LitWits brings great books to life in sensory ways, so kids will want to read more!
ACTIVITY IDEAS from the LitWits experience:
While nibbling, smelling, watching, and touching things “straight out of the story,” we learned SO much about the history of the Chinese in America, as well as the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. We also experienced this story’s theme of “rising above” by creating kites of rice paper and bamboo, designing our own airplanes, nibbling on crosscultural fare, writing to our “superiors” and so much more!
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Video interview with Laurence Yep (Reading Rockets)
Biography of Laurence Yep (Scholastic)
The Chinese in California 1850-1925 (UC Berkeley)
San Francisco’s Chinatown (UC Berkeley)
Memory collection – Chinese in California (UC Berkeley)
Overview of Chinese persecution in America (UC Colorado)
Excerpt from 1924 The Story of California (by Norton) 4
Images of Chinese in early California (UC Berkeley)
Stereoscopic images of San Francisco, early 1900s (Vintage Everyday)
Children’s literature about the Asian-American experience (Rutgers)
Biography of 1903 Lee Chew, immigrant from Canton to San Francisco (Digital History)
Curriculum ideas and support for Lee Chew’s story (Boston Public Schools)