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Honor for All: Japanese American Experience

School: Harmon Middle School

City/State: Aurora, OH

Grade(s): 7

Format(s): Interview(s)

Subject(s): English Language Arts, Social Studies

Type(s): Narrative

Writing Assignment Description

Seventh grade students at the Harmon Middle School in Aurora, Ohio created booklets as part of a case study of Japanese internment within a broader study of World War II.

Students interviewed Japanese Americans who had been in internment camps and created short biographies based on the interviews. Each booklet was 4.5 by 5.5 inches and was produced in-house, using center-stapling.

How This Writing Can Be Useful

  • Nice example of product that fosters intergenerational and cross-cultural connections
  • Exemplifies learning about a topic from first-hand sources
  • Uses detail to develop a topic and engage the reader
  • Tiny size allows for a short biography to feel like a full book

Relevant Resources

Common Core State Standards

Standard Long Term Learning Target
  • I can write narrative texts about real or imagined experiences using relevant details and event sequences that make sense.
  • With support from peers and adults, I can use a writing process to ensure that purpose and audience have been addressed.
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