Objective: Phaly Nuon's family is brutalized in the civil war in Cambodia, but she is able to help depressed women who have had the same hardships. This lesson will look at her significance to the book.
1) Class discussion: Why do you think Solomon chooses to use Phaly's story for his overview of depression? What does her story say about depression? What does she do to help depressed women?
2) In-class writing: Write an essay of a few paragraphs about Phaly's hardships. How does she overcome them? Why is it important that she ends up in a camp with other women who have shared her pain?
3) Small group discussion: Split the class into four groups and have them discuss Phaly's unique technique for helping the women. Why is her method effective? A spokesperson from each group should tell the class what their group talked about.
4) Homework: Research Phaly Nuon...
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