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1. 2. 3. The curse By Lee Su Ann The curse ABOUT THE NOVEL In “ The Curse ” by Lee Su Ann, Azreen takes time off from her studies in

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London, UK, to return to her village in one of the legendary islands of Langkawi. She returns to mourn the loss of her older sister, Madhuri.

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However, she finds out via rumours and loud whispers that Madhuri was

murdered. At her village Azreen has to contend with a cold-hearted father and support an Alzheimer stricken mother. 4. ABOUT THE NOVEL Azreen is subjected to negative comments and suspicion from her

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neighbours. She finds consolation in the company of the Old Lady, an outcast of the village.

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Although the grand Old Lady is educated and knowledgeable, the villagers

shun her because she had murdered her abusive husband. ABOUT THE NOVEL Azreen has to confront the mystery that shrouds her sister's sudden death

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under suspicious circumstances. Bit by bit, the mysterious death of Madhuri is revealed to Azreen. Plot Summary Chapter 1: The news of the death of Madhuri. Chapter 2: Flashback of Azreen’s early days with Madhuri. Chapter 3: Azreen’s arrival & Rumours about the death of Madhuri. Chapter 4:

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(the Bomoh) and Encik Mohan’s chicken farm fiasco.. o o Chapter 11: The truth behind Madhuri’s death . Chapter 8: The death of Azreen’s mother. o o o o o o o o o 10. Chapter 6: The murder cover up. Puan Fatihah’s recollection of her husband’s infatuation with Madhuri.. The incident that had caused Azreen’s mother to become paralysed. (cont. The discovery of Madhuri’s letter.. o o o o o o o 8. The disclosure of Madhuri’s secret by Awang. (cont. (cont.o 7. Chapter 10: The death of Nek. o o o o o o 9. (cont.) Madhuri’s Funeral. The avengance of Nek’s death The fire at the Old Lady’s house Mohd Asraf’s confession about his affair.) Chapter 7: Mohd Asraf struggles with Nek’s deteriorating health.) Chapter 9: The mob at Mohd Asraf’s house Nek’s health recovery.. Mohd Asraf’s visit to the Old Lady’s house.) Chapter 5: The meeting with Mohd Asraf (Azreen enquires about her sister’s death) Awang.

Strange things occurred on Azreen. 11. PLOT STRUCTURE o EXPOSITION – Azreen takes time off her studies to attend Madhuri’s funeral only to discover rumours shrouding her sister’s death. Cont… CONFLICT/ RISING ACTION. o o FALLING ACTION. CHARACTERS o o o o o o o o o o Main Characters Azreen Bomoh (Awang) Madhuri Fatihah Mohd Asraf Saleh Abdullah Haji Ghani Siti Puan Normala Old Lady Datin Sharifah & Datuk Zulkifli 14.Azreen found out the truth behind Madhuri’s death. Some of the places mentioned in the story .o o o The death of Saleh Chapter 12: Azreen’s final respect at the burial site.Mohd Asraf admits about his affair with Madhuri and confesses about their plan to leave Langkawi. 13. A VILLAGE ON A SMALL ISLAND OFF LANGKAWI. Everyone believes that Madhuri’s death will cast a curse upon them. CLIMAX – Suspicions are fuelled by superstition. RESOLUTION. o o 12. 15. SETTINGS o o o o LONDON Azreen furthers her studies in London. SETTINGS o Azreen’s house .

17. The school The school where Azreen studied during her secondary years. 18. 16. Asraf gets the blame when the bull o o o o o o The forest The Old Lady runs to the forest and settles in an abandoned wooden house after the villagers outcast her. The farm Awang leaves the gate open and Mohd. The rubber plantation The scene where Madhuri’s body is found. Asraf lives with his grandmother.o o o o o o Azreen lives with her father. SETTINGS o o escapes. SETTINGS o o burnt down. Asraf. Madhuri’s room Azreen finds Madhuri’s photos are all torn in three parts. The room is also o o Nek’s house Mohd Mohd. This is also where she gets acquainted with Mohd. SETTINGS o o o o leaves. mother and Madhuri. Paddy field Salleh Abdullah finds Madhuri as a baby in the makeshift bed of rags and o The cemetery .

VALUES LOVE: Parental. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES . MOOD. 19.VISUAL. ATMOSPHERE ONOMATOPOEIA HYPERBOLES 22. SOUND PERSONIFICATION METAPHOR SIMILE TONE.o Madhuri and her mother are laid to rest here. Forbidden & Unrequited Love FORGIVENESS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN GENDER STEREOTYPING BELIEF IN SUPERNATURAL FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN o o o o o o o o o o CARING STANDING UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN RESPONSIBILITY DILIGENCE CONCERN BRAVERY LOYALTY PERSISTENT THOUGHTFULNESS HELPFUL 21. LITERARY DEVICES o o o o o o o o SYMBOL IMAGERY. THEMES o o o o o o 20.

ACTIVITY THREE o o o o o o o o o The good. 24. Material: a)Worksheet 11 b) Coloured Pens Steps: Discuss with students the kind of spiritual journey that the character Azreen took while making the actual journey . Material: Worksheet 8 Steps: Distribute worksheet 8. Match the evidence with the theme. Check the answers. the bad and the ugly Duration: 40 minutes Aims: To analyse the events that help Azreen transform into a better person. The students may refer to the novel using the page reference.o o o o o o o o o ACTIVITY ONE Get the message Duration: 40 minutes Aim: To identify and analyze the themes in the novel. 23. Students write down the information required in the boxes. To write about Azreen’s transformation. ACTIVITY TWO o o o o o o o o That says it all Duration: 80 minutes Aim: To identify the themes in the novel based on the plot Material: Worksheet 9 Steps: Organize students in groups of 3-4 Distribute worksheet to the students.

Ask students to display their worksheet on the class notice board. o o o o o o Cont. o o o o o 3. Alternatively. 4. students list events that reflect the different values shown.. Material: Worksheet 14 Steps: Elicits different literary devices that students are familiar with. In the boxes. Introduce an example of a simile and gives its definition and evidence from the text. ACTIVITY FIVE o o o o Prove me right Duration: 80 minutes Aims: To explore character traits in the novel. teacher may provide the events and students will match them to the correct suitcase. Give each pair of students the graphic organizer (worksheet 11) 3. Distribute Worksheet 14. . 26. they can also be paired with higher proficient students to promote peer teaching/learning. 28. they may be given the pages of the text to help them. Ask students to work in groups or pairs to find textual evidence from the text for each of the literary devices. Cont. Discuss the meaning of the literary devices identified by the students. 5. Notes: For low proficient students.. Imagery Duration: 80 minutes Aim: To allow students to explore ways in which figurative language is used o o o o 27. ACTIVITY FOUR o o o in the story. 2. 4.25. Notes: For Low English Proficient students.

.o o o o o 29. Distribute Worksheet 5.Good Luck - . 4.Ask students to write down the evidence in the column provided by quoting it from the novel. Ask students to read and understand the character traits given in the o o 6. Thank You . Cont. o o them. To provide evidence. 3.Instruct students to show textual evidence from the novel. 30. 2. Ask students to describe his character traits. Material: Worksheet 5 Steps: Call out a student at random and introduce him to the class. Ask students to pick characters they like from the novel and describe o o handout. To give description. 5. 7.

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