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Lit from the Axis of Evil

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The Axis of Evil



                    Iran                                                 Iraq                              North Korea


Lesson Ideas




The development of this unit comes from a culmination of many things. My interest in this body of literature started in 2007 when I completed my student teaching at Currituck County High School. During my time there, I developed and taught a unit centered on the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (click here to see the unit). From the moment I began studying and preparing, I was hooked. The vast culture and extreme turmoil that embodies what Afghanistan is at her core instilled in me an insatiable hunger for more knowledge about this region of the world. The idea to "piggy-back" this into a study of literature from the axis of evil came later at a UNC Humanities seminar. In early 2008, I attended the "Words Without Borders" seminar in Chapel Hill. One of the speakers was Alane Mason, the president of the World Without Borders Organization (click here to visit their website). They had recently published an anthology of literature form the axis of evil countries. I purchased the book and almost immediately began thinking of ways to bring these countries to life in the classroom by using their body of contemporary literature. So, all of this was said to introduce my thinking and partial rationale for bringing this area of the world out of the news headlines and into the classroom. In the links above you will find my somewhat scattered ideas that are being developed into a cohesive unit along with resources that I have found both on the internet and in print.



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