A thoughtful gift from a student who remembered Tasha!
Having said goodbye to my seniors last week, today I gave my 1st period ninth graders their final exam, a written response to the question: What is the purpose of literature?
They did not know what the prompt would be ahead of time. Here are some of their thesis statements:
• Literature exists to reflect the variations in the human experience.
• Literature allows us to understand the complexities within ourselves, and in the world around us.
• The purpose of literature is to get people to listen.
• Literature confronts reality and explains it in a way that we can understand.
• Literature is meant to guide us in life, for it informs us, opens our minds to new possibilities, and enables us to change lives.
• The purpose of literature is to help us understand human situations, conflicts, and emotions.
• Literature creates ways for people to see and teach themselves about abnormal situations.
• Literature gives us a history of the world we could never know.
• Literature makes you wonder, think, and explore new ideas.
• Literature lets us take our intelligence and knowledge, and expand it into something greater.
• Literature inspires people to learn and allows many people to cross over from not wanting to be taught something to wanting to learn as much as they can about a topic.