Told by a Japanese American boy, this story shows how baseball made life in the internment camps more bearable for many Japanese Americans. This first-person narrative candidly exposes the hardships that Japanese Americans experienced before, during, and after internment.
Grade Range: K-4
Resource Type(s): Lessons & Activities, Worksheets
Date Posted: 1/7/2013
OurStory is designed to help children and adults enjoy exploring history together through children’s literature, everyday objects, and hands-on activities. Each OurStory module examines a moment in American history through a work of historical fiction and related activities and includes a reading guide for parents and caregivers.
Historical Thinking Standards (Grades K-4)
3B: Compare and contrast differing sets of ideas, values, personalities, behaviors, and institutions.
3C: Analyze historical fiction.
3D: Distinguish between fact and fiction.
3E: Compare different stories about a historical figure, era, or event.
3F: Analyze illustrations in historical stories.
3G: Consider multiple perspectives.
3H: Explain causes in analyzing historical actions.
3I: Challenge arguments of historical inevitability.
3J: Hypothesize influences of the past.
5B: Analyze the interests and values of the various people involved.
5C: Identify causes of the problem or dilemma.
5D: Propose alternative choices for addressing the problem.
5E: Formulate a position or course of action on an issue.
5F: Identify the solution chosen.
5G: Evaluate the consequences of a decision.
Standards in History (Grades K-4)
1A: The student understands family life now and in the recent past; family life in various places long ago.
1B: The student understands the different ways people of diverse racial, religious, and ethnic groups, and of various national origins have transmitted their beliefs and values.
2: History of Students' Local Community and How Communities in North America Varied Long Ago
2A: The student understands the history of his or her local community.
2B: The student understands how communities in North America varied long ago.
3A: The student understands the history of indigenous peoples who first lived in his or her state or region.
3B: The student understands the history of the first European, African, and/or Asian-Pacific explorers and settlers who came to his or her state or region.
3C: The student understands the various other groups from regions throughout the world who came into the his or her own state or region over the long-ago and recent past.
3D: The student understands the interactions among all these groups throughout the history of his or her state.
3E: The student understands the ideas that were significant in the development of the state and that helped to forge its unique identity.
Topic 3: The History of the United States: Democratic Principles and Values and the People from Many Cultures Who Contributed to Its Cultural, Economic, and Political Heritage
4A: Demonstrate understanding of how the United States government was formed and of the nation's basic democratic principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
4B: Demonstrate understanding of ordinary people who have exemplified values and principles of American democracy.
4C: The student understands historic figures who have exemplified values and principles of American democracy.
4D: The student understands events that celebrate and exemplify fundamental values and principles of American democracy.
4E: The student understands national symbols through which American values and principles are expressed.
5: The Causes and Nature of Various Movements of Large Groups of People into and within the United States, Now and Long Ago
5A: Demonstrate understanding of the movements of large groups of people into his or her own and other states in the United States now and long ago.
6: Regional Folklore and Cultural Contributions That Helped to Form Our National Heritage
6A: The student understands folklore and other cultural contributions from various regions of the United States and how they help to form a national heritage.
7A: The student understands the cultures and historical developments of selected societies in such places as Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe.
7B: The student understands great world movements of people now and long ago.
8: Major Discoveries in Science and Technology, Their Social and Economic Effects, and the Scientists and Inventors Responsible for Them
8A: The student understands the development of technological innovations, the major scientists and inventors associated with them and their social and economic effects.
8B: The student understands changes in transportation and their effects.
8C: The student understands changes in communication and their effects.