Everything you need to understand or teach Year of the Elephant and Other Stories by Layla Abu Zayd.
Year of the Elephant is a novella (along with several short stories) written by author and journalist Leila Abouzeid. It was based upon real-life accounts of people that Abouzeid met during her years in Morocco.
The novella "Year of the Elephant" centered on Zahra, a peasant woman. At the opening of the story, she had been devastated with the news that Mohammed, her husband, had divorced her. In contemporary Morocco, divorce was nearly a death sentence. Zahra was shunned by the community, and was stripped of all marital possessions, save for a small stipend and a single room in a home she received as an inheritance. Having nowhere to go, Zahra returned to her home town.
The return trip jogged Zahra's memory. She had a happy childhood, though she was raised by her grandparents after her own parents refused to care for her. As a young woman, she...
Year of the Elephant: A Moroccan Woman's Journey Toward Independence, and Other Stories Lesson Plans contain 105 pages of teaching material, including: