What is the immigrant experience?
SEED 1 – ELLIS ISLAND
PLAN 1 – ANGEL ISLAND
SEED 2 – DRAGON’S CHILD
SEED 3 – THE LOTUS SEED
PLAN 2 - VIETNAM
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Lesson seeds are ideas that can be used to build a lesson aligned to the CCSS. Lesson seeds are not meant to be all-inclusive, nor are they substitutes for instruction.
When developing lessons from these seeds, teachers must consider the needs of all learners. It is also important to build checkpoints into the lessons where appropriate formative assessment will inform a teachers instructional pacing and delivery.
The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
This seed introduces students to another group of American immigrants, the Vietnamese. Students will read fiction and information texts and sources to gain knowledge about this part of American history. Students will compare the Vietnamese experiences to immigrants' experiences of Ellis Island and Angel Island.
From School Library Journal - A nameless Vietnamese
narrator tells of her grandmother who, as a girl, accidentally sees the last emperor cry
on the day of his abdication. She surreptitiously enters the palace gardens and takes
a lotus seed as a remembrance of that day and her ruler. She keeps the seed with her
through vicissitudes of war, flight, and emigration until one summer a grandson steals it and
plants it in a mud pool near the family's American home. Grandmother is inconsolable when
the exact spot cannot be found. The following spring, a lotus grows from the mud puddle and
in time the elderly woman gives a seed to each of her grandchildren, reserving one for
herself. The narrator vows to plant hers one day, give the seeds to her own children, keep the tradition, and share her grandmother's memories. This tale of hope and continuance is told with disarming simplicity. Interesting oil paintings, largely in earth tones, are slightly mannered, yet culturally accurate, and often moving in their amplification of the text.
Sample questions may include:
RF.5.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.
RF.5.4a Read grade-level text with purpose and understanding.
RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RL.5.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Reading Informational Text
RI.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from text.
RI.5.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
RI.5.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area
RI.5.7 Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend information texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Speaking and Listening
SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL.5.1a Come to discussions prepared, having read or studied required material; explicitly draw on that preparation and other information known about the topic to explore ideas under discussion.
SL.5.1b Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions and carry out assigned roles.
SL.5.1c Pose and respond to specific questions by making comments that contribute to the discussion and elaborate on the remarks of others.
SL.5.1d Review the key ideas expressed and draw conclusions in light of information and knowledge gained from the discussions.
Continue the unit of study with Lesson Plan #2 - Vietnam