Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
In this activity, you will write a letter to President Roosevelt persuading him to release the prisoners and correct the government's mistake. You should also include other options for their treatment should he decide they cannot be released.
 
Materials and Aids-
* Students will be given 30 minutes in class to take notes from the story and to do research about the Japanese internment camps.
* Students will then have 30 minutes to develop a rough draft letter to President Roosevelt.
* Once students have created their rough draft letter, students will break into groups of 3 and peer review each others letters.
* After peer reviews, students will take home their rough draft letters and create a final draft to turn in two days later.
 
Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Many people believe that one of the outstanding features of our democratic government is that citizens have Constitutional rights, and there are consequences when these rights are violated. What happens when the injustices are committed by the government itself? Was this what happened when over 110,000 Japanese-American were incarcerated in the internment camps? What can a person do who is wronged by the government?
 

B. Development-

- Find your notes you have taken from Farewell to Manzanar and the Internet.
- Explore the information you've collected on the civil rights of the prisoners.
- Brainstorm with a partner about which of the situations and accounts provides the most effective arguments for releasing the prisoners.
 

C. Practice-

Persuasive Letter
- Compose an outline to structure the rough draft of your letter
- Be sure to
o Organize your thoughts logically
o Sustain a central idea"”clarify and defend a position using evidence from your research
o Appeal to logic, emotion; use descriptions as devices to convince
- Write your rough draft
- After teacher and peer input, revise and type your final copy
 

Closure-

How Will You Be Graded

Your persuasive letter will be worth 150 points and must:
1. Be addressed to President Roosevelt.
2. Focus on the topic of the Japanese internment.
3. Address the question of their release.
4. Provide at least three reasons and proof for your position.
5. To meet the persuasive writing standard, you must:
* organize their thoughts logically
* sustain a central idea--clarify and defend a position using evidence from your research
* appeal to logic, emotion; use descriptions as devices to convince
* address readers' concerns
 

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