ENG 3U: Bad Parenting 101

Bad Parenting II, via Flickr by Keeping It Real
Bad Parenting II, via Flickr by Keeping It Real

 

“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.”

Today, I want you to understand the impact fathers have on children in Five People You Meet in Heaven. Here are your options:

  • write a satirical how-to manual designed to help others parent badly. Remember the satire is sarcastic and ironical: thus, make sure your actual meaning is the opposite of the literal meaning. Giving advice like, “remember to embarrass and humiliate your child at every turn (especially in front of others)” is appropriate. Please make specific references to examples of bad parenting from the novel. ( 1 page)
  • write a script for the talk-show of your choice. Have a character of your choice from the novel confront his father about his parenting. If you wish, you can make the confrontation heated; just remember to keep the dialogue appropriate for our classroom. Please make specific references to examples of bad parenting from the novel. ( 2 pages)
  • write a critique of parenting in the real world. You may choose the tone of your choice (say, humorous, reflective, or serious), as long as you maintain the tone for the entire piece. Consider including any famous examples of bad parenting (yes, you may use your PED), or perhaps common parental practices that you’d like to challenge. Your response should be 1 1/2 pages long.

Oh…whatever you do, do NOT portray your parents’ child-rearing techniques in a bad light. Just admit that your parents are awesome, and target those who are not.

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