Lesson One

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Do you like to spend time by yourself? When I was in middle school and high school, I got the impression that being alone meant you were a social outcast. At lunch, for example, only the "losers" or "nerds" ate alone; if you were surrounded by friends, you were popular. As a result, I was always anxious about being alone. Like a lot of young people, I worried about having enough friends and going out on the weekends instead of staying home like a "loner." I have to admit, though, that I spent more weekends at home than I did out on the town with my friends.
As I've grown older, though, I think I've come to appreciate more and more having some time to be alone. Maybe it's the constant noise and demands of three children that helps me appreciate some quiet time to myself. In fact, some of my favorite time during the day is the time I spend driving to and from work (I live about twenty minutes from where I work). I often listen to the radio, so I don't know if I'm technically alone, but it's time where I can think and reflect on things that have happened during the day. It's often during this time that I have some of my best ideas, too.
If we ought to be familiar with anyone, it should be ourselves. And spending time alone can help us come to know ourselves better. In this lesson, you will read some pieces that show the authors learning about themselves. You will see through the readings how the experiences we go through often teach us things about ourselves that we didn't know before. Hopefully, as you go through the assignments in this lesson, you will find out new things about yourself, too.

1. Learn the meanings of eight new words; these are words that will also appear in the literature selections you will be reading. 2. Read the selected pieces of literature, recall basic facts about what you've read, and answer questions that require you to…...

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