Pg. 11 - …and a few friends in a boat commenced their journey
from Edo on May 16, 1689.
Pg. 11 – He has an open, friendly manner and a contagious intensity of
Pg. 11 – Early in the evening I hire a boat, which slowly navigates the
Sumidagawa River almost to Tokyo Bay…
Pg. 12 – Many people arrive at Matsushima on ferries.
The ferries sail past Niwo Island, whose shape resembles a
Pg. 12 - …some are piled double on each other, or even triple, and
some are divided at one end and overlapping at the other.
Pg. 12 – Some bear others on their backs; some seem to embrace them,
as if caressing their offspring…
Pg. 12 – Basically, about 800 years ago a woman tried to flee
from a powerful official with her small child along the cliffs.
Pg. 13 – Cormorants are birds that can be trained to dive and catch fish,
which the fisherman retrieve by reaching into the cormorant’s throats.
• What will you read about?
– A writer and photographer from National Geographic who followed the path that
Matsuo Basho traveled in 1689.
• Who was Matsuo Basho?
– A Japanese poet who walked for five months trough the villages and mountains of
Japan. During and after his journey, Basho produced his great work entitled
Narrow Road to a Far Province.
– Today, thousands of people visit the village where Basho was born, the shrine
where he is buried, and the path that he travelled through Japan.
• Questions to think about while you are reading…
• 1) Where do Norman and Yamashita (the writer and photographer) travel to?
• 2) What are some similarities and between what the National Geographic travelers
experience and what Basho would have experienced over 300 years before their
• Read 1 paragraph silently. Stop.
• Orally summarize the paragraph with your
• Repeat these steps until you have finished
Reading and Oral Summarizing
• Complete Vocabulary Power chapter 2
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