Unit 5: Struggle for Equality & Peace
In this third unit, students will delve into an exploration of diversity and equality within our society. Our studies will focus on two texts about World War II that feature broadly differing perspectives of the experience of war. Students will learn about the Navajo Code Talkers and their incredible yet rarely spoken up contributions to the war effort. Students will also learn about the experiences of Japanese Americans who were forced into internment camps after Pearl Harbor.
- Unit Question: How did World War II affect individuals?
- Book Questions: What does being Navajo mean to the protagonist of Code Talker?
What was the experience of Japanese Americans during the Japanese Internment?
- Novel: Code Talker, Joseph Bruchac
- Informational Text: Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston
- Biography: “Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.,” Alexis O’Neill
- Historical Accounts:“Navajo Code Talkers,” Harry Gardiner, “Pearl Harbor and World War II,” Brandon Marie Miller and Mark Clemens, “Relocation Camps,” Craig Blohm, “World War II Internment of Japanese Americans,” Alan Taylor
- Journalism: Pearl Harbor headlines
- Music: “A Beautiful Dawn,” Radmilla Cody
- Manzanar from Guard Tower, Ansel Adams
- Photograph of Flag Raising on Iwo Jima, 02/23/45, Joe Rosenthal
- Roy Takeno, outside Free Press Office, Ansel Adams
- School Children, Ansel Adams
- “Americans All”
- “United We Win”
- Evidence Guides
- Reading Strategies: Annotations, DTQs, Close Reading Sheets, Summaries, etc.
- Code Talker Character Traits Evidence-Based Informational Writing
- Farewell to Manzanar Central Themes Evidence-Based Informational Writing
- Identity in a Time of Challenge Evidence-Based Informational Writing
- DTQ Discussions
- Socratic Seminar
Flipped Lesson #1 (Watch 2 WWII Videos):
Flipped Lesson #2 (Watch 1 Navajos & Long Walk Video):
Flipped Lesson #3 (Code Talker Vocabulary)