Amil and I didn’t go to school. And despite the decades that have passed, The Night Diary's story, characters, and issues remain timely and … Keeping a Night Diary. I remember he was the first person to teach Amil how to play cricket in the front of the house, how to throw and bat and catch. After school we ran all the way home without stopping. The data included 95 student performances from grades two, three, four, and five. Avoid reading in the dark so you don’t strain your eyes. However, she can't stay and has to continue her journey across the border. Papa doesn’t like to go to temple. This chart includes Lexile level recommendations and may also be used as a … Click on the category or level for an initial list, and then refine your list by selecting other criteria. Something went wrong. I bought this book to explain to my 4 children (6,9,11,13) about Partition because my father, Hindu, was 19 at the time that India got its independence. I want it to be all mine and never have to give it back. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. I’ve decided that night is the best time to write to you. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. I want to remember what everyone says and does, and I won’t know the ending until I get there. Guided Reading Leveling Resource Chart. I hope our headmasters don’t send a messenger with a note. But if you write words and they don’t come out the way you want them to, you can erase them and start over. But I know he’s not. I feel normal around them. I guess the difference is that I do well in school and Amil doesn’t. Readers see the depth of Hiranandani's characters during the family's walk to the border, particularly Nisha's rarely affectionate father who gently cares for her brother and grandmother. I don’t know where he keeps all of it, but each year on my birthday, another piece appears at my bedside in a dark blue velvet box with gold trim. I do it for Amil and he does mine and then we compare how much we’ve grown since last year. This riveting and important book speaks to the power of love in a world divided by hate and raises questions that still need to be asked seventy years after its events took place. Reading Level Based on analysing the text of Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary , we estimate that readers of 9th and 10th grade will be able to read this book. Mine did not. From her innocent eyes, we see how difficult it was. Had Papa changed that much? I don’t have any friends except Sabeen. He said someone needs to make a record of the things that will happen because the grown-ups will be too busy. He leaves early with the cool morning air and never makes a sound. I want to make it real so you can imagine it. Use the Interactive Reading Level Conversion Chart Below to Browse Books. His eyes turn everything into art. Overview. Amil, who normally eats too fast, makes his pudding last extra long, eating the smallest bites he can. More bad things are happening. Amil and I usually sleep through our birth minutes and then when we wake up, we stand next to the last mark we etched into the wall with a sharp rock. by ... 2013) compassionately portrays one of the bloodiest periods in world history through diary entries Nisha writes to her deceased mother. Amil tried to do his but mostly doodled. The journey is long, difficult, and dangerous, and after losing her mother as a baby, Nisha can't imagine losing her homeland, too. I even like the metal taste of the holy water on my tongue. Grades K and 1 should retell the story, make a connection to his/her life or another book, tell favorite part and why. When Nisha and her twin brother Amil turn 12, Nisha receives a notebook from her family’s beloved cook, Kazi. Nisha is a twelve year old girl whose life is turned upside down after Britain freed India and the Partition took place. For the next terrible year, young Elie Wiesel experiences the loss of everything he loves — home, friends, family — in an agonizing journey through Birkenau, Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald. I can’t wait to be older and do what Kazi can do. Sometimes Amil draws Dadi or Papa when they aren’t looking and only shows me. Play one of Turtle Diary's large variety of Reading games. When Nisha and her twin brother Amil turn 12, Nisha receives a notebook from her... read more. I’ve never asked my father if his family had to relocate during partition but I do not think they did. I touched the small bump where the rock hit me. When we were younger, maybe five or six, he used to sit cross-legged on the floor and play with us after his work was done. “It was nothing to worry about,” she said. I wonder if he likes being twelve? Nisha tells her story to her long-dead mother through a series of diary entries. Like magic, these things would get to be special at least for a day. Level 3: READING ALONE Complex plots, challenging vocabulary, and high-interest topics for the independent reader. Review contains inconsequential … Dadi says it’s not a jail for the murderers. How could you not? Her father is a doctor who works at the local hospital and while he isn't particularly tender, he does take care of them, even though he has little patience for Amil's learning difficulties. This chart includes Lexile level recommendations and may also be used as a general leveling guide. Oberstufenschüler empfehlen kann, die ihr Englisch vorm Abi verbessern wollen. I once read an English story where a little girl got a big pink cake and presents wrapped in shiny paper and bows for her birthday. Amil found bugs to draw and I read. It feels scary to talk, because once the words are out, you