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This Google Earth based assignment features nine placemarks for locations that are significant to the story of Japanese Internment during World War II. Most of the locations are the sites of former internment camps including Manzanar, Minidoka, Topaz, and Poston. The site also includes Sand Island in Honolulu, where some Japanese-Americans were sent and Bainbridge Island, where the first Japanese-Americans were relocated.
For eight of the nine places, there is a book talk for a fiction book that is set in that location. An "in-flight magazine" embedded in the Google Earth placemark gives students a sense of the book as well as the significance of the site.
A two-page worksheet helps students check their understanding as well as make a note about whether they think they will enjoy reading the fiction book.
This is not an exhaustive unit on Japanese Internment fiction but nicely integrates into one and gives students a chance to use Google Earth to explore their world and make connections.