Farewell to Manzanar

 

Manzanar

“Scene of barrack homes at Manzanar,” by Dorothea Lange (Public Domain)

 

Essay Writing Prompt: Farewell to Manzanar is a true memoir that describes one family’s experience in a Japanese American Internment Camp during WWII. What can we as readers learn from this story? In at least a five-paragraph essay, describe a theme (lesson, message) that this memoir reveals. Connect this theme to at least two other sources (article, film or poem) with a recurring message. Include textual evidence to back up your ideas.

Handouts and Writing Resources:

  1. Farewell to Manzanar Essay Criteria
  2. Farewell to Manzanar Tree Map or Persuasion Map
  3. MLA Typing Guidelines

Online Resources:

Remembering the Tuskegee Airmen

tuskegee 2Essay Writing Prompt: What kinds of “wars” did the Tuskegee Airmen face and triumph over during World War II? How did they overcome these challenges? What is the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen today? Write an essay, in which you argue the importance of the Tuskegee Airmen and their influence on race relations in the United States. Back up your ideas with specific textual details from articles, videos, and research.

Handouts and Writing Resources:

  1. Tuskegee Airmen Essay Criteria
  2. Tuskegee Airmen Tree Map or Persuasion Map
  3. MLA Typing Guidelines

Reading Comprehension Questions:

  1. Describe how African Americans were treated in America during WWII.
  2. What challenges did the Tuskegee Airmen face in the military?
  3. Describe the mission of the Airmen during WWII? Why was this an important job?
  4. How successful were the Airmen during WWII?
  5. What is the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen today?

tuskegee 1Tuskegee Airmen Resources Online: