Social Justice Standards:
Explore the multiple identities of the main character: Student, Vietnamese-American, Child with two Mothers. Analyze the ways Thuy expresses other aspects of her identities through her footprints and mythological creatures: playful, curious, funny, (Identity 3)
Social Emotional Learning: Identify the problems and solutions within the plot. Analyze the ways her mothers addresses her social emotional needs. They do not jump to solve her problems or find out who the bullies are. Instead, they slowly help Thuy find the strength and courage to express her own confidence and healthy self-esteem (Identity 4).
Analyze what bias is. What are the biases that the bullies have about Thuy and her family? How would you feel if you were Thuy? How would you feel if Thuy was your friend and you saw the bullying happening? How could you be an upstander, instead of a bystander, in the situations? (Action 16)
Imagery: Analyze the imagery and figurative language the author uses such as, "Feels like a sudden snowstorm," and, "her voice is warm like Thuy's favorite blanket..." How does the author create mood and helps us understand or characters better through figurative language.
Metaphors: Thuy explores her emotions by changing her footprints. What do the footprints represent?
Mythology: Thuy's mothers uses Vietnamese mythology to address Thuy's social emotional needs. Connect the ways family relationships and culture can provide us with strength during difficult times.
- Fiction, All Ages
- Perspectives: Child with two mothers, Vietnamese-American
- Author's stated heritage: Vietnamese-American
- Subject Integration: Social Emotional Learning, Art, Science (weather)