Experiences of growing up

5 Mar

I have written previously about texts that engage with the concept of coming of age.  I have since found a few more that I think could be relevant (in whole or in part).

The first text I want to show my students is the lyrics to Lukas Graham’s song ‘7 Years‘.  This song is about a coming of age journey and the challenges and experiences at each turn.  It is interesting in the way that it looks backwards and forwards, and thus both reflects and anticipates.

Another relevant text is an article entitled ‘Casualties of War‘.   Through engaging with this text, students will learn about how a parent’s experiences can shape a child’s experience as s/he grows up.

Yet another interesting text is Benjamin Law’s article ‘A Will to be Weird’.  In this text, the author reflects (sometimes with humour) on the challenges and responsibilities associated with being grown up.


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