Text2Reader Resources November 2012

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Exercise 1A: Write It Down—A Letter of Protest
On December 7, 1941, Japanese forces attacked American ships in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. This angered Americans, and the U.S. decided to enter World War II. After Pearl Harbor, Japanese Canadians were treated like the enemy—even if they’d been in Canada for generations and bore no ill will toward the Allied countries. In 1942, thousands of Japanese Canadians—people like Tadashi’s family—were forced from their coastal BC homes and shipped to the province’s interior. There, they were kept in internment camps. When the war was over, they were given a choice: either leave the country or move east of the Rockies. Not back to the homes they’d come to know and love.

Exercise 1D: Analyzing the Post-War Radio Broadcast
It’s amazing how our media changes. Not so long ago, newspapers and the radio were our primary connection to what was going on in the world. In this activity, you’ll listen to a CBC Radio broadcast from 1948—three years after the end of World War II.

Exercise 2C: Extending the Learning—The Debate
What’s a day at school without a little educated argument? We broaden our minds when we tackle controversial issues and talk about them with others.

Exercise 3B: Mini-Research Project—Symbols of Peace
Did you know that what we think of as “the peace sign” was originally created using semaphore (signing with flags)? Over the years, many other images have come to symbolize peace. Now’s your chance to figure out why.

Curriculum Outcomes

BC Grade 6

BC Grade 7

BC Grade 8

Ontario Grade 6

Ontario Grade 7

Ontario Grade 8

Anchor Standards