First they Killed My Father (Loung Ung) Analysis activities



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First they Killed My Father (Loung Ung) Analysis activities
1. List five (5) words or phrases that would describe each member of the Ung family
Pa

Ma


Loung

Meng


Khouy

Kim


Keav

Chou


Geak
2. Develop at least ten (10) brief statements that can be clearly attributed to Loung. These may refer to actions, characteristics, emotions or thoughts

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3. Make a list of the emotions Loung encounters throughout the text. Link these to a theme/ issue discussed in the text.



Emotion

Theme/ Issue





4. Study the following events and determine how they are defining events in Loung’s development



  • Evacuation from Phnom Penh (pages 31 – 50)

  • Stealing rice from her family (page 118)

  • Death of Keav from food poisoning (pages 124 – 30)

  • Removal and death of Pa (pages 136 – 48), and Ma and Geak (pages 209 – 12)

  • Ma sending Loung away (page 160)

  • Joining the child soldier camp and seeing music boys laughing (page 173)

  • Near rape by Vietnamese soldier (pages 234 – 7)

  • Execution of Khmer Rouge soldier (pages 268 – 70)

5. Copy the following table into your workbook and complete, giving at least two (2) examples for each.


Theme/ issue

Key Scene

Characters involved

Images/ metaphors/ Vocab

Quotes

Survival


Sacrifice












Secrecy/ silence












Stealing














Separation












Practical measures













Hunger












Repressed emotion













Sacrifice












Growing up












Anger

Death and destruction













Hatred and revenge













Guilt












Loss












Fear












Recognising difference











6. Create a character web that illustrates how the members of the Ung family helped each other to survive the Khmer Rouge reign and how each of the characters link to the other throughout the text. You may choose any member of the Ung family to form the central piece.


7. Choose two (2) characters, other than the protagonist, and write at least 5 statements pertaining to their actions, characteristics, emotions or thoughts.
8. Make a list of at least 7 traumatic events that occurred in the text. Then complete the following table in your workbook.

Event


How the events displays:

Character development

Plot Development

Narrative Style

Tone









































































































9. Complete the following table, indicating how the text explores the following:




Cultural Context

Historical Context

Gender Roles










10. Make a list of the Vocabulary (including meta-language) you feel will be helpful in your SAC. Write the definition beside the word if you are unsure of its meaning.


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