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Read to Speak Adult ESL Book Club Meeting - DOWNTOWN Fridays

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Toronto Public Library - Sanderson Library

327 Bathurst Street

Meeting Room in the Basement

Toronto, ON M5T 1J1

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Read and discuss a book based on a true story set in Tokyo, Japan in the 1930s. It is about a loyal dog, Hachiko, and his master.

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Book Title: Hachiko - The True Story of a Loyal Dog

Author: Pamela S. Turner

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Words you need to know:

Nouns: leather, tail, puppy, newspaper stand, morsel, fur, pavement, relatives, porch, statue, spirit

Verbs: polish, curl, store up, let out, bounce, yelp, sniff, kneel down, nudge, bury, hunch over, stay behind, grumble, scratch, lick, stumble, choke, shuffle over, whisper

Adjectives: loyal, bronze, broad, bushy, afraid, fixed, stunned, better off, stooped, chilly, covered, enormous

Expressions: get to know someone, take someone in, have room for, afford to do something, honour someone’s memory

Other: samurai, kimono, tabi socks

Practise Vocabulary on Quizlet: https://quizlet.com/_7xylfo?x=1qqt&i=1a862t

Discussion Questions:

1. Hachiko waits for Dr. Ueno at the train station every day. Why do you think he did this? Are you/were you loyal to someone? Is/Was someone loyal to you? How? Share a story with the group from your own life about loyalty.

2. Why do you think Japanese people decided to build a statue dedicated to Hachiko? What purpose does this statue serve? Have you ever helped build or create something for your community? Explain. Do you have any stories or memories connected to a meeting place in your hometown? Are there any statues that you know/like here in Toronto? Share with the group.

3. Did you or do you now have a pet? Describe what he/she looks like and describe his/her personality. Tell the group a story about your pet.

4. What place do pets serve in our society? Are they important? Why? What’s your opinion? Have you noticed any difference between how pets are treated in Canada vs. your home country? Explain.

Next Book Club Meeting – Session 8/10

Date: Friday April 3

Book Title: One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

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Toronto Public Library - Sanderson Library

327 Bathurst Street

Meeting Room in the Basement

Toronto, ON M5T 1J1

Canada

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