Sachiko is the story of a child caught with her family in Nagasaki during the
U.S. atomic bombing in 1945. The suffering and hardship of Sachiko’s
family is representative of the suffering and hardship of many that were
survivors of the nuclear attacks. The atomic bombings caused a lifetime of
hardship for those who suffered through the radiation sickness. Kudos to
Sachiko for finding her voice to tell her story to hopefully insure a more
This is an unusual book in that Sachiko’s story is woven with chapters of the
actual events of the war. Reading a textbook is dry. Reading portions of a
textbook with the real story of an atomic bomb survivor brings history alive.
Caren Stelson interwove Sachiko’s story with the textbook facts was
This packet includes reading comprehension strategies, critical thinking, a
timeline activity and various writing assignments that will synthesize the
students’ learning in a meaningful way. The students will participate in a Gallery Walk as a Culminating Activity. A template is included.