Title of Lesson: Sand
Island Story Mapping
Objective: *After reading
Under the Blood-Red Sun, students will use story mapping to create a
visual representation of Hawaii. Their story map will include Pearl
Harbor, Sand Island and the Japanese Relocation camp, where
Tomikazu's swims to visit his father.
12 x 18 drawing paper
Colored pencils and markers
Overhead outline map of Hawaii (not
Black-line map of Hawaii
1. Given the book, Under The Blood-Red Sun,
create a story map. Display the map of Hawaii on the overhead. Ask a
student to locate, by placing a mark on the map where Tomikazu lives.
Ask another student to mark where they think Pearl Harbor is located.
Repeat this style of predicting by asking students the following
questions: If Tomi swims the harbor to Sand Island, where is Sand
Island? Is Sand Island or is Ford Island closer to Tomi's home? Where
does Keet live? Is Diamond grass closer to Tomi's or Billy's house?
Is the Kaka'ako boys ball diamond near the market or the school?
Locate Tomi's school and the corner market.
2. Pull out the classroom world map and
locate accurate information related to Hawaii. Check overhead map and
make any necessary corrections. Explain that the classroom map offers
details associated with Hawaii, but Under the Blood-Red Sun
contains all the other suggested information we predicted on the
overhead map. Tell students they are going to create a story map
about the selected reading book focusing on Chapter 17 when Tomi
swims to Sand Island.
3. Story Mapping. Have students create a
story map of Chapter 17. Given the black-line map of Hawaii, instruct
students to draw map details: showing trails, roads and other
necessary features used by to Tomi to get from one place to another.
Tell them to play close attention to the book setting listing
features such as Sand Island, Pearl Harbor, the relocation camp and
Tomikazu's backyard jungle.
Students will submit their story mapping
activity showing visual representation of Chapter 17. The teacher
will check for the specified details: Sand Island, Tomikazu's local
community, Pearl Harbor and the relocation camp.