Homework Week 5 : What If? – Beit Hanun, Gaza Strip

What If? – Beit Hanun, Gaza Strip

A Palestinian girl sleeps on a mat at her destroyed home. The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has said it cannot afford to repair Gaza homes damaged in last year’s war because donors have failed to pay and cutting subsidies to displaced residents now renting alternative accommodation could force large numbers back to UN schools and centres which are already sheltering 12,000 people.
Circle of Viewpoints
1. Thinking from the point of view of the girl – What is life like everyday for you? Write a brief summary of how you are feeling (remember you are telling me as if you were the girl in the picture).

2. Describe the picture from your the girls viewpoint – What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? What do you taste? What do you smell? Write a descriptive snapshot about the moment you are lying there.

3. What questions would you have for the mother if you were the girl? Prepare 5 questions you would ask if you were the girl. 

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  1. Peace
    March 2, 2015 at 5:50 am

    1. Thinking from the point of view of the girl – What is life like every day for you?
    Well life hasn’t been that good. I sleep on a mat we don’t have food or clothes we just manage the things we have. My dad goes hunting for animals so he can feed us.

    2. Describe the picture from your the girls viewpoint – What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? What do you taste? What do you smell?
    I see our destroyed home I see the worryness on my mum and dad’s face.

    I feel scared as I am lying down thinking about everything that has happened.

    I hear the crying of the people as they come home and became fully aware of what happened to their
    homes.

    I taste the sweat dripping slowly down my face.

    I smell the smoke still lurking around; I smell the fire that my mum had just put on.

    3. What questions would you have for the mother if you were the girl?
    Mum, when are we going to move?

    Dad are they going to come back?

    When next are they going to attack?

    What will happen if they do come back?

    When is there going to be tranquility in this country?

    Au Revoir Madame Joyce 🙂

  2. Shontae
    March 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

    What is life like everyday for you? I predict my life would be boring and at night it would be hared to get to sleep because it might be the opposite of tranquil.

    What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? What do you taste? What do you smell? I see dust in the air, lots of destroyed houses, our close line and Mum cooking dinner. I feel scared because something bad could happen any time, and I feel my soft mattress, dry dirt and I’m about to doze of to sleep. I hear the wind rushing through, baby s begging for food and the sizzling sound of dinner. I taste the awful taste of dirt and delishous dinner. I smell that weird smell like dirt.

    What questions would you have for the mother if you were the girl? is it safe here? what’s for dinner? what is going to happen? how are we going to build a new house? are we going to fix our house?

  3. Ethan
    March 3, 2015 at 8:20 am

    1. Thinking from the point of view of the girl – What is life like everyday for you? Write a brief summary of how you are feeling (remember you are telling me as if you were the girl in the picture).

    My days are always the same, I feel scared and cold and hungry and I worry about if things will ever get better. I worry about where my friends and family have ended up and if my parents are going to be able to feed us all today or in the future.

    2. Describe the picture from your the girls viewpoint – What do you see? What do you feel? What do you hear? What do you taste? What do you smell? Write a descriptive snapshot about the moment you are lying there.

    I see concrete and broken buildings and people trying to make shelter and my parents looking sad. I feel sad and hungry and worried. I feel scared about where we are going to end up. I can taste dust behind my teeth and the yucky flavour of smoke. I smell smoke, dust and people who can’t wash properly. I hear people crying and arguing and talking about someone coming to help us one day.

    3. What questions would you have for the mother if you were the girl?

    Is the war over?
    Are we going to ever get out of here?
    Where are all our family and friends?
    Are we going to have enough to eat?
    Why did this happen?

    Au Revoir Madame Joyce 😉

  4. Danica
    March 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Hi Madam Joyce,
    I would be feeling upset because I don’t have a home or a comfortable bed to sleep on.

    I can see the sun which is bright in my eyes, my mum, a broken door, clothes, rocks, blankets, pipes and electrical wires.

    I can feel hard rocks. I feel upset because my house is broken. I feel angry because my house got broken down during war.

    I can hear sizzling from my mum cooking dinner. I can hear guns shooting because they are in the middle of the war.

    I taste dust, food and dirt.

    I smell food, smoke and dust.

    Here are some questions:
    1. Why isn’t it tranquil.
    2. Where do we get the food from.
    3. How did house break down.

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