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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

    cookbooks.

    Web Address: http://www.gloriawhelan.com/ Gloria writes about other places, which allows her to live in those places in E-Mail: gloriawhelan@comcast.net 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:

    - Hannah

    - Silver

    - Summer Of The War

    - 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

    family.

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.

Booktalk:

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.

Characters:

    Name Age Relationship Personality Chu Ju 14 Narrator, daughter Sweet, caring,

    strong,

    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,

    silkworm business

    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,

    understanding,

    helpful Zhangs Friend of Han Na Kind Nu Hai New baby sister

    Story Basics: Conflict: Restrictions placed on females in the Chinese

     Culture.

    Conflict Resolution: At the end of the story, Chu Ju has inherited land,

    receives her families respect, and knowledge of her

    won self-worth.

    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

    around her.

    Same Genre/Interest Level By same author You’ll Love These:

    Among the Hidden Series Homeless Bird

    Becoming Naomi Leon Burying the Sun

    Kira-Kira Listening For Lions

    Read Aloud:

    Chapter Page # Description of action

    Chapter 3 p. 52 Pulling fish and cleaning them.

    Across the Curriculum Connections:

    Subject Suggested Resources: Group Size Description:

    Activities

    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

    Textbook U.S.

    Encyclopedia

    Internet

    Social Multiple Activity 12 6 groups of Follow instructions on Studies Perspectives from state 5 will work the web.

    standards together.

    webpage

    Internet sources:

    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/us.html

    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ch.html

    http://rs6.loc.gov/frd/cs/cntoc.html

    Discussion Questions:

    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

    States?

    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

    visit?

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

    2,3,4,5,6,7) 31)

    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:

    Subject:

5 Themes:

    1. Location

     - Relative

     - Absolute

    2. Place

     - Human Characteristics

     - Physical Characteristics

    3. Human-Environmental Interactions

     - Humans adapt to the environment

     - Humans modify the environment

     - Humans depend on the environment

    4. Movement

     - People

     - Goods

     - Ideas

    5. Regions

     - Formal

     - Functional

     - Vernacular (perceptual)

    Resource: http://www2.una.edu/geography.statedepted/themes.html

You need to complete the following chart for China:

    Resources: Encyclopedia, textbook, maps, and the internet

    http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/GeoHist/geography/geo/geocount

    ries/C/china.html

    http://www.kidport.com/RefLib/WorldGeography/China/China.htm

    http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ch.html

    CHINA

    Geography

    China is the ________________________ largest country in the world.

Location:

    Relative

Absolute

Area:

    Land

    Water

    Total

Coastline:

    List the two seas: 1.

    2.

Climate:

Elevation Extreme: (Name and heigth

    Lowest point Highest point

    Natural Resources:

Land Use:

Irrigated Land:

Natural Hazards:

    Environmental Concerns:

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