Workbook & Identity mini-lesson for “Where I'm From” by Misa Sugiura
A short story from Come On In: 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home.
Pgs. 1-6: Reading comp. questions short response. Sketching activities. Pg. 3: Extended writing response with two options Pg. 7: Identity mini-lesson & short writing activity Pg. 8: Plot graphic organizer Pg. 9: Character graphic organizer Pg. 10: Story review form Pg. 11: Key
> 30 reading comprehension questions >
Short Response (complete sentences not required)
Written Response (complete sentences required)
> Extended response question has two topics for S to select from. Each has warm-up questions to get students' ideas 'rolling.' > Use of the extended response/essay activity may add 1-4 days, depending on length and formatting requirements of the teacher. > "Written Response" questions are great for discussion as they're often reflective/no wrong answer style to encourage independent thinking and interpretation. > 5Ws character graphic organizer is customized to the story. > Story review form AND plotline graphic organizer are career-long re-usables (can be reused with no changes for stories, books, film, and epic poetry)..
> Teacher may want to use the identity mini-lesson & short writing activity prior to reading the story. It can be used as a starting point for a variety of self-reflection activities having to do with identity.
> Use to provide or clarify background knowledge 1-2 weeks before reading.
> Use it to deep dive into characters' identities when it is a story/book/play/film/poem theme.
During or post-reading...
> Use it to compare characters' self-identity to how they are treated by others characters. Use it to consider how & why a character identifies themselves. (Example questions: If a character's nationality is Peruvian, is it "wrong" if other characters assume their race to be Mexican? How much does the protagonist care how they are identified by others? In this story, should the protagonist correct others or would that make situation X worse? What seems to carry the most weight in the protagonist's self-identity -- their ethnicity, nationality, culture, or, race?)
<>Resources are designed for struggling learners. Perfect modified resources for special education or below-level learners. Workbook questions are not all higher order thinking (a few are); they are roughly 7-8th grade level. The extended response/essay activity is roughly 8-9th grade.