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This lesson involves students independently completing the culminating writing task for this unit, which addresses the question, "At one point in the story, Alice asks herself, 'Who in the world am I? Ah, that’s the great puzzle!' How does the way Alice responds to challenges in chapters 1 and 2 support the author’s message that growing up involves learning from mistakes and reflecting on who you are?" Because of the complexity of this text, the prompt has narrowed down the theme of growing up to include the process of learning from one's mistakes and becoming self-reflective. Building off the analysis done throughout the lessons, students may focus on the series of mistakes Alice makes, and how learning from them is not easy when you're growing up. Students may also focus on Alice's transformation from chapter 1, where she is very nonchalant and accepting of the seemingly fantastic adventure in which she finds herself, to becoming more self-aware by the end of chapter 2. Furthermore, students should strengthen their response by interpreting the wealth of symbolism in the text in relation to the author's message about growing up.
Students should have access to the following materials for this lesson:
* Student guided notes sheet
* Copies of the anchor text for all students