Adventures in Solitude: What Not to Wear to a Nude Potluck and Other Stories from Desolation Sound
by Grant Lawrence (Harbour Publishing, 2010)
You could introduce students to Adventures in Solitude by asking them how they would react if they were suddenly transported to a place in the wilderness of British Columbia far away from any city or town, a place that had no electricity and that could be accessed only by boat.
Use Lawrence’s description to give students a sense of the physical geography of the place: a “jagged coastline dotted with islands and islets, coves, bays, lagoons and inlets, creeks and lakes, towering cliffs and granite outcrops, backdropped by a thick, coniferous forest that stretched straight up, unbroken, to the snowy coast mountain peaks and the BC interior beyond.”
Open the discussion about such an experience with the following questions, and encourage students to add their own questions.
• What challenges would you face in such a setting? What benefits would you gain by being there?
• What would you do to adapt to living without electricity or phones or easy access to the outside world?
• How might your response to the place be different if you were a young child, a teenager, or an adult?
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Cross-curricular Suggestions: Geography and Social Studies
Students could study Adventures in Solitude to supplement sections of courses in which they explore the intricate ways that people’s identities and lives are rooted in particular places and regions, each of which has its own distinctive human and physical characteristics. As they read critically, students will also develop their inquiry and analysis skills.