Title: Chu Ju’s House
Author: Gloria Whelan
Publisher: Harper Trophy imprint of Harper Collins
Copyright Date: 2004
About the Author:
Interesting Facts: ? She lives in Michigan.
? She lives near water in a wooded area and a lot of what
she sees in her backyard makes it into her books.
? Before beginning stories about other places she starts
her research with “The National Geographic”,
Encyclopedia Britanica, and then moves on to memoirs,
novels, and studying maps, birds about books, and
Web Address: http://www.gloriawhelan.com/ Gloria writes about other places, which allows her to live in those places in E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org her imagination. She views this research as a treasure hunt.
Mailing Address: None given Other books by the - A Time To Keep Silent Connection to the author: - Goodbye, Vietnam book:
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- Homeless Bird
- Series: Once on This Island, Farewell to The Island, and
Return to The Island
- Miranda’s Last Stand
- Pathless Woods
- Forgive The River, Forgive The Sky - Friends
- Miracle of St. Nicholas
- Series: Next Spring an Oriole, Night of The Full Moon,
and The Shadow of The Wolf - Series: Starvation Lake Books - The Indian School
- That Wild Berries Should Grow - Mackinac Bridge: The Five Mile Poem - The Turning
- Listening for Lions
- Friend on Freedom River
- Burying The Sun
- The Impossible Journey
- Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect
- Jams and Jelly by Holly and Nelly - Angel on The Sqaure
Chu Ju is a young girl in China. The government hangs propaganda signs all over Annotation:
China. China respects and worships their ancestors. The law states that you can
only have two children and tradition says, “only a son can bring honor to the
household.” Chu Ju’s Ma Ma is pregnant with the second child. She wants the
ancestors to, “Let the child be a healthy boy.” Her Nai Nai, grandma, prays that the
ancestors will “Send us a boy to care for us in our old age and not another
worthless girl.” Chu Ju’s Ba Ba, dad, asks the ancestors to, “Give a son to bring
honor to our family.”
The second child is a girl. Nai Nai insists they must get rid of the new baby to
make room for a son. Chu Ju becomes very attached to her new sister Hua. In
order to keep Hua from being sold, she leaves the house one night to go on her
own. Chu Ju hopes this will allow her parents to have a boy to bring honor to the
This book is a fascinating look at a young girl’s journey from adolescents to young
adult. She grows in her belief in her own self worth, her abilities, and knowledge
of the world around her. Chu Ju becomes a strong-willed, responsible young
woman by the end of the story.
Imagine you have been told you are not good enough. You don’t measure
up to family expectations. You are told that you can never bring respect
and honor to the family. Only the person that truly loved you is deceased
and the other person is to weak minded to stand up for you. Well this is the
situation for Chu Ju. She is a fourteen year old girl in a culture that does
not respect females or find them worthy. Her mother is pregnant and they
pray for a boy to bring honor to the family. However, a girl is born into a
culture that only allows two children. The family plans to sale the child to
an orphanage in order to make room for Chu Ju’s mother to become
pregnant again in hopes of having a boy. Chu Ju decides to leave the home
and save her sister from being sold. The story tells of her adventures and
her finding self worth on her own.
Name Age Relationship Personality Chu Ju 14 Narrator, daughter Sweet, caring,
courageous ba ba Chu Ju’s father ma ma Chu Ju’s mother Weak nai nai Chu Ju’s paternal Strong willed,
grandmother rude, strict ye ye Chu Ju’s paternal Kind, loving,
grandfather (deceased) understanding Hua New baby sister YiYi Fisherman’s wife kind Wu Fisherman Uninterested,
suspicious Bo Fisherman’s eldest son Kind, gentle Zhong Fisherman’s younger son Jokes around
with Chu Ju and
plays tricks on
her. Gentle Ji Rong Cruel-beats
workers Yong Gives Chu a job at the Tongue lashings,
Song Su Worker at the silkworm kind Jing Worker at the silkworm Kind Ling Li Worker at the silkworm kind Han Na Chu Ju’s savior/second mom Kind older woman Quan Han Na’s son Ling Zhang Kind,
helpful Zhangs Friend of Han Na Kind Nu Hai New baby sister
Story Basics: Conflict: Restrictions placed on females in the Chinese
Conflict Resolution: At the end of the story, Chu Ju has inherited land,
receives her families respect, and knowledge of her
Genre: Historical fiction
Interest Level: 5-9
Reading Level: 5.2
Setting: Modern day China – around the 80’s Summary:
Chu Ju is a young girl in China. The government
hangs propaganda signs all over China. China
respects and worships their ancestors. The law
states that you can only have two children and
tradition says, “only a son can bring honor to the
household.” Chu Ju’s Ma Ma is pregnant with the
second child. She wants the ancestors to, “Let the
child be a healthy boy.” Her Nai Nai, grandma,
prays that the ancestors will “Send us a boy to care
for us in our old age and not another worthless
girl.” Chu Ju’s Ba Ba, dad, asks the ancestors to,
“Give a son to bring honor to our family.”
