We will spend two days in the library researching background information essential for understanding this novel. Then you will be divided into small groups to present your information. Follow the directions as provided



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Date: ___________________

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Introduction

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung
The following is an introductory assignment to better prepare you for what we will be discussing during Ung’s novel First They Killed My Father. We will spend two days in the library researching background information essential for understanding this novel. Then you will be divided into small groups to present your information. Follow the directions as provided.
I. Define the following terms and provide examples to go with each.
1. Democracy 6. Genocide

2. Fascism 7. Holocaust

3. Socialism 8. Concentration Camp

4. Communism 9. Crimes against humanity

5. Humanicide

II. Find information in the form of facts and pictures for the following:


1. Cambodia (1970-1980) 8. Land Mines

2. Cambodia (today) 9. Pol Pot

3. Democratic Kampuchea 10. Cambodian Labor Camps

4. Phonom Phen 11. Angkar

5. Ro Leap 12. Loung Ung (and her family)

6. Youn Invasion 13. The Killing Fields

7. Khmer Rouge 14. Any other information of the period
III. With your group (I will randomly assign) present specific information to the rest of

the class. Your presentation will be scored according to accuracy of information

provided, depth of information (do not just give surface level information—dig

deep), and any visual aide your group can provide (maps, pictures, graphs, etc).

Name: ____________________

Date: ___________________

Period: ___________________

Reading Log

First They Killed My Father

Loung Ung

I. Reading Log Assignment:


You will be required to keep a reading journal as you read through the novel. This is not a simple summary of the story but commentary and reflection about theme. For each entry :


  • Quote and page number

  • Complete a three section reflection

    • How the quote relates to the story development (includeing character and theme)

    • Historical development

    • Personal reflection

    • Each entry must be ¾ to 1 page in length

    • NO PLOT SUMMARY WILL BE ACCEPTED!

II. Reading Schedule:


1. Pages 1-55: _________________________

2. Pages 56-128: _______________________

3. Pages 129-183: ______________________

4. Pages 184-234: ______________________

III. Grading:
A range: all 5 entries, superior quality and reflection in all areas

B range: all 5 entries, high quality and reflection in all area

C range: 4 entries, acceptable quality

D range: 3 entries, limited quality



F range: 3 or fewer entries, poor quality
**Quotes should be from a range of the chapters from each

section and a final reflection on the novel as a whole**


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