Former child soldier raps message of peace Emmanuel Jal, a former child soldier in Sudan, says American hip-hop made him brave in this article. The article makes a great companion to reading A Long Way Gone so I have designed this close reading activity to accompany the novel unit. Students are asked to annotate and label the text on the left while analyzing the text meaning on the right.
From the activity:
"Your comments about the writer’s style go in this column.
(Personal reactions / literary terms / pieces of argument you notice / strong active verbs / connotation / diction / aspects of culture / dialect )"
The students are fascinated by the comparisons between Jal and Beah. If you like this activity, send me a message. I have another one just like it on the Afghan Girl from National Geographic.