Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-5)
Guantanamo Boy is a contemporary young adult novel by British author Anna Perera. Beginning six months after the events of 9/11, the novel follows fifteen-year-old Khalid Ahmed, an average and assimilated English teenager with parents from Turkey and Pakistan. In the course of the narrative, Khalid will be abducted and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, suspected of terrorism and brutally tortured. In this lesson, students will conduct research on the Reprieve organization and the events surrounding 9/11, and will identify and discuss the narrative point of view, setting, and protagonist introduced in Chapter 1 of Guantanamo Boy.
Research Activity: Conduct research on the organization called the Reprieve that author Anna Perera discusses in the Author’s Note prior to Chapter 1. When was this organization founded? Where is it headquartered? What work has the organization done for prisoners worldwide? Also conduct research on the events surrounding 9/11 and the establishment of...
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