Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Complete Novel Study Teaching Guide 40 Pg

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This is a 43 page novel study to Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. This is the biography of Sadako Sasaki, who developed leukemia after the bombing of Hiroshima. The crane was believed to bring good luck. If a sick person folded 1000 paper cranes, than the Gods would grant him or her a wish. Sadaly, Sadako died from leukemia when she was twelve. Thousands of people have been inspired by her story. This book could be used with 3rd through 6th grades.

I wrote this novel study with vocabulary and comprehension activities, as well as enrichment lessons. Those lessons include Japan's geography, the Japanese language and culture, World War II, and HIroshima.

Please see the preview for the table of contents. All activities are ready to be printed and copied. An answer key is provided, as well as a rubric for the two final project options.

When creating these guides, the activities are written so that they could be used as individual activities or as a packet that could be given to an independent reading group. The activities are a mix of close reading questions and engaging writing activities. Vocabulary is emphasized heavily.

This guide is broken down into chapters plus after the book activities. One chapter is covered in one day, although the classroom teacher could provide more than one class period for the activities to be completed.

If using this book as an independent work packet, copy the activities for each student and place the copies in a binder. During class, students can take the binder and easily see what they need to complete as a checklist is provided for each day. Students could be required to turn in certain activities, or the teacher could grade the activities in the binder.

If using this as a whole class activity, the teacher should simply select which activities to use and copy the desired pages.

On a side note, I had the honor of participating in the Fulbright Memorial Fund, which selected teachers to travel to Japan to learn about its culture. My group spent a week in Hiroshima. Visiting the Peace Memorial Park and Museum was one of the most moving experiences of my life. I recommend that everyone visit Hiroshima if they have the opportunity.

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Total Pages
52
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Teaching Duration
1 Week

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Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Complete Novel Study
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Complete Novel Study
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Complete Novel Study
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes Complete Novel Study