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Literature: "A Jar of Dreams" by Yoshiko Uchida Discuss this eTheme.

These sites are about Yoshiko Uchida, her book “A Jar of Dreams,” and the Japanese American internment camps during WWII. Included are eThemes resources on graphic organizers, Japan, and the decade of 1930-1939.

Grades

  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6

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Read this author profile about Yoshiko Uchida.
Look at photographs related to the internment of the Japanese Americans. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Emiko Omori presents her memoir of a Japanese American internment camp.
Click on "Resources" for information and a Teacher's Guide to "Racism, Culture & Trauma: The Japanese American Internment."
Look at photographs of Japanese American children in this internment camp. Click on "Student Essays" to read student experiences in their own words. Some of this text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
This site has many of Ansel Adams' photographs of the Manzanar Relocation Camp, a Japanese American internment camp. Photographs can be found by "Keyword" search or "Browse" by subject. Click on "Learning Page" for access to some lesson plans.
Look at these photographs by Dorothea Lange.
This site makes a comparison between the discrimination against Japanese Americans and the present day discrimination against Arab Americans.
This site has a wealth of information about the Japanese American incarceration. Click on the "Learning Center" for some lesson plans for teachers. This text may be too advanced for younger students, but there is good background information for teachers.
These sites have printable and interactive graphic organizers to be used in the classroom. Includes KWL charts, webs, clusters, timelines, outlines, fish diagrams, story maps, comparing charts, cause and effect charts, and more. Some sites explain how and why to use graphic organizers in the classroom.
These sites are about the history and events of the 1930s. Learn more about the causes and effects of the Great Depression. There are many primary documents, including oral histories, photographs, newspaper articles, and audio files. Also includes maps and timelines.
These sites have information about Japan's history, geography, language, education, and culture. Includes maps, photographs, and live views from Webcams.

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