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The Breadwinner

By Deborah Ellis (3)

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Deborah Ellis’ The Breadwinner caused great international stir when it debuted, and this directly correlates to the novel’s timely subject matter – Afghanistan life under Taliban rule. Based on interviews Ellis conducted with Afghan women refugees, the story of Parvana, an eleven-year-old Afghan girl, comes to life with vivid and gritty authenticity. Parvana lives in relative seclusion, forced to be covered head to toe if she ever ventures outside due to Taliban restrictions. Her family relies heavily on their father, who is the only man of age in the family, and therefore the only person who can earn a living in this male-centric society. A learned university scholar, her father deciphers and composes letters for money, just enough to keep the family alive. However when the Taliban tears Parvana’s father from his family, it is up to Parvana’s courage and defiant spirit to keep food on the table. Thus, the new titular ‘breadwinner’ cuts her hair off, disguising herself as a boy, and begins to further navigate the dangerous society she lives in. Ellis’ novel, published in 2000, is critically acclaimed for its realistic portrayal of a Taliban ruled Afghanistan, and the stout valor of her main character, whose narrative style gives an intimate glimpse at a child’s view of totalitarianism.

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    Novel Study: The Breadwinner (eBook)

    Teacher Tested Educational Publications
    56 Pages, Grades 4 - 8
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    Novel Study: The Breadwinner (eBook)

    This Novel Study supports the superb novel, The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis. All Teacher-Tested Novel Studies follow a similar format. Teachers can provide each student with a different novel but use similar assignments that include comprehension questions and visual interpretations, assignments in plot and conflict, character webs, timeline, vocabulary crosswords, and formats to respond to letter and essay writing assignments.

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    Literature Guide: The Breadwinner (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    On The Mark Press
    64 Pages, Grades 4 - 6
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    Literature Guide: The Breadwinner (Lit Links series) (eBook)

    Specifically designed to enable students to develop important reading skills, On The Mark Press' Lit Links eBook guides contain numerous creative and cross-curricular activities for increasing students' competency in reading. This guide seeks to strengthen reading comprehension with reproducible chapter-by-chapter questions, comprehension questions, and more - complete with an answer key for educators. Also includes an author bio and story synopsis.This eBook is an entry in the Lit Links series of literature guides from On The Mark Press. Popular titles covered in the series include: Frindle, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; Abel's Island; Superfudge; The Cay; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Owls in the Family; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key; A Wrinkle in Time; Fantastic Mr. Fox; The Trumpet of the Swan; Freckle Juice, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.

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    The Breadwinner: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use ...

    Teacher Created Resources
    48 Pages, Grades 5 - 8
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    The Breadwinner: A Literature Guide for Classroom Use (eBook)

    This eBook is filled to the brim with fun classroom activities, games, worksheets, and unit tests, making it an indispensible tool to teach well-known literature. Students will be engaged while developing important skills, such as a familiarity with vocabulary, sequencing, characterization, and more. Reproducible pre- and post-reading cross-curricular lessons involve ideas that are optimal for core literature and individualized reading.This eBook literature guide is an entry in the Teacher Created Resources Challenging Lit Guides series, comprised of the following best-selling titles: The Outsiders; The Pearl; The Indian in the Cupboard; The Phantom Tollbooth; Hatchet; The Incredible Journey; The Giver; Shiloh; A Single Shard; Walk Two Moons, and many more. All aforementioned eBooks, as well as the rest of the series, can be accessed by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.