Views and Voices From Within:
The Art and Writing of Estelle Ishigo, Heart Mountain Internment Camp, 1942-1945

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Day One: Setting the stage for the Ishigo materials: Accessing/building knowledge

 

Ask students to respond in writing to one or both of these pieces of Ishigo artwork: "Baggage Truck Preparing to Leave for Heart Mountain Camp" (left) and "A Stormy Day, Heart Mountain" (right).

Discussion Questions:

After class discussion, tell the students that both pieces were created during World War II by the same artist at Heart Mountain and that most or all the people represented are Japanese Americans who were sent there for several years by the American government.

Create a graphic organizer mind map on the board or list what the class knows about World War II and the history of Japanese Americans in the United States. Using the background, chronology and glossary from this lesson, clarify information and provide links between the facts.

Orient the class to place: On a large map, students locate Japan, Hawaii and the continental United States. Point out the western states and Arkansas (internment camp sites), Los Angeles and Heart Mountain, Wyoming.

Orient the class to time: Children, with teacher assistance, identify World War II years on a large classroom timeline.

Orient to magnitude: Compare the population of the students' town or city to 120,000, the number interned.

Each child will begin an individual timeline, recording events related to the internment of Japanese Americans, to include:

Students fill in the outline frame, for use in the rest of the activities.

Students write a journal entry about what they perceive happening to individuals and families during war, focusing on how daily life changes.

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