Big Question:How do we know that we’ve matured?
Big Idea: With rites of passage, a culture marks the ‘coming of age’ from child to adult
AOI focus: examining the interdependence between communities and individuals, and how they respond to the others needs. We will identify, analyse and discuss various functions, roles and needs of various groups in a society.
A RITE OF PASSAGE IS….
“A ritual or ceremony signifying an event in a person’s life that marks a transition from one stage to another, as from adolescence to adulthood.
“Any of numerous ceremonial events, existing in all societies, that mark the passage of an individual from one social or religious status to another. Many of the most important rites are connected with the biological stages of life — birth, maturity, reproduction, and death. Other rites celebrate changes that are cultural, such as initiation into special societies.”
“Ceremonies that mark important transitional periods in a person’s life, such as birth, puberty, marriage, having children, and death. Rites of passage usually involve ritual activities and teachings designed to strip individuals of their original roles and prepare them for new roles.”
Terms. Rite Milestone Coming of Age Ceremony Puberty Initiation Graduation Ritual Custom Adolescence/Adolescent Circumcision
Observe the four videos. “BLOOD”, “GIRLS”, “ANTS”, “CUTS.”
As you watch, briefly respond to the following for each one;
- What is the purpose of the rite?
- What life milestone does it mark?
- Why does the society find this milestone to be important enough to deserve a rite of passage?
- How would you characterize (describe) a society that practices this particular rite or ritual?
- What are your overall reactions to what you see?
Task Activity – Rites of Passage poster displays
In pairs, you will research a Rite of Passage given to you by your teacher. In your research you need to answer the following questions:
- What country and culture is involved?
- Is it female only or male only or for both sexes?
- What age are the participants?
- What kind of rite is it? An initiation? A celebration? A ritual? A graduation? A combination?
- Is there a ceremony involved? If so, what is involved?
- Who are the other participants ? (eg doctor for circumcision, a priest, family and friends etc.)
- Describe what happens in the Rite of Passage in 3 to 4 sentences.
- What milestone or significant change in a person’s life does this Rite of Passage mark?
- Is it still being done now days?
Your information should be presented as an A3 poster that is informative and visually interesting. You must include the following:
- At least one illustration that shows some aspect of the rite.
- Information that answers ALL of the above questions plus any other relevant information.
- A bibliography of your sources (at least two different sources – to be put on the back of your poster) using the Harvard System found in your SO. You can use http://www.neilstoolbox.com/ to help you get the format correct.
DUE DATE: Thursday April 14 (4 periods)
You only have 4 periods of class time to complete your poster, so you will need to work on it in your own time. We will do a gallery walk to display all the posters on Friday during language class.
Novels – LRC – be done by start of wk. 7, May 9.
society rites project.