Language Arts
Think about which quadrant and why...

  • Students will read a story and identify the main characters in the story.

  • Students will compare the similarities and differences between the two main characters in the story.

  • Students will select one character in the story and compare his/her similarities with either a well recognized living person or a person in their life.

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1. Students read an excerpt from "The Bracelet"The year is 1942 and America is at war with Japan. All Japanese-Americans are being sent to live in internment camps for the duration of the war, including seven-year-old Emi and her family.
2. Students wrote letters from the perspective of the character to her best friend back home sharing the harsh realities of the internment camp.

3. Students brainstormed emotion words to describe the before and after feeling of the main character.


4. Students created art work with the emotions of the character before and after.
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5. Students recorded themselves reading their letters while their artwork was being viewed in the voicethread.

Using Voicethread
voicethread.pngStudent can create and share dynamic conversations around documents, snapshots, diagrams, and videos. Anyone can talk type or draw on the screen.

6. The completed voicethread link was sent to a Japanese Internment Survivor Group who responded to the student's letters/voicethread project with a letter and additional resources. (Pamphlets, Book, DVD)

7. Students received comments from viewers on their individual letters.

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