Everything you need to understand or teach The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama.
When Stephen is allowed to leave his father's apartment to go to the family's vacation home in Tarumi, Japan, on his own, he counts it a victory. To celebrate, he buys a journal and begins making entries in the journal to document his journey and his time in Tarumi. It's those journal accounts that become the book, Samurai's Garden.
The book begins with Stephen's account of his diagnosis of tuberculosis, his family's reaction, and the events that brought him to be on a train bound for Tarumi. As Stephen tells it, his parents were searching for a place for Stephen to recuperate but were also looking for a way to get him away from his younger sister, Penelope, before he infected her. When Stephen arrives in Tarumi, he's met by Matsu, caretaker of the family property. Stephen first believes that his time in Tarumi will be too quiet...
The Samurai's Garden Lesson Plans contain 128 pages of teaching material, including: