Lesson 1 (from Prologue and Chapter 1: "Where Do Old Birds Go to Die?" )
This lesson introduces students to Arundhati Roy’s novel The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. In the lesson students will: read the Prologue, research the author of the novel and the historical context of the setting, and identify and discuss the narrative style and mood established in the Prologue. The novel’s Prologue sets the mood of the novel by describing the changing landscape in the aftermath of progress and the dying of the white-backed vultures. The questions posed in the Prologue examine what is important, and to whom.
Research/Independent Activity: Take time in class to conduct research on author Arundhati Roy, the publication of The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, and the setting and history of the Kashmir region of India. Where is Kashmir in relation to Pakistan? Where is it in relation to Afghanistan?
Group Assignment: Assign students to groups of 3-4 each to...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Reading: Literature RL.9-10.6, 9-10.10, 11-12.3, 11-12.10
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.7, 9-10.8, 11-12.7, 11-12.8
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