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Activity Overview

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes is a true story about a very courageous young girl who became a heroine to the Japanese people. Throughout her treatments, she displays several character traits that students can look up to or identify with. For this activity, students will create a spider map that depicts 3 of Sadako’s character traits. They must also include text evidence for each trait. Teachers may wish to provide students with a list of traits to look for, or have students discover them on their own!

Template and Class Instructions

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Objective: Create a 3 cell spider map of Sadako’s character traits in Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.

Student Instructions:

  1. Click “Start Assignment”.
  2. In the title box, write the trait.
  3. In the description box, write an example of this trait from the text.
  4. Add an illustration that accurately represents the description.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 4-6

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual

Type of Activity: Character Development

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/4/3] Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character's thoughts, words, or actions).
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/5/3] Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).

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