The Tsunami | Geography Lesson


How are Meghna and Almas’s stories similar?


Both Meghna and Alma lost their families. For days, they both kept floating in the ocean. Meghna floated on a wooden gate in the ocean for two days. A wave carried her to the coast. Similarly, Almus jumped up and fainted to a log of wood. In a hospital, she woke up. After the incident, both girls were traumatized. Although Meghna was seen walking in a daze on the seashore, Almus is not talking to anyone about the incident.

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Some More Questions From The Tsunami | Geography Lesson Chapter

Where did the Smith family and the others on the beach go to escape from the tsunami?

How do you think her geography teacher felt when he heard about what Tilly had done in Phuket?

In the tsunami, 150,000 people died. How many animals died?

How many people and animals died in Yala National Park?

What do people say about the elephants of Yala National Park?

What did the dogs in Galle do?

Discuss the following questions in class. Then write your own answers.

When he felt the earthquake, do you think Ignesious immediately worried about a tsunami? Give reasons for your answer. Which sentence in the text tells you that the Ignesious family did not have any time to discuss and plan their course of action after the tsunami struck?

Which words in the list below describe Sanjeev, in your opinion?
(Look up the dictionary for words that you are not sure of.)

cheerful     ambitious         brash         brave          careless
heroic        selfless          heartless      humorous

Use words from the list to complete the three sentences below.

(i) I don’t know if Sanjeev was cheerful, ___________ or ___________.
(ii) I think that he was very brave,___________ and___________.
(iii) Sanjeev was not heartless, ___________or___________.

How are Meghna and Almas’s stories similar?

What are the different ways in which Tilly’s parents could have reacted to her behaviour? What would you have done if you were in their place?