can’t put them back in. Ich habe das Buch für die Uni gelesen und denke die Sprache ist leicht verständlich. I finished my work and helped him clean some green beans and chop the garlic and ginger into the tiniest pieces you ever saw, but Kazi didn’t tell me anything and I could tell he didn’t want to. But sometimes there are truly bad ones, too, who just want to be bad, who hurt and steal just for fun. Now I have two gold bangles, two gold rings, small emerald-and-gold hoop earrings, and the ruby necklace. I knew he would be when he found out. Papa gave me your gold chain with a small ruby stone hanging from it. Amil would rather draw and play all day instead of going to school. Kazi has so much energy for us. All the kids play together at my school no matter what religion we are. Dear Diary READING TASK. Comprehension Quizzes are a fast, easy way to assess how well students comprehend their reading and are great resources for text … Amil started grumbling about school and how he wished he was a grown-up and could work at the hospital like Papa instead. She and her brother attend the local school where she has no real friends and her brother is bullied but she gets to help out the family cook, Kazi prepare the meals. The Night Diary. TM ® & © 2016 Scholastic Inc. All Rights Reserved. I always look forward to going. Twelve-year-old Nisha's journal of political turmoil and violence in 1940s India sheds light on a turbulent era. I didn’t want to stop. Kazi gave it to me this morning wrapped in brown paper, tied with a piece of dried grass. Use the grid below to shop by Guided Reading, Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), and Lexile® Levels. Dadi looked out the window and called Amil. I’m just not what he wanted.”. Nisha, her twin brother - Amil, her dad, and grandma travel from Mirpur Khas (in current day Pakistan), to Jodhpur, India. But maybe a Hindu temple is the last place you’d be. When we were little, Papa would tickle us to wake us up. Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2018. She has to leave her friends and her home, her comfort zone. He let me touch the drawing pad paper once. Located near the top of our book search tool, you can quickly find a book’s Lexile measure by entering a … Cake and bows must be nice, but is anything better than a perfect tomato? Are you, Mama? Amil says he can’t read right because the words jump around and change on him. When Papa finds out we didn’t go to school, he’ll be much angrier at Amil than he will at me. Kazi tells me what he reads in the papers. The reader comes to know, love, and struggle with Nisha and her family as they leave everything they knew for an uncertain and often dangerous future. When Papa decides it's too dangerous to stay in what is now Pakistan, Nisha and her family become refugees and embark first by train but later on foot to reach her new home. I want to tell you about this diary I’m writing in. My grandfather was a contractor for the British and he always warned his sons that if they caused trouble with the British soldiers that they would be begger’s on the streets. We have our bungalow, and a coop for the chickens, the flower and vegetable gardens, and the cottages where Kazi and the groundskeeper, Mahit, live. Please try again. We encourage teachers to confer with one another as they establish a schoolwide book room and develop a sensitivity to appropriate text levels for their school population. The Accelerated Reader book reading levels represent the difficulty of the text in a book and are equal to grade levels from one to 11. Five! He never gives me gifts on my birthday. Diary of a Worm I Can Read Level 1 by Doreen Cronin (GRL/F&P Level estimated K) Disney Fairies Chapter Books by Kiki Thorpe, Laura Driscoll, Kirsten Larsen, et al. You won't regret it! Nisha has to leave her only friend - Kazi, the families cook behind. Her eyes darted back and forth before she answered the door. Maybe you haven’t been watching. United States. Overnight, India becomes freed by British rule, while also getting split into 2 different countries - India, and Pakistan. Amil only does his best work on the paper after he practices on his bits of flour bags, ends of newspaper, whatever he can find. It was the day we came and you left, but I don’t want to be sad today. Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2018. But he hates writing anything down, except for his drawings. How does Kazi take all these plain boring foods—bitter vegetables, dried lentils, flour, oil, spices—and turn them into something so warm and delicious every time? Nisha’s voice is the right mix of innocence and strength, and her transformation is both believable and heartbreaking. Your pupils dilate from the dark when they wander off the page, which can make your eyes become easily fatigued – a reason many of us quickly become tired when reading in bed at night. I like turning twelve so much already. He talks to people more and goes to the market with Kazi. Papa didn’t say anything about skipping school today. Papa came home from a long day at the hospital and during dinner he told Amil to stop smiling so much, that it made him look ridiculous. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. He doesn’t mind if his words come out right, or not. He has lots of friends at school. Sometimes they chase Amil, but usually only to scare him. It’s like everyone forgot. Hiranandani creates a world full of sensory experiences: "I ate a samosa. Papa loves us of course because he’s our father and Dadi loves us because she’s our grandmother. The greatest tragedy of our time, told through the eyes of a 15-year old boy.

Night is a terrifying account of the Nazi death-camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family, his innocence, and his god. This chart is provided for general comparison only. My heart broke! I don’t see how those two things go together. These games are a great way to teach students about a large variety of subjects. “It’s because we’re Hindus,” Amil said. “I heard them ask when we’d be leaving.”. Papa acted like nothing was happening, but I told Kazi that I couldn’t find Amil anywhere and he told Dadi and Dadi told Papa, so Papa went out with a lantern. I’m so glad there are stories of emigration and refugees that aren’t about America in any way. Papa is very mad. Something very strange happened today. We went a different way to school, down another dirt road and through the sugarcane, but it took a long time and we were late. It made me feel like I was falling off a cliff. Place yourself in the shoes of one of the characters you have just read about and write a diary entry of a key moment from the story. It must be a strange thing that nobody wants to talk about. He likes to paste lots of paper scraps together with flour and water to make a bigger drawing space. I see how hard he tries. Then she told us both to go into the kitchen with Kazi, so we did. • Follett reading levels are based on the actual difficulty of the words, grammar, sentence structure, etc., used in a book. Additionally, the decimal numerals of an AR reading level pinpoint the number of months into a grade, to describe a text's difficulty. Then Papa said, “Amil, you can’t read. Heart wrenching and beautifully told, Nisha’s story will remain with the reader long after the last page has been turned. Sometimes he saves his sweets for me, but not rice kheer. He draws every leg, every bump, every little detail. I think Kazi likes us best. Maybe he’ll let me have it when your jewelry runs out. The truest truth is that I don’t know any other children whose parents are different religions. I thought about the old Papa, the one who tickled us. Thanks for exploring this SuperSummary Study Guide of “The Night Diary” by Veera Hiranandani. She is bright and cheerful and all that is taken away when they decide to cross the boarders by foot. Amil’s book is beautiful. Maybe we will go tomorrow. It makes me feel like I’m not alone, like someone is always watching over me. (GRL/F&P Levels estimated I - N) Disney Fairies Passport to Reading Level 1 by Celeste Sisler, Lucy Rosen, Jennifer Fox (GRL/F&P Levels estimated I - K) The questions you will receive require students to answer "right there" questions, make inferences, text-dependent questions, and use evidence from the text to support their thinking. Kazi once gave him a drawing pad. Please try again. I heard Papa return and I waited to hear Amil’s voice or his footsteps, but I didn’t hear anything and began to cry, holding my doll, Dee, tight. Reviewer willow123goma wrote: This is an amazing book about a girl named Nisha, half- Muslim and half Hindi, living in the mid-1940's, when India gains its independence. He lets me help him more all the time. It doesn’t matter if I smile or don’t smile. Nisha likes her life except for one thing. Nisha’s story is told with honesty, compassion, and a true love for India and her beautiful culture. He waited for Papa to say something, but Papa didn’t. It’s a thick collection of tales from the Mahabharata with gold lettering on the cover and bright colorful pictures inside. Today when we walked to school, two older boys started following us. I heard bits and pieces of sentences, words and names I had been hearing Papa talk about to Dadi, seen in the headlines from their newspapers. Papa says someday Amil will tower over all of us. That’s when it started. He looked around and started to whisper again. No one else knows it’s there. Amil likes to talk. Usually they stole because they were hungry. When leveling a title, Fountas & Pinnell consider factors such as text difficulty, vocabulary and developmental appropriateness. If prior knowledge of the topic is a limitation, the designated reading level of the text may need to be altered. I talk to Dadi and Papa if I have to. I don’t mind. I felt like I’d walked through the desert with Nisha, Amil, Dadi, and Papa - thank you for this incredible work of heart. What did you do?” I whispered at him. I asked Amil why he was thinking about that. I held my breath. Nisha and Amil live with their Hindu father, paternal grandmother, and the family's Muslim chef, Kazi, and they must flee their city after independence. That’s why those men came to the house yesterday. 2019 Newbery Honor Book
