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Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson

Pixton Lesson Plan on Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson
Pixton Lesson Plan on Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson
Pixton Lesson Plan on Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson

Main Characters

Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson

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  • Mariko Abe from Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson
    Mariko Abe

    The narrator and a Hiroshima survivor

  • Paul from Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson
    Paul

    Mariko’s brother

  • Mitsuye from Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson
    Mitsuye

    Mariko’s friend and also a Hiroshima survivor

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Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson

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  • Bomb
    Bomb
  • Cloud
    Cloud
  • Grass
    Grass
  • Leaves
    Leaves
  • Plane
    Plane
  • Prop Deck Chair
    Prop Deck Chair
  • Prop Letter
    Prop Letter
  • Prop Light Utility Vehicle
    Prop Light Utility Vehicle
  • Rake
    Rake
  • Scar
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  • Wind
    Wind
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Teacher Guide

Autumn Gardening by Siu Wai Anderson

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

  • In pairs or small groups, ask students to recall all they know about Hiroshima and the dropping of the atomic bomb. Share as a class.
  • Have students write a journal entry about a time when you heard or read something that changed your perspective of a situation. What were the words, and why/how did the change occur?

Opening Discussion

  • When a tragedy happens, such as a car accident or an earthquake, often there is guilt among the people who suffered less than others. Why do you think that is?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • After reading this story, does your perspective on the event change? How so? Why don’t we often hear these sides of stories in history books?
  • How does the phrase “We can speak for the dead” impact Mariko?
  • How does the title relate to the story?
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Pixton Activity: Autumn Gardening 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Create a character sketch for Mariko Abe.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the story. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Autumn Gardening 2 Imagery

Intro

Translating words into images is an important skill to have, whether you physically draw the images or imagine them in your head. The more attention you pay to the words, the more detailed the image will be.

Instructions

Creating a comic using 1-4 panels, choose a scene from the story to develop. Be sure to read the chosen section of the story carefully, paying attention to details. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Imagery

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The image is focused, has thoughtful details and is insightful. The image is clear, well developed, and logical. The image is easy to follow; ideas are correct, but may be basic or simple. The image discusses some relevant ideas, but may have frequent errors. The image is hard to follow; ideas are not developed.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Form Organization and sequence (beginning, middle, end) • proper organization
• sequence is highly effective and has purpose
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• logical sequence
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• consistent attention to sequence
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some attention to sequence
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• no attention to sequence
• panels are missing
Conventions Complete sentences, spelling, punctuation, grammar (e.g.,
use of pronouns; agreement; verb tense
• correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures • few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning • occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning • several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow • repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
Total

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Imagery in “Autumn Gardening” by Student

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Pixton Activity: Autumn Gardening 3 Symbolism

Instructions

Using the template provided, create a Mind Map identifying the importance of a symbol in Autumn Gardening. Describe its importance giving two or three examples from the text. Your panels should include:

  • A title that identifies the scene.
  • A description that explains how the symbol is important in the text.
  • An illustration that matches. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Symbolism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The symbolism is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and engage the reader. The symbolism is well developed; examples are specific and provide sufficient support. The symbolism is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The symbolism is briefly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The symbolism is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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