The second child is a girl. Nai Nai insists they must
get rid of the new baby to make room for a son.
Chu Ju becomes very attached to her new sister
Hua. In order to keep Hua from being sold, she
leaves the house one night to go on her own. Chu
Ju hopes this will allow her parents to have a boy to
bring honor to the family.
Point of View: First person
Theme: A young girl’s journey from adolescents to young
adult. She grows in her belief in her own self
worth, her abilities, and knowledge of the world
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Chapter Page # Description of action
Chapter 3 p. 52 Pulling fish and cleaning them.
Across the Curriculum Connections:
Subject Suggested Resources: Group Size Description:
Social 5 Themes of Textbook Individual Complete the handout Studies Geography Internet covering the 5 themes of
Encyclopedia geography. Social Venn Above Individual Complete the diagram Studies Diagram Research comparing China to the
Social Multiple Activity 12 6 groups of Follow instructions on Studies Perspectives from state 5 will work the web.
Pre- Reading: 1. What do you know about China?
2. What are the roles of males and females in the United States?
What are the roles of males and females like in China?
3. What is the government in China like compared to the United
Post-Reading: 1. What did you learn about China? (Government, Culture, and
Roles of males and females)
2. What questions do you still have?
First 1/3: 1. List all of the things you learn about China.
Cha 1-3 2. What is Ba Ba’s profession?
p. 1-64 3. What does Chu Ju’s ba ba, ma ma, and nai nai think of her?
4. Why did Chu Ju leave home?
5. Where did Chu Ju hide after leaving her family?
6. What did she learn while at the first destination?
7. Why does she leave this place?
Second 1/3: 1. Who is Ji Rong? What is he like?
Cha 4-7 2. Why are they picking mulberry leaves? p. 65-140 3. Where does Chu Ju get a job?
4. Who hires her and what is she like?
5. What is her job?
6. List her friends and describe them.
7. What are their living conditions like?
8. Why did she have to leave this job?
9. Where does she end up next?
10. Why does she stay?
11. What skills does she learn?
12. Who is Ling?
13. what does Ling want Chu Ju to introduce to the
paddy? What do they do for the paddy?
14. What does Chu Ju purchase with her money?
15. What has happened to Quan?
16. What does he want Chu Ju to do?
Third 1/3: 1. Where did she go and how did she get there? Cha. 8-12 2. What does she learn about the government on the way
p. 141-227 to her destination and while there?
3. What do Chu Ju and Quan do in the city?
4. What happens to Chu Ju once she returns to Han Na?
5. Where does she go and what does she do?
6. What does Han Na ask Chu Ju to do before to long?
7. What does she introduce to the paddies?
8. Why does Quan return home? Does he stay?
9. What does Chu Ju inherit?
10. What does Chu Ju learn upon returning home for a
Indiana Standards met by novel content:
Gr. English/Language Arts Math Sci. Social Studies thYHBA: (6-1-2,3,4,5) (6-2-3,4,5) (6-3-(6-1-16,18,19,20) (6-6
1,2,3,4,,6,7,8) 2-4,6) (6-3-
LA: (6-4-5,6) (6-6-1,2,3,4,5)2,3,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,15
,16) (6-4-1,,2,5) (6-5-
1, 4, 5,7,8,9) thYHBA:(7-1-1,3) (7-2-4,5,6) (7-3-7-1-3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 7
1,2,3,4,5,6) 15, 17, 18, 19, 21) (7-
LA: (7-4-8,9,10) (7-6-1,2,8,9)2-5, 7, 8) (7-3-4, 6,
8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16)
thYHBA: (8-1-1,3) (8-2-6) (8-3-(8-1-26, 27, 28, 29, 8
LA: (8-4-4,7) (8-6-1,4,5,6,7) (7-5-1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)
5 Themes of Geography
Name: Due Date:
- Human Characteristics
- Physical Characteristics
3. Human-Environmental Interactions
- Humans adapt to the environment
- Humans modify the environment
- Humans depend on the environment
- Vernacular (perceptual)
You need to complete the following chart for China:
Resources: Encyclopedia, textbook, maps, and the internet
China is the ________________________ largest country in the world.
List the two seas: 1.
Elevation Extreme: (Name and heigth
Lowest point Highest point