In this first unit, students will build background knowledge about Japanese-American relations during World War II. They will consider the causes of both Japanese and American involvement in the war, beginning with the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students will read FDR’s and the Japanese government’s responses to the bombing and will consider conflicting perspectives of the same event.
For the mid-unit assessment, they will collect, prepare, and submit their best evidence revealing conflicting accounts and perspectives on the attack on Pearl Harbor. Students will use this evidence for the end of unit assessment in which they will present the information in a Fishbowl discussion. During this unit, they will begin reading the central text of the module, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. As they read Part 1 of the text in this unit, students will build background knowledge on American Louis Zamperini, as well as begin their study of Hillenbrand’s craft as she weaves a compelling narrative in this piece of literary nonfiction.