Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 5, Number 3, Winter 2010
Notable Trade Book Lesson Plan ~ Lost Childhood: My Life in a Japanese Prison Camp During World War II
Mary E. Haas
West Virginia University
Lost Childhood: My Life In A Japanese Prison Camp During World War II is a memoir. The events of World War II (WWII) took place around the world disrupting the daily lives of children. In school students often examine WWII only from the perspective of their own nation and thereby fail to learn and understand how their lives today were impacted by a war that began 70 years ago and continues to impact the world today. This lesson examines a detailed memoir of Annelex, a child in the Dutch East Indies during WWII and in its immediate aftermath. Annelex describes her fears and how her mother and grandmother helped her overcome uncertainties in living to survive and grow.