Grade 6 Curriculum Tie-ins for This Land We Call Home

Grade 6 curriculum contexts (pp. 278-280 in the curriculum guide)


In this context, students are looking inward and focusing on self-image and self-esteem. They reflect on self and life, on their beliefs and values and those of society.


In this context, students look outward and examine their relationships with others, their community, and that of the world. They also can consider the historical context.


In this context, students consider the role of communication in their lives and the ideas and technology that help people become effective communicators.

GROWING UP (personal & philosophical) – Ken and Paula are both emerging from childhood, and are expected to take more responsibility in their family contexts. The extreme conditions of World War II cause both young people to examine their roles and actions more carefully in determining future directions they might take.

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS (personal & philosophical; social, cultural & historical; communicative) – World events related through the news (often distorted by prejudice and rumour) have irrevocable impact on the lives of both Paula and Ken. Each must come to grips with very difficult situations in their family and cultural contexts, and learn to take positive steps as they try to help make a difference.

WWII Japanese Internment Camps: Further Reading

Alison Lohans did a lot of research for her award-winning book This Land We Call Home. Here are some of the resources she used:

SOME RESOURCES – World War II exclusion of persons of Japanese ancestry



Children’s and young adult:

  • Barry Denenberg, The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559, Mirror Lake Internment Camp. Scholastic (New York), 1999.
  • Garry Disher, The Divine Wind. Scholastic (Australia? New York?), 1998, 2002, 2004.
  • Cynthia Kadohata, Weedflower. Atheneum (New York), 2006.
  • (CANADIAN): Joy Kogawa, Naomi’s Road. Oxford University Press (?), 1984(?).
  • Florence Crannell Means, The Moved Outers. Houghton Mifflin (Boston) 1945.
  • Ken Mochizuki, Baseball Saved Us. Lee & Low (New York), 1993(?).
  • David Patneaude, Thin Wood Walls. Houghton Mifflin (Boston), 2004.
  • Allen Say, Music for Alice. Houghton Mifflin (Boston) 2004.
  • Yoshiko Uchida, Journey Home. Aladdin, second edition, 1992.


  • David Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars. Harcourt & Brace (New York), 1994.
  • (CANADIAN): Joy Kogawa, Obasan. Penguin Canada, 1981.
  • Yoshiko Uchida, Picture Bride. University of Washington Press (Seattle), 1987.
  • Wilma Wall, Forbidden. Kregel, 2004.



  • Joanne Oppenheim, Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration During World War II and a Librarian Who Made a Difference. Scholastic, Inc. (New York), 2006.
  • (CANADIAN): Shizuye Takashima, A Child in Prison Camp. Tundra Books, 1971.


  • Maisie and Richard Conrat, Executive Order 9066: The Internment of 110,000 Japanese Americans. The MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 1972.
  • Roger Daniels, Prisoners without Trial: Japanese Americans in World War II, Revised Edition. Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus and Giroux (New York), 2004.
  • Deborah Gesensway and Mindy Roseman, Beyond Words: Images from America’s Concentration Camps. Cornell University Press, 1987.
  • Bill Hosokawa, Nisei, the Quiet Americans. William Morrow (New York), 1969.
  • Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, Farewell to Manzanar. Bantam, 1974.
  • Lawson Fusao Inada (Ed.), Only What We Could Carry. The Japanese American Internment Experience. Heyday Books (Berkeley) with the California History Society, 2000.
  • Carey McWilliams, Prejudice – Japanese American Symbol of Racial Intolerance. Little, Brown & Company, 1944.
  • Carl Mydans (staff photographer), “Tule Lake”. LIFE Magazine, Vol. 16, No. 12, March 20, 1944, pp. 25-35.
  • (CANADIAN): Tom Sando, Wild Daisies in the Sand. Life in a Canadian Internment Camp. NeWest Press, 2002.
  • Yoshiko Uchida, Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family. University of Washington Press (Seattle), 1982.
  • Michi Nishiura Weglyn, Years of Infamy: The Untold Story of America’s Concentration Camps. University of Washington Press (Seattle), 1976, second edition 1999.


From Wikipedia:

Videos and DVDs:

  • (CANADIAN): Joy Kogawa, The Pool: Reflections of the Japanese-Canadian Internment.
  • Minoru: Memory of Exile.


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