Everything you need to understand or teach When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka.
The novel When the Emperor Was Divine tells the story of a Japanese-American family separated and incarcerated after the outbreak of World War II. The novel begins in Berkeley, California in the days leading up to the forced relocation and follows the family until their return after the war.
The first chapter comes from the perspective of the mother. She has been packing for nine days after first seeing announcements requiring all people of Japanese descent to report for relocation. She completes the majority of her work while the children, a girl and a boy, are in school. Some of the tasks she completes would upset the children, so she does these while the children are away. She must complete these tasks alone because her husband is away, having been arrested immediately after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The second chapter comes from the perspective of the...
When the Emperor Was Divine: A Novel Lesson Plans contain 131 pages of teaching material, including: