1001 Cranes

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Twelve-year-old Angela Kato arrives in L.A. and is put to work in her granmother's flower shop, folding origami and creating 1001 cranes. As her skills improve and her relationships grow, Angela is able to cope with her parents' impending divorce.
Curriculet Details
53 Questions
68 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for middle school students contains interactive videos exploring Japanese culture and point of view, as well as annotations describing theme, characterization, and questioning techniques. Students will explore the themes of perseverance and reinterpretation of the family. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Homework #7

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Which of the following can you infer about Angela based on the information in these first few paragraphs?  
Angela Davis was an activist back in the 1960s and 1970s. You can read more about her life and career by accessing the website below. (This annotation contains a link)
You can see a picture of mochi with an filling below. This is what Angela's favorite treat might look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Angela and her family live in Mill Valley, California, which is an actual city. Below you can see a map of where it is located in regards to San Francisco. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
The author doesn't further explain these two sentences, but what can you infer from them?  
Every story is told from a certain point of view. Watch the video below and try to determine in which point of view this story is told.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #8

The Grapevine is a portion of Interstate 5 that runs north to south through California. The 40 miles around Los Angeles is called The Grapevine. You can read more about the Grapevine at the California Department of Transportation website below. (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Angela is comparing what the skyscrapers are "poking their heads out of" to brown soup. She does this without using the terms like or as. What type of figurative language is this?  
The "brown soup" that Angela was referring to was smog. Smog is the word for a mixture of smoke and fog, and it is considered air pollution. In the photo below, you can see the smog above Los Angeles, and you can probably understand why Angela described it as brown soup.  (This annotation contains an image)
When an author references another piece of literature, art, or pop culture, it is called an allusion. Here, the author discusses Farrah Fawcett from Charlie's Angels. This reference to the TV show would be considered an allusion. In the photo below, you can see Farrah Fawcett and her feathered hair, which is what Angela's mom attempted to recreate back in the seventies.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
The reference to this other piece of literature is called a(n) 
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a very well known story. If you are unfamiliar with it, watch the short video below for a summary of the story.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #9

Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What type of figurative language is used when the author writes, "gold-rimmed granny glasses?" 
Most stories and books follow a plot diagram, which you can see in the image below. In the exposition, the author introduces the reader to the characters and the setting. The author usually ends the exposition with the introduction of the central conflict or problem the main character will face. Can you think of what the main conflict will be in this story? Have you already been introduced to it? (This annotation contains an image)
In the image below, you can see an example of the kokeshi dolls that Angela is talking about.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Write a brief summary of your impression of Angela's family based on the description of their home. 
Below is an example of a 1001-cranes display. This display was actually at the wedding of one of the author's friends.  (This annotation contains an image)
Below you can see a picture of what the Japanese symbol for kotobuki looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
There are different types of characterization in novels. Direct characterization is when the author tells you directly what a character is like. For example: Aunt Janet wears glasses. Indirect characterization is when the reader makes inferences about characters based on how they act or react. For example: We can infer that Aunt Janet is very passionate about the 1001-cranes displays because she gets excited when she asks Angela if she wants to see them. Therefore, when Angela reveals that she and her friends would make fortune tellers with not-so-nice fortunes, what type of characterization is this? 
We can infer the Aunt Janet takes this very seriously, and also believes in sticking to the rules and upholding the tradition.  

Homework #10

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Use the define feature to answer the following question. Which of the definitions that come up for the word frenetic best describes how the word is used here?  
Funyuns is an onion ring type snack that you can buy by the bag. You can see an image of the bag below.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What do you think Angela's mother and Grandmother are talking about? Use evidence from the text and your own reasoning to support your claim.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Which of the following is most likely the central conflict of the story?  

Homework #13

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
The author uses both direct and indirect characterization to describe nana. Which of the following is an example of direct characterization?  
Manga are comics that are created in Japan. The website below allows you to read them for free.  (This annotation contains a link)
The video below is a tutorial on how to make a paper crane which will help you understand what Grandma and Angela discuss in the upcoming section. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
In this paragraph, which of the following example of figurative language is a metaphor? 
The martial arts outfit that this girl is wearing is called a gi. The orange belt indicates her level of expertise. According to the website below, the orange belt is the third belt you can earn in martial arts training.  (This annotation contains a link)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5
Which portion of the plot map are we likely in?  

Homework #14

Angela doesn't consider herself a nice person. Do you think this will affect her relationships with her extended family throughout the book?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Use context clues to try and decipher what hakujin means.  
What type of people are the Oyamas? How will they get along with "not nice" Angela?  

