Mrs. Moritz's 9th Honors English

Monday, April 30, 2007

6th Hour 1984/Manzanar Scribe

Konbanwa! Today your scribe is the amazing Ra-sama!

First off, Moritz-sensei showed the class some of the tee-shirts our classes had done on 1984 propaganda. These was an especially impressive one done by 1st hour.

After the glorious tee-shirt display, the class turned in their 1984 books and final assesments.

Then, the class spent most of the rest of the hour discussing Japanese Internment camps (the subject of our next book, Farewell to Manzanar ) The Japanese were moved from the west coast to the middle of nowhere because of their descent during the second World War. They were interned because the Americans were fearful that they had contacts with the Japanese government and were spies.

This brought up the discussion about how the American government didn't do the same thing to Middle Easterners after the 9/11 attacks. The students argued America is more conceredn about rights in the present day, and even though they weren't interned, Middle Easterners were still discriminated against in other ways.

For the final portion of class, we discussed a powerpoint Moritz-sensei had put together containing questions about rights:
What rights should be protected?
When is it Justifiable to violate these rights?
If the government, or anyone violates your rights, what should you do?

We start Farewell to Manzanar tomorrow!

Also, we hope for the best for Moritz-sensei's son!


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