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YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2007/2008



Dear Miss Breed

by Joanne Oppenhiem


Subjects: English
Grade Level: 6ht, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2008 (Pre CCSS)


CTC YAL Presenter Unit 2007/2008

Wartime Hysterics: Exploring the World War II Incarceration
of Japanese Americans Using Dear Miss Breed
Beverly Rowls, presenter

If we study history closely, examining the events and people's lives from multiple and diverse perspectives, can we learn from that history in order to improve the future? Citizens of a democracy need the ability to think critically before making decisions and to question what they are told because they realize that all information is biased. In this workshop, teachers will examine strategies to support both critical literacy and critical thinking as the real lives of Japanese Americans interned during World War II are explored through reading Dear Miss Breed: True stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference and a variety of memoirs, biographies, non-fiction, political cartoons, picture books and photographs. These varied texts will be used to differentiate curricular topics to meet the needs.

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