Focus: What soundtrack has Beah chosen for his memoir and why?
1. Warming up with our final, final round of book talks
2. Enjoying a little musical memoir writing to explore the role of Ishmael's cassette tapes
a. Warming up your creative brain with one of these music-inspired writing prompts.
b. Thinking about the purpose of music in A Long Way Gone with your grid groups:
Topic #1: What's the role of music in your life? How many minutes do you spend listening to music a day? What kind? To what purpose?
Topic #2: Reread page 38 and the top of page 39 in A Long Way Gone. Plotwise, what's the role of the cassette tapes in this scene?
Topic #3: Metaphorically, what's the role of the cassette tapes in this scene? Try to think of several bigger ideas the tapes could symbolize and explain the connections.
3. Reading Chapters 9 and 10 and conferencing on your journals/annotations
Finish reading and annotating Chapters 9 and 10 to prepare for tomorrow's fishbowl discussion.