Discover firsthand what it’s like for refugees entering the US in this coming-of-age story of one girl’s struggle to belong.
This resource has everything you will need in one packet, from pre-assessment material, to comprehension questions incorporating vocabulary. Reflect on Hà’s mother’s decision of having to choose a different country to live in. Put the events that describe Hà’s first day of school in the order that they occur. Describe what Miss Scott shows to the class, and how Hà reacts to it. Predict whether the family will learn what happened to their father. Put yourself in Hà’s shoes and imagine what you would wish for during Têt. Explore the concept of language and how difficult it can be to learn by researching common idioms used in your language. Aligned to your State Standards and written to Bloom's Taxonomy, our worksheets incorporate a variety of scaffolding strategies along with additional crossword, word search, comprehension quiz and answer key.
About the Novel:
Inside Out & Back Again follows 10-year-old Hà and her family as they struggle as refugees in 1970’s America. The story begins in 1975 Saigon. Hà’s father has been missing for years since leaving to fight in the war of Vietnam. The war is now over and the Americans are leaving. Communists from the North threaten the family’s safety and freedom. They come to the hard decision of leaving their beloved home to seek shelter elsewhere. They settle on America, and with the sponsorship of a kind “cowboy”, the family start their new home in Alabama. Their struggles don’t stop there, however. Their first task is to learn English. Hà struggles with this as she enters school in America. She is met with bullies and miscommunication in language and culture. With the help of a kind neighbor, Hà quickly learns how to survive in her new home. She begins to make friends at school, and her family begin to prosper as well. The day comes when the family must make the difficult decision regarding her father, but nothing will stop them from making the most of their new lives in America.