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Leaving Home...forever.

Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married. When she discovers that the husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly boy with wicked parents, Koly wishes she could flee. According to tradition, though, she has no choice. On her wedding day, Koly's fate is sealed.

In the wake of her marriage, however, Koly's life takes an unexpected turn, and she finds herself alone in a strange city of white-sari-clad windows. Her only choice seems to be to shed her name and her future and join the hopeless hordes who chant for food.

Even then, cast out in a current of time-worn tradition, this rare young woman sets out to forge her own exceptional future. And a life, like a beautiful tapestry, comes together for Koly-- one stitch at a time.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL) and 2000 National Book Award Winner

Curriculet Details
24 Questions
26 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 6th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining culture, history and theme. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about conflict and figurative language. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of plot, diction, and tone. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

Watch the video below about point of view and cultural perspective.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Based off of the context clues, the word baap refers to a  
Below is an image of a typical sari.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
This paragraph talks about all of the following except 
A sitar is a stringed instrument, and a tabla is a percussion one. Below is a video of both instruments being played together.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.6
In this paragraph Koly is most surprised by Hari's 

Chapter Two

Watch the video below about conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Why do you believe Mrs. Mehta is so cruel to Koly?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which word best describes Hari's behavior? 
Below is an image of Varanasi.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter Three

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
The highlighted sentence contains an example of 
Trains in India get very crowded. Look at the image below to see how cramped a train in India can be.  (This annotation contains an image)
Inauspicious means unfortunate or unlucky.  
Watch the video below about imagery. The highlighted sentence contains examples of imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What word best describes Koly's tone in the highlighted passage?  
Quiz #1 Chapters 1-3 
A white dove can be seen as an image of peace and innocence.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Why do you think the dove reminds Koly of Hari?  

Chapter Four

Watch the video below about personification, which this highlighted sentence contains.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
The details in this highlighted passage show 
Watch the video below about character development.  (This annotation contains a video)
Rabindranath Tagore was also a composer. He wrote India's national anthem, JaNa GaNa MaNa. Below is a video of the national anthem.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
For Koly reading gives her  

Chapter Five

Koly is experiencing an internal conflict here. She wishes to be free from the family, but she loves Chandra. She cannot simply take the money because that would take away from Chandra.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What does this sentence describe? 

Chapter Six

Watch the video below about using textual evidence.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Do you believe Sassur and Koly have anything in common? Use one piece of textual evidence to support your answer.  

Chapter Seven

This detail represents a Hindu belief.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
What is the main theme in this highlighted passage? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Which is the most out of ordinary behavior for Sass? 
Below is an image of Vrindavan.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #2 Chapters 4-7 

Chapter Eight

This moment has redirected the plot. Everyone who Koly could depend on (her parents, Hari, Chandra, Sassur, and Sass) are all gone. She must find her own way, and she must become more independent.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Insolent means  
Here is an image of one deity in the Hindu religion, Visnu. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
This detail demonstrates Koly's 
Watch the video below about symbolism. Koly getting rid of the widow's sari is a symbol of her chance to change her life.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which word best describes Maa Kamala's treatment of Koly so far? 

Chapter Nine

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
The highlighted sentence contains an example of 
Below is what a jasmine blossom looks like.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.9
How does Tagore's poem relate to Koly and her experiences?  
Click on the link below to read a copy of the poem that Koly is referencing here. (This annotation contains a link)
Watch the video below about tension. Here Koly feels tense about where Raji is.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
At this moment the main theme is 

Chapter Ten

An iron-monger is similar to working at a hardware store.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
This detail shows that Mr. Das is  
A kohl is a type of eye cosmetic.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What is Koly's tone in this highlighted passage? 

Chapter Eleven

In some cultures it is common to avoid public displays of affection, especially when the couple is not married. This moment further develops the theme of customs and traditions.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Do you think Koly going to the city is a mostly positive experience? Explain your view.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Koly's internal conflict is between 
Here we're seeing the internal conflict Koly is experiencing begin to resolve itself. She is making her decision to join Raji.  
Quiz #3 Chapters 8-11