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          Unit 2: Growing Up


The fountain of youth is a trope that always captures the imaginations of human beings. In this unit, students will read a novel that allows them to ponder the implications of eternal life from the point of view of a young girl who has not yet come of age. They will consider what it means to grow up and whether or not they would press the pause button if given the chance. Additionally, students will consider the challenges facing children as they grow up, whether growing up has gotten easier over time, and what still needs to be done to improve upon these challenges.  As a part of this unit, students will read several poems that focus on children’s experiences growing up. These poems represent a diverse set of child voices and experiences. Each poem presents an opportunity to practice using academic language used to analyze poetry and a chance to discuss social issues that children struggle with every day.  

                                                                                                                                                    Synopsis: District of Columbia Public Schools

                 Unit 2:  Growing Up


                 Unit 2:  Growing Up

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