History Book Club: Farewell to Manzanar

Leigh Robertson
Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(735)
In this live, five week course, we will explore the true story of one family's experience at an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War 2. This class is dyslexia friendly.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
I am a licensed social studies educator (NC Teaching License) with a M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies education. I am also a homeschooling mom. I have over fifteen years of experience teaching a variety of social studies topics including the history of many marginalized groups and other stories that are often not told in mainstream history courses. 

I was inspired by reading Farewell to Manzanar and am excited to share this story with learners. I believe that reading the book is a great way for students to explore the many important topics surrounding World War 2 and Japanese Internment in the United States while looking at the experience from the lens of someone who was their age at the time. 

Over the past three years I have been homeschooling my son, who has dyslexia, so I am familiar with the unique challenges faced by dyslexic learners. All students, including those with reading challenges, are welcome in this course and can access the text via audiobook or a combination of audiobook and text. While there will be written notes and information presented in our live class meetings, I will go over this information orally and with multimedia resources as well. 
Homework Offered
Between classes learners will need to complete assigned readings in the book. The assigned readings will be anywhere from 40-50 pages per week. On average, students can typically complete this amount of reading in around 60-90 minutes per week. There is an audiobook option available. This is a dyslexia-friendly course. Students who need longer to read have the option to complete all or some of the assigned reading by audiobook.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Grades Offered
A paper, digital or audio copy of the book Farewell to Manzanar. The audiobook is available via Audible and digital and paper copies of the book can be found at most local libraries, book stores and amazon. https://amzn.to/2DvXHlW
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Please note that this book includes topics that some students may find disturbing or upsetting, including forced relocation and some references to domestic violence. I encourage parents to read reviews and other information about the book to be sure that it is right for your learner. You can find reviews on Good Reads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/649361.Farewell_to_Manzanar

Meet the teacher

Rising Star
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(735)
Hi I'm Leigh! I am a licensed Social Studies teacher (North Carolina) with an M.Ed. in Secondary Social Studies Education. I'm also a homeschooling/world schooling parent of two children (ages 8 and 11) and a lifelong learner.

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Group Class


for 5 classes
1x per week, 5 weeks
55 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(16)
Completed by 47 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-15
4-10 learners per class

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