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Lesson: The Girl from the Coast


Author: Doni Koesoema Albertus
Subject Area: Social Studies
Grade Level: 10 - 12

Introduction

Students learn about the struggle for woman emancipation in Indonesia by reading the excerpt from Pramoedya's novel entitled The Girl from the Coast, news report on Megawati Soekarnoputri's ascension as the first Indonesian female president and first year analysis report of Megawati governance regarding on social justice issues.

Goals

Students develop their sense of history, are able to make social analysis in a critical but constructive way. They are also asked to propose a concrete solution and personal attitude rationale (value, principle, etc) for their own life that nurture freedom and participation for woman in the society.

Directions

First, students read the first chapter of The Girl from the Coast, News report on Megawati assumption as President, and public critic on her governance. Second, students analyze the text, make summary, predict, and evaluate. third, students make personal attitude rationale and concrete proposal or contribution (idea, concept, action) in regard to the topic.


Background Builder Background

Title: Who is Pramoedya Ananta Toer? URL: http://www.library.ohiou.edu/indopubs/1992/12/10/0001.html
Directions: To know who is Pramoedya Ananta Toer and his concern for social justice, read his statement on Human Right Day 1992. This will give you an insight about this personality.


Title: Who is Megawati Soekarno Putri? URL: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megawati_Sukarnoputri
Directions: This is the general information about the first female president of Indonesia. Immagine how she begin her political career till which ended up for her presidency.



Vocabulary Builder Vocabulary


Message:
Vocabulary Words:
Estuary (n) : the wide part of a river where it flows into the sea
Wisp (n) : small thing; something that begins to grow
Tattered (adj) : old and torn, in a bad condition
Dagger (n) : a short pointed knife, in Jawa tradition they called keris
Catapult (n) : sling-shot
Incumbent (n) : a person who has an official position
Out of the doldrum : effort to make improvement


Activity: Learning from (her)story


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Goals

In this activity students will analyze the power relationship between men and women in a particular society as described in the excerpt of Pramoedya Ananta Toer, the prolific Indonesian 21st century writer.

Directions

1. Describe who are the persons involved in the story? 2. How is the role of woman in that society? You should analyze the role of the girl from the coast and her mother. 3. What kind of society which the girl from coast live?



Activity: The First Indonesian Female President (Analysis)


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Goals

Students are able to analyze the Indonesian contemporary politic in regard of women participation in political life.

Directions

1. How is the Indonesian people's political aspiration for woman political leader? 2. What bring Megawati to Presidency? 3. How Indonesian politics consider the role of woman in political life? 4. Predict what will happen with Indonesia under Megawati presidency? 5. Do you think it would be better?



Activity: Justice or woman leader?


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Goals

Students are able to evaluate the positive and negative side of Megawati's work as president and proposing the concrete alternative to improve social justice and people welfare.

Directions

1. List all the public critics for Megawati's Governance. 2. What is the main societal problem faced by the Indonesian government? 3. Give suggestions for what the government can do in this situation. 4. What will you do to response such problem?




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