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YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2007/2008



Autobiography of a Face

by Lucy Grealy


Subjects: English
Grade Level: 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2008 (Pre CCSS)


Unit Created by: April Nauman and Becca Manery

YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

A Room Full of Mirros:
Multiple Reflections of Autobiography of a Face
April Nauman and Becca Manery, presenters

When she was nine, Lucy Grealy had one-third of her jaw removed to treat a rare form of cancer. Although she survived the disease, Grealy was confronted with an even greater hardship: the cruel teasing of her classmates. Autobiography of a Face, Grealy's witty and candid memoir, was hailed as a courageous tale of a cancer survivor when it appeared in 1994. Five years after Grealy's untimely death, readers can find several themes to explore in this multilayered work: the struggle for love and acceptance, the relationship between appearance and identity, cultural definitions of beauty and intolerance of difference. Through writing, supporting texts, and reader response activities, this workshop will demonstrate how teachers can encourage diverse responses to a rich and complex work of literature.

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