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FLYING THE DRAGON by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
In FLYING THE DRAGON, a Japanese family follows their dreams and immigrates to the United States.
Skye has always dreamed of making all-star soccer team. Just as her dream starts to take shape, something happens to make it dissolve before her eyes.
At the same time, a half a world away Hiroshi and his grandfather design and build a kite he will fly in a major kite fighting championship, but the same thing that causes Skye's soccer dream to dissolve, reaches out to crumble Hiroshi's kite dream.
Skye and Hiroshi don't know it yet, but they are cousins, and the invisible thread of fate will soon pull them together.
Japan is the family's homeland, but through the years, part of the Grandfather's family has broken off and immigrated to the United States where they made a fine home for themselves. Staying in touch by mail does little to hold them together. The American Skye, a soccer all-star, is just a little older than her Japanese cousin Hiroshi, the champion kite fighter. If life were predictable, they may never have met to this day. But things change, Grandfather gets sick, and the family steps forward to make changes.
The best cancer treatments are in the United States, so Hiroshi must pack up his dreams with his kites as they immigrate to the United States for medical help. He will not be able to compete in Japan's rokkaku kite fighting competition. Both kids will end up having to make huge sacrifices. Neither are happy.
How will Skye feel to meet her grandfather for the first time?
How will Grandfather respond to his cancer treatments?
Will Hiroshi mind sharing Grandfather with Skye or will jealousy form a wedge between them?
Will Skye be able to compete in soccer again?
Will the kites ever fly for Hiroshi and Grandfather again?
The answers lie in Flying the Dragon.
The story of a Japanese-American family that is split over a single problem becomes the revival of the family coming back together for a single purpose, giving up their individual dreams and desires to experience healing, forgiveness, purpose, sharing, and extraordinary competition.
Flying the Dragon weaves Japanese traditions and language together with those of America. Japanese words are defined in appositives for easy understanding. Strong characterization frames an interesting story that will make you want to go fly a kite yourself!
The 51-page Kids Wings unit provides opportunity for discussion, drama, honing of reading strategies, writing, solving a logic puzzle and a crossword puzzle, research, and much more. In addition, a 53-page Jeopardy-type game challenges the class to compete in interactive fun.
This Kids Wings Unit was written by Suzy Red and comes to you in PowerPoint and PDF formats.
The Activities in the Kids Wings Flying the Dragon literature guide include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards;
Readers Theater Script;
Preparing Your Intellectual Tools, Dialectical Journal;
Map Activities: Where in the Worls is Japan?
Vocabulary, Prediction and Grouped Chapter Questions with Quick Write Prompts;
Let's Learn Japanese;
Illustrating the Village;
It's Challenge TIME, Time Math;
Short Answer Chapter Questions;
Comparing Hiroshi's Life with Skye's Life;
Schooling Abroad, a research project;
Money Matters, Converting Currency;
Matching Japanese and English Words;
Puzzles for Recognizing Grandfather's Wisdom;
Sequencing for Chapters 11-15;
It's About Time, Math Problem Solving;
What's That You Say, Multiple Choice Comprehension for Chapters 11-15;
Writing Grandfather's Diary;
Research Project: Dropping the First Atomic Bomb;
True/False Comprehension Check-ups;
Kite Connections, Multiple Choice Comprehension for Chapters 16-19;
a Letter to My Friends;
Multiple Choice Comprehension for Chapters 20-25;
The Big6 Research Song;
Researching Various Features of Kites;
Sparking Your Memory, Short Answer Comprehension for Chapters 26-29;
FIVE IN A ROW Vocabulary Game;
Creating a Flyer for Information;
There's More to the Story;
From Your Point of View;
Sequencing Chapters 37-40;
The Dragon Has Flown, After Reading;
Logic Puzzle: Chasing, Tumbling, Gliding, Floating;
Multiple Choice Comprehension for Chapters 11-15;
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game!
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