This is a lit log for a read aloud or for a guided reading, literature circle or novel study for My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadia Mohammed and illustrated by Catherine Stock. The book's illustrations greatly add to the text in describing Sangoel's feelings and challenges. This is a great resource to help students in classrooms/schools have compassion for their classmates who are refugees and/or adjusting to a new culture. Other themes are identity and belonging, moving to a new home, making new friends, traditions, and family. The main focus skills of the lit log are: using text to answer questions and make inferences and explaining how illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the text. Other focus skills of the lit log are: describing characters, distinguishing point of view, and determining meaning of words as they are used in a text.
Interest Level: 6-10 years
Reading Level: 3.2