One Thousand Cranes
A Literature Study
Purpose: To read the novel, Sadako and One Thousand Cranes
by Eleanor Coerr so that the readers
Read and discuss the book. (The teacher or students should read the book orally, if a classroom set of books is not available.)
- Choose from the activities below:
Prepare an interview of a character in this book - write 5 questions
you would ask the character and the answers you think the character would give.
List 5 major events from the book in correct sequence - use time clue
words to show the sequence. Fold 5 origami cranes of different colors
and write one major event on one wing of each crane. Hang the cranes
in the right order creating a mobile.
Give three facts and three opinions about the main character - give specific examples
from the book.
Describe two main characters in the book. Give at least 3 physical and
3 personality traits of each.
If you could change something about the book, what would it be and why?
What type of emotion does this book make you feel? Why? Give specific
examples from the book.
Write peace poems using traditional Japanese
of poetry and include the image of the crane.
Play contemporary Japanese music while small groups of students
design and create a peace banner using the words that appear on
Sadako's monument, "This is our prayer, this is our cry, peace in the
Design a new cover for this book. Make and display this design by
covering an empty cereal box with your creation.