Hana appears to be part of two cultures, that of her home country, Japan, and of her new country, the United States. How does this impact her life?
Honesty- What lengths would you be willing to go to stay connected with a loved one who is far away when that part of your life is mostly over?
Empathy- How would you feel having to move to another country away from your granparents and other loved ones? If you've had this experience, how did it make you feel?
Advocacy- Think of ways you can help newcomers to your school feel welcomed. Think of ways you can help classmates share special interests and talents. Think of ways you and your classmates can share your heritage.
Action- With your teacher’s help, turn what you found in the Advocacy portion of this lesson into an event that your class sponsors.
Some people live in countries where wars are being fought. How has war impacted this family?
Honesty- When people in some countries disagree with their government they are punished very severely.
Empathy- Tai Shan must have been very sad when his father was sen to the labor camp. How do you think his father felt when he had to go?
Advocacy- Read the Author’s Note at the end of this story about the Cultural Revolution in China. Search the internet to see if anything similar is happening today.
Action- Find practical ways to support families that are undergoing separation due to war. One example would be writing letters to U.S. service people.
It may seem that Ji-Su’s mother made the wrong decision to use her sewing talents in the king’s court and leave her daughter. Many people never have to make such a difficult decision. How do you think Ji-Su’s mother made her decision?
Honesty- Has your family suffered difficulty so that one family member could do something important? How does that feel?
Empathy- Ji-Su gave up her time to play so she could become a seamstress in hopes of joining her mother in the king's palace. How do you think that made her feel?
Advocacy- In some countries today, children work rather than going to school. Find information on child labor on the internet and compare your information with your classmates.
Action- Think about how your life would be different if you had to work every day rather than going to school. Create posters that share the message that going to school is a privilege and display them in a public place.
What does Baba’s saying mean, “Crisis does carry a blessing within its curse”?
What do you think a hammer will have to do with this story? Do you own any tools? Have you ever thought about what your life would be like if you had to work every day, and couldn’t go to school?
Honesty- Have you ever considered that going to school is a privilege that many children around the world don’t enjoy?
Empathy- How has not being able to read impacted Jasmin's family?
Advocacy- Read about one of the following organizations on their websites: the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee or BRAC (http://www.brac.net/), the Global Movement for Children or GMC (http://www.gmfc.org/), Save the Children (http://www.savethechildren.org/site), or United Nations Children’s Fund or UNICEF (https://www.unicefusa.org/). With your teacher, decide on a way that you can help other children by letting other people know about some of the issues they face.
Action- Read about “Education” on the BRAC website (http://www.brac.net/education ). Work with your teacher to raise funds to support education in Bangladesh.