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Teaching Eleven

Eleven

Rachel, the ingenuous first person narrator, relates the details of her humiliating eleventh birthday. Although her diction reflects her age, Rachel conveys the difficulty of growing up with adult precision. She is embarrassed and feels helpless, but knows she will soon be home with her parents, and her terrible day will drift away.

Sandra Cisneros
From WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK. Copyright © 1991 by Sandra Cisneros. Published by Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House Inc., and originally in hardcover by Random House. By permission of Susan Bergholz Literary Services, New York, NY and Lamy, NM

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

What does aging feel like?
STANDARDS:
RL.1 - Meaning & Evidence, RL.2 - Main Ideas, RL.3 - Characters & Plot, RL.4 - Key Terms & Tone

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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