Jamal and the Night Visitors
Students answer these questions from what they see in the word cloud. Then they read the text to check their answers.
- Does this word cloud predict a happy text?
- Why do you think so?
- Who are the people?
- What are their relationships?
- How old is the child?
- Is he or she an only child?
- Where does it take place?
- What is the problem?
- What are the symptoms?
Isabella, 46, is the HR superintendent at the Nzoia Sugar Company in western Kenya. Jamal, 11, is her third and youngest child. For years, malaria made their lives a nightmare. Jamal was born a weak child, and was allergic to milk from the beginning. He was six months old when he suffered his first malaria attack, and from then on, was frequently ill with the mosquito-borne fever. Jamal was a very playful child. But right in the middle of a game, he would suddenly start to have a stomach ache and then a headache, Isabella says. The malaria attacked him every two weeks so he often had to go into hospital. This went on for a number of years.
The students then highlight all the words that are relate to Jamal, to Isabella and to Malaria – one colour each. These are topic trails.