Farewell to Manzanar Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan after students finish reading the novel 'Farewell to Manzanar' by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston. Students practice summarizing, then dig more deeply into characters and theme before applying to real-life issues.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the story Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
  • identify themes in Farewell to Manzanar
  • discuss character traits in Farewell to Manzanar


  • 1 - 2 hours


Key Vocabulary

  • Memoir
  • Institutionalized discrimination
  • Internment
  • Identity

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.1

Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.2

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.3

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.


NOTE: This lesson has been designed for students who have read Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's memoir A Farewell to Manzanar.

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