Copy of A Long Way Gone for you to read at home:
Monday, Oct. 16, 2017
2. Review Beah’s interest in Hip Hop and watch an interview where Beah talks about his interest:
3. Show students the first Hip Hop video that Beah saw that interested him in the music:
First Hip Hop Song Beah heard and saw performed
“Rapper’s Delight” Sugar Hill Gang (1980)
4. Read, discuss, and answer reading guide questions for chapter 5. We will use the audio of the book recorded by the author reading. (audio about 14 minutes)
3. Students will have the remaining time in class to finish the web quest.
Topic #1 Child Soldiers – http://child-soldiers.org/about_the_issues.php
Topic #2 Use of Child Soldiers in WWII – http://worldwartwo.filminspector.com/2013/12/child-soldiers.html
Topic #4 Memoirs vs Autobiographies – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/knowing-the-difference-between-an-autobiography-an.html
Topic #6 Sierra Leone, Civil War – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Leone_Civil_War#Diamonds_and_the_.22resource_curse.22
Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017
1. Share the video of the Hip Hop song that Beah, Junior, and Talloi were learning for the talent show in Mattru Jong:
“I Know You Got Soul” by Eric B and Rakim (1987)
2. Remind students that on page 7, Beah practiced Hip Hop dance moves and show the video:
Evolution of Hip Hop Dancing
3. Divide students into five groups and assign each group one section of the web quest to review and present to the class. We already went over section 3.
4. Groups will present so that we can discuss the web quest information and how it relates to the book.
5. Begin watching video about blood diamonds if time permits.
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
1.Finish watching the video about blood diamonds.
2. Review for test one on chapters 1-5 and explain literature circle discussion groups and writing assignments.
3. Students will work in groups to discuss their roles and choose their textual evidence.
4. Students will then begin writing their literature circle roles.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
1.Students will take the test on chapters one through five.
2. Students will finish writing their literature circle paragraphs after the test.
Friday, Oct. 20, 2017
1.Choose a song that you like to listen to take your mind of trouble or to just get away.
2. Share some of the Hip Hop song Beah listened to in chapter 1 to avoid thinking about the war:
“Now That We Found Love” Heavy D and the Boyz (1978)
3. Read and discuss the handout “The Oral Traditions of Africa.”
4. Explain the Jeneba Project which raises money to help the children in Sierra Leone by watching a short video:
5. Read the “Bra Spider” story from the book I purchased from the Jeneba Project. Discuss the moral of the story – not to be greedy and impatient.
5. Begin reading and discussing chapter 6 (audio about 14 minutes) and stop reading on page 18 at the lyrics and let students listen to just a part of the song Beah plays for the chief:
7. Finish reading the chapter and answer the study guide questions.