This unit plan contains materials for teaching Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, a young adult novel that explores the experiences and recovery of a teenage boy with schizophrenia.
I have taught this novel a number of times with my 8th grade English class. I would recommend teaching this novel at this grade or older, but of course you have to know your class! The novel contains references to self-harm and suicide attempts, but these are neither glorified nor explicit. The novel is ultimately uplifting and positive, while remaining faithful to the true story upon which it is based. It's a lovely piece I highly recommend!
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