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Lesson Plan May 23, 2018

Learning About Literary Journalism: School in Kenyan Refugee Camps


  1. How is the structure of "Kids of Kakuma" different from other nonfiction you have read? To compare look at other news stories from TIME for Kids.
  2. The author tells a story in this style of writing. What is the author's story?
  3. The author includes many details to help you feel like you are there with her. What sensory elements does the author include?
  4. An important element in literary journalism is the reporting. What facts does the author include about the topic?
  5. What is the central idea of "Kids of Kakuma"?
  6. Why do you think the author wrote the article as a piece of literary journalism?
  7. Why did she write it in first person?
  8. How does the article's structure contribute to the story's meaning?
  9. What does the author want you to know?
  10. What is at the heart of this story?
  11. What ideas are relevant to life, beyond the story?

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