Homesick: My Own Story

by Jean Fritz

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Homesick: My Own Story


Jean Fritz wrote a compelling story about her youth in the China of the mid 1920's, a period of great turmoil. Jean's own family suffers the loss of her younger sister, as well as other hardships. Eventually, the family resettles in the United States, a country that Jean has only heard about.

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Enrichment Activities
Internet Resources
Books by Jean Fritz


Enrichment Activities

  • China Homecoming
    Jean Fritz returned to China as adult and wrote a book about her experiences. It is called China Homecoming . Encourage your students to read and compare Jean's perceptions of the same person at different times in her life. Ask them to think of how the perceptions they had in their memoirs (see below) may change when they are older.

  • Chinese Calendar
    Your students can use the Chinese Calendar Chart to answer the questions for an online or printable quiz.

  • Chinese Calligraphy
    Encourage your artists by using this lesson on the ancient art of calligraphy .

  • Chinese Yuan
    Students practice using algebraic equations to estimate the costs for one day of a trip to China.

  • Chinese Words and Phrases
    Introduce the wonderful Chinese language to your class.

  • Comprehension Checks
    Check your students' comprehension of Homesick: My Own Story with Test A, Test B, and Test C. Use the Answer Key for correcting.

  • Culminating Projects
    Students choose from a selection of eight projects that examine life in the 1920s. Students gather information and make presentations on 1920s dance, hair, clothing, and more. Use the Homesick: My Own Story Projects.

  • Jean Fritz Books
    Jean Fritz has written 56 books for children. Encourage your students to read other books by her or to read one aloud to a younger child. See the bibliography at the bottom of this page.

  • Memoir
    Homesick: My Own Story is a memoir (an account of a person's personal experiences) that demonstrates the power of sharing experiences in written form. Assign your students to compose their own memoirs.

  • Pack Your Bags
    Ask your students to make a list of what they would take with them if they had to pack in one hour and could only take one suitcase.


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