‘Anil’ Ridjal Noor
Anil is a boy who ‘believed in the magical wonders of life’. His ‘dreams were bigger than he was’ but he could never imagine how his departure from the ‘little village’ where he lived could be a result of his having a dark and terrifying secret.
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'Anil' by Ridjal Noor
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A series of suggestions for exploring 'Anil' with your students.
Before reading the story 'Anil', students write a poem or piece of prose based on a selection of words taken from the beginning of the story.
Put the events of the story into the correct order with this on-screen activity.
Witnessing a crime
Students are given crime scenarios and asked to decide what their correct course of action as witnesses should be, before investigating official government advice. They then contrast this with the criminal justice system in operation in 'Anil'. Intended for Higer Tier students.
Work out who the truth-tellers are and how they were punished for their beliefs. Includes a research task linking back to 'Anil'.
Explore characterisation in the short story by creating character logs and a set of top trumps cards.
My parents sided with a murderer
A speaking and listening role play activity in reponse to events in 'Anil', Jerry Springer style.
A series of activities for exploring the central ideas in the story, including devised scenes, discussion and a TV news report.
Is Noor a master of description or... not? Students explore the effectiveness of key descriptions and create a descriptive passage of their own. Intended for Higher Tier students.
Thinking about setting
Explore aspects of place and environment with the help of a setting diagram and a series of prompt questions. Intended for Foundation Tier students.
Focus on a key passage, paying close attention to language, imagery and authorial technique.
Social and historical context
Background information on Ridjal Noor and the short story 'Anil'. This information is also available as a web page in the 'Social and historical' section.