by Nikki Grimes; illustrated by Ed Young
Cricket Books, April 2004
Have students find China on a world map. Discuss the longest trip they’ve ever taken. Why do people travel? How can they remember everything they see? Where would you like to travel? Why?
|Knowledge||1.||Describe some of the people that Nikki Grimes sees on her journey.|
|2.||What things remind her of the United States?|
|Comprehension||1.||What do you think was the most surprising thing on the journey? What would it have been for you?|
|2.||Do the poems reflect more on people or on places? Why do you think so?|
|Application||1.||Ms. Grimes talks about how they were lucky to get to go into the interiorHohhotfind out if Americans can still go see this part of the country today.|
|2.||Research the events of Tiananmen Square that Ms. Grimes refers to in her journal and poem from that location.|
What poetic techniques does Ms. Grimes use to express herself in the poems? Find examples of: simile, personification, rhyme, rhythm, mask.
|2.||Re-read and compare the poems that focus on Chinese Women. How do these poems create a portrait? What does the portrait reveal?|
|Synthesize||1.||Imagine you were joining Ms. Grimes on her journey. What would you want to take with you to preserve memories? What would you take pictures of?|
|2.||If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?|
|Evaluate||1.||Which illustration is your favorite in the collection? Why?|
Which poem is your favorite in the collection? Why?