Teaching Japanese-American Incarceration using Memoir and Film

February 18, 2021
Teaching Japanese-American Incarceration
New York

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Teaching Japanese-American Incarceration using Memoir and Film

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, the search for her own unique identity, as depicted in her memoir Farewell to Manzanar, is shaped by the wrongs done to Japanese Americans during World War II.

Through the study of literature and historical primary sources, namely the documentary film And Then They Came for Us and Facing History and Ourselves’ new educator’s guide to Jeanne Wakatusuki Houston’s memoir Teaching Farewell to Manzanar we will empower students to understand the impact of grave injustices, especially those that violate our highest national ideals, and to consider whether it is possible to reconcile past injustices with our identities and ideals today.

Note: There will be an asynchronous assignment as preparation for the workshop.

In this workshop you will:

  • Discover new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce literacy skills and historical understanding for hybrid and remote teaching.
  • Get access to the Educator Resource Collection on Teaching Farewell to Manzanar

After this workshop, you will:

  • Receive 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 downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

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.

This workshop will be held via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom meeting will be shared by email prior to the event.

This workshop is intended for middle and high school teachers in the New York/New Jersey area. NY participants will receive CTLE hours and NJ participants can get PD hours upon completion.

February 18, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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