Themes of respect, understanding other cultures, friendship, compassion, respect, family, and self-discipline are explored in “Pacific Crossing”, a novel by Gary Soto. Seventh grader Lincoln Mendoza leaves his Mexican-American neighborhood in California and flies to Japan as part of an exchange program. Lincoln adapts to life on a small Japanese farm and practices kempo, a Japanese martial art. He learns Japanese customs and shares his own customs with his welcoming Japanese family. Both Spanish and Japanese words are sprinkled through the text and Spanish and Japanese glossaries can be found at the end of the book.
“Pacific Crossing” has a 750 Lexile level.
This novel study unit includes:
vocabulary cards for matching game
matching vocabulary quiz
7 page student packet that includes comprehension and inference questions, writing prompts, questions for discussions, explanations of literary terms, and opportunities for students to create their own questions to bring to book group discussions.
list of suggested activities for students to complete after reading this book that will extend student learning to incorporate history and geography topics. These activities can be done by individual students or groups, helpful for differentiating assignments for your diverse learners.
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