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Under the Persimmon Tree

Summary:  Najmah is a 13 year old Afghan girl living in a rural community with her father, mother, and older brother.  Najmah witnesses her father and brother being kidnapped by the Taliban and is left to help her mother, who is pregnant, to run the household and take care of the goats and sheep.  Najmah must travel high into the hills to find grazing land for the animals and leaves her mother only to return to devastation as the United States begin bombing areas of Afghanistan.

Nusrat in an American teacher who travels to live with her husband's family in Pakistan.  Nusrat's husband is a doctor who returns to Afghanistan after the September 11th attacks in order to help the troops and civilians impacted by the war.  Nusrat begins a school for refugees, called The Persimmon Tree School.       
                                       As our story continues, the themes of Najmah and Nusrat's   
                                       plots blend together. 

Learning Targets:

1.  I can provide an objective summary of the text.
2.  I can determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text.
3.  I can compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history.
4.  I can analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.
5.  I can analyze how setting shapes the characters and plot.