Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes Student & Teacher Guides - CCSS Aligned!

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This packet is everything you need for a novel study on Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. This could be used for literature circles, guided reading, and more. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a great opportunity for students to practice making inferences and learn about historical events. It's at a 4th/5th grade reading level (Guided Reading Level R).

This guide has two parts: a student response packet and teacher’s guide. Chapters are grouped together so that each reading assignment is roughly 10 pages. For the reading assignments that contain less pages, students have more questions to respond to.

This literature packet does not focus on within text comprehension questions (i.e. listing the names of the characters, setting, etc.). Rather, it focuses on skills that require the students to go beyond the text and use evidence from the text to support their inferences. Often times there is more than one correct response. Some of the skills that are focused on are

*Using context to determine word meaning (and checking these meanings using a dictionary)

*Identifying character traits and supporting these traits with examples from the text

*Describing the meaning of similes or metaphors

*Characters’ (or the authors’) motivations

*Determining the theme and supporting it with evidence

The teacher’s guide contains several features:
*For each question: possible answer choices or examples from the book that students may use to support their response

*Information about Japanese words and culture used in the book

*Summaries of each chapter that highlight the main events

*4th Grade and 5th Grade Common Core State Standards (CCSS) correlations for each question (other grade levels are applicable as well, however, since Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is primarily at this level, these were the standards that were focused on)

The Common Core Standards addressed are
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1 Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.3 Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.9a Apply grade 4 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions].”).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4a Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9 Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.9a Apply grade 5 Reading standards to literature (e.g., “Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or a drama, drawing on specific details in the text [e.g., how characters interact]”).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4a Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4c Consult reference materials (e.g., dictionaries, glossaries, thesauruses), both print and digital, to find the pronunciation and determine or clarify the precise meaning of key words and phrases.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5 Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.
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Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes Student & Teacher Guide
Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes Student & Teacher Guide
Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes Student & Teacher Guide
Sadako & the Thousand Paper Cranes Student & Teacher Guide