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Real People Real History Book Club-They Called Us Enemy (a Graphic Novel)

In this four session novel study, students will read the graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy. This is an autobiographical account of actor George Takei a second generation Japanese American whose family was incarcerated at the Rohwer War Relocation Center and the Tule Lake Relocation Center during WWII. Join me in learning about this important piece of Asian American history. This class is for all learners but is designed to be accessible to students with dyslexia and dysgraphia.
Bridget Smith M.Ed.
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45 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will learn about the Japanese incarceration by reading a first person narrative of an internee.  They will examine historical documents and discuss the ethics of the policies enacted by the US Government that effected Japanese Americans. They will use graphic organizers to think and respond critically to the materials we are studying.  Wherever possible, the teacher will provide support to make the course accessible for dysgraphic and dyslexic learners.
Bridget Smith is a teacher with ADHD who specializes in supporting neurodiverse learners including students with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, and dysgraphia on the Outschool learning platform.  To date she has taught over 3,000 neurodiverse learners! Bridget holds a BA in World Literature and Cultural Studies. She is a credentialed teacher with a Master's Degree in Education.  She is credentialed in the State of California to teach multiple subjects for elementary Schoolers and middle Schoolers as well as English Language Arts to middle school and high schoolers.  She is passionate about history, and is looking forward to offering a series of Real People, Real History on Outschool.
Students will have a reading assignment and simple reading reflection sheet to complete before each class meeting.  There will be optional videos to watch to extend student learning.  For the last class students are asked to identify an issue they are passionate about and create something: a political cartoon, a video, an social media post, a graphic novel page, a letter to a public official etc. to educate others about this subject. This project will be shared during the last class session.
Please purchase "They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei. You can participate with a paper, e-book version or audiobook. Graphic organizers and other learning supports may be posted in the Outschool classroom before each class session. It is also good to have paper, pen or pencil, and something to draw with available for every class.
A narrative evaluation for this course is available upon request.  It is recommended that homeschooler create a portfolio of their work in this class.
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
This book is a true story about the incarceration of a Japanese American Family during WWII.  The book covers the actions of the US government at that time which included removing Japanese Americans at gunpoint from their homes and sending them to incarceration camps that were guarded by soldiers with weapons. It includes details about what George observed at the camp including fist fights and swearing.  Please see the Common Sense Media review for more information.

"They Called Us Enemy" ,  a graphic novel by George Takei

The Japanese American National Museum Website:

Japanese Evacuation Order, History Link:

Denso Terminology Article:

Hornbook Article:

Reimagining Immigration Website

Students will use Kahoot! for review.  Visit or install the Kahoot! app so your student will be ready to participate.

Other optional YouTube videos on this topic that allow students to go into more depth will be shared in our online classroom.


Bridget Smith M.Ed.
Lives in the United States
Educator, Writer, Traveler, and Mom to Kids with Learning Differences
781 total reviews
1184 completed classes

About Me

I love being part of the Outschool learning community!  I offer courses for neurodivergent kids and teens and students with learning disabilities as well as book studies, note taking, and writing classes that are accessible to all learners.   I... 
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