Lesson 1 (from Part One - In the Suburbs, Chapter One)
Part One - In the Suburbs, Chapter One
The Buddha of Suburbia is a coming of age story about 17-year-old Karim who is searching for his identity between two cultures, discovering his sexuality, determining his career direction, and maturing into adult relationships with all people in his life. Coming of age means the transition from childhood to adulthood. The objective of this lesson is to explore why and how The Buddha of Suburbia is categorized in the coming-of-age genre.
1. Writing Assignment: Research the definition of 'coming of age' and find evidence in the first chapter to suggest this book will be a coming of age story. Why is Karim's age significant? Does making Karim the narrator help the reader understand his feelings, questions, and journey toward adulthood better?
2. Class Discussion: What does 'coming of age' mean? Who is coming of age in this story? What...
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