Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
|Farewell to Manzanar E-Notes Lesson Plan
A thorough unit plan, featuring activities, quizzes, tests, and more. Also includes the complete eNotes to the book.
Dear Miss Breed: Letters from Camp
This Web site details the experience of Nikkei (Japanese American) students and Clara Breed, a librarian who stayed in touch with them after they were removed to internment camps during World War II. This collection of letters and pictures helps readers understand the experience.
Exploring the Japanese-American Internment through Film and the Internet
Click on the "For Educators" link to find a wealth of discussion questions and other resources.
Japanese American Internment
Overview, a collection of images from the California internment camps, and handouts to help with analysis.
Returning Home Again
A memorial opened in 2011 recalls the internment of Japanese-Americans from Bainbridge Island, Washington. This 11-slide photo display includes pictures from then and now.
"Suffering Under a Great Injustice"
This is a collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of the Japanese-American internment at Manzanar.
A Time of Remembrance
An ongoing oral history project in which students record the "living voices" of Japanese-Americans who endured the internment camps. The site includes resources for teachers and for students, but the interview archives are its heart.
Yes, Virginia, there was a Holocaust
An 8th grade interdisciplinary unit exploring persecution during World War II, including Manzanar. This 19-page document requires Adobe Reader or compatible application for access.
Farewell to Manzanar
This site offers a summary, theme openers, crosscurricular activities, research assignments, and suggestions for related reading.
Giving Voice to History
During World War II, the U.S. government ordered more than 120,000 Japanese Americans to detainment camps—the only reason given: being Japanese American. Drawing upon research and analyzing a variety of sources—including the historical novel The Journal of Ben Uchida, firsthand accounts, government documents, and select portions of the Bill of Rights to the U.S. Constitution—students will write dramatic monologues that testify to some of the injustices of this period.
Pantoums and Farewell to Manzanar
Structure of the poem and a model.