This resource is designed to be used during the study of the biography Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. It is not a book study, but rather a packet of three informational texts and activities that provide students with information about the author, Japan’s past, and Japan during and since WWII.
1) The resource begins with a “student survey”: place students in groups or have them work on their own to ascertain how much they know about Japan in general. The area on the right of the page is where they can write their initial answers - their final answers can be inserted on the left when the correct information is found (this survey can also be done as a webquest), either when the class comes back together as a group, or you supply the answers (not all answers are found in the passages).
2) There are three texts: “Eleanor Coerr, Author of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes”, a page and a half in length; “Japan’s History”, a 2-page brief survey of the country’s history - maps are included of Japan and the world (showing Japan’s location); and “Japan Today”, a 2-page passage about the country in modern times. This second text might be best done after or during reading the book, as there is some hint of what happens to Sadako.
3) All three texts include vocabulary and comprehension/opinion questions for a total of six and a half pages of student work pages;
4) An answer key is provided for the survey, and the vocabulary and question pages.
(The section about Eleanor Coerr and the section about modern Japan can be purchased as separate resources in my store - they can be used even if you are not using the book with your class).
The resources about Japan and Eleanor Coerr are sold separately and may be seen here:
I have a similar resource in my store for these novels:
Number the Stars
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
My Brother Sam is Dead