Tea with Milk By Allen Say Cyberlesson by Meaghan Carroll. The book Tea with Milk written by Allen Say My travel journal A pencil. What do I need?. Introduction.
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By Allen Say
Cyberlesson by Meaghan Carroll
The book Tea with Milk written by Allen Say
My travel journal
A pencilWhat do I need?
Today you will travel to Japan with Masako. Masako is a young, Japanese girl who was born in California. When her parents decide to move back to Japan her life changes completely. Join Masako on her trip to this new country.
In this book Masako travels from San Francisco, California to Japan. Click on the links below to find pictures and information about these two places.
San Francisco, California
In your travel journal, write an entry describing how you would feel if your parents told you that you would be moving to Japan. What would you be excited about? What would you be scared of? What do you think you would miss about living in the United States?
Be sure to include a prediction in your entry: How do you predict Masako will feel after moving to Japan? Share your prediction with your partner.
As you read, share with your partner whether your predictions were correct. Also think about how Masako could have prepared herself for the changes she faced once she reached Japan.
In your travel journal, make a list of items Masako could have packed in her suitcase to make her move easier. These items may be things that help remind her of home. They could also be items that would help her feel like she fits in with the culture of her new country. Be sure to include the reason why you think each item would be useful.
Over the past few weeks, we have compared American and Japanese culture. Think about the similarities and differences Masako noticed when she moved to Japan.
In your travel journal use your Venn Diagram to show the similarities and differences between Masako’s life in San Francisco and her new life in Japan. On the next slide there is an example given to help you set up your own Venn Diagram. There are also some pictures to help get you started with ideas.
Life in San Francisco Life in Japan
In the book, Tea with Milk, the students at Masako’s school would not be friends with her. They called her names like, “gaijin”. Sometimes it’s hard to become friends with someone when you think that they are different from you, but you often have more in common than you think!
Click on the picture below to meet Kentaro, a Japanese student. He will lead you through a typical school day in Japan.
Imagine that we have a new student in our classroom! Our new student is from Japan. Do you remember how hard it was for Masako when she moved from an American school to a Japanese school? How can you help this student feel comfortable in our classroom? Think about the similarities and differences between our school and a school in Japan.In your travel journal, write about how you would help this student feel welcome here at Braeburn.
Click on the links below to learn more about Japan and Japanese culture:
Time for Kids - Japan
Japanese characters - Kanji
Once you enter this website, type “Japan” into the search bar and click on “search maps”. Click on “Explore this area” to see pictures of the area.