Hiroshima
by John Hersey
Character Map

Thematic Essay: Community Spirit  Is it better to be alone or in a community in times of crisis?  How do people in communities come together to help each other survive in times of crisis?  In what ways have you witnessed community spirit help struggling individuals?  In what ways might the  type of community spirit present before a crisis help or hinder that community's recovery from the crisis?  In what crisis situations would you prefer being alone to being in a group?  In what crisis situation would you prefer the group? 

Chapter One: A Noiseless Flash  Two Days

Chapter Two: The Fire  Two Days

panorama
miasma
fission
conflagration
cache
estuary
unequal
automaton
cumulative
Shinto
brackish
dilapidation
atavistic
prostrate
Occidental
punt
tableau

"Hiroshima/the atomic bomb: Part I".  YouTube:jimhilgendorf.  Aug 6, 2007


parsonage
prominence
hymnal
parish
philanthropy
incendiary
prosperous
capital
pommelled
hedonistic
proprietor
convivial
xenophobic
diocese

This chapter introduces the reader to the six main characters--two doctors, two women, and two religious men.  Use this Character Map to help you to keep track of them.   

Hiroshima Map.  University of Tennessee @  Chattanooga, Asia Studies Program. 

Pictures of the Blast
Google Images. 

"Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Reenactment". 
YouTube:B3tonyc.  Mar 9, 2007.   

Focus for 4th Quarter:
Big Ideas:
survival
resourcefulness
loss
connectedness

Themes
Survivors adapt to cope with unforeseen circumstances and events.
Knowing the atrocities of the past should be a caution for the future.

as per ELA 11 Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page 59

Focus Questions
What is the DNA of Survival?
What are the critical characteristics of survival in people, business, and nations?
What role does adaptation play in survival?
What qualities do survivors exhibit?
Essential Questions
What patterns and elements promote survival?
What can we learn from the oldest survivors: living things, organizations, nations?
How do I build a context for change in my life?
How do I demonstrate that I am open-minded enough to learn from my experiences and from the experiences of others?
What do I need to know to avoid repeating mistakes of the past?

Chapter Three: Details are being Investigated  Two Days

Chapter Four: Panic Grass and Feverfew
Two Days

succor
sloughed
suppurated
clavicle
contusion
charnel-house
succinct
lieu
putrescence


talisman/talismanic
decrepit
disheveled
macabre
malaise
capricious
unremitting
verdancy
