YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2010/2011



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The Girl Who Fell from the Sky

by Heidi Durrow


YAL Presenter Unit 2010/2011

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2010 (Pre CCSS)
Unit Created by: April Nauman and Durene Wheeler

YAL Conference Workshop Description

Self-Definition and Choice in The Girl Who Fell from the Sky
April D. Nauman and Durene I. Wheeler, Presenters

Exploring identity is a journey that begins in adolescence and continues for a lifetime. In The Girl Who Fell from the Sky, the daughter of a white Danish mother and an African-American father faces the challenges of self-definition after a terrible family tragedy. In our workshop, we investigate identity through the lenses of ethnicity, race, gender, and class, and discuss the need for minority teenagers to be self-determined, rather than allowing outside forces to define them. Because most teens feel driven by external forces, helping adolescents grow beyond acting on impulse to acting by choice is an important goal. We will explore the concept of “thought distortions” and the difference between pain (which is inevitable) and suffering (which is not)—some of the psychological tools teens need to perceive the choices in their lives, to make ones that don’t harm themselves or others, and to be self-determined. - Workshop Description for YAL 2010