We learn in the preface that the author meets the Lee family in 1988, but they come to America in 1980. Research in the library the important historical dates that leads to them seeking refuge from Laos to America.
Find Laos on a map. How far is it from California? Make a map and mark their Lee's journey from Laos to California.
Lee family tree
Foua Lee gives birth to 14 children in the book. Make a family tree of the children, and if they did not survive, mark their dates of death.
In class or in the library, research what other cultures believe in a shaman. Are there any? What about the Hmong's belief in shaman makes them unique?
In the library or in the classroom, research the difference between a Gregorian calendar used in America and an agricultural calendar used in Hmong culture.
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