Teacher's Guide: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

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Julie Otsuka's haunting novel, When the Emperor Was Devine, is the subject of a 14-page teacher's guide. The guide includes the text of an interview with Otsuka, background information about Japanese immigration to the United States, and chapter-by-chapter discussion questions. Of particular value are the questions related to the novel's themes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Assign the novel while pupils are studying World War II
  • Compare Otsuka's novel to Farewell to Manzanar by James D. Houston and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
Classroom Considerations
  • The novel is frequently listed as an option for the free response section of the AP Literature and Composition exam
Pros
  • Background information about Executive Order 9066, issued by President Franklin Roosevelt on February 19, 1942, is also included
Cons
  • None