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Read To Speak Adult ESL Book Club - Downtown Fridays

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327 Bathurst Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1J1

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Date: Friday Nov. 2nd, 1 - 3pm

(3 remaining sessions: November 16, 30, December 14)

Book Title: Parvana's Journey

Chapters: 11, 12 & 13

Summary of Chapter 11

They kept crying until they saw someone coming towards them over the mine field. “Do you think she’s real?” asked Asif. It was a girl! She ran to them and hugged them. She told them she had been alone with her grandmother, who didn’t talk, for a long time now. Because of that she talked a lot! She took them to her house and said that they could live there if they wanted to. The house was small and not very nice. It was falling apart. The girl, who was about eight years old, told them her name was Leila. She lived alone with her grandmother because her mother had gone looking for the rest of their family. The grandmother hadn’t talked or moved since the day she left. But Leila survived on her own. She said that the mine field liked her, because she fed it every time she ate.

Listen to Ch. 11: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTce39x68oE&t=6s

Questons:

1. Describe Leila and where she lives.

2. Find examples of Leila’s blunt, matter-of-fact manner. What does this trait tell you about her life?

Summary of Chapter 12

How could Leila get enough food all alone? Well, she had the mine field! Every time she heard an explosion she ran over there and looked who the victim was. Sometimes it was a goat, and then she had food for a time. Sometimes it was a human being, and maybe he or she had things she could use. Parvana and Asif liked the place and now they didn’t need to be hungry all the time. They decided to stay for a while. Parvana helped Leila to clean up the house. They called the village “Green Valley”.

Listen to Ch. 12: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjLjFTNpm1s

Questions:

1. Where did Leila get all her “treasures” (page 114)?

2. What does Leila think is keeping her safe from the land mines?

3. Why does Asif call Parvana and Leila “dreamers” (page 115)? Do you agree with him? Explain your answer.

Summary of Chapter 13

One day Leila asked Parvana if she wanted to be her sister, because she had always dreamt about a sister. They decided to be sisters, even sisters to Asif and Hassan. The grandmother was now all the children’s grandmother and they were now a family! They liked being together in Green Valley and they soon got into a routine. Asif spent a lot of time together with Hassan and Parvana taught Leila and grandmother to read and write. Grandmother became stronger and sometimes she even sat with them and listened to them. Hassan started to crawl and stand up on his own. He wasn’t easy to look after anymore and one day they couldn’t find him! They got scared, because Hassan could be in the mine field. After that they had to put a rope around his waist so that he couldn’t crawl away.

Listen to Ch. 13: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUnaIc2oYrU

Questions:

1. How does Asif and Leila’s relationship affect Parvana?

2. How have things improved for the children?

3. Picture in your mind the image of the flowers (page 126). What would they provide for the children?

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