Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, Stranger at the Door)
The Journey to Topaz is novel, which examines the incarceration of the American Japanese after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1942.
The aim of this lesson is introduce the book to the students.
1. Class discussion. What do the students already know about Yoshiko Uchida? What can they tell from the book by looking at its cover? What do the students expect from the novel? Why do they expect these things to happen?
2. With the students look at the questions that Uchida asks in the opening chapter of the novel.Divide the students into pairs and ask the students to write down five questions Uchida poses. After ten minutes, ask the students to swap their work with another pairs and provide solutions to the questions. After fifteen minutes compare the student's ideas and for each one ask what will have to happen in the story for these...
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