Journey to Joburg: A South African Story by Beverley NaidooIf only Mma was here, Naledi wished over and over. . .
Mma lives and works in Johannesburg, far from the village thirteen-year-old Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, call home. When their baby sister suddenly becomes very sick, Naledi and Tiro know, deep down, that only one person can save her. Bravely, alone, they set off on a journey to find Mma and bring her back. It isnt until they reach the city that they come to understand the dangers of their country, and the painful struggle for freedom and dignity that is taking place all around them.
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story
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Students read Journey to Jo'burg by Beverly Naidoo and through it explore social conditions that have existed in South Africa as well as other parts of the world. This exploration takes place through projections of Web sites that give wonderful overviews of South Africa,and a WebQuest that links to many great sites--including one where kids can listen to the various languages spoken in South Africa so that they can really understand and feel the novel, making it come alive. The students also practice writing journals as if they are characters in the novel, writing in their own diaries, enabling them to relate to characters and become more aware of their development and motives. They also work on their summary and prediction skills, which enhances their comprehension skills and ability to think critically, which in turn will help them become more proficient readers. The students discuss literature with each other in their groups, as well as with the whole class. It is very important that kids connect their lives and experiences to those of the characters in their novel, and connect the occurences in the novel to what happens in our world.
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