Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-3)
Ishmael Beah is the author of "A Long Way Gone." The aim of this lesson is to examine Ishmael's life and writing and how he came to write the book.
Class Discussion: When did Beah begin writing about his experiences? Why did he begin writing about them? Why did it take him awhile to write again after writing "A Long Way Gone"? What has Beah written other than "A Long Way Gone"? Why did he write about Sierra Leone again? What has been the purpose of most of his writing? How does his writing support his activism? Why does he only write about things that he is passionate about? Why hasn't Beah written about the rest of his story?
Activity: Create a chart or poster that shows these things: books Beah has written, any awards he won for writing, what critics say about his writing...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 11-12.7
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