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LITERATURE 1 A STEP FROM HEAVEN IBH1 English B Core 1 - Social Relationships Aspect 1 - Family Relations Mr. Glover

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FRONT COVER Initial reaction How would you describe the girl’s personality? What are the implications: of the curtain? of the layers of curtain? of the one eye looking at you?

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BACKGROUND

Consider the title: Initial thoughts What are the implications of the word “Heaven”? What are the implications of “a step from”?

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FACING PAGE Who do you think “gomo” is? What is she asking Young Ju to do? Who is “apa” and how would you describe him? How does Young Ju describe her experiences of drinking the liquid? What themes does this short intro seem to foreshadow in the novel as a whole?

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LENS... How might the following passage help you to interpret the 1st chapter of the book? To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. William Blake

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PROLOGUE Chapters vs. Metaphors - Why do you think the writer may have chosen this organizational device? Who do the two voices represent? Why is there no narrative intervention in this scene? Two volunteers to read passage - Discuss Why do you think the final line italicized?

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CORE 1 - SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS ASPECT 1 - FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS ASPECT 2 - SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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ALL THIS WEIGHT

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“I hide under the covers because the breaking is too loud, too strong. It can come inside my head even though my fingers are in my ears. It sits on my chest, hitting my heart until my eyes bleed water from the sea.� What is the impact of these lines? What do they suggest about responsible behaviour in families? What do they suggest about the issues that will be explored in the remainder of the story?

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NAIVE... MANIPULATION

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NAIVE NARRATOR Identify ways in which the child narrator is established through her language. Discuss the ways in which the narrator evokes her view of the other family members through images such as ‘sleepy blanket face’ and comments such as ‘That Apa of yours needs a good spanking’. Identify some examples of this ‘naive’ narrative style and explore how it impacts on your developing perspective of the story.

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MI-GOOK Read pages (11-20). Discuss the characters’ different responses to the migration to America. Examine references to loss and leaving and the ways these are juxtaposed with the notion of magic words and hope. Why does Uhmma insist on ‘curls’? Why is Young Ju so resistant to change?

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THE AMERICAN DREAM Discuss Uhmma’s comment ‘someday you will be better than a fisherman’s wife’ (18). What does this suggests about Uhmma herself. What is the “American Dream,” and what impact do you think it has had on the development of the US? Link American Dream As migrants yourselves, how does the story resonate with your own experiences and those of your families? Monday, January 13, 14


LANGUAGE FOR EFFECT - MY FUTURE Re-read pg. 28-32 What perspective do you have of Young Ju’s feelings? Discuss How has the author used language to create this perspective? How the teacher might be feeling in the situation. Write a report for the school that documents Young Ju’s first day at the school.

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CHILD -ADULT • Re-read 65-69 My heart leaps up when I behold this chapter? • What is the theme of A Rainbow in the sky: So was it when my life began; author useato develop this theme? • What techniques does So isthe it now I am man; So be it when I shall grow old, be said to be ironic? • Why might the end of the Orchapter let me die! The Child is father of the man; about the impact that parents • What is implied And I could wish my days to behave on their children? Bound each to each by natural piety. William Wordsworth

• Unpack the following paradox: “The son is father of the man” with reference to the chapter and its implications. Monday, January 13, 14


TASK - CLASS DEBATE Read the article http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/01/us/ 01charles.html The class will divide into two teams for a rotating debate. A rotating debate has two stages. In stage one each team member is assigned a number. When it is your number to speak, you have to first, rebut the opposing team’s previous point before making your own point. Each person talks for 3 minutes only. In stage 2 your team selects 4 representatives to answer questions in a 7 minute Q&A session. Your topic for this debate is: Children will eventually grow up to become just like their parents. Team A argues for and Team B argues against this motion. Monday, January 13, 14


A WOMEN'S PLACE Re-Read pages 33 - 40 As Yung Ju grows she begins to challenge her father - find some examples of this in the text. Why do children increasingly question their parents and other authority figures as they grow older? Discuss the issues raised in Apa’s ridiculing of Young Ju’s ambition to be ‘president’ pg. 38 and Uncle Tom’s at the top of pg. 39 that “in America, women can do almost anything men can do.” Gender Stereotyping Monday, January 13, 14


SIBLING RIVALRY One group read 41 - 46, another 47 - 51, another 52 - 56 please. How does your chapter explore Jung Yu’s developing relationship with her brother. Specific examples to answer the how (not the what) element of this question please. How is a relationship of responsibility developing in Yung Ju? Everyone read pg. 48 - 51 Examine Uhmma’s response to the burst balloon. Imagine you are Uhmma at this point. Consider carefully what she is thinking and feeling as Joon screams and the owner of the house knocks and points at Joon. Write a stream of consciousness monologue that captures her feelings. Monday, January 13, 14


Compare your monologues - What ideas are being raised, why? Examine Apa’s response to Joon’s urinating in public pg. 56 Consider Yung Ju’s reaction, “For one second, the time it takes to blink, I imagine throwing my sponge into the air. Running fast, fast down the street. So fast that I begin to fly. Away. From here. From me.” Comment on An Na’s writing style in the quote above. Why does she feel this way? Read the following chapter, The Blob pg. 57-59. Why do you think the author juxtaposes her comments above with the chapter on the ‘The Blob,’ which presents moments of happiness in their lives?

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STRONG IS A MAN Re-read pg. 65-69 “In this world, only the strong survive. Only the strong can make their future. If you cry and whine like a girl, who is going to listen to you? Who? If you talk like a man, fight like a man, you will get what you want in this world.” (pg. 68) To what extent would you agree with Apa’s sentiments above? Discuss in your groups? Why do you think he feels this way? What issues do you think An Na is exploring? What do you think of Joon’s claim to “hate him” as a result?

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SOMETIMES YOUR BEST IS NOT ENOUGH Re-read pg. 70-74 What do you think Harry symbolizes? Compare the siblings reactions to his death on pg. 72. What does this seem to suggest. Why do you think An Na spends so much time explaining the ritual of the burial? ‘It never happens the way that we want. Never’. Try to imagine that you are Joon at this stage of the story. Write a diary entry that expresses the thoughts and feelings that Joon is experiencing. Remember that he has been born in America and has no experience of the life that the others experienced in Korea.

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OPTION 1 - CULTURAL DIVERSITY A1 - INTERCULTURAL ASSIMILATION A2 - BELIEFS, NORMS AND VALUES

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CULTURAL MONTAGE What is your culture? Is it unique? Is it endangered? Changing? Evolving? Is it changing ... in you? through you? because of you? or will it always remain the same? Create a short 3 minute documentary exploring an aspect of your culture in the modern world.

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LIT CIRCLE PROJECTS

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A Step From Heaven Review Guide