Standards and Objective
Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
Analyze the main ideas and supporting details presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how the ideas clarify a topic, text, or issue under study.
Students will understand and interpret Ha’s life as a refugee.
- Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
- The Quiet American by Graham Greene
- Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
First, ask your students what they know about the Vietnam War. They could write, draw and/or discuss what they know.
Then, give background information about the Vietnam War. You can find some information here. You should also include videos or other media you can find. The Quiet American (available on Tales2go) is a good title to assign students to listen to at home with parents if you choose. It foreshadows the events leading up to the war (written in 1955.)
Since the title is about 2 hours 30 minutes long, it will take at least one full week to complete as a read aloud. We suggest:
Day 1: Play the first 25 minutes the title Inside Out and Back Again. Students should be listening for new vocabulary words to add to their organizer. On a separate paper, they should write what the “problem” is in the story, and anything that surprises them. Have them turn this in as an “exit slip.”
Day 2: Play the next 30 minutes of the title. Students can draw one or two detailed scenes from the title. Label the characters, setting, etc. Discuss the events in the title as a class, or in small groups. Turn the drawings in as an “exit slip.”
Day 3: Play the next 30 minutes of the title. Students should write down what they think Ha and her family are going to do. Discuss with a partner or small group and turn this in as an “exit slip.” Students should continue using the vocabulary organizer to write down new words.
Day 4: Play the next 30 minutes of the title. Do some research on refugees and where they end up, why, etc. Give students resources (online and books) to research past and current refugees.
Day 5: Play the rest of the title (~30 minutes.) Students should continue using the vocabulary organizer to write down new words. Have students write where they think they would go if they had to leave their home and go to another country. Where, why, and how? Who and what would you take with you? Use this as an exit slip.
The discussions that your class(es) can have from this title are endless. If you choose to have your students complete a full book report or do an assignment outside of school, remember they can listen to Tales2go at home if you have a building license so make sure they know how to login.
Extensions and Variations
Students can also listen to the title Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers on Tales2go. They can compare/contrast themes and issues to Inside Out and Back Again.