Shizuko's Daughter by Kyoko Mori presents a vivid picture of Japanese culture and history. As kids read through the third chapter, they find novel-specific vocabulary to enhance their understanding and use context clues to determine their meanings. Additionally, they compare what they have learned about Japanese weddings to what they know about American weddings.
- Form groups for researching Japanese culture before beginning the novel, or while they read. Have each group focus on particular aspects of Japanese culture (weddings, family units, etc)
- See if kids can write their own sentences using the specific vocabulary words listed, in different contexts than they are used in the novel
- Reading and vocabulary activity is not very engaging; consider providing additional discussion questions to keep kids involved with their reading
- Does not provide any form of assessment
- Provides interesting discussion questions for the second and third chapters of the novel