Today, we explored the hardest chapter in Deborah Ellis's novel, The Breadwinner. As we used a reader's theater approach to act out the scenes from Chapter 11, we saw how the threat of great physical harm is used in the soccer stadium. For Parvana and Shauzia, this is their first expose to this kind of performance-based punishment, and they are both shocked and horrified.
Fear as a form of motivation is based on the threat of bad things that could happen, and we discussed whether fear works as a motivator--using examples from our book, but also examples from other areas of life. Does fear genuinely help people to follow laws, rules, and grow?
Many of you shared powerful perceptions from your own lives, and connected back to current events and other novels.
I appreciate you comments and ideas greatly.
We also did a Quick Write with this prompt as a starting point, and then segued into other areas to consider.
Our word of the day today was PANACEA, which is a noun that means a cure-all, or a big solution to try to fix everything. An example of the word in a line is this: The politician presented a plan for trying to fix the system, but many people thought it was only a weak panacea.
Our word from last Friday was RESILIENCE, which means the ability to face great challenges and obstacles yet keep moving foward. We read the amazing picture book SAM AND DAVE DIG A HOLE by Mac Barnett and Jon Klasses to talk about the opposite of resilience, and we watched scenes from Class Dismissed, a documentary about Malala and her family in Pakistan to show authentic resilience.