This week we began writing a response to the book Crow Boy by Taro Yashimo. It begins in a Japanese village, where we meet the main character,Chibi, who is an outcast at school because he is different from the other children. He is very shy and isolates himself. However, this all changes at the beginning of his sixth grade year, he has Mr. Isobe for a teacher. Mr. Isobe saw something special in Chibi, and he helped him show his talent or gift to others.
We discussed many of the important themes this book teaches. Students began their response with a summary and then wrote about this message. Next, students are writing about the changes the main character goes through in the story and his strengths and weaknesses. They have learned the importance of using specific details to prove their thinking and support their claim.
Ask your child about their thoughts on the book and what they have been writing about in class. Also, ask what their advice was to the characters and what they learned in the story.
forlorn - lonely and sad
trudging - to walk laboriously or
wearily along or over
honored - high respect, as that shown for special
graduation - the successful completion of a program of study
attendance - the frequency with which a person is present