,4
  • W1A 1,2,3,4,6
  • W2A 1,2,3
  • W3A 1,2,3,4
  • SL1A 1,2,3 
  • SL2C 1,2,3