“Grandfather’s Journey”

This selection is historical fiction written by a Japanese-American man.  He recounts his grandfather’s journey to America, which he later undertakes himself, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries. He warmly conveys his own love for his two countries, and the strong and constant desire to be in both places at once.

“The immigrant experience has rarely been so poignantly evoked as it is in this direct, lyrical narrative that is able to stir emotions through the sheer simplicity of its telling.” — Horn Book, starred review.

We will be working on developing a strategy for understanding multiple meaning words and using a dictionary or glossary.  We’ll also be continuing to develop the skill of understanding sequence in literature.  Using graphic organizers will help students organize the text sequentially.  Looking at author’s purpose and practicing summarizing text will also be covered.