Social Justice Activities:
Use the metaphors in the illustrations throughout the story to build empathy, respect and understanding of this family's experience. This resource has questions you can ask on every page.
Explore the bird/migration metaphor at the end. How does power, birth place, race, and socio-economic status affect migration?
Research organizations in your community that support refugees and/or immigrants and city and county initiatives. Assist with service opportunities and support policies that build a sense of belonging for every person in your community.
Research facts and current events on websites like www.amnesty.org
Relevant Social Justice Standards:
Diversity 8. Students will respectfully express curiosity about the history and lived experiences of others and will exchange ideas and beliefs in an open-minded way.
Diversity 9. Students will respond to diversity by building empathy, respect, understanding and connection.
Diversity 10. Students will examine diversity in social, cultural, political and historical contexts rather than in ways that are superficial or oversimplified.
Justice 12. Students will recognize unfairness on the individual level (e.g., biased speech) and injustice at the institutional or systemic level (e.g., discrimination).
Justice 14. Students will recognize that power and privilege influence relationships on interpersonal, intergroup and institutional levels and consider how they have been affected by those dynamics.
Action 16. Students will express empathy when people are excluded or mistreated because of their identities and concern when they themselves experience bias.
Action 20. Students will plan and carry out collective action against bias and injustice in the world and will evaluate what strategies are most effective.
Visual Literacy: Why is the sea black? Why does the author change the color scheme on some pages from dark to bright? Why is the guard so large with a red beard? What does the lighthouse symbolize? More great questions here.
Author's Craft: Analyze how the story is told from the child's point of view. How might it have been different if told from the mother's point of view?
Sequencing, Theme, Metaphors (visual literacy)
Fiction, 3rd and up
Author's stated heritage: Italian
Subject Integration: Art, Science (animal migration)