2008 National Conference » Events

Poetry from Santa Fe Department of Justice Camp: Activity Session for Middle/High School Students

Ella-Kari Loftfield, Middle School Educator, Eagle Ridge Middle School, Rio Rancho Public Schools

Topic: Youth-Friendly
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Location: Mineral Hall A, 3rd Floor

Examining individual stories from World War II leads middle/high school students to a deeper, more complex and nuanced understanding of the larger experience which ultimately is a universal human story of coping in times of adversity. In this session, middle/high school students and learners of all ages will have a chance to analyze primary source poetry written by inmates from the Santa Fe Department of Justice Camp in order to compare and contrast individual experiences of Japanese American "detainees" who were ripped from their productive lives, separated from their families and denied their Constitutional rights. This session will be facilitated by a middle educator who researched and developed curriculum for the project Enduring Communities: The Japanese American Experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Educators attending this session will receive copies of the curriculum when it is completed.