Title of Activity
And the mountains echoed
Description of educational activity
Duration: 90 minutes
Pupils’ age: 15-19
Organization of the class of pupils: group work
The aim of the lesson: The aim of the activity is to develop reading literacy of pupils, to support their reading skills, to use their competencies to analyse and compare source texts, to reinforce their language skills when verbalizing their findings, to develop their vocabulary. The ability to present their findings, their opinions and the ability to accept opinions of the other members of the group are important here.
The aim of the activity is to be able to understand the chosen excerpts from the book, to understand the nature and depth of the excerpts from the book. To be able to find connections between the book and the real world. To be able to analyse and accept multicultural differences between the countries. One of the aims is to improve the analytical thinking of our students and to support the tolerance of other cultures and nations.
Support materials: The excerpts which show a personality of characters or socio-political situation are appropriate. Because the story takes place in Afghanistan, a few questions about a current situation in the country can be prepared. It is advisable to prepare some information about the author of the book.
(Abdullah had never been to Kabul.(...) You´ve not seen the likes of it, you two.)
(So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one. (...) We ´ll say our good-byes in the morning.)
(Mrs. Wahdati looked down at Abdullah.(...) Her face shining with happiness.)
The second excerpt can be shortened, and some of the less important parts can be cut out. It depends on the lengths of time the teachers have for this activity.
The Black Hat is judgment - the devil's advocate or why something may not work. Spot the difficulties and dangers; where things might go wrong. Probably the most powerful and useful of the Hats but a problem if overused.
The Red Hat signifies feelings, hunches and intuition. When using this hat you can express emotions and feelings and share fears, likes, dislikes, loves, and hates.
The Green Hat focuses on creativity; the possibilities, alternatives, and new ideas. It's an opportunity to express new concepts and new perceptions.
The Blue Hat is used to manage the thinking process. It's the control mechanism that ensures the Six Thinking Hats® guidelines are observed
Connection to curriculum
Grade: 3rd and 4th grade of bilingual studies
Bilingual curriculum: The study of literature is focused during their third and fourth year on reading comprehension of literary texts which are more serious and are dealing with deeper ideas, e.g. multiculturalism, intolerance, differences between social classes. The students should be able to understand the influence of the author´s cultural background on the story. The aim of the curriculum is to teach students to work with the text, to analyse the texts and to understand the importance of the cultural and historical backgrounds. Understanding texts, weighing their merits, and utilizing the information they offer are skills that teenagers draw on throughout the curriculum.
Bibliographic reference to be used during the activity
And the mountains echoed
The Publisher: Bloomsbury
Page count: 480
Year of issue: 2014
A number of adaptations were created following publication.
The expected outcomes of the lesson are:
Both the teaching method and the text can help in increasing students’ interest in reading. This text promotes more characters but from a different cultures and they belong to different social classes.
The teacher monitors the students so as to make sure they cooperate effectively.
The volume of given fragments of books can be adapted to the
potential of a group - fragments can be shorter - by cutting less important paragraphs, or be expanded to additional fragments of the same novel.