This novel study project about Lyddie,
written by Katherine Paterson (Puffin,
consisted of a 4-week book partners novel study unit. It was a
structured, yet independent four week reading assignment in which
pairs of students read the same novel; completed a weekly assignment
including vocabulary, comprehension, and literary appreciation
activities. Pairs of students were then placed in teams of four
to create web pages, interactive puzzles, and other online activities
to document and to showcase their work and knowledge.
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RIGHTS and CHILD LABOUR
While the story of Lyddie was set
in the 1800s, there are still hundreds of millions of children who
work in exploitative and hazardous situations worldwide. Most
of them work long hours in terrible conditions, without breaks or
adequate food, in plantations, farms, and factories, in domestic
service, and on the streets - for little or no money. Many of
these children do not go to school and do not have time to hang out
with their friends or to play. While, for the most part,
children in our society engage in work that is beneficial to their
development and help their families, harsh and exploitative labour
deprives children of their right to grow up healthy and to receive an
education. If you are interested in learning more about this
subject, please visit the "links"
page. The novel Lyddie,
by Katherine Paterson, is an excellent "Literature
Connections" resource that may be used as a springboard into the
issues of child rights and child labour.