Ms. Galvez began her latest unit by covering the historical events that led to World War II, along with the effects the war had on the Asian population in the United States. Students grappled with important topics such as xenophobia, racism in America, and civic engagement.
Ms. Galvez was very proud of the way her class handled the difficult subject matter.
“The students were extremely engaged with They Called Us Enemy. They have made various connections to how xenophobia still exists. They connected George Takei’s story to the fact that many immigrants are still being detained and separated from their families today,” Ms. Galvez said, “A couple of our students and their families have lived similar stories.”
To wrap up the unit, the class is writing a formal letter to George Takei about what they learned from his novel and how his story connects to their own experiences.