Teaching Farewell To Manzanar

Use memoir to introduce your students to a more personal understanding of the discrimination endured by Japanese Americans during World War II.


In her memoir, Jeanne Wakatsuki shares her family’s experience of being uprooted from their home and imprisoned in Manzanar internment camp, solely because of their ancestry. Develop students' literacy skills and promote their historical understanding of this period of grave injustices, especially those that violate our highest national ideals, and consider whether it is possible to reconcile past injustices with our identities and ideals today.

How do our confrontations with justice and injustice help to shape our identity? How do those confrontations influence the things we say and do?

View teaching strategies and media used throughout the new PDF guide.

Download activities to help teach the memoir Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston.

Watch a documentary about a dark chapter in American history when more than 100,000 people were forcefully incarcerated by the government.

Learn about our ELA resources designed to help you teach powerful memoirs from challenging moments in history. 

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