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The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down (Anne Fadiman) reading guide

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This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I simply adore teaching it. It is complex enough that I only do it with one (or two) of my highest guided reading groups at the end of 8th grade, and the guide is a huge help. This guide is geared toward high school readers and prompts empathy and reflection on the way Fadiman presents her subjects. As an English major and sociology minor who studied abroad in Southeast Asia (with a spouse in the medical field), I appreciate Fadiman's approach. My students really enjoyed using the guide to help them navigate the book, since there are so many interesting parts it can be difficult to decide where to focus.

I really hope you enjoy this guide. The page numbers are listed next to the questions to make it easier for students and teachers to go back and close read for a discussion. I hope you enjoy!
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