February 19, 2017 marked the 75th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt's Executive Order 9066 which resulted in thousands of Japanese Americans being relocated to internment camps. Find out what school days were like in a relocation camp where student antics kept this teacher on her toes. View suggested internet links intermittently as diary is read to provide photos and music of the era.
This 10 page reading includes discussion and comprehension questions. Multiple meanings, context clues and inference type questions are included.
For history teachers, this lesson plan works well when you are studying WWII and is also a good choice for Remembrance Day (Feb. 19th) or Pearl Harbor Day, Dec. 7th.
For English teachers, this lesson plan might be used before doing diary or journal writing. It also works as a cross curricular lesson plan for Remembrance Day or as an oral reading for Read Across America Day, March 2nd.
Dec. 17, 1942
We did pantomimes today. One of the best ones was of a person having a haircut. He looks in a mirror and runs. No doubt this is taken from real life as they say some of the free haircuts given are not so good.
Dec. 18, 1942
Noreen told us of her shopping. She went into a jewelry store and the clerk that waited on her said, “Do you work out at the Jap camp? You know one of those d----n Japs came in to buy a ----. I told him I didn’t have it, and he told me to look in my order book.”
The clerk said he took hold of a hammer and said to the manager, “I have two sons fighting the Japs; I hate them. I only work for you, but if you don’t get that Jap out of here I’ll hit him with this hammer.”
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Subject: American History, English Language Arts, Reading
Level: 6th – 9th grade
Time: 50 minutes