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What do you think this novel will be about based on the cover art?
We think it is going to be about Buddha and his beautiful life.

Read the first page.

What is POV?
It is written in third person: "Siddhartha grew up."

What conflict is introduced?
The are no conflicts introduced in the first page.

What characters are introduced?
Siddhartha, Siddhartha's father (Brahmin), Siddhartha's mother, Govinda.

What do you learn about each of the characters?
Siddhartha is a beautiful and smart son of Brahmin.Govinda is his friend that grew up with him. His mom sings.

What is the setting?
In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the river bank, near the boats, in the shade of trees etc.
Early years of Siddhartha's life.

Why? Actively pursuing additional background knowledge can make a book more enjoyable and multiply the avenues of conversation when literature circles meet.

1. With your world lit. group, list the time period, location, and as many historical details and figures as you can identify from the first section of your book.
2. Each group member needs to select one item on the list to research. It could be the time period, location, or a historical detail.
3. You need to find one reliable source (an article or web page) that provides interesting / relevant information on your topic.
4. You may not use Wikipedia as your source, but you can always check the links at the bottom of the relevant page.
3. By the next class you need to post the following on your world lit. wikipage: (on the Block B or Block G page)
  • your topic of research
  • a URL link to your reliable source
  • state why you think the source is reliable
  • write a one paragraph summary of your source (5-8 complete sentences)
  • be prepared to share with your group and the clas

Time period- ALEX LEE

During the time period that this book was based in, Buddhism was a new concept. Due to this fact, it was not yet Asia's most prominent religions. Through out the novel, we see people of a different religion sacrificing to their Gods, which is not part of Buddhism. However, as the novel progresses, Buddhism start to become prominent as more people put their faith in it. Historians believe Buddhism first became prominent at around 450 BC with Buddha paving th e way to enlightenment. By Budha's death in 486 B.C. Buddhism had become widely spread through out India and its neighboring nations.

“Meridian Magazine:: Ideas: The Rise of Buddhism.” 20 May 2009 <http://www.meridianmagazine.com/ideas/041109Buddhism.html>.

Location- TERRY KIM

I believe that this site is reliable because it says they have a copyright through 2009 that is a certified company and has news updates that stream through the top of the page.
This site is reliable due to the label at the bottom of the page saying its copyright until the end of this year and some other things like all rights reserved.

So, location makes a difference to this story because India’s climate is very hot. The country has periods in which it has droughts and times where heavy rains come to the country. In the book Siddhartha had experienced the hard times of a drought as a Samana. In the site it says that in India, they respect there elders and Siddhartha does so, but does not sometimes, but the eldest Samana had respect for Siddhartha even when he was younger. The people are also very spiritual, shown in the book as well as Siddhartha wants to reach enlightenment.

Historical Figures- YOUNGKYU KIM

- Topic: Figure - Buddha
- URL: http://www.ancientindia.co.uk/buddha/home_set.html
- I think this source is reliable because it says 'The British Museum', so the information is from a British museum, which is reliable.
- Born in a royal family in sixth century BC, Buddha was named Siddhartha Guatama before he was named Buddha. He got the name Buddha, which means 'Enlightened One', when he enlightened himself through meditation and seeking guidance. Then, he started to travel all around the nation to teach people about path to salvation. Buddha's teaching was very wide spread even when this was the time when Hinduism was the most popular religion in India. Even after his death, his pupils continued on to teach other people about Buddha's teachings, which gave ordinary people spiritual understanding as well as satisfaction.

Historical Factors- JENNY LEE

This source seems rather reliable as it clearly states the author and his right to use the published material, assuring the users that the source is legal. Also the home page of the site provides valid contact information, acknowledgements and date of the last update of the site, which is fairly recent (Mar 2009).
Historical Detail: The Awakening
The “awakening” in Buddhim, refers to the sudden powerful realization regarding the round of life and existence that has no correlations to intellects or knowledge but to both ethics and insight into causality. The Awakening allows us to see that the current world is a consequence of the previous worlds and that each individual is important in shaping the future. The Awakening also tells as that people are, in fact, in control over their lives but there still is an unchanged guideline for the good and the bad in life. According to Buddha and his words concerning his Awakening, the Awakening raises knowledge from heedfulness, ardency and resolution, which can potentially be achieved by any being. Buddha’s awakening is very special from the other in essence that he had achieved an eternal bliss through his very human efforts and assures his followers that they can also Awaken if they invest their lives into worthwhile qualities that lead them to the Awakening.