About This Book
This book is an extremely well-written and illustrated piece of history. It also gives an important history lesson for both Japanese and American children since it deals with the prejudices of both cultures The story is one of the most little-known yet fascinating of interaction between American and Japanese individuals and cultures.
Manjiro: The Boy Who Risked His Life for Two Countries
Written and illustrated by: Emily Arnold McCully
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Age range: 5 - 8 Years
From Amazon.com where you can currently buy the hardcover for $.01.
Summary: In 1841,Japan had been closed to the outside world for 250 years, and anyone who tried to return to the country after leaving it could be executed. So when the small fishing boat on which fourteen-year-old Manjiro was working was shipwrecked, he despaired of ever returning to his village. The captain of the American whaling ship that rescued Manjiro took a special interest in him, inviting him to come live in Massachusetts. There, Manjiro was treated like Captain Whitfield’s son, and he began to feel as though Massachusetts was his second home. Still, he never gave up his dream of finding a way to return to Japan and see his mother again.
About This Product
These activities can be used for individual, small group, for whole class. They could also be used as homework, with guided groups, or with book groups. Small groups could be working on different activities at the same time. The book can be read aloud and selected activities done in class. They could be useful laminated and in a literacy center. It is always a better learning experience if books are discussed in pairs or in groups, in my opinion. Pairs or groups of students can also complete more complex activities. Through the teacher read-aloud and student group work, good books become part of a common classroom culture.
Students can travel around the classroom to 3 or 4 stations answering questions about the book. The questions can be glued to butcher paper. Each station should have enough squares for all of the class to record their answer. The questions or activities can be posted on the paper or on the wall. Students must support their answers with proof from the book.
This product contains the following activities:
Computer vocabulary practice with Quizlet and a page explaining how to use.
Vocabulary and definition cards – there are four words on each page. There is the word and the definition next to it. These could be laminated and cut apart to study or play a matching game. Or you could cut through half of the page horizontally under either the word or the definition and fold down the center on the line. This would make a foldable pamphlet and you could have students draw a picture, write a sentence, synonym, antonym, or other vocabulary activity.
Word sorts by number of syllables, parts of speech, alphabetical order, and number of letters-all with answer keys
One blank vocabulary map for use with words
Word scramble with answer key
Word shapes with answer key
Missing letters with answer key (two sheets—same words—different order
Spelling test (choose the correct word from four) with answer key
Scrambled sentences with answer key and writing sheet
Sequence seven events with answer key and writing sheet
Examining text with answer key
Looking at the title page with answer key
Board Game with Game Cards and directions
Cloze exercise with answer key
Proofreading with answer key
Questions about the book
Draw a sentence from the book
Post- it note for use in text discussions
Biography poem form
Drawable and foldable face form (can print back to back and have students decorate with words and/or descriptions)
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