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Letters from Japanese Internment
Step Two
Introduction - Step One - Step Two - Step Three - Step Four - History:Whose Story

Share background information on the Miss Breed letters and the circumstances in which they were written. Divide the class into three groups and hand out printouts of these three letters. Give Fusa Tsumagari's letter to the first group, Louise Ogawa's to the second, and Tetsuzo Hirasaki's to the third. Give each student a copy of the Graphic Organizer (please see Required Materials box).

Have each group discuss its designated letter and the Graphic Organizer questions in order to present an informal report on this topic: How did life at Poston differ from normal life?

After the groups have presented their reports, read the three letters aloud. Have each student fill in all of the boxes of the Organizer.
Required Materials

Graphic Organizer (PDF)

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