The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn is an award-nominated mystery that takes place in 18th-century Japan. These ideas and activities will assist you in teaching this outstanding book.
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by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn

Fourteen-year-old Seikei wants nothing more than to become a samurai. Unfortunately, in 18th-century Japan, samurais are born; not made. Seikei must become a tea merchant because his father is one. But after witnessing the theft of a priceless ruby by a ghost, the young boy's courage is tested in more ways than one. Can he prove himself worthy of samurai fame?

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Enrichment Activities
Internet Resources
Books by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler

Enrichment Activities

    Activities for Any Book
  • Use one of these adaptable and cross-curricular activities with The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn to enhance your students' literary experience.

    Conflict Dissection
  • Have students identify the characters and analyze the setting, problem, and solution of The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn using this graphic organizer.

    Discussion Starters for Any Book
  • Discussing a story with students is a critical part of any literature unit. Use these questions to push students to analyze the book they are reading.

    The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn – Chapters Three and Four
  • Utilize these two chapters from The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn for reading comprehension practice, story prediction, setting visualization, and character portrayal.

    Story Prediction from Vocabulary
  • After pre-reading The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn, select several vocabulary words and phrases. Fill out the prediction chart, photocopy it, and then distribute it to the students. Share the predictions before beginning the book.

Internet Resources

Ancient Japan
Grade Levels: Middle, Secondary
An excellent resource for information on ancient Japan. Highlighted features include history and chronology, gods and goddesses, sumo wrestling, and more.

Origins of the Samurai
Grade Levels: Middle, Secondary
An extensive article on the history of the samurai, whose origins date back to 200 A.D. Included are background facts that will be helpful in teaching The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn.

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