Choose one of the women in the book and create a patchwork quilt of their lives, bringing one of Bateson's favorite metaphors into a physical reality. Then, write up a short report of why you chose each of the piece included in your quilt, and how you think, overall, it represents the life of your chosen woman.
Bring in a newspaper or magazine article that reminds you of one of the women or scenes in "Composing a Life". Be prepared to discuss who, or what, this article reminds you of, and why.
Many artists have written beautiful poetry and music about their struggles with life and identity. Write a song (or poem) about one of the major themes in "Composing a Life". If you write a song, be prepared to sing it in front of the class. If you write a poem, be...
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