Core Competency Reflection – Grade 9 – Semester 2

Self-Assessment-CC-District-document-Gee-12hsa0b (5)

My questions for the novel study discussion

Section

My 3 questions

1

Why do you think Lakshmi names her cucumbers? What is the symbolism?

1

Why do you think Lakshmi’s “first blood” is considered such a big deal in her community?

1

Why do you think Lakshmi’s step-father continued to gamble even though he knew they did not have a lot of money?

Section

My 3 questions

2

Why do you think Lakshmi trusted her “Uncle Husband” even though she didn’t know him? What does this say about how men are represented in her community?

2

Why do you think the girls have to wear makeup while working? How does this represent the way the girls are seen by the men?

2

Why do you think Lakshmi is kept in a separate room when she first arrives? How does this affect her thinking?

Section

My 3 questions

3

Why do you think Lakshmi had to hide her calculations from other people? How would their opinion of her change if they found out she was intelligent?

3

Why do you think the man who held Lakshmi during their time together had such a big impact on her?

3

Why do you think Harish started teaching Lakshmi how to read? Why was she so grateful?

Section

My 3 questions

4

Why do you think the girls hide when the police come to the door? What would happen if they didn’t?

4

Why do you think Lakshmi’s mindset changes and she decides to work harder?

4

How is Lakshmi different from the other girls? Does her personality change during her time in the Happiness House?

Novel Study Self-Assessment

You will need to develop a list of questions specific to each section that the group might discuss.

  • Questions should be open-ended and not “yes/no” questions.
  • They cannot have an answer that can be found within the book, as they should incite discussion further than the events in the story
  • Questions will be answered primarily using opinions, but will need to reference parts of the book as proof
  • You should have 3 questions per section -> these will go into the “Book Talk questions” tab

 

  1. Choose 1 type of connection in your novel (t-s, t-t, or t-w) and explain it. Show clear parallels between specific things from your novel and the connection you’ve made.

Text to World

  • In the book Lakshmi is tricked into prostitution. She did not know that she was going to the “Happiness House” and she was mistreated while she was there. This is still an issue that happens today around the world. A lot of girls are tricked into this work, even in modern societies.

Statistics:

Worldwide, almost 20% of all trafficking victims are children.

From <https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/human-trafficking/global-report-on-trafficking-in-persons.html>

There Are An Estimated 24.9 Million People Trapped In Forced Labor Via Human Trafficking Worldwide

From <https://www.bustle.com/p/13-sex-trafficking-statistics-that-put-the-worldwide-problem-into-perspective-9930150>

Victims spend an average of 20 months in forced labor, although this varied with different forms of forced labor.

From <https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/resource/human-trafficking-numbers>