Today, we began our novel, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. We worked in small groups to share our facts about the author Deborah Ellis, and we learned that she conducted extensive reporting from Afghan refugee camps. This reporting helped inspire her to write The Breadwinner, the royalties from which she donates entirely to Women for Women International.
Now that we have explored Chapter 1 together, share your ideas, below, on which character you would most want to meet so far: Nooria, the high school students who is very upset by what has happened? Parvana, who at first likes not going to school, but then comes to see it as a terrible fate? Their father, whose leg has been lost to a bomb, yet still seems to retain hope and even a sense of humor?
Even though these characters are facing terrible circumstances, each already shows bravery and courage.
Choose which of these characters you would want to meet, and share what you might ask them or what you might want to talk about below. Why would you choose this person and why would you want to talk about these questions?
Our word for the day today was OBFUSCATE, which means to hide, and our word for the day yesterday was ASTUTE, which means understanding or able to comprehend clearly.