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Literature: "So Far From the Bamboo Grove" by Yoko Kawashima Watkins Discuss this eTheme.

Here are resources for teaching “So Far From the Bamboo Grove” by Yoko Kawashima Watkins. There are study guides, lesson plans, discussion questions, and author information. Included are eThemes resources on Korea and Japan.

Grades

  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

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This 22-page PDF file contains author information, supplemental information, worksheets, and activities to accompany reading the novel.
Here is a summary of the novel, along with assignment and activity ideas.
This page has summary information, discussion questions, and activity ideas.
This site contains biographical information about the author, discussion questions, and information about Japanese history.
What is a refugee? What does it mean to be a displaced person? This online exhibit includes a photo gallery, glossary, and several printable downloads to help answer these and other questions about refugee experiences.
These sites are about North Korea's geography, climate, history, and culture. Learn how to write Korean numbers and words, try a Korean recipe, and view many photographs. Included are eThemes resources on South Korea and the Korean War.
These sites are about South Korea's geography, climate, history, and culture. Learn how to write Korean numbers and words, try a Korean recipe, and view many photographs. Included are eThemes resources on North Korea and the Korean War.
These sites have information about Japan's history, geography, language, education, and culture. Students can learn about samurai warriors, read haiku poetry, or see how rice is traditionally grown. There are maps, photographs, printouts, and more. Included is an eThemes resource on Asia.
Learn about the power of splitting an atom and the atomic bomb. Find out how detection of x-ray led to the discovery of radiation and creating thermonuclear fission. Learn how one of the greatest discoveries of humanity was used against it. Find out about events leading to the construction of the first atomic weapons, the Manhattan Project, people involved, bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and its consequences. Includes photographs, photocopies of historical secret documents, nuclear fission animations, audio and video files. There is a link to eThemes Resources on Manhattan Project.

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