Pieces of Gold
by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
How do women cope in the face of adversity?
LESSON PLANS, ACTIVITIES
- Go to OUSD Website to see picture of author.
Print out and distribute copies of her biography.
Students read silently making up questions and
answers to ask each other in competition for points.
- Quickwrite: What do you already know about
early Chinese immigration to the United States?
Discuss and chart student responses on board or
- Ask if any one has heard the term "Not a Chinaman’s
Chance?' Discuss, explain. (Chinese railroad workers
were used for the most dangerous job of being
lowered over the edge of the mountains to create
holes and insert dynamite, then to ignite the
dynamite. Frequently they were not pulled up in
time and died in the explosions.) See Internet
for article on this topic. Discuss racism against
- Distribute copies of the Chinese Exclusion
Act from Internet. Link
(Go to Internet Resources)
Have students to take"Cornell Notes" to study
and then summarize important information.
|Cornell Notes: As you
read the document, alone or with a partner,
write key words in the left column. In the
right column tell what they seem to mean
or fill in more information.
|KEY WORDS / PHRASES
Review topic and summary sentence. Students write
a 4 – 5 sentence summaries using the key words
and added information.