Big Wave, The - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 3-5

Setting: 19th Century Japan

Genre: Historical

Page Count: 44 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6 weeks

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Kino is a young Japanese boy who lives on a farm high on a mountainside. His best friend, Jiya, lives below in the fishing village at the seashore. Life is filled with hard work and fun moments with his friend. The lives of Kino and Jiya are changed forever when the unthinkable happens: a great tsunami wave crashes against their island and takes Jiya's entire family. 
Jiya struggles with his loss, but with the help of his friend Kino his heart heals and he learns that life is stronger than death, we are brave because we must be, and there is much in this life that is wonderful.

Progeny Press' The Big Wave English/Language Arts PDF download curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student with:

About the Author: Learn about the life and writings of Pearl S. Buck.
Background: Uncover the historical and geographical backdrop of Japan, exploring the impact of tsunamis and their context for the novel.
Vocabulary: Master the words used in the novel, completing a variety of activities designed to enhance comprehension and understanding.
Literary Techniques: Dig into how engaging stories are made using literary techniques like synonyms, setting, similes, personification, distinguishing fact vs. opinion, compare and contrast exercises, exploring imagery, analyzing elements in context, recognizing repetition, identifying turning points, and analyzing foreshadowing, themes, and main characters.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Address and discuss things like fear and anxiety, grief, death, belief in God, how to enjoy our life, recognizing ourselves as children of God, understanding loneliness, and acknowledging God is with us during troubled times.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Participate in activities such as mapping, artistic crafts, weaving, examining and learning about fish, science, going on field trips, researching and understanding natural disasters, the role of missionaries, writing exercises, solving a wordsearch, emergency planning, learning first aid, studying speech, crafting letters, gardening, fishing, and cooking.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include a wonderful reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, The Big Wave by Pearl S. Buck.

All of Progeny Press' Language Arts PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Formatted with your Primary grade Upper Elementary student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into simplified writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and continue building and refining their analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study PDF download accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools for over 30 years!

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Book Awards:
The Child Study Association's Children's Book Award choice • written by the Pulitzer and Nobel prize winning author, Pearl S. Buck

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