Child of Dandelions continued:
Following Kelly Gallagher’s ideas, what can I do to frame the text so as to increase the chances of a successful reading of this text?
What questions do I have?
- Where is Uganda?
- Who was Idi Amin?
- Were there actually east Asian people living there? Were they expelled?
Where is Uganda?
Who is Idi Amin? Did the expulsion of Indian people from Uganda actually occur?
Short-sighted demagogue who played the race card: Idi Amin
expelled the Asians
For my students, to activate and provide some background knowledge, I might ask them:
- Can you remember a time when you were asked to leave an event or a place because of who you were (teenager, for example)? (I recall students telling me that they have been asked to leave a store in the mall simply because they are teens. Beyond that, I must admit that I have never experienced expulsion because of who I am.)
- Can you think of a story, movie, song, TV show, video game that also shows someone being expelled?( I have read or consumed many stories of the Jews and the Holocaust, and how they were expelled from their homes — such as Schindler’s List. In Please Ignore Vera Dietz, the protagonist is ‘expelled’ from a circle of friends.)
- After reading the article, does this story remind of you another historical event? (The Holocaust)
Another way for me to frame the text is to look for a book trailer for Child of Dandelions:
Plus: there was a movie about Idi Amin with Forest Whitaker called The Last King of Scotland: