CORNELL NOTES Topic: Nadia the Willful By Sue Alexander Name: _____________________________ Class: _____________________________ Date: ________________________ Hour: ________________________ ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What are the major ideas, plot events, and characterization in the story Nadia the Willful by Sue Alexander?_________________________________ QUESTIONS: 1. Why does Hamed NOTES: Hamed is looking for new fertile grazing land for the sheep. Ride into the desert? 2. How does the Setting affect the story? Hamed dies in a sandstorm, one of the hazards of the desert, and Because the story is set in a Bedouin tribe, Tarik is the law. 3. What happens to Nadia When she disobeys her father And does not speak Hamed’s Name? Her grief builds up inside of her. She cries and lashes out at everyone. People avoid her, and she becomes even lonelier. 4. Why is Nadia’s mother Frightened for her? Nadia’s mother knows how angry Tarik will be if he hears Nadia speaking Hamed’s name. Nadia’s mother doesn’t know what Tarik will do 5. What is Tarik’s response When Nadia asks him if he He says that he cannot remember anything about his son—how he looked Or sounded. He weeps. Remembers Hamed’s face? 6. Nadia “gives back” Hamed To Tarik by: Nadia “gives back” Hamed to Tarik by telling stories about Hamed, thus Forcing Takik to remember his. 7. What is Nadia’s response To the main conflict? Nadia’s response to the main conflict is that she refuses to stop talking Hamed and chooses to remember him instead. SUMMARY: A Bedouin girl named Naida must come to terms with the death of her favorite brother, Hamed. Nadia’s father, the sheik of their clan, responds to his grief by decreeing that Hamed must never be spoken of again. Nadia did not believe in this decree. Through example, she teacher her father how to keep Hamed’s memory alive. QUESTIONS: 8. Theme should express an Idea about human nature that Everyone can understand. Do You think the author’s message About memories work? Explain 9. What is Characterization? 10. Some ways to understand a Character are: NOTES: Theme: The best way to keep memories alive is to share them. 1. 2. 3. 4. Finish Reading a text List topics Pick 1 Topic and write “The author believes…” Cross out “The author believes…” and fix it up! Characterization is the way an author describes a character. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Physical description Dialogue Action/Behavior Opinions of other characters Thoughts 11. Complete the Plot Line for Nadia the Willful: Shepard Boy says Hamed’s name and Tarik hears. Tarik banishes the boy despite Nadia’s objections. Nadia can no longer feel peace because everyone stopped talking about Hamed again. Nadia figures out that talking about Hamed to the people of the Tribe allows her to find peace within herself. Her mom warns her to stop, fearing Tarik. Nadia the Willful Sue Alexander After Nadia couldn’t take it anymore, she confronts Tarik to teach him how to remember Hamed, by talking about him and remembering the things he used to say and do, which made Tarik finally smile. Tarik forbids the clan to speak of Hamed, which causes Nadia to have a very bad temper because she couldn’t talk about him. Hamed goes on a journey to find grazing ground for the sheep, but he dies from a sandstorm, causing Tarik and Nadia severe grief. Internal: Person vs. Self (Nadia and Tarik are grieving Hamed’s loss) External: Person vs. Person (Tarik doesn’t let Nadia Speak of Hamed) External: Person vs. Nature (Hamed dies because of a sandstorm; hard living in desert) Desert, oasis, tents, Tribe/clan Friendly tribe/clan where the Bedouins live. Nadia Hamed Tarik Nadia Tarik Tarik announces that Nadia is no longer ‘willful’ but ‘wise’ for teaching the tribe how to bring back Hamed by remembering him. Memories can be kept alive if shared with others.
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