For teachers - we have a lesson plan created by fifth-grade teacher, Jennifer Brouhard, which you can download at through this Dropbox folder.
Laura and Stan are passionate about sharing the book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, with young people. They have reached over 8,000 young people in California, Washington, and New York in the months since the book's launch on January 30th, 2017.
Their main presentation, which can be as short as 30 minutes (though that's tight) and up to an hour, includes a Powerpoint slide show. The authors talk about their different connections to the book, and what led them to write it. They then introduce Fred Korematsu's story, and how he came to challenge Japanese American incarceration during WWII. They also give broader historical context about this period. The presentation is framed with ideas of speaking up and activism, and concludes with reflections on present day civil liberties issues, including the Women's marches and airport protests during the recent majority-Muslim country travel ban.
The authors ask young people questions along the way, and the presentation can be quite interactive. Already, students have shown a key interest in the content, both in terms of Fred Korematsu's life, as well as thinking about speaking up for what you think is right. At the end, young people are invited to share their stories of speaking up, which can be posted on this website.
You can see a version of our main presentation in this video, which is from a presentation we made at the California Historical Society.
We have other presentations for students who are more familiar with the book. Two schools chose Fred Korematsu Speaks Up for all of their middle school students to read over the summer. For follow up visits, we are going deeper into how we put our book together, and giving prompts to students to think about creating their own non-fiction social justice stories. We are happy to talk to a school and come up with a creative way to work with your community.
Laura is based in Berkeley, CA while Stan is based in Los Angeles, so unless one of them will be in your location anyways, one of their travel costs will need to be covered. They have set fees, but can discuss these, especially with Title 1 public schools in the East Bay.
If you are interested in having a school visit, please send us an email.
For visits, the authors ask that the school provide a projector and speakers, and the authors can bring a laptop (Mac and/or PC) as well as a memory stick.
Here are the fees:
1-hour presentation for one class: $300
1-hour presentation for up to 100 children: $400
1-hour presentation for 100+ children: $500
Half-day visit (3 hours - 2 presentations): $800
Full-day visit (6 hours - 4 presentations and lunch with students): $1500
We are grateful to librarian Justine Kay from Ben Franklin Intermediate School in Daly City for the following description of our visit:
A copy of the nonfiction book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, was placed in my mailbox in the main office at Ben Franklin Intermediate School in October 2017 and there was no telling who had put it there. A free book!, I thought. So I cataloged it and put it in our school library for students to check out. The book sat lonely in the stacks of 300's, barely seen for a month. Meanwhile, I was working on coordinating my first author visit as a new librarian at our school. I searched online for local authors who could come speak at our school and found the Fighting for Justice site. I thought, this would be a great first visit since the authors have visited other schools in the area and our ELA teachers are pushing students to read more nonfiction to prepare for the state tests. After contacting the authors, Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi, I read the book and was inspired by Fred's story. I wanted for all our middle school students to learn about Fred's lifelong fight for justice through activism. After speaking with my principal and receiving his approval of the visit, we began making headway. All ELA teachers were checked out a copy of the book from the library and students started reading and discussing the book together as a class. Students were captivated by Fred's life and experiences growing up in the Bay Area, just like them, but 50 years ago and during the time of World War II. The day of the author visit was a transformative experience for our students. You could hear a pin drop in the auditorium as Laura and Stan presented Fred's story and their process for writing the book. We are so grateful for this book, the authors who wrote it, and the change it has made in our students' understanding of speaking up for what is right.
We are honored by this testimonial from Christopher Keogh, Assistant Principal at Farragut Middle School in Hastings-on-Hudson:
Mr. Stan Yogi and Ms. Laura Atkins were wonderful presenters. The book, which excels at engaging students through a variety of text structures, was immediately accessible to all our students. Ms. Atkins and Mr. Yogi’s presentation expanded on this, offering a compelling story in a measured, effective delivery. It was great to see a presentation to kids that did not rely on “gimmicks,” but instead drew young people in by the power of their storytelling. I noticed students sitting forward, literally on the edge of their seat. At the end, students asked questions and left with thoughts swirling in their heads regarding activism, social justice, and speaking up for what is right. I was astonished at the quiet power of their presentation, and am grateful they shared it with our students.
Jefferson Elementary School, Berkeley
Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley
Claremont Middle School, Oakland
Prospect Sierra Elementary and Middle School, El Cerrito
Fred Korematsu Middle School, El Cerrito
Glenview Elementary, Oakland
Fred T. Korematsu elementary school, Davis
Aurora Elementary, Oakland
St. Theresa School, Oakland
Montclaire Middle School, Oakland
Bridges Academy, Oakland
Hillcrest Elementary, Oakland
Chabot Elementary, Oakland
Park Day Elementary, Oakland
Clarendon Alternative Elementary, San Francisco
Citizens of the World Mar Vista Charter School, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Elementary School, Los Angles
Aptos Middle School, San Francisco
Oakland Tech, Oakland
Crocker Highland Elementary School, Oakland
Manzanita Seed Elementary School, Oakland
Allendale Elementary School, Oakland
Thousand Oaks Elementary, Berkeley
Yu Ming Academy, Oakland
UCLA Lab School, Los Angeles
Greenleaf Elementary, Oakland
UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies class, taught by Judge Trina Thompson
Seven Hill School, Walnut Creek
Peninsula School, Menlo Park
El Carmelo Elementary, Menlo Park
Rolling Hills Preparatory School in Los Angeles
Open Window School, Bellevue, Washington
Redwood Day School, Oakland
Head Royce, Oakland
Urban Montessori Charter School, Oakland
Keys Middle School, Palo Alto
Ben Franklin Intermediate School, Colma (South San Francisco)
IS289, Battery Park, New York
Manhattan Country School, New York
Farragut Middle School, Hastings-on-Hudson
Bank Street Middle School, New York