Reading Across the World

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Reading Across the World : 

Reading Across the World Pleasant Hill Elementary—U.S.A. Shengli Elementary—R.O.C. 5th grade:2007

Pleasant Hill gets a sneak peek into the lives of Shengli students while opening a care packet—February 2007. : 

Pleasant Hill gets a sneak peek into the lives of Shengli students while opening a care packet—February 2007. Shengli Elementary School Flag Local Taiwan “hot spots” and some pieces of art work are beautifully put together.

Taiwan New Year’s Calendars : 

Taiwan New Year’s Calendars

Book SelectionHatchet by Gary Paulsen : 

Book SelectionHatchet by Gary Paulsen Book Similarities: Title Author Story plot Characters Setting Genre—realistic fiction Book Differences: Language (Chinese and English) Style of book (They start the book where we will finish—the text and bind of the book are opposite than of those written in the English Language) Book Cover—Style is slightly different Pages are numbered differently (One of their pages may look like the following: 6<7)

Student thoughts and questions prior to reading the book… : 

Student thoughts and questions prior to reading the book… How will be communicate with the students in Taiwan? Will their book be the same as ours? Will we both think it’s an interesting book? Will this be a good book that we can both relate to? Why were we selected to read this book with students in Taiwan? All of these questions will hopefully be answered during our reading and communicating period! Throughout the book we will be logging questions, facts, and more on our BLOG to record and inform others of our thoughts, concerns, and questions! If you’d like to check out our site, the address is as follows: http://phcardinals.blogspot.com/

Taiwan’s History : 

Taiwan’s History OWNERSHIP: Taiwan has a long history! The changes among the island go back 400 plus years and include ownership changes galore! There was some involvement with the Dutch, French, and Japanese at least at one point in the history. NAME: During the 1700’s the Dutch established a fortress named “Zeelandia”, after the Dutch province of Zeeland. The peninsula, on the Southwestern coast of the island, was called Tayouan, meaning terrace bay. This later evolved into Taiwan, and came to be the name for the whole island. http://www.gio.gov.tw/

Why Taiwanese Students Want to Communicate with American students and Learn the English Language : 

Why Taiwanese Students Want to Communicate with American students and Learn the English Language An action plan to establish a bilingual living environment was incorporated in the Challenge 2008 National Development Plan. Under the efforts of the Research, Development and Evaluation Commission of the Executive Yuan, in 2003. English translation glossary was completed for the names of government agencies, job titles, and signs posted in public places. Both central and local government agencies now boast a bilingual environment that facilitates better service for foreign visitors. A standard Chinese-English signage system is also in place for roadways, public places, and tourist sites. Incentives are provided to academic institutions and the private sector for more extensive establishment of a bilingual environment.

Let the Reading Begin… : 

Let the Reading Begin… Just this week we started reading Hatchet. Before reading we discussed some of the things that were written on the discussion board of our BLOG. These things included: Why did the illustrator choose this picture? Are you a person who enjoys being outdoors? What outdoor activities do you participate in? After some discussion and excitement we were finally able to dive into the book! Anticipation and joy raced through our minds just thinking about what was yet to come in this extraordinary experience we were getting ready to have!

Thanks for a great book, Gary! We are on our way… STAY TUNED TO WHAT WE ARE UP TO—CHECK OUT THE BLOG AND ENJOY THE ADVENTURE WITH US! HEY, BETTER YET…WE CHALLENGE YOU TO PICK UP THE BOOK AND READ IT YOURSELF! : 

Thanks for a great book, Gary! We are on our way… STAY TUNED TO WHAT WE ARE UP TO—CHECK OUT THE BLOG AND ENJOY THE ADVENTURE WITH US! HEY, BETTER YET…WE CHALLENGE YOU TO PICK UP THE BOOK AND READ IT YOURSELF!

Common Symbols : 

Common Symbols National Flag The Presidential Building in Taipei has housed the Office of the President of the Republic of China since 1950. National Flag R.O.C. National Flower: Plum Blossom U.S National Flower: Rose Liberty Bell The Liberty Bell is the bell located in Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was rung on July 8, 1776 to proclaim the independence of the United States of America from England. It cracked in 1835

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