Author’s Purpose: To inform the readers about Hachiko and to entertain us with an interesting story

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  1. Genre: Historical Fiction

  2. Author’s Purpose: To inform the readers about Hachiko and to entertain us with an interesting story

  3. Who is telling this story: Kentaro

  4. What is the point of view? First person [I]

  5. Question to think about: How strong is the bond between animals and people?

Theme: Loyalty is an admirable trait that should be rewarded and respected.

A bond between a pet and his owner cannot be broken.

7 Setting: Japan, early 1900s
8.X

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN?

WHAT CLUES DID YOU USE?

WHAT HAPPENED?








9.


Vocabulary word

Synonym

Meaning

Ruff

Course like hair


Collar-like growth of long hair on the neck of an animal.

Fixed

steady

Not moving.

Morsel

crumb

A small portion of food.

Nudge

bump

To push slightly to attract attention.

Quietly

silently

Making no sound.

Vigil

Diligent

act


Act of staying awake or act of watching for some purpose.

Stooped

hunch

To bend forward.

Furious

angry

Very angry; full of wild fierce anger.

loyally




In a loyal way

mountainous




Full of mountains

eagerly




In an eager way

10. Characters and character traits:

Protagonist [main character, good guy]: Hachiko/loyal

Antagonist [the character that strikes up action]: Dr. Ueno’s death/ shocking

Additional Round Characters:

Kentaro

11. Write a cause and effect found in the climax of the story: [place your comma after the dependent clause]

Because Dr. Ueno died, Hachiko was sad.

Hachiko went to the train station every day because he wanted to meet his master.
12. Write and cite a fact found in this story that proves this took place in Japan

“When I was six years old, my family moved to a little house in Tokyo near the Shibuya train station (Turner146).

13. Do you think Hachiko showed loyalty and respect toward his owner? Write your answer as an opinion using ten or more words.

In my opinion, Hachiko showed respect and appreciation toward his master by sticking by his side every day, morning, noon and night. This loyalty was a strong bond that didn’t even go away after his master’s death.

14. Give this story a new title: [capitalize correctly, large works get underlined, small works get quotation marks]

“Never-ending Loyalty”

15. Identify the following statements as facts or opinions:

F Hachiko was born in northern Japan in November of 1923.


F There is a bronze statue of Hachiko at the entrance of Shibuya Station.
O Hachiko’s story is lovely, both sad and wonderful.
F An October 1932 newspaper’s headline about Hachiko read: “A Faithful dog Awaits the Return of Master Dead for Seven Years.”
O In the photo on page 158-159, Hachiko seems to be wondering what all the fuss is about.

16. Sentence diagramming: Use your parts of speech bookmark to help you identify and label the words in the sentence below:


The old man’s hair was streaked with gray.

ADJ ADJ NOUN NOUN HV VERB PREP ADJ


Story Comprehension
17. Why does the author set the story in Tokyo?

The author set the story in Tokyo because this is a narrative

historical fiction story and the real Dr. Ueno and Hachiko lived

there.

18. The author provides some factual information about Hachiko. How could you verify whether the facts are true?

Since parts of this story were true, I could do online research to learn

about the Shibuya station and Tokyo University and confirm that they

really exist.

19. Personal thought: what question did you ask yourself when you read about the day Kentaro’s father returned home looking especially sad?

[Possibility] I asked myself what would have caused him to appear so

sad, and I wondered why Dr. Ueno wasn’t there.

20. Who owns Hachiko? Dr. Ueno

How does Hachiko show loyalty to his master? Hachiko shows loyalty by walking with his master to the train station each morning and returns in the evening.
21. What happened to Dr. Ueno? Dr. Ueno dies.

How does Hachiko show his loyalty to Dr. Ueno when he is sent away?

Hachiko shows his loyalty by running away from his new owners and waits for Dr. Ueno at the train station.
22. Why was Kentaro afraid of Hachiko at first? Kentaro was first afraid of Hachiko because he reminded him of a wolf.

