Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki is a realistic fiction story about the experience of Japanese internees. During World War II, the Japanese military bombed Pearl Harbor, a United States Naval base located in Hawaii. The attack led to the United States entering into the war in 1942. After this attack, the government assumed Japanese Americans could not be trusted. President Roosevelt signed an executive order, which allowed the US Army to move men, women, and children of Japanese descent into internment camps. It didn’t matter if you were born and raised in America. If you came from Japanese ancestry, you were still forced to live in the camps. The camps were located in the middle of the desert and were a very tough place to live. In 1988, the United States government recognized their wrong treatment of the Japanese and offered to pay any surviving internee $20,000.
Included in the package:
- Prezi- A 3D Lesson plan that is similar to powerpoint, with a 3D effect.
- Lesson Plan in PDF format
A. Common Core Aligned
B. Teaches Character Perspective
C. Includes background information
D. Modeling, guided practice, and independent practice.
- Youtube Video ("Kenji" by Fort Minor) 3 minutes
- 4 activities to extend the lesson
- 1 Vocabulary Practice sheet (five words)
- 1 Graphic Organizer (Character Response)
- Comprehension Quiz with 4 MC question and 2 Extended Response Question. Answer key included.
21 Pages + 36 Slides
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