CHAPTER 7 THE PERSON BEHIND THE TEXT
THE STANDARDS • Literary Response and Analysis • 3.7 Analyze a work of literature, showing how it reflects the heritage, traditions, attitudes, and beliefs of its author.
THE STANDARDS • Word Analysis, Fluency, and Systematic Vocabulary Development • 1.1 Analyze idioms to infer the literal and figurative meanings of phrases.
THE PERSON ON THE PAGE • USING THEIR LIVES • WRITING FROM EXPERIENCE • WRITING FROM IMAGINATION
RIBBONS • LAURENCE YEP • Believes his sympathy for the outcast is the main reason for his success, particularly with younger readers. • For Independent Reading • Dragonwings
RIBBONS • VOCABULARY • HARASSED • LABORIOUS • EXOTIC • EXERTION • EXILE
RIBBONS • WRITER’S BACKGROUND page 471 • GRANDMOTHER LEAVES HONG KONG ONLY AFTER THE CITY IS RETURNED TO COMMUNIST CHINA. • What does this suggest about Yep’s attitude and heritage? • It suggests that Yep’s attitude toward Communism is negative.
RIBBONS • Asking questions page 472. • Authors often blend fact and fiction by utilizing certain historical details in a story. • What factual questions about Hong Kong might the passage prompt? How did the Chinese and British get along? Did most people speak English?
RIBBONS • Writer’s background on page 473 • Authors often put aspects of their own lives into their characters. • In the passage; “Joe sun, Paw-paw” I said. • How might the speaker reflect Yep’s experience? • Both Stacy and yep are Chinese-Americans. Like Stacy, Yep may speak only a little Chinese. Both are accustomed to the outgoing informality of American culture.
RIBBONS • Asking Questions page 474 • Why was it so important to escape the Communist? • In real life, did anyone make such a heroic journey to escape the Communists?
RIBBONS • Interpreting idioms page 474 • Do you know what “hon” is short for? • Do you know what “We’ll see” really means?
RIBBONS • Culture page 475 • A religion practice in China • Believe “boys” are everything • The Emperor ruled the country and the father/son ruled the family • What place do the women/daughters have?
RIBBONS • Writer’s background page 476 • What aspect of the author’s heritage might be reflected? • As a Chinese American in an African American neighborhood who attends a white school, Yep might have often felt like a “freak.”
RIBBONS • Finding sequence of events page 478 • Make a numbered list of what happens in the bathroom. • Stacy enters the bathroom, thinking it’s empty. • She sees her grandmother soaking her feet. • Her grandmother covers her feet, but Stacy has already seen them. • She asks her grandmother what happened. • Her grandmother tells Stacy it’s none of her business.
RIBBONS • Writer’s background page 480 • Why do you think the author chose to have Stacy read the story of the Little Mermaid rather than, say, a Chinese folk tale? • He wanted a story that parallels with the grandmother’s life.
RIBBONS • Symbol • To Stacy’s grandmother, ribbons were a symbol of the old days. What have ribbons come to symbolize for Stacy? • The strong bond of love that includes herself, her mother, and her grandmother.
RIBBONS • Do questions 1 through 6 on page 482 • Do questions 1 through 5 on page 483 • Do the PRACTICE questions 1 through 4 on page 483
The Treasure of Lemon Brown • Writer’s background • Reading Skills • Vocabulary • Impromptu • Tentatively • Intently • Brittle • ominous