Homework #15

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Gardena is located outside of which city? 
Watch the following video on conflict, and try to think of different types of conflict that have occurred in this story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Below is an image of the Gardena Buddhist church, the church that Angela is traveling past.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
The author concludes this scene describing how confident and assured Angela sounded, which makes us believe a change may occur in Angela throughout the novel. When the author gives hints and clues as to what will happen later in the book, it is called ______________.  

Homework #16

Singer sewing machines are updated now, but they were also the first sewing machine to be invented. Below you can see a picture of what an older model of a Singer sewing machine is, and what Angela's grandmother's machine may have looked like. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Compare and contrast Angela and her mother when she was her age.  
It is likely that Angie's mother needs time alone to deal with her feelings about her husband moving out again.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What can we infer based on Mrs. O's behavior?  

Homework #18

This idea of perseverance is something you should take note of. Angie will have to persevere though her parents' problems. She will have to persevere through the summer with her family. And like she said, in order to do this, she will likely have to change. Make sure to take notice of how Angie changes due to perseverance.  

Homework #19

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What type of figurative language is used here, when Angie exaggerates how large her eyes are from crying?  
A studio apartment is similar to what a hotel room would look like with a small kitchen. Often the living room and the bedroom are the same. Below you can see a picture of a typical studio apartment, where you'll see the living room and bedroom in the same area.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Based on this information, what is Angie's father's occupation?   

Homework #20

Despite the fact that Angie is uncomfortable having dinner with the Oyamas, and that they are different from Angie, Mrs. Oyama saw something in Angie that made her choose Angie to be in charge of her display. What did Mrs. O see? Will you see this part of Angie's personality again?  
What does the author mean when she says that Mrs. O is under a spell? What has caused this?  

Homework #21

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Which sentence allows you to infer that the sisters-in-law are not close?  
What is the difference between how Arthur looks at this project and his parents?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Mr. and Mrs. O's relationship is  
Section 1 Quiz 

Homework #22

The author is able to use indirect characterization here to give the reader a good sense of what this woman is like. You can infer that she is successful and organized. The term "Type A" might fit her personality as well, which means that she likes to be in control and have things done her way.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Use the word repercussions in a sentence of your own.  

Homework #23

What Angie was imagining might have looked something like the painting below. The painting below is during the Victorian era, but it takes place in France, and not England. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Rachel refers to Angie's grandparents as Auntie Michi and Uncle Nick despite the fact that they are not related. What theme may be emerging in the text?  

Homework #24

Bologna is a word you're probably familiar with, but it looks different from how it's pronounced. You can hear the pronunciation in the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Which of the following is not an example of conflict that Angie has dealt with?  
Formica tables are laminate tables that look like the tables you would see in a 1950s diner. You can see an image of one below. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #26

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which of the following is the best synonym for emphatically?  
Below is a picture of a butsudan. What Angie is describing may look similar to this. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Who is most likely the interim minister?  
The word interim means temporary or transitional. Therefore, the interim minister will take over Reverend Nako's duties until he is well enough to resume.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What can you infer from their conversation? What is the relationship between the new minister and Lisa? Explain how you know. 
You don't know much about the minister, but you can get a sense of his personality from this chapter. Do you think he's the type of person that will tell Lisa what Angie said? Keep reading to find out.  

Homework #27

Apologizing is a really difficult thing to do when you know you've hurt someone, and especially if you're ashamed of how you behaved. But if Angie apologizes (and means it) it will show a real strength of character, and Rachel will likely appreciate that Angie is taking responsibly for her actions.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Who has just won this argument? 

Homework #28

The Obon festival ends with Toro Nagashi, or the floating of the lanterns. You can see an image of the lanterns floating down the river below.  (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Which of the following questions is the BEST question to ask at this point of the novel?  
The Golden Gate Bridge is a very famous bridge that is located in San Francisco. You can seen an image of the bridge below.  (This annotation contains an image)
The story of the Woman at the Well is a story of acceptance. In the video below, you can see a re-enactment of this story from the Bible.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
How do you think Pastor Barry's lesson may connect to the story of 1001 Cranes?  
Many individuals who have cancer go through chemotherapy in order to try and get rid of their cancer. Often, the chemotherapy causes the patients to get sick. The illness Mrs. O is having is most likely due to the chemotherapy.  

Homework #29

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
What is Angie trying to do when she has Tony call her back?  
How does Angie's behavior make you feel? Have you ever lied to get out of a situation, but then felt bad about it?  

Homework #30

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
What is the importance of Angie continuing her mother's diary entry? 

Homework #32

Angie has little desire to apologize. How do you think she is going to handle apologizing to Rachel? Is she going to be sincere, or will she say she's sorry to just get it over with? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Use the define feature to answer the following question. Which of the definitions match how the word nursery is used here?  
Again we are presented with the idea of what defines a family. The theme of reinterpretation of the family is a significant one. As you continue to read, try to find other instances of when this theme emerges.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Which of the following sentences supports the theme of reinterpretation of the family?  
Do you think that Angie will go to Sunday School with Mrs O again and see Keila and Nathan?  

