“I Am an American”

Author: Judy Hansen

Suggested Grade Level(s): 4, 5, 6

Suggested Subject Area(s): English Language Arts and Social Studies

Number of Class Periods Required: 14 class periods (30 minutes per period)

Essential Question: Why is it important to treat everybody—including those who may seem different from me—fairly?

Teacher Overview:
This unit uses the novel Weedflower, by Newbery Award-winning author Cynthia Kadohata, as a read-aloud to provide historical background about the Japanese American incarceration during World War II. Class discussions about Weedflower, information about Colorado’s Governor Ralph Carr, and online research focusing on the Amache concentration camp in Granada, Colorado, allow students to investigate and respond to the unit’s essential question: “Why is it important to treat everybody—including those who may seem different from me—fairly?”

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