LEO: Youth of the Nation

BLUESONG GUIDE DESCRIPTIONP.O.D.’s 2001 hit “Youth of A Nation” is a powerful tale told from the point of view of an adolescent, in heaven, who has passed away in a Columbine-like shooting. The Mindblue study guide explores the issues of alienation and the response of youth to feelings of disconnectedness with the world around them. The Outsiders, Lovely Bones or Give A Boy A Gun are all wonderful complimentary texts for the study guide, but the song stands alone as a profound response to the wave of hopelessness many felt in the wake of Columbine.

Mindblue’s differentiated lesson plan is filled with multi-disciplinary activities that explore the depiction of childhood in children’s books, theories on the afterlife and movies like the Lindsay Lohan hit Mean Girls.



Man Vs. Man

School Violence


Teen Alienation

Columbine Shootings


Point of View


The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger

Give A Boy A Gun - Todd Strasser

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Chocolate War – Robert Cormier

Remembering the Good Times – Richard Peck

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

After the First Death – Robert Cormier

Ordinary People – Judith Guest

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