Questions to Answer & Submit to Substitute Teacher by end of class
In the opening paragraphs, Neaz
was offered 50 afghanis (approximately $1) to blow himself up. He
was told that he would collect the money after he finished the job. What
might you be able to imagine about the level of poverty that these
children live in? About the level of education and exposure that these
children have? How do terrorist groups take advantage of poverty and
In paragraph 9: “While in the
camp, Dina got to know three Afghani teen boys who told her how vulnerable
they felt due to their illiteracy. They suspected that they were being
manipulated by the adults in power, but had no way to be sure. Dina was
shocked. She knew they were right, but their suspicions also revealed the
boys’ innate intelligence—even though they’d never had a day of schooling
in their lives, they could sense deception by those meant to guide them.”
How is literacy/illiteracy different than intelligence/unintelligence?
What might be the consequences of giving an intelligent person inaccurate
information? How easy might it be for insurgents to manipulate illiterate
In paragraph 20: “Bridges Academy
helped the boys understand how the dark forces manipulating them
capitalize on their isolation.”
Afghanistan and America are quite isolated from one another. The Afghan
teens get information about Americans from the people in their
communities. Where do you get your information about Afghans from?
Are your sources accurate? How can young people be manipulated through
isolation? How can first-hand information empower young people?
In paragraph 25: “What’s so
brilliantly ironic about Bridges Academy is that it upends the teaching of
hatred and violence into an open-minded telling of universal truths.”
Discuss the irony of this concept.
Also, “The students have managed to crack the code of organized terrorism,
one that the U.S. and other nations have been trying to crack for
Explain how these teenagers cracked the code of organized terrorism. Now
that you understand how to crack the code of terrorism, what can you do to
make a difference?
We will move this to Wednesday of next week: 9/10/14
literature has the ability to make you
feel whatever it is trying to portray to you. Your inner eye (as well as your
other inner senses) becomes stimulated by words on a page and the experience of
reading becomes much more than just staring at glyphs on a sheet of paper .”
Choose a passage from Invisible Man and explain your thinking as it pertains to the quote above.
recurrent pattern in literature that almost fuses plot and character
development is the progress from a state of lesser knowledge to greater
knowledge; the process of knowing and coming to understand is often called a
movement from innocence to experience. Major characters come to understand
themselves, other people, or surrounding situations more fully (though often
not completely) perhaps as the result of an experience — sometimes
has the narrator in Invisible Man moved from innocence to experience? Has he become disillusioned? Explain your
is a lie that brings us nearer to the truth…~Picasso