Facing Stereotypes and Identity
Tomi and his family face discrimination and prejudice throughout the novel, especially after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
We all make assumptions, have biases, or (unfortunately) hear and react to stereotypes about other people. One way to actively work against these assumptions is to reflect on times we have faced those stereotypes.
Write a story about a time you felt untrue or unfair assumptions were made about you. What were the outcomes of those assumptions? Maybe it was about you because of race or culture, but it could have also been because of:
The Bracelet - Yoshiko Uchida
Thank You Ma’am - Langston Hughes
The Only Place I Call Home - Christina Torres
DUE: Story Brainstorm - Come with 3 - 5 topics ready to write about, submitted here.
Also, be thinking about your Writer’s Workshop. You want people who will support you, but also keep you accountable so you get a good grade.
BY END OF PERIOD: Paper topic with 1-2 sentence summary of your story
FIRST HALF ROUGH DRAFT DUE BY BEGINNING OF PERIOD, at least 350 words done. Workshop in class
FULL ROUGH DRAFT DUE BY END OF PERIOD, submitted to your writing groups AND Ms. Torres.
Writer’s Workshop in Groups
FINAL ROUGH DRAFT DUE BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD, Conferencing with Ms. Torres
Conferencing with Ms. Torres
Returned with final comments
FINAL DRAFT DUE