What would your class like to learn about Japanese culture? Prepare them for a novel unit about Kyoko Mori's Shizuko's Daughter with a KWL chart. After listing what they already know about Japanese culture, they write questions about what they'd like to learn, and later complete the chart with a list of facts that they have learned.
- Have kids update their charts as they read the novel
- Use the information that kids come up with in the left section to form research assignments, and assign certain groups different aspects of Japanese culture to present to the class
- Some of the sample answers for the middle section could be considered to be stereotypes about Japanese culture and Japanese people; take care in guiding the conversation away from stereotypes
- Graphic organizer is clear, and with a few changes it could be applied to other novels