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“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Introducing the Selection Literary Focus: Motivation Writing Skills: Summarizing story, writing a friendly letter; writing a character sketch essay, bio poem. Using Stories to Support and Promote Writing Instruction for ELs and Other Students ESL LEVEL: INTERMEDIATE ESL 2A/2B UNIT THEME: GOALS AND DECISIONS <ul><li>By Felipe Garcia North Hollywood HS </li></ul>
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord <ul><li>Shirley Temple Video </li></ul>
“China’s Little Ambassador” Background Many Chinese people moved to the United States after War World II, including New York City.
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Preview the Vocabulary Vocabulary
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Some words in the story may be unfamiliar to you. Get to know these words before starting the story. reputation (n.)-- What people generally think about a person ambassador (n.)- a person sent to a foreign country to represent his or her government escapade (n.)– the act of running away from a situation quizzical (adj.)-- to show doubt or questioning something obediently (adv.)— to show appropriate behavior honor (n.)-- to show special respect for worthy (n.)-- having value, importance, or worth; good enough for foreign (adj.)-- not typical or from another country
Preview More Vocabulary Review the Vocabulary below: P.S. 8 - Public School 8 Schoolmistress - principal Embarrassing - causing one to feel unhappy, self-conscious, or uncomfortable Records - phonograph albums or recordings of music or instruction Foreign - from another country Foreigner - someone from another country Eyelashes - tiny hairs on an eyelid Eyebrows - hairs directly above the eyes Get her attention - make Shirley look at or listen to Proof - test of the truth; facts that show the truth Apparently - in a way easy to see According to - by Observe - follow, act by
Even More Preview Vocabulary Custom - way of acting Gesture - movement Chopsticks - two small sticks used for eating in some Asian countries Uniform - special clothes for school or work Dainty - small Fiery - like fire Previous - earlier, one before Dwarfed - was taller than Trifle - a small or unimportant thing or item Marbles - a game with small glass balls Tacks - small, round candies that come on strips of paper Tin foil - aluminum foil or wrap Chips - potato chips or corm chips Make up her mind - decide Shamed - lose respect, feel small Curiosity - need to know Rewarded - gave a nice surprise to Obviously - in a way easy to see Trembling - shaking Imagined – to make a picture in your mind
<ul><li>RED CARDINAL CHINESE WATER JUG </li></ul>SUBMARINE SANDWICH WITH MEATBALLS (“MEATBALL SUB”)
More Visuals for Vocabulary Dev. KWAN YIN (CHINESE GODDESS OF MERCY) BOAR (WILD PIG)
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord What if you went to school in a new country and did not know the language? with students who you did not know? and did not know the culture?
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord You are from another country; it’s your first day at an American school and… Everyone looks so different from you… What would you do? You do not speak English…
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Read how one young girl feels herself obliged to behave perfectly, because her parents have told her that she would be viewed as the representative of all Chinese by the Americans she meets. It’s all up to China’s Little Ambassador now. . . [End of Section]
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Make the Connection: Quickwrite Make the Connection: Quickwrite
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Make the Connection: Quickwrite Write a brief paragraph about a fork in the road. A fork in the road is a metaphor for a point in your life when you had to choose between two different paths that has therefore influenced the course of the rest of your life. [End of Section]
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord Literary Focus: Motivation As you read “China’s Little Ambassador,” ask yourself why the characters do what they do. Do the characters’ actions make sense to you? [End of Section] Are their motivations clear right away, or only later in the story? Pay close attention.
“ China’s Little Ambassador” by Bette Bao Lord As you read “China’s Little Ambassador,” you will be asked to analyze motivation in the story. A character’s motivation is his or her reason for displaying a behavior. Motivation answers the question why?
“China’s Little Ambassador” Literary Focus: Motivation Think about the motivations of the people in the photos below: What is their motivation?
Writing Skills: Summarizing Remember: A summary is a short restatement of the main events and ideas. It’s the gist of what you read. [End of Section] Keep your summary simple—leave out minor details. + =
Reading Skills: Summarizing As you read “China’s Little Ambassador,” practice summarizing. In your groups, write a brief summary of the story, “China’s Little Ambassador.” Include the following: <ul><ul><li>identify the major characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>describe the characters’ problems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>state the main events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>explain how the problems are resolved, if they are resolved. </li></ul></ul>
Meet Your Date Group Activity <ul><li>Make four dates with four members of the class. </li></ul><ul><li>Be ready to discuss your findings for your character with each date under this categories: </li></ul><ul><li>Character’s actions and motivations. </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughts, feelings, and dialogue. </li></ul><ul><li>Physical and personality traits. </li></ul><ul><li>Does this character remind you of a real person? Who? </li></ul>
Meet the Writer Bette Bao Lord was born in Shanghai, China, in 1938. Her book "In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson" tells of her experience moving from Shanghai to Brooklyn, New York, when she was eight years old. Her mother's dream was that she would grow up to be an "ist" -chemist, physicist, or other scientist. She failed at chemistry, but did, at last, become an "ist" -a novelist. Her first book was "Eighth Moon", the true story of her sister who grew up in China and was separated from her family for sixteen years. [End of Section]
WRITING LESSON IDEAS <ul><li>Imagine you are one of Shirley’s classmates. Write a friendly letter to her explaining what she needs to know about an American school (your school) in order to succeed and quickly adapt. </li></ul><ul><li>Write a character sketch essay about a real person. In your essay include a vivid description with colorful adjectives. Describe the person’s goals and outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>Write an informational brochure or a Power Point Presentation about important information about your school for new immigrant students. </li></ul><ul><li>Research a culture other than yours to report to the class (food, language, school, arts, religion, etc.) using PowerPoint. </li></ul>
Friendly Letter Format <ul><li>[End of Section] </li></ul>
Only through relevant student engagement can students truly be inspired to succeed in school and life.
<ul><li>“ The human mind is like an umbrella. It works best when open.” Walter Gropius </li></ul><ul><li>“ Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed, or down-right prejudiced….Excellence in thought must be systematically cultivated.” Richard Paul, Director of the Center for Critical Thinking, Sonoma State University </li></ul>
Something to Ponder <ul><li>“ The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” </li></ul><ul><li> - William Arthur Ward </li></ul>
Illustration of SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English)
Exit Ticket <ul><li>Please complete the self-assessment exit ticket by answering the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What is BIG idea you now have about any concepts presented in the lesson? </li></ul><ul><li>Describe an insight you have about yourself as a teacher, your students, and/or your school. </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have any questions? What? </li></ul>