The Crane Girl is a Japanese folktale, written in 2017, that focuses on EMPATHY. Students will do some research about the Red-Crowned Crane before reading. They will also do some geographic sketching of Japan, with a focus on Hokkaido, where the Red Crowned Crane lives. This book is unique because the tale is told in text, and in Haiku poetry. While reading, students will use their reading comprehension strategies to answer a variety of questions, including making inferences and using critical thinking. For Post-Reading Activities, students can write an EMPATHY acrostic poem, retelling the The Crane Girl folktale, they can act out the story while narrators read the Haiku, or they can make a character map of one of the characters. This is a magnificent story!!!!!