Challenges can spark many reactions. For some students, a challenge is an obstacle to overcome. For others, it can be a moment to reflect on personal growth. In Defying the Odds, student authors offer gritty and unfailingly honest personal narratives that speak to their struggles, and reveal watershed moments in their young lives. Readers will encounter stories that spark admiration and compassion, and will find themselves inspired to forge ahead despite adversity.
USING THIS PUBLICATION IN THE CLASSROOM
This book reveals the tenacity and hope that students possess, even in times of difficulty. Defying the Odds prompts discussion around topics not easily talked about in classrooms.
We invite you to use this publication to support your students in reflecting on personal challenges. As your students craft their own stories, allow them to consider how they might respond to situations in which there are no easy answers. Consider designing an inquiry unit around notable figures who have maintained hope in unimaginable circumstances, and who learned to lead themselves and others. Ask your students to explore the motivations behind this resilience, and the importance of connecting to others in difficult times. Dare to engage your students in reflecting on the challenges faced in their own lives and communities .
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