TEACHER'S COPY - MAY COPY PAGE 2 FOR YOUR STUDENTS
Identification and Discussion Questions
1. What fairy tale acts as the basis for this story?
(The Little Mermaid)
2. Was the Mayor able to deny his daughter anything? Why not?
3. Why did the Mayor not want Ariel to go to a university on the west coast? Where do you think Ariel and her father lived?
(The west coast was too far from their home; so, they may have lived near the east coast, at least east of the Mississippi River.)
4 Knowing that both her father and her coach would oppose her relationship with Eroji, Ariel continued to see him. What does this say about her?
5. Why did the Major put a statue of a mermaid in the garden?
(Ariel was a swimmer, a very good one, much like a mermaid.)
6. What does the last sentence in the second to last paragraph mean: He understood that all Japanese, like all Americans, are different?
(The Mayor blamed all Japanese for his brother's death in the war. Now he understood that was wrong.)
Reference Mother Moon's advice on treasuring memories which become monuments to be remembered and shared.
1. Ask participants to tell of memories that have become monuments in their lives.
2. Select in advance several concrete objects and then play, "what am I holding?" Tell the participants, "monuments to memories can take many forms, some concrete and some symbolic."
Hold the object behind your back or in a box, bag, or some other concealment and allow students (listeners) to ask questions which can be answered with a yes or no. Allow questioning until someone can identify the object.
Some possible examples of concrete are: photos, ribbon/trophy, lock of hair, souvenir, piece of jewelry, book, toy, and Christmas ornament.
Some possible examples of symbolic monuments (written on cards) are: determination, intelligence, courage, tolerance, love, communication, and loyalty.
How does the picture on page 41 relate to this story?
Just for Today
What memories are monuments in your family?
What can you do to help build treasured memories that will become monuments?