Unbroken, Farewell to Manzanar, Compare & Contrast Non-Fiction, PDF & Google App

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Laura Randazzo
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8th - 11th, Homeschool
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5-page PDF + Google Drive version of handouts (uneditable)
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Get teens excited about non-fiction with this two-day lesson featuring a compare-and-contrast of two gripping stories from World War II. First, read an excerpt of Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand’s New York Times bestselling biography of Olympic runner and Army Air Corps P.O.W. Louie Zamperini. Then, introduce your students to a family confined to a Japanese internment camp in California’s Death Valley, as documented in Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston’s memoir Farewell to Manzanar.

Don’t have class sets of either book? No problem! The publishers have released free excerpts online of the portions used in this lesson. (Links included on page 1 of the PDF. Just print-and-teach or have kids use their phones/devices/computer lab to access the online material.)

After reading the two short pieces, have students complete the question handout, which will require them to dig back into the texts and their own minds to find the answers. A detailed answer key is included to help guide a class discussion as you review the answers on the second day with your entire class. This step is especially helpful to serve as a model for students who struggle with text complexity and analysis.

Additionally, a follow-up compare/contrast Venn diagram activity is included, designed to be used on the second day of instruction. Students can complete the handouts either as solo work, small group tasks, or as independent homework assignments – your choice!

This product downloads as a PDF and includes Google Drive versions of the student handouts.

Designed as a two-day stand-alone lesson, but these materials would also make an excellent supplement/companion lesson for any unit on WWII literature, including:

Night

The Diary of Anne Frank

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Book Thief

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5-page PDF + Google Drive version of handouts (uneditable)
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Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze how an author uses and refines the meaning of a key term or terms over the course of a text (e.g., how Madison defines faction in Federalist No. 10).

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