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RITES OF PASSAGE is a single-theme reader with essays, short stories and poetry that examine how various cultures celebrate and honor life-shaping events.
- A unique collection of 76 readings includes essays, short stories, and poetry that are divided into seven sections that reflect the human growth process. Each reading echoes a familiar need of all humanity: how to find meaning and place in the world.
- Introduces students, in a systematic yet enjoyable format, to the importance of myth and how it allows us to develop a deeper awareness of ourselves.
- Generating enthusiasm and interest, the theme of this text allows students to work within topics that are familiar and important to them while building upon this knowledge to become more critical writers and readers.
- With its personal and social implications, students tap into experiences in which they can relate making the reading more interesting and enjoyable.
- Journal prompts allow students an opportunity to respond to the readings in an informal way and organize their thoughts in preparation for longer assignments.
- Collaborative exercises facilitate classroom discussion and serve as springboards for writing topics and research ideas.
- Essay assignments at the end of each selection require the student to examine the topic in more depth as well as to support their assertions and conclusions using the text and/or outside research.
- Additional essay assignments and research questions at the end of each chapter ask students to examine readings in relation to each other and to conduct additional research.
- An instructor's manual contains ideas for incorporating film into classroom study as well as information on archetypes and an extensive bibliography.
Reading and Thinking about Rites of Passage.
David Hicks and Margaret A. Gwynne: On the Rainy River (excerpt).
Writing about Rites of Passage.
The Way Writers Work.
Tina Limón: Fleeing the Nest (student essay).
John Holt: Three Kinds of Discipline.
Sharon Olds: Rites of Passage.
Edward P. Jones: The First Day.
Kiernan Egan: The Mythic Stage.
Theodore Roethke: My Papa''s Waltz.
Jennifer Bojorquez: Spare the Chores, Spoil the Child.
Anne Sexton: Pain for a Daughter.
Michele L. Norris: A Child of Crack.
Mary Cantwell: The Burden of a Happy Childhood.
Devorah Major: Little Girl Days.
Kay S. Hymowitz: The Teening of Childhood.
Marie Winn: The End of Play.
3. IN OUR MIDST: THE IMPORTANCE OF FAIRY TALES IN OUR LIVES.
Anne Sexton: Cinderella.
Mona van Duyn: Cinderella''s Story.
[author unknown]: The Mountain Where Old People Were Abandoned.
Robert Bly: Iron John.
Dave Barry: Feeling the Force.
Bruno Bettleheim: Life Divined From the Inside.
Clarissa Estes: Sealskin, Soulskin.
Linda Seger: Creating the Myth.
Naomi Wolf: Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle toward Womanhood.
Tepilit Ole Saitoti: The Initiation of a Maasai Warrior.
Judith Ortiz Cofer: Quinceañera.
Dorianne Laux: Twelve.
Charles Mungoshi: The Setting Sun and the Rolling World.
Langston Hughes: Salvation.
Anne Tyler: Teenage Wasteland.
Barbara S. Cain: Older Children and Divorce.
James Dickey: Cherrylog Road.
Tim O''Brien: On The Rainy River.
T.C. Boyle: Greasy Lake.
Steven Stark: Where the Boys Are.
Gail Sheehy: Predictable Crises of Adulthood.
Robert Bly: A World of Half-Adults.
Linda Pastan: Ethics.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Channeled Whelk.
William Shakespeare: The Seven Ages of Man.
Judith Ortiz Cofer: Advanced Biology.
Nathan McCall: Makes Me Want to Holler.
Rosemary L. Bray: So How Did I Get Here?
Louise Erdrich: Z: The Movie That Changed My Life.
Joan Didion: On Self Respect.
Sara Davidson: What Do Women Want?
Judie Rae: Encounter at Daybreak.
John A. Rush Ph.D.: Rites, Ritual & Responsibility.
6. LOVE, MARRIAGE, BIRTH.
Anne Roiphe: Why Marriages Fail.
Jill Tweedie: The Experience.
Linda Gregg: The Conditions.
Susan M. Garfield: Love''s Role In Marriage.
Joy Harjo: Three Generations of Native American Women''s Birth Experience.
Bobbie Ann Mason: Shiloh.
Ernest Hemingway: Hills Like White Elephants.
Catherine Fraga: Standing Together.
Judith Wallerstein & Sandra Blakeslee: The Good Marriage.
Rita Dove: Daystar.
Ellen Goodman: The Family Legacy.
Thomas Simmons: Motorcycle Talk.
Chester Higgins Jr.: A Father''s Rite.
Barbara Kingsolver: Stone Soup.
Alice Walker: Everyday Use.
Mel Lazarus: Angry Fathers.
Eamon Grennan: Station.
8. THE MATURE YEARS: AS WE AGE.
E. B. White: Once More to the Lake.
Charles Wright: Sitting at Night on the Front Porch.
Richard Selzer: The Discus Thrower.
Melvin I. Urofsky: Two Scenes from a Hospital.
Gwendolyn Brooks: The Bean Eaters.
Anne Ricks Sumer: I Want to Die at Home.
Norman Cousins: The Right to Die.
Malcolm Cowley: The View from Eighty.
Karla Cole: We Don''t Want to Grow Old.
May Sarton: Monday, May 3rd, 1982.
Jessica Mitford: Behind the Formaldehyde Curtain.
Matthew E. Conolly: Euthanasia Is Not the Answer.
"I would certainly be inclined to adopt this text. It greatly interests me, which gives me hope that it would inspire my students as well. Getting my students to really engage in the material can be one of the greatest challenges of teaching. This book seems as if it would do that for you."
"The themes that frame this reader(separation, initiation, return) are important ones and would likely inspire a good deal of interesting meaningful writing. The reader’s strengths include variety (in genre, perspective); organization and relevance, and the pedagogical features are useful."
"I think the emphasis of the text is excellent because it focuses on something that i believe students can really ’get a grip on’."