In this six-week unit, students learn to
compare and contrast life outcomes based on the life experiences
and decisions involving making moral choices and defining
values by the two main characters in Shadow of the Dragon
. This book illustrates both success and failure in the Vietnamese
immigrant culture in the United States. Students are asked
to reflect actively on how the author creates characterization
through description, dialogue, action and interior monologue.
A subset of the unit is the creation of imaginary superheroes
who heal social issues that appear in this novel and a suggested
film, "Good Morning, Vietnam": hate crimes, gang
activity, terrorism, and crimes against women.
How does the characterization of the two main characters
Danny Vo and Sang Le Ly illustrate challenges of immigrants
from war torn countries?