Tag Archives: Zlata’s Diary

Bosnian Crisis

2 May

For us to understand Zlata’s situation, we need to understand a little about the war that was going on around her.

  • Who was involved?
  • Where was it?
  • What was the outcome?
  • Why were they fighting?
– search for Bosnia or Yugoslavia
– select Bosnian War or Yugoslavian War from TOPIC
– select the reading level as 6-8
Choose one person from your group to focus on one of the above questions. Record your answers on a word document. Include a picture or two if it helps demonstrate your understanding.

You might also be interested in this resource.

Background to the War in Bosnia

The fighting in the 1990’s in Yugoslavia erupted between different religious and ethnic roups. The groups are not new enemies. Their differences are rooted deep in the past

The name Yugoslavia means land of the Southern Slavs. Most of its people are Slavs, one of Europe’s largest ethnic groups. The Yugoslavs are divided into smaller groups that have traditionally disliked one another.

As a country, Yugoslavia did not exist unitl afte World War I. It was put together out of many people and small countries. The people who suddenly became Yugoslavs had their own identities – most did not think of themselves as Yugoslavs, but rather as Croats, Serbs, Musilms, or other ethnic groups. Although there were many tensions, most Yugoslavs of different ethnic groups lived peacefully side by side. Often they were good neighbours, but deep-seated differences were close to the surface.

Following World War II, Yugoslavia was ruled by the Communist Marshal Tito (his real name was Josib Broz). Under Tito, a communist federation was formed that was made up of six republics: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovnia, Montenegro, Macedonia, and Slovenia. Tito was a strong leader and held all the republics together. After he died in 1980, the nation began to fall apart. In 1991, ll the republics declared their independence except powerful Serbia and tiny Montenegro.

The Serbs are the largest ethnic group in what used to be Yugoslavia. Most Serbs live in Serbia, but many others live in Croatia and Bosnia. Many Serbs now want their own unique country. They believe that Serbs should be ruled only by other Serbs. Serbian nationalists rebelled against the governments of Bosnia and Croatia in 1991. These rebellions quickly erupted into war.

Other world nations took a stand when the Yugoslavian conflict erupted. They wanted to help stop the war. The European Community, the United States, and the United Nations have worked to bring peace.

Image: ‘Sarajevo sunset

Reader Response Publication

18 Apr

Here is how to publish your reader responses: The parts you should have on your publication:

  • Title
  • Wordcloud
  • Reader Responses
  • Reader Response significance
  • Pictures (if you have time).

Reader Response significance

Simply finish off the following statement:

When I look at muy wordcloud i see several words that are important. These are important because…

Word It Out

13 Apr

Using your reader responses, we are going to create wordclouds to see which words you use the most and to emphasize the words you have used to describe Zlata’s thoughts and feelings.

  1. Go to Word it Out
  2. Paste the text from all your reader responses into the box and click “Word It Out”
  3. Choose fonts and colours (though keep in mind that we will print in black and white)
  4. Click “Word List”Word it Out Wordlist.png
  5. The words in green are included in your word list. The words in red are not. Change “Place entries in order of” to “Count”
  6. Look at the word list. Find the adjectives (in answer to question 2 of your reader response) that describe Zlata. Hover over the word and increase the “Count” so that it will be one of the biggest words in your Wordcloud. Word it Out - Wordlist hover and +.png
  7. Once you have made a change click “refresh” then “apply” to check that your change has worked.
  8. Keep playing with the settings until you get it right!
  9. Once you are happy with your word cloud click “save” (at the top of the page)
  10. Label your wordcloud and have it sent to your email address
  11. As a backup, right click the cloud and select “save image as” and save it to your school server folder.

Now that you have your word cloud we have 1 more writing task.

Look at the wordcloud.