Since it was first published in 1977, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr has inspired millions of children to want to learn more about Japanese culture and the art of paper folding. It is written for children in grades 3-5, but appeals to people of all ages with its universal themes of hope and overcoming adversity.
If you are unfamiliar with Sadako's story, please review About Origami's Guide to Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
If you are a teacher or a homeschooling parent, there are many activities that you can use to incorporate this novel into your lessons. For example:
- Alexander Middle School has a PDF study guide with comprehension questions for students
- ABC Teach has a free printable crossword puzzle featuring information from the book.
- E-Notes has a complete unit on Sadako that you can purchase for a small fee. The unit is designed to be used in a traditional classroom or as part of a homeschool literature class.
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