The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman is an extraordinary tale of hope and courage told by an Afghani asylum seeker to Australia.

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We would like you to complete the following activities in relation to this text:

  • Watch the video from Clickview about asylum seekers

  • Locate and read a recent news article about asylum seekers. Paste into your writing journal and comment about the main idea of the article.

  • Discuss with the group your attitudes to asylum seekers and those of Australians generally.

  • Create a Wordle document about asylum seekers using Paste this into your writing journal.

  • Read the autobiography, The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif.

  • Read the following document which will assist you in your reading of the text

  • Set up a section of your writing journal which will become a place to to record your thoughts and feelings as you are reading the story. Also record quotes from the book that may be used in your final presentation. This will become a very important reference for your book trailer.

  • Listen to the following interview with the author of the text

  • Contribute to the Group Discussion Page on this wiki with your thoughts/ opinions/ reflections as you are reading and researching.

  • Make a book trailer about The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif.- this will be your assessment task for this activity. Please refer carefully to the instructions attached:

Your preparation and final presentation will be assessed according to the following criteria: