Jeanne Wakatsuki was seven years old in 1942 when her family was uprooted from their home and sent to live at Manzanar internment camp--with 10,000 other Japanese Americans. Along with searchlight towers and armed guards, Manzanar ludicrously featured cheerleaders, Boy Scouts, sock hops, baton twirling lessons and a dance band called the Jive Bombers who would play any popular song except the nation's #1 hit: "Don't Fence Me In."
Farewell to Manzanar is the true story of one spirited Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.
Fantastic novel to teach Japanese-American Internment. This three page supplement includes information and links to compare and contrast actual World War II history with historical accuracy in the novel.
There are a total of seven areas:
(2) fictional letter writings
Map to locate Internment Camps
(3) web-based historical articles to compare accuracy in the novel and activities to accompany each.
A web-quest and writing activity
No answer key as writings are subjective. This activity can be emailed to your students if you like with all links included!
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