Farewell to Manzanar

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Examine human resilience across two texts with a detailed unit. Over the course of a week, learners will conduct a close reading of excerpts from Unbroken and Farewell to Manzanar. The resource includes clear procedures for reading and analyzing each section as well as final writing assignment, supporting materials, and extension ideas.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Since this unit is a week-long exploration of text excerpts, you could add it into a larger unit WWII
  • Language arts and social studies teachers could collaborate in order to expand the unit and cover more of each text and more historical information
Classroom Considerations
  • The unit uses excerpts from the two texts, but offers suggestions for how to conduct the procedures if you are planning to read one or both of the full texts
  • See the appendix for materials to support the essay assignment, such as a graphic organizer and assignment page; you may still wish to provide your own supporting materials if these are not sufficient
  • Students will need to have prior knowledge of Pearl Harbor, US involvement in WWII, and Japanese-American internment camps
  • Vocabulary is included alongside text excerpts
  • Text-dependent questions are provided for each reading selection with answers written in the document for teacher reference
  • Appendices include homework assignment and extension activity options as well as other supporting materials
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