Finding Common Ground: Understanding Ourselves and the World Through Literature: Essential Question: How Can a Person’s Decisions and Actions Change Their Life? By Jung Kim and Deborah Augsburger
This year’s batch of columns consider books that address various essential questions. Essential questions ask what is most important about a reading or group of readings. What is something to hold on to within a text or what should we take away from its reading? This column addresses that eternal question, “How can a person’s decisions and actions change their life?”
We are confronted daily with choices—some small like what to eat for lunch and some life-altering like whether to leave one’s home. These books demonstrate how the various choices individuals make can have a profound impact on those around them. Whether it is standing up to a hate crime or completely reinventing one’s self, the characters wrestle with their understanding of the world, their place within it, and whether they can make a difference—even if it is just for one other person. Each of these books explores how the choices we make reveal who we are or who we want to be and all the things we learn along the way.
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