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Unit 4, Lesson 7: Yoshiko Uchida (pp. 166-171)
The Big Idea
Framework Concept: Culture, Family History, and Contributions Yoshiko Uchida helps us understand others in her writing.
- Have students gather some of their favorite books. Browse through them and ask them what they know about the characters in the stories and how they found out about them. Then ask students if they ever knew what the characters might do next or why they did the things they do. Guide students to understand that authors can help us understand others by writing about characters they know.
- Remind students that we can learn about characters in stories by looking at what they say and do. Read the excerpt aloud from The Birthday Visitor on page 166 and 167 and ask students to listen to find out about the people in the story. After reading, ask them what they learned about the two characters, Mr. Wada and Emi. Identify the author of the excerpt as Yoshiko Uchida. Tell students that authors can help us understand others by writing about the things they do and say.
Check for Understanding
- Ask students to list three things Yoshiko Uchida could write about to help us understand the Japanese people.
- Ask students to draw a picture that shows what Yoshiko Uchida does to help us understand other people.
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