Students read paper copies of Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin. I like that it has the fictitious story, with non-fiction information given at the back.
After reading students completed any 2 Tools4Students graphic organizers of their choice. Most opted for main idea/detail, fact/opinion, sequence of events, or character. Then they created an iDiary entry describing how they celebrate New Year's. I gave them the choice of describing either how they celebrate Chinese New Year or "American" New Year's. I asked them to make at least 3 specific comparisons between the book and themselves.