Teaching Japanese American Incarceration Using Memoir

February 7, 2020
Teaching Japanese American Incarceration Using Memoir
New York

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Teaching Japanese American Incarceration Using Memoir

Seventy-six years ago, Japanese Americans were forcibly relocated and unjustly incarcerated by the United States government under the specter of world war. No Japanese American had been tried for a crime or charged with wrongdoing. They were imprisoned solely because of their Japanese identity and ancestry. For seven-year-old Jeanne Wakatsuki, her search for identity and belonging is shaped by her experience being incarcerated during World War II. Through the study of literature and history, we will empower students to understand the impact of grave injustices and to consider whether it is possible to reconcile past injustices with our nation’s ideals for equality and justice.  


In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce literacy skills and historical understanding
  • Learn how to implement Facing History’s new study guide Teaching Farewell to Manzanar

 After this workshop, you will:

  • Have access to coaching and support as you implement Facing History into your classroom
  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost

CTLE hours are available for this workshop. Recommended for ELA, Social Studies, and Humanities middle and high school teachers.


This workshop is being offered in collaboration and with support from the Japan Society, New York.

Japan Society
333 E 47th St
New York, NY 10017
February 7, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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