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Erin O'Dwyer
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Choices

These are the four resources I chose to add to my board about choice. All of these resources cover the concept of how choices are made and the effects they have on the author or character.

CommonLit | Sadie and Maud

CommonLit | Sadie and Maud

In this poem, "Sadie and Maud", Gwendolyn Brooks writes 5 stanzas about two sisters. Each sister chose an unconventional life. Sadie had two children out of wedlock despite the "shame" her family felt. Meanwhile, Maud went to college but died alone. When I first read this poem I was trying to understand if Brooks wanted the reader to feel sorry for the sisters; however, after reading it again I think both Sadie and Maud lived the way that they wanted. Their choices may not have matched society's expectations, but they both seemed indifferent to those ideals. Instead, they took advantage of their freedom to choose their own paths.

commonlit.org
Calvin and Hobbes: An existentialist comic strip

Calvin and Hobbes: An existentialist comic strip

I love Calvin and Hobbes! I included this site because the comics all relate to choice and the unique perspective Calvin has on decision making and responsibility. For example, in one comic Calvin declares, "All events are preordained and unalterable. Whatever will be will be. That way, if anything bad happens, it's not my fault." Hobbes immediately trips him and retorts with, "Too bad you were fated to do that." Haha :)

existentialwiki.wikispaces.com
Newsela | Afghan woman drives taxi, defies threats

Newsela | Afghan woman drives taxi, defies threats

This article is about Sarah Bahai who lives in Afghanistan. She drives a taxi in order to support 12 of her family members. I picked this newsela article because Bahai demonstrates her choice to defy the gender roles/ expectations placed on women in her country. She does what she loves to do and is successful.

newsela.com
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost  poem with text

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost poem with text

When it comes to poems about choice, "The Road Not Taken" is probably the most popular. The narrator of the poem struggles with deciding between two roads that lead in the same direction. The only difference is that one road is more worn while the other is used more often. Some people read this poem and interpret a tone of regret, "Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back." In my opinion, I think that the narrator basically has two choices. Neither choice is the wrong choice, he just has to pick one and get on with it.

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