Unit 3B- lesson overview - Complete 3A or 3B

In the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories, one character asks, "What is the use of stories that aren't even true?" In this unit, we will investigate what it is about stories that is essential to what makes us human. 

Freedom of expression is considered a fundamental human right.  In this unit, you will be asked what that means to you. 

Does freedom of expression have limits? Can we ever justify silencing someone? Do some books need to be censored?

You will start this unit by hearing from Shirin Neshat, who faced being silenced in her country of Iran or living in exile.

You will then read about the stories that influenced Salman Rushdie as he wrote his novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories.  Rushdie wrote this narrative, which defends freedom of expression, while living in exile for another novel, The Satanic Verses, which he had written earlier.

If you haven't got yourself a copy of Haroun and the Sea of Stories, you might want to talk to your teacher about that now. Before you begin reading, make sure to look at your reading assignment first, which requires you to keep a two-sided journal as you read.

Once you have handed in your journal, you can start on the major project that involves crafting a narrative of your own based on your readings in this unit. It is always a good idea to look at your major assignment early on, keeping it in mind as you go through the unit.

The unit quiz is based on all of your readings and assignments, so it is best if you leave that until the end.

Time Management for Unit 3B

Task Time needed
short assignment - Freedom of expression  15 minutes
Reading and viewing content (with most of that needed for Haroun and the Sea of Stories) while completing two-sided response journal 18 hours
Major Assignment 5 hours
Unit Quiz (including two paragraph questions) 45 minutes

Key terms for this unit

Frame story - a story within which several familiar tales are embedded

Motif - an image that recurs within a literary work

Allusion - a reference made to another literary work or historical figure or event within literature

Freedom of Expression - the fundamental human right that we have to express ourselves through speech or other forms of communication

Exile - to be forced to live outside of ones community

Censorship - suppressing of speech or other communication because some person or group is opposed to it.

Hero's journey - the story of all stories which features a hero who goes on a mission to an unknown land

Parody - an imitation of an original work in order to criticize it or otherwise comment upon it

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