From Electric English...
This is an assignment that asks the students to consider the themes they will encounter in Oates' short story, "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?". They are given several topics and are asked to come up with a definitive statement about these ideas that could be reasonably turned into a thesis.
NOTE: There is a fresh, clean copy of this story posted in my store under Short Story: Analysis Project. It's free and a great story!! I have to tell you, however, that this story is quite disturbing on many levels. Just want to give you fair warning, in case, you are not familiar with it.... That being said, every time I have ever taught this story, the students have loved it, and it has always generated some incredible conversations about a teenager's life and the story's analysis.