Literature 108: Yaa Gyasi’s Transcendent Kingdom, a Deeply Intimate, Layered Novel
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Grades: 9th – 12th Grade

In “Transcendant Kingdom” Yaa Gyasis tells the story of Gifty, a sixth-year PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine, who is studying reward-seeking behavior in mice and the neural circuits of depression and addiction in order to answer the central question “Are we going to be OK?” Her brother, Nana, was a gifted high school athlete who died of a heroin overdose and her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees all around her. In this interview the author discusses how the novel came to be.

Student Tools
Student Tool 65: Journal Entry Worksheet
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Student Tool 66: Video Reflection Worksheet
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Teacher Tools
Teacher Tool 317: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Insights Through a Journal Entry
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to write a journal entry that shares learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 318: Cross Curricular Activity–Video Reflection
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to complete a reflection worksheet to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
Teacher Tool 319: Cross Curricular Activity–Sharing Learning Verbally
This teacher tool, accompanying the video above, provides an Interdisciplinary activity that invites students to share learning and insights they gained by watching the video through verbal sharing and conversation. This tool can be used with any video on the Educate.Today website.
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