The House of Sixty Fathers


About the story

This is a survival tale of two heroes from different cultures who help each other, and it’s also a family tale. Tien Pao is a young Chinese boy who, after being separated from his family by an air raid, is lost in the Hunan mountains during the Japanese invasion. Scared and starving, he meets a downed American pilot who leads him to the caring “sixty fathers” at his base. The House of Sixty Fathers is Meindert DeJong’s thoughtful, heart-wrenching story of war, told with grace and without graphic violence.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages that include a printable PDF version. Experience The House of Sixty Fathers with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can craft their through the narrative arc using textural items straight out of the story, mime their way out of a sticky situation, write about a battle from another point of view, listen to traditional Chinese folk music and WWII era swing, learn about America’s role in China in the early 20th century, savor a special food firsthand as Tien Pao did, 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 THE HOUSE OF SIXTY FATHERS by Meindert DeJong - kit montageThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert DeJong

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on The House of Sixty Fathers.  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 The House of Sixty Fathers 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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