Onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is the use of words or phrases like meow or beep that sound like what they name. There are several examples of onomatopoeia in this story. As you read The All-American Slurp, make a list of these words and, at the same time, notice if other examples of onomatopoeia come to your mind.
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Theme. A theme is a central idea in a literary work. As you read, try to find the central ideas in this story.
Geography Connection. China is a country of eastern Asia. Beijing is the capital and Shanghai is the largest city. China is the most populous country of the world, and the third largest in area after the Soviet Union and Canada. As of the early 1990s, the population of China reached well over one billion.
The words emigrate and immigrate are often confused. Both refer to a peoples permanent move, usually across a political border. Emigrate, which describes the move as it relates to the point of departure, means to leave ones home country or region to settle in another. Immigrate, which describes the move as it relates to the destination, means to arrive and settle in a country or region to which one is not native.
Cultural Connection. There are many reasons people decide to leave their homeland and move to another country. The decision to move is usually not an easy one to make. When people move away from their homeland, they often move away from extended family, friends, and familiar things and places. Some of the reasons for moving to a new homeland include freedom (political and/or religious); new adventures, new opportunities, new jobs; escaping a war, a famine, or a drought; and the scarcity of jobs or land. Chinese culture, which has a long history, is very strong, and many Chinese do not want to leave China to live elsewhere. But when people go through hard times such as having no money because there is no work, or because there is famine, drought, or war, they will move. This happened to many Chinese people.
To help find the central ideas, create a flow chart of the main events and actions in the story. At the end of the chart, you will probably be able to describe at least two themes of the story.
What have you done when you were with new people and werent sure of the correct eating procedures or manners?
THE ALL-AMERICAN SLURP THEME
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