Eighth grade visits the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial

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In eighth grade Humanities students have been finishing a third unit, Power and Conflict, with a study of Japanese Internment during WWII. Last week they were fortunate enough to be able to visit the Japanese American Exclusion Memorial on Bainbridge Island.  Students were able to interview docents that were interned at Camp Harmony and Manzanar, view primary source documents and visit the memorial.  To see pictures of the trip click here.

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Additionally, Art Kawaguchi, a friend and neighbor of Robert and Laura Hadley, came to speak to the class. Art was six years old when he and his family were forced to give up their farm in Burien and relocate to a Japanese Internment Camp in California. His account of the ordeal both during and after incarceration further provided students with a better understanding of the injustice of this period of Washington State and US history.

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The culminating project of this unit is for student to use their knowledge gained from the field trip, Art’s visit, class novel – When The Emperor Was Divine, and their own research to write six journal entries from the perspective of a Japanese American before, during and after internment. These will be made into iBooks you will be able to view during the Middle School Exhibition of Learning on Tuesday, May 24.