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Jean Fritz’s ‘Homesick’: My Own Story — Detailed Chapter One Lesson Plan (4-6)


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Grade Level Grades 4-6
Resource Type Activity, Lesson Plan, Worksheet
Standards Alignment

About This Lesson

Jean Fritz’s classic autobiographical novel recounts the story of the author’s sojourn in the Chinese city of Hankow (modern-day Wuhan) as a young girl in the 1920s.

Add depth to your students’ understanding of the novel Homesick: My Own Story (860L) by using this hand-dandy lesson plan replete with reading comprehension and discussion questions (as well as a suggested lesson plan).

F&P Level: X 

Classroom Grade Levels: 5 – 7

N.B: Suitable text for middle and high school English Language Learners

Published: 1982

Lexile Level: 860L

Award(s): Newberry Honor Book

  • Pre-Reading Activity (with a worksheet for students)
  • Word List for Chapter One (including character names, geography, phrases and idioms, and vocabulary lists)
  • 26 Text-Based Questions for Reading Comprehensions (includes a rubric for scoring and grading)
  • 10 Discussion Questions (for the whole class and group discussion)
  • Has Answer Key and Model Answers
  • 1 Suggested Lesson Plan
  • Bibliography

Students will enjoy reading this story, especially regarding the time-honored theme of needing to belong. As a teacher, I have taught this novel to English Language Learners. It is perfect for Mandarin and Cantonese EFL-speaking students.

Other Uses for this Resource:

for Fourth Graders Going into Fifth Grade – Summer Reading

Middle School Language Arts Curriculum (5th and 6th Grades)

Suitable Text for Middle and High School English Language Learners

Other Titles In This Series:

✰ Unit Bundle for Teaching Jean Fritz’s Homesick: My Own Story

Since the novel is based on a true story, Humanities teachers will find this resource valuable since the story aligns well with modern Chinese history, colonialism, and the Communist rebellion that shook the young Republic of China. Check out my blog at Stones of Erasmus. © 2022-2024




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May 11, 2024
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Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot.
Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text.


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