In “Pacific Crossing,” seventh grader Lincoln Mendoza makes new friends when he flies to Japan as part of a summer exchange program. Lincoln adapts easily to life on a small Japanese farm (it reminds him of the migrant labor stories his relatives tell) and practicing a martial art, embracing Japanese customs, and sharing his own with his friendly temporary family. Author Gary Soto salts the text with Spanish and Japanese terms, defined in context and in glossaries at the end. (adapted from Kirkus Review)
“Pacific Crossing” is written at a 6.1 grade reading level.
This novel study includes chapter-by chapter comprehension and inference questions, as well as opportunities for students to create their own higher-level questions to bring to book group discussions. Answers are included.
A scoring rubric is included that can be used to help students reflect and improve on their written responses to reading. This can easily be changed to meet the needs of your students and your teaching.
At the end of the comprehension questions, you will find over 70 related activities for this book. With hands-on activities, students are encouraged to be engaged thinkers and problem-solvers. These activities can be used with the whole group, small groups, and/or individuals, and are especially helpful in differentiating for diverse learners.
Related Common Core Standards for reading (literature) and writing are listed.