The Japanese-American Internment: An Interactive History Adventure


Describes the events surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans in relocation centers during World War II. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of Japanese internees and Caucasians.

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Describes the events surrounding the internment of Japanese Americans in relocation centers during World War II. The reader's choices reveal the historical details from the perspective of Japanese internees and Caucasians.

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
Part of the "Interactive History Adventure" series from Capstone Press, this is history come alive in its truest sense. After a short introduction about the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its aftermath, readers become a part of the story by taking on one of three roles. They can be a Japanese American at either the Manzaner internment camp in southern California, or at the Tule Lake camp in northern California, or they can become a Caucasian teacher in Arkansas. The role they assume will determine the path they take and the choices they will need to make along the way. When readers complete one path they are encouraged to go back and take another to get a different perspective. There are 43 choices and 11 different endings based on the choices made. Everything in the book happened to real people. By facing the same dilemmas as they did, readers quickly learn how even the smallest decision can totally change the future and how, therefore, history is shaped by a series of choices. Historical photos, a time line, glossary, bibliography, suggested internet sites and books for further reading, and a comprehensive index are included. A page at the end of the book contains ideas of even more paths for readers to explore on their own. With a reading level of third/fourth grade, and an interest level up through grade 7, this is a great resource for reluctant readers, and is a welcome supplement to the upper elementary/middle school curriculum. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429617659
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Series: You Choose: History Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 346,323
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Rachael Hanel has written several nonfiction books for children, in addition to essays and news and magazine articles. Many of her books have focused on history and social studies. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism and history and a master's degree in history from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She works as a writer, college instructor, and university administrator from her home base of Madison Lake, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

About Your Adventure     5
A Day of Infamy     7
Behind Barbed Wire     13
A Camp Apart     43
The Teacher's Story     73
Freedom     101
Time Line     106
Other Paths to Explore     108
Read More     109
Internet Sites     109
Glossary     110
Bibliography     111
Index     112
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