Wednesday 20th May
Looking at Language
Look at this page from the story. Isatou has gained the help of Grandmother an the other women and they are busy crocheting bags and purses.
On this page the text says,
"Naka ligey be?" asks Grandmother. "How is the work?"
"Ndanka, ndanka," answers Isatou. "Slow. Some people in the village laugh at us. Others call us 'dirty.' But I believe what we are doing is good."
The women crochet by candlelight, away from those who mock them...
First let's think about the word 'mocked.' Could you use the dictionary (click here) to check its meaning/definition?
I would like you to think about why they might be mocked. Write a short paragraph to explain in your own words why you think Isatou and the other women might be mocked.
See my example:
Spend some time responding to the illustration. What does the composition suggest? What can we infer from details such as the dark background, the candle, the way in which the women are arranged? Why do you think they are working in the dark? Write a short paragraph to answer this in your own words. See my example:
Here is the next page:
‘…until a morning comes when they will no longer work in secret.’
Discuss how different this image is to the previous page where the women were working in the dark. Why do you think this is? (Discuss with your parents/guardians/teddy bears. )
On the following page we can see Isatou's bags are bcomining popular:
One woman buys a bag... ‘Then two, Then ten. Then everbody wants one’
I would like you to go and research different ways plastic can be recycled. I have seen some wonderful creations already. One of you made a hat - excellent! One of you made a phone case - very creative! Many amazing bags and designs but what else could be made?
Have a look at some of these clips/pages (below my example) about how plastic has been recycled and repurposed in different parts of the world. Create a little spider diagram with words or stetches to show your favourite recycling projects.
Click here for more information.