About the story

At the turn of the 20th century, Chinese immigrants in California were plagued by prejudice, violence, poverty, and exclusionary laws. Dragonwings is the story of eight-year-old Moon Shadow, who arrives in San Francisco from China to live with his father, Windrider.  In China, Windrider was known for crafting beautiful kites, but now he does laundry and dreams of building a flying machine. As Moon Shadow adapts to the strange new world, he gains a new friend, learns survival skills, and makes a bold move to help his father realize his dreams. 

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Dragonwings with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can make kites of rice paper and bamboo (while talking about the theme of “rising above,”), design their own airplanes, rewrite Lee the White’s poem, learn about the history of the Chinese in America and the 1906 earthquake, nibble on crosscultural fare, write to their “superiors” for help, build dragons out of new words, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

The LitWits Kit for DRAGONWINGS by Laurence Yep - LITWITS The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on Dragonwings. It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Dragonwings includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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