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Doing Time by Rob Thomas is an unusual piece of adolescent literature that may be too controversial to study in a classroom It is unusual in the way that each paragraph is its own story-line about a different students experiences during community service hours At first it is hard to pick up that the perspective has changed but a few chapters in I realized that the first paragraph was a set up for the rest of them I believe that this is a great book because of its true-to-life quality and excellent writing but there are some topics words and situations that may cause it to be unfit to be taught in certain schools and grades This book is a good example of adolescent literature because it addresses issues that are experienced by and pertinent to the age group I am thinking high school juniors and seniors Several of the Havighurst developmental tasks apply to the characters situations While some of the characters do not succeed in the task of acquiring more mature social skills the goal of the project is to help the students mature while assuming membership in the community by performing their 200 hours community service projects The characters deal with developing a personal ideology and ethical stance which is highlighted by the individual characters situations The chapter Extension Four deals with preparing for sex and parenthood and Grant Ten Pins Down deals with confronting the opposite sex and achieving a masculine sex role Thomas succeeds because he not only creates a book that is developmentally appropriate but he is correct in assessing the mind-sets and attitudes of high school seniors Assigning this book to seniors may open some minds and cause students to think critically about how they would feel in the situations of the characters Doing Time represents many situations backgrounds and perspectives The reader experiences what it is like to be from the ghetto from Randall Shacks from
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