Everything you need to understand or teach The Universe Against Her by James H. Schmitz.
The Universe Against Her and its sequels explore the theme of the individual being at her best when thrown back on her own resources. It emphasizes not only the potential strength of rugged individualism but also its sureness — that the best guide to the development of talent, provided that one has a solid foundation of good character to lay it on, is the intelligent person's own sensibility. Many times in the novel, this independence flies in the face of a large, complex society's tendency to overcontrol its members, even those who are already quite conscientious. It can hobble its most productive members and blunt its own natural defense systems against criminals by its own distrust of the very individuals that make up its body.
Telzey not only learns about these tendencies of civilization in order to overcome them; she also learns to make some of them work... View more of the The Universe Against Her Summary