Social Studies Mini-Unit


Book Title: Under The Blood-Red Sun

Author: Graham Salisbury

Publisher and Date: Yearling Books, 1995

Curriculum Developer: Lynette B. Reeder

Summary: This is a story of Tomikazu, an eighth-grade Japanese American boy, whose life in Hawaii revolves around baseball, fishing and his family. His life suddenly comes to an abrupt stop on December 7, 1941 when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Nothing remains intact, except the loyalty of Tomi's buddies, the Rats. This book is a winner of the Scott O'Dell Award.

Social Studies Relevance: Under The Blood-Red Sun could be used to enrich students' knowledge about World War II and Pearl Harbor. This book would offer diversity awareness in Japanese-American customs, beliefs, food, and dress. It would also be an effective tool for investigating the socail impact of baseball in the Japanese Internment camps.

Grade Level Focus: 5th grade

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