Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1)
This book is written in a journal format where Katie is recalling memories of the past. The objective of this lesson will be to discuss this literary style of writing and to explore some of the reasons why Kadohata may have chosen this style for this plot.
1) Read aloud with the class the part where Katie introduces herself and her reason for telling this story. Have the students write their own personal response to this. How does this make you feel? What makes this introduction so personal? What is her tender beginning foreshadowing for the future of the plot? Call on some students to read their responses.
2) Read aloud with the class the part where Katie mentions that she is using Lynn's journal to recall many of her earlier childhood memories. Discuss this with the class. Why is she doing this? What makes her...
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