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unit 2
19 Instructional days (19 hours)

Being Made Invisible: Imprisoned and Interned


In this second unit, students will continue to closely examine the case study of imprisoned Louie Zamperini as they read Unbroken. They will expand their study as they learn about interned Japanese-American Miné Okubo in a separate biographical account. As students read both Zamperini’s and Okubo’s stories, they will focus on the theme of resisting forced “invisibility” while being imprisoned or interned. This theme concept will be analyzed through a dual lens: the internal struggle to maintain dignity, identity, and self-worth against dehumanizing efforts; and the external isolation of being closed off from the outside world while in captivity.


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From of the New York State Education Department. Grade 8 ELA Module 3A, Unit 2. Available from; accessed 2015-05-29. Newer versions may exist from Expeditionary Learning.
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