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Lesson Plan

Up-Close With
Author Allen Say



  • Arts & Humanities
    --Visual Arts
  • Social Studies


  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Brief Description

Chat online with Allen Say, author of Grandfather's Journey and Tea With Milk.


Students will

  • read several books by Japanese-American author Allen Say.
  • create questions to ask the author.
  • write letters to the author (optional).


Allen Say, Asian American, Asian-American, Japan, Japanese, Grandfather's Journey, Tea With Milk

Materials Needed

  • a selection of books by Allen Say
  • Internet access (optional)

Lesson Plan

During the month of May, we celebrate the achievements of U.S. residents of Asian and Pacific-Island heritage. The month, known as Asian Pacific American Heritage (APA) Month, recognizes the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843.

Classroom Activities
Focus on the life and work of children's author Allen Say.

  • Share a different Allen Say book each day in leading up to the live chat.
  • Read a brief biography of Allen Say.
  • Share the text of a previous interview with Allen Say.
  • You will find many additional activities related to Allen Say's work on the Eduplace Web site at Allen Say Book Connections. There you can also find a biography and an interview. Students might write letters to Allen Say using his name and the Houghton Mifflin address.

    Following are some additional online lesson plans that use Say's books:

  • Bridge Between Two Continents: Tea With Milk and Emma's Rug
  • Grandfather's Journey Activities
  • Discussing Immigration Through Literature
  • TeacherView: Grandfather's Journey
  • Author Study of Allen Say
  • Grandfather's Journey Book Talk
  • TeacherView: Under the Cherry Blossom Tree
  • TeacherView: Tea With Milk
  • Grandfather's Journey Activities
  • Multicultural Lesson Plan
  • Flight 283 From America to Japan
  • The Caldecott Award Lesson


    Students might follow proper letter format as they write letters to Allen Say, or they might write a paragraph summarizing what they learn about him from participating in the online chat.

    Lesson Plan Source

    Education World

    Submitted By

    Gary Hopkins

    National Standards

    LANGUAGE ARTS: English
    GRADES K - 12
    NL-ENG.K-12.1 Reading for Perspective
    NL-ENG.K-12.2 Reading for Understanding
    NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
    NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
    NL-ENG.K-12.9 Multicultural Understanding
    NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

    GRADES K - 12
    NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
    NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications Tools

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