23. Why did Kentaro keep going to the station every day?

Kentaro kept going to the station to see Hachiko.
24. Why might the author say that “friends and family long separated” meet at the statue of Hachiko?

The author meant that Hachiko was separated from his master.

25. How do the people of the town feel about Hachiko?


The people admire Hachiko’s loyalty. They feed and pet him and build a statue to honor his loyalty.
26. Why did the author write “The Story behind the Story”?

The author may have written this to possibly give the readers the full history of Hachiko’s story as well as share her inspiration for writing.
The author may have written this to separate the facts from the fiction, to tell why she wrote the story and to share her personnel connection.



Vocabulary Practice Page #86
Vocabulary

Directions Choose the word from the box that best matches each definition. Write the word on the line.

fixed

furious

morsel

nudge

quietly

ruff

stooped

vigil




_______________1. in a quiet way Check the Words

You



_______________2. push gently




_______________3. a small bit of food




_______________4. held steady




_______________5. a time of watching

Directions Choose the word from the box that best matches each clue. Write the letters of each word on the line. Use the circled letters to make a word below.





6. marked by excitement and activity___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___




7. hunched over___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___




8. without noise___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___




9. a fringe of fur growing around the neck___ ___ ___ ___




10. held steady___ ___ ___ ___ ___



_____ _____ a _____ _____ _____

27. Elements in the structure of the plot:

Beginning [expose the W’s]:

Initially, a young boy named Kentaro and his family moved to Tokyo near the Shibuya train station in the early 1900s. His father introduced him to Dr. Ueno at the Tokyo Imperial University. While Kentaro was meeting his dad, he noticed that a dog, Hachiko, was waiting for Dr. Ueno.


Climax:

As the story continues, Kentaro became friendly with the dog and looked forward to seeing him at the train station every day. Hachiko was very loyal toward Dr. Ueno and went there every afternoon to see his master. One sad day, Kentaro’s father walked through the station alone. Kentaro was alarmed and saddened because Dr. Ueno wasn’t with him. He had died. Hachiko had to be sent away to stay with a relative. Eventually, he ran away to come back to sleep at Dr. Ueno’s home and visit the train station again every afternoon to wait for Dr. Ueno.


Resolution:

As the story concludes, the town people pet him and fed him. He did this for nine years and was getting very old and stiff. The town people all liked him so much and admired his loyalty for his master. They collected money and placed a bronze statue of Hachiko at the train station in honor of him. The story ended when Hachiko died at the train station. As the story mentioned, maybe his spirit is with Dr. Ueno.



Grammar Skills A:

Common and Proper Nouns


  • A common noun names any person, place or thing.

The shiny coins jingled in his pocket.

Write a common noun__pocket________________________




  • A proper noun names a particular person, place, or thing. When a proper noun is more than one word, capitalize only the important word or words.

Her cousin lives in South America. Aunt Jean visited the Statue of Liberty.

Write a proper noun __Oprah Winfrey_____________________




  • Some proper nouns, including titles for people, have short forms called abbreviations that begin with capital letters and end with periods.

Gen. Jones visited the middle school. I met Edward Ward, Jr.

Write an abbreviation for a month and one found in your address

___ Sept. Dec. Hwy. Rd.


Directions: Underline the proper nouns and circle the common nouns

1. Dr. Tee Van chuckled at the bird.

2. My uncle put his money in the National State Bank.

3. Aunt Louise worked in her garden.

4. Mrs. George just became an aunt.

5. Our neighbors moved from Maine to Oregon.

6. Dad and Rev. Johnson had lunch on Saturday.

7. She bought presents for Aunt Sue.


8. May I have more broccoli, Mom?
Directions: Rewrite the proper nouns, using correct capitalization, punctuation, and abbreviations where possible.
9. doctor martin luther king, junior Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

10. missus Kaldy Mrs. Kaldy

11. doctor dunn Dr. Dunn

12. reverend smith Rev. Smith

13. mister cole _Mr. Cole_______________________
Grammar Skills B:

Common and Proper Nouns
Write a sentence using a common noun and a proper noun, as indicated, for the words below.
Example: friend/p animal/c

Melissa’s cat curled up on my lap and took a nap.

