This assignment is intended to be done after students have finished reading A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.
In this assignment, students are asked to consider how multiple people and groups were responsible for Ishmael's loss of innocence. After thinking of several, students make a pie chart choosing how much each person or group was to blame. Then they write a short essay justifying their thinking.
I have used this assignment with my 12th grade World Lit. students. It allowed students to understand the complexity of the issue of warfare that includes child soldiers. Each of their responses is unique, which allows for an opportunity for some quality discussion.