Homework #33

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Tony is using the word pallet, but Angie is thinking of the world palette. Explain the difference between these two words.  
The fact that Angie's mother brings this subject up, but won't elaborate on it must be extremely frustrating for Angie. Have you ever been in a situation like this? Are you better at waiting for information than Angie?  

Homework #34

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
Which of the following words does NOT describe how Angie acts when she thinks this thought about her Aunt Janet?  
The comment that Gramps says makes it seem as though Grandma Michi is more sensitive than most people think. She is strong on the outside to protect her kind heart. As you continue to read, see if you can find other instances where it seems that Grandma Michi is being strong to protect herself.  

Homework #35

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
What can we infer has happened?  

Homework #36

Alstroemeria is a type of flower that apparently symbolizes friendship and devotion. A photo of alstroemeria is included below. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
What does gambaru mean?  
When the author decides to have Tony enter the store despite what Angie says, she is foreshadowing that it's likely Tony will be caught in the store with Angie. Keep reading to find out if it's true.  
Section 2 Quiz 

Homework #38

Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever disappointed someone you really looked up to, and you felt terribly guilty afterwards? How did you handle the situation? What do you think Angie will do?  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
When the author writes, "...and her eyes seem shiny, but not a good shiny," what can we infer?  

Homework #39

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What type of figurative language is used when the author writes "...long nose with lima bean nostrils"? 
The invisible plastic braces that Angie mentions are most likely Invisalign. They are a way to straighten teeth without the metal fixtures of braces. You can see what they look like below. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #40

The author has mentioned several times that Angie's family doesn't talk openly about things that have gone wrong. Think about how this connects to the lesson learned from the Youth Minister's story at Sunday school.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
Mrs. O has excused herself from the table. What is likely happening?  
Boutonnieres, like the one below, are the small flower arrangement that people wear on their suit jackets at formal events.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #42

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
Look at the title of this chapter. Make a prediction about what is going to happen in this chapter. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.  
A "shift" is a style of dress that can be seen below.  (This annotation contains an image)
A stephanotis flower can be seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.5
This may be a hint as to what is going to happen in this chapter. When the author gives clues as to what is in store for the characters, it is called ____________. 

Homework #43

Haji means embarrassment, shame, or disgrace in Japanese.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Which quote best fits the lesson Angie has learned with Lisa Kawaguchi? 

Homework #45

What do you think of Angie's behavior? How would you react if your parents wanted to talk to you about getting divorced? Would you react the same way, or differently? 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4
What does Angie's mother mean when she asks if it's a coed activity? 

Homework #46

When the author uses descriptive language to paint a picture in your mind, it's called imagery. Here, the author uses imagery to describe the bowling alley vividly. For more information about imagery, watch the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.1
How can you tell that Keila is a good friend?  
The way Nathan's friend uses the word handicap here means that he thinks they should level the playing field since Angie is so bad. That's why he says that they should add fifty points to her score in order to make the game more even.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Why do you think that Angie's mother wants to move to Los Angeles?  

Homework #48

Berkeley is just east of San Francisco across the bay. The map below shows you where both cities are located. (This annotation contains an image)
Below is a video that shows taiko drumming. It's not necessary to watch the entire video, but watch and get a feel for the power of these drums. (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
What is the obon festival? Hint: If you don't remember, you can look it up.  
You can watch the coal miner's dance in the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Here you can watch a video of a group of people practicing the towel dance.  (This annotation contains a video)
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
What has Angie just discovered?  

Homework #49

Angie has reached an emotional tipping point. Do you think this is the climax of the story? How might the lessons she has learned throughout this story help her resolve her problems?  

Homework #50

Taking an aspirin for a heart attack seems to be a silly remedy for such a serious medical issue. But aspirin can help slow down the formation of blood clots, and the formation of blood clots in the affected artery is one of the biggest problems when having a heart attack.  
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Which of the following developing ideas does Gramps exemplify when he comforts Grandma Michi?  

Homework #51

The crane symbolizes longevity. Like Mrs. O says, making these cranes is like sending prayers for peace and longevity for Gramps. Also, as you'll read, it helps bring people together. 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.3
When Gramps says this to Angie, what other part of this story does it make you think of?  
Silverlake, CA is located just Northwest of Los Angeles as seen on the map below. (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #52

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.2
Why do you think Angela decided to apologize to her Grandmother in this way? Explain your reasoning.  

Homework #53

When parents get divorced, it's easy to think of it as a loss. But when Angie's father makes the trip down to visit his father-in-law, it shows that despite their split, they are still a family. 

Homework #54

Section 3 Quiz