1. (relative/P food/C)

2. (country/P season/C)

3. (friend/P vehicle/ C)


4. (clothing/P clothing/C)

Directions:

Rewrite the sentences using correct capitalization for proper nouns, add punctuation that is necessary to make it correct.
6. we live in new castle Pennsylvania. Today is November 28 2011

We live in New Castle, PA. Today is Nov. 28, 2011.

7. mrs Kaldy has been in sixth grade at laurel elementary school for several years

Mrs. Kaldy has been in sixth grade at Laurel Elem. School for several years.


8. ms traggiai’s test is scheduled for next tuesday

Ms. Traggiai’s test is scheduled for next Tues.

[cont.]
Identify the bold words as being common or proper.
1. My grandparents live in Albany. p
2. They visit us on the Fourth of July.p
3. A crow snatched the man’s hat. c
4. We ate vegetables from the garden. c
5. Broccoli is my favorite vegetable. c

Students need to be able to spell the days of the week and write the abbreviations as well.
Sunday

Sun.


Monday


Mon.


Tuesday


Tues.


Wednesday


Wed.


Thursday

Thurs.


Friday


Fri.


Saturday


Sat.

Grammar Skills: Plural and Possessive Nouns



Plural = more than one/no apostrophe needed!
Making a word plural

Country = _____________________

Library = ______________________

Secretary = ____________________

Witness= ______________________

Monkey = ____________________

Turkey = _______________________

Leaf = _________________________

Dress = ________________________

Dish = _________________________

Box = __________________________

Niece= _________________________

School =________________________


Fish = __________________________

Goose = ________________________

Deer = _________________________
Possessive Nouns= ownership/apostrophe required!

*Making a singular word show possession

The school’s desks

The monkey’s banana

A teacher’s apple

A leaf’s color

The fish’s scales

The deer’s antlers

My dress’s stripes

SIMPLY ADD ‘S TO A SINGULAR WORD

Tree_______________________________________________

Turkey_____________________________________________

Secretary ___________________________________________
*Making a plural word show possession

Many secretaries’ computers

Several monkeys’vines

All the turkeys’ feathers

Many books’covers

SIMPLY MAKE THE WORD PLURAL THEN ADD ‘

Boys_____________________________________________

Presents__________________________________________

Girls_____________________________________________

[cont.]
Practice: possessive nouns
Select the word that shows the correct form of possession

1. The (witness’s, witnesses’) story had changed in detail over the accounts of the incident.


2. My (sister’s sisters’s) experience at camp has had its ups and downs.
3. I have visited many (country’s, countries’) tourist sites in my travels.

4. A (secretary’s, secretaries’) work is never done.

5. My (school’s schools’) motto is be kind, safe, and responsible.
6. Many (country’s, countries’) diplomats came together at the meeting.
7. It was the (witness’s, witnesses’) account that made the case.
8. My (computer’s computers’) programming system is not working properly.
9. All the (secretary’s, secretaries’) computers shut down at once.
10. Many of the ball (players’ player’s) uniforms were at the dry cleaners.
Journal Entry: text pages 162-163

Assignment: write a journal entry in first person for Kentaro


  • Stay focused; don’t drift off topic

  • Express your personal thoughts and feelings

  • Show your personality

  • Use a distinct voice

  • Write in first person

  • Always reread for common errors in grammar and mechanics when you are done

  • Always date your entry

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summary


Hachiko: The True Story of a

Loyal Dog

At the entrance to the Shibuya train station

in Tokyo, Japan, stands a statue to a dog

named Hachiko. Every day, Hachiko walked

with his owner, Dr. Ueno, to the train

station and then waited for Dr. Ueno to

return. Hachiko continued his routine even

after the death of his owner. The statue and

the dog are real, but the story about the boy,

Kentaro, meeting Hachiko is fiction.



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