This NEA Big Read Teacher's Guide contains ten lessons to lead you through Julie Otsuka's When the Emperor Was Divine. Each lesson usually has four sections: a focus topic, discussion activities, writing exercises, and homework assignments. In addition, we have provided capstone projects and suggested essay topics, as well as handouts with more background information about the novel, the historical period, and the author. All lessons dovetail with the state language arts standards required in the fiction genre.
Finally, the NEA Big Read Reader Resources deepen your exploration with an author interview, booklists, timelines, and historical information. We hope this guide and syllabus allow you to have fun with your students while introducing them to the work of a great American author.
From the NEA, we wish you an exciting and productive school year.