Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Shah of Blah)
The beginning of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" starts with the protagonist, Haroun, and his family going about their daily lives. The Khalifa family lives in a sad city, a city so sad that it forgot its name. Despite this sad city, Haroun is a happy boy. His father, Rashid, is well known across the land as a great teller of stories. Some call him the Ocean of Notions or the Shah of Blah. Soraya, Haroun's mother, is a beautiful woman who loves to sing. The objective of this lesson is to analyze the protagonist and his family as the story introduction unfolds.
1) Class Discussion: What is a protagonist? Why is Haroun a protagonist? How does the reader know this? What is known about Haroun's parents, Rashid and Soraya? What kind of people are they? Are they kind, intelligent, friendly or something else? What...
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