It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Amil is already sound asleep, making little whistling sounds through his nose. I usually finish my schoolwork fast and sneak into the kitchen, when Dadi thinks I’m still working, to help Kazi prepare dinner. Having a girl--fictional, but beautifully believable--guide me through her life with hope and love despite so much sadness made me hungry to know more. I’ll start at the beginning. I think I can tell who’s bad and who’s not. This only made Amil smile more. Anschaulich erzählt ermöglicht es einen lebendigen Einblick in die indische Geschichte ohne dabei nur mit Fakten um sich zu werfen. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID (Book 1) It's a new school year, and Greg Heffley finds himself thrust into middle school, where undersized weaklings share the hallways with kids who are taller, meaner, and already shaving. It’s also helpful to avoid reading by light that reflects a lot of bright glare, such as from a computer screen. Now I’m tired and must drink my warm milk and go to bed. Unable to add item to List. Later we stopped under a shady tree. Diary of a Worm I Can Read Level 1 by Doreen Cronin (GRL/F&P Level estimated K) Disney Fairies Chapter Books by Kiki Thorpe, Laura Driscoll, Kirsten Larsen, et al. We only go on our birthdays and Diwali because Dadi begs us to go. I feel bad for them. You probably already know what I’m telling you, but maybe you don’t. Kids (and adults) need books like this to see and understand all the parts of our world. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Amil got up and walked straight out of the house. VERDICT This rich, compelling story, which speaks to the turbulence surrounding India's independence and to the plight of refugees, should be in all libraries serving middle grade readers.—Hilary Writt, Sullivan University, Lexington, KY, “Veera Hiranandani is a master storyteller. Dadi frowned. But Papa found me.”, “Papa will always be mad at me. Kazi disappeared into the kitchen. Share in Nisha’s journey to a strange new world. The Night Diary Summary and Study Guide. “I think something bad is going on.”, “I know,” said Amil. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal), Gr 5–8—Nisha writes to her Muslim mother, who died giving birth to her and her twin brother, Amil, in a diary she receives on their 12th birthday. Papa thinks he’s lying so he doesn’t have to do his schoolwork. The good ones don’t. Im Gegensatz zu manch anderen englischsprachigen Büchern ist das Vokabular gut zu verstehen oder aus dem Zusammenhang zu verstehen, weshalb ich das Buch auch an z.B. It’s cloud white, silky smooth. Keeping a Night Diary. A girl who mourns the loss of her mother and deals with partition. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Our schools are right next to each other, the Government School for Boys and the Government School for Girls. “Because he’s Muslim?” I asked, but Amil didn’t answer as he ran into the house and to our room where he worked on his drawings until dinner. Expectations By Grade Level Comprehension with the book closed is critical! Developed to grow reading confidence with colorful, fully illustrated stories and easy-to-read text, all Acorn books have a Grade 1 Scholastic Reading Level and can appeal to children across Pre-K through Grade 2. All three of us—me, Kazi, and Amil—peeked around the corner. The teachers think he’s stupid because he can’t read and doesn’t do his schoolwork, but they should look at his drawings. I always try to catch a prisoner’s eye when I go to school, since I can see them through the fences. When reading at night, you may find yourself sitting in a dark room, straining and squinting to read the words on the page or screen. Reading Levels Reading levels are subjective. Ms. Hiranandani adds lots of detail and doesn't rush action. Amil’s shoulders slumped. That’s how it is with Papa and Amil. The Jews of Sighet, Hungary are rounded up and driven into Nazi concentration camps. We woke up at a little before seven. She says I’ll marry well and have someone cook for me, just like Kazi does for us. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. He might have been right about Papa, though. Everyone knows who is Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh by the clothes they wear or the names they have. Try to choose a moment in the story in which the character has plenty of interaction and emotion to share in a diary entry. "— Through her diary entries, Nisha documents the changes brought about by India's independence from the British. Please try your request again later. Dadi nodded and nodded, and the air smelled like the smoke from pipes. Or had we just gotten older? When you open it, the blue satin lining winks back at you. Since that night he ran away, Papa always seems angry at Amil for being Amil. At some point I fell asleep. It’s so strange to think about that now. Her eyes were big, and she and Kazi kept giving each other secret looks. She tried to close the door once and one of the men, the tallest one, held the door open, not letting her. I think he just does it so I have to watch him long after I’ve finished. If you want to know whether a specific book is within your child’s Lexile range, you can use our Lexile® Find a Book tool. Encourage them to write about whatever is on their mind about the day. I would grit my teeth and try not to push Papa’s hand away. “Because I wish he was still that way,” Amil said, and turned on his back again. Papa said I should save the jewelry for special occasions, but lately there are none, so I wear all the jewelry at once and never take it off. Amil will love the drawings, but he won’t read it. “Where did you go? I guess we’re Hindu because Papa and Dadi are. Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2018. One of them was a teacher at our school who always dyes his gray hair red. When she is given a diary for her twelveth birthday, she decides to write letters to her mother. Then she finally closed the door and turned around. Encourage them to write about whatever is on their mind about the day. He sees me even when he’s not looking up. I am well aware of the fact that some of my beach reads are probably a fourth grade reading level, with a Guided Reading Level of Q, 820L, and DRA of 40. It is not lined, which I like. I have the neatest handwriting in my class and get the highest marks on all my compositions. Searching for books with a corresponding Renaissance Accelerated Reader 360 ® quiz is easy with Accelerated Reader Bookfinder ®.Students, teachers, parents, and librarians can search in English or Spanish using criteria such as ATOS book level or a Lexile™ measure, interest level, title, author, fiction/nonfiction, subject, award-winners, state lists, CCSS Exemplars, and more. The men knocked on the door. THE NIGHT DIARY. Guided Reading is based on standards developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. I ate it slowly, savoring the crispy outside tingling with the tart green chutney I dipped it in." I’m a good listener. He turns and holds up a handful of peas to be shelled. Every so often he’ll look up and smile. Three men came to our house this afternoon. I’d much rather write than talk. In the back matter, Hiranandani includes information about how her Indian father's experiences influenced this story and provides a glossary of Indian terms. Max has a key to a very special box - the Night Box. I know how to sort the lentils, grind the spices with his marble mortar and pestle, clarify the butter for ghee, and mix the dough for chapatis. I guess he has to since he’s a doctor. I may not always be challenged as a reader, but it is still fun to sip my trenta Passion Tango unsweetened iced tea and enjoy a book simply for the fun of reading. It also delivers a strong message of love, family, and kindness when things are at their worst. Nisha and her story are a part of me now. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 18, 2019. I know you know what happened today at 6:00 a.m., twelve years ago. The paper is rough, thick, and the color of butter. I thought about the men at the door. He even turns the book upside down sometimes, but he says nothing helps. She evenly and powerfully communicates the themes of family, faith, humanity, and loss. If you want to know whether a specific book is within your child’s Lexile range, you can use our Lexile® Find a Book tool. 3-5, 6-8 Genre. We ran through the alley and some gardens, then back onto another dirt road. A couple of weeks before your students start reading the novel, send them home with notebooks or stapled pieces of paper that they personalize, and ask them to start writing a diary entry each night. He started giving me the jewelry when I was seven. You must be more serious or you will become nothing.”. An hour went by and he didn’t come back, so I went out to look for him. She doesn’t have many friends because she doesn’t stop talking and never listens. Dadi sat at the table writing letters. Dear Dumb Diary. I wonder why Amil is the way he is. Fiction 2019 Newbery Honor Book
It's 1947, and India, newly independent of British rule, has been separated into two countries: Pakistan and India. “Amil,” I said, poking him awake, standing over him. This can exhaust and potentially damage your eyes. Level 3: Evidence to construct an answer comes from both the text and experience, requiring an inference or conclusion to be made; Quick Checks for Assessing Leveled Book Comprehension. My question is how do we make this a ‘community read’ for the whole world?”—James Howe, author of, Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor-winning. That’s hard to imagine. “And if you scream,” she said, wagging her finger angrily at Amil, “your Papa will be the first to know.”. Amil pulled my arm and we broke into a run. I wondered what that meant, to be free from the British. Just not here, yet. It hasn’t always been like that. There are so many things to unpack in this story: Nisha’s grief, her selective mutism, the complex relationships between all the family members, who are depicted so clearly and also lovingly. She describes everything carefully, using the right words. This time though, the boys started throwing rocks at us. Her mother died when she and her twin brother Amil were born. People leave gifts on our doorstep all the time, like flowers and sweets for the wonderful things he has done for them. This estimation is based on a number of readability tests devised by experts, some of which is listed here . It’s like he smells me. He would rather do anything besides school. I wonder why I am the way I am. “Maybe I should leave. I wonder if Amil thinks about you on this day like I do. He always has. Sometimes Papa walks her there and waits outside for her. We broke off pieces to chew. I’m not sure there is anything better tasting in the world. Why were they allowed to rule over us in the first place? Papa never did. I thought about the little gifts Kazi gives us all the time—pieces of candy under our pillows or a ripe tomato from the garden, sliced, salted, and sprinkled with chili pepper on a plate. United States. He also made us rice kheer with our pooris. (GRL/F&P Levels estimated I - N) Disney Fairies Passport to Reading Level 1 by Celeste Sisler, Lucy Rosen, Jennifer Fox (GRL/F&P Levels estimated I - K) As we walk closer and closer to town, we pass the hospital. I think it’s because Amil is a little bit magical. It feels like I’m dreaming. His beard is the color of a chili pepper. “There are lots of places all over India where the Hindus and Sikhs and Muslims fight one another all the time now.

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