Teaching WWII & Japanese American Incarceration, Using George Takei’s Graphic Novel

February 9, 2024
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This online workshop, offered in collaboration with Facing History & Ourselves, prepares educators to teach about WWII and Japanese American Incarceration through a variety of approachable resources, including George Takei’s graphic memoir They Called Us Enemy. Experts will examine the historical circumstances and events leading up to this turbulent point in history with a special focus on U.S.-Japan dynamics. This workshop equips ELA, Social Studies and Humanities teachers with new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce literacy skills and historical understanding.

CTLE hours are available for NY state in-service teachers. Letter of completion available for non-NY teachers to submit to local DOE.

 In this online workshop, teacher’s will:

  • Learn historical circumstances of WWII from both US and Japanese perspectives
  • Learn new interdisciplinary teaching strategies that reinforce literacy skills and historical understanding
  • Get access to the Educator Guide to teaching They Called Us Enemy
  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to additional educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia

Recommended for ELA, Social Studies, and Humanities middle and high school teachers.

Please note this courses will be conducted online via Zoom. To participate fully, you will need access to a device with internet, microphone, and camera (such as a laptop, smartphone, or tablet). This is a free event, with advance registration required.

Japan Society’s Professional Development Programs and New Video Resources for Educators/ About Japan are made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous funder.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; ORIX Corporation USA; Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas); public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; The Norinchukin Foundation; and Friends of Education and Family Programs.

  • Friday, February 9, 2024
  • 12:30 pm
  • Online
  • Free Event

This event is at capacity.