by Marcel Proust
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What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You
- Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D.
What makes up a person’s identity? Some scientists would say it’s a person’s genes — the traits that are passed down by a person’s mother and father. Other people might say it’s a person’s reputation. In “What Your Most Vivid Memories Say About You,” Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., has a different take on what makes a person who they are.Pair “What Your Most Vivid Memory Says About You” with “Excerpt from Swann’s Way,” and ask students to discuss how memories function in the two texts. Do students consider the memory that the narrator shares in “Excerpt from Swann’s Way” a self-defining memory? Why or why not?
Morning in the Burned House
- Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood (born 1939) is an award winning Canadian poet, novelist, and literary critic. In “Morning in the Burned House,” Atwood paints a dream-like picture through her use of symbolism and metaphor, describing a speaker who imagines her childhood as a burned house.Pair “Morning in the Burned House” with “Excerpt from Swann’s Way,” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore childhood. What tone do the poem’s speaker and the excerpt’s narrator use to describe their childhood? How do the two texts contrast the past and present?
The Danger of a Single Story
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In “The Danger of a Single Story,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the importance of not allowing one story to construct your understanding of the world.Pair “The Danger of a Single Story” with “Excerpt from Swann’s Way,” and ask students to discuss how the narrators in the two texts are influenced by the stories they read. How do both texts explore the power that stories have to shape who we are and our understanding of the world? Do students think some books are better at positively influencing people than others? Why or why not?