Can stories help young people in the 21st centurydevelop resilience?
Often people naively believe that young people today have it easy because of theprosperity of our country and the various technologies available. However thehigh rates of depression, suicide, bullying, self-harm and eating disorders inyoung people suggest that this is not true. In an attempt to counter this risingtrend in young adults, Head Space (the National Youth Mental HealthFoundation) has asked our class to put together a collection of short storiesexploring the theme resilience. This collection of stories will be used aseducational and motivational material for young people having a tough time inlife.The completed collection of stories will be published as an eBook to bedownloaded from our class blog and will be presented to an audience of distinguished guests at a Book Launch on Wednesday evening, Week 9.
To successfully complete this project you will be required to work bothindividually and in small groups to research resilience and develop anunderstanding of how the short story form might be used to help young peopleto become more resilient when confronted with lifes challenges.To become an expert in resilience and short story-writing, you will need tocomplete the following tasks:1.
esearch a case study of a remarkably resilient individual and write ablog post comparing this individuals level of resilience to HoldenCaulfields level of resilience. In your post you should reflect on what factors may have contributed to the differences/similarities between thetwo individuals (complete blog post with a partner 10 points)2.
Look closely at J.D Salingers
Catcher in the Rye
for inspiration and insight into resilience in young people as well as how to create an engagingnarrative (contribution to class discussion 10 points)3.
Workshop an original short story from an initial idea to a completeproduct (plan points; draft 5 points; polished story 5 points;reflection 5 points)4.
Plan and run the book launch presentation (working in small groups,collaborating with class group 10 points)