Our class novel for this term is Boy Overboard by Morris Gleitzman. This story is set in Afghanistan. So what do we currently know about Afghanistan from the book:
– The country has lots of landmines, both active and inactive
– There is an extremely strict government with many absurd laws in place, some of these are as follows:
- Children are not allowed to play soccer
- Girls are forbidden from having an education
- Females are not allowed outside unless they are accompanied by a male relative
- Cassette tapes are confiscated and thrown up into the light poles as music is banned
- Fizzy drink is also banned
You have been asked to find out a little bit more about the Afghanistan Government and what has caused these strict laws.
Today in class we will be doing some further research. We will be completing some reading and watching the following clips from Behind the News. The first clip is from April 2012 and gives a clear picture of what caused the War in Afghanistan. Here is the link so that you can read the transcript: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3483683.htm
The second clip talks about what life is like in Afghanistan. Even though the clip is from June 2010 the information it contains is still relevant to the discussion we will be having.
Lastly the following website contains some useful information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/15218666
What have you learnt about Afghanistan?
How are these videos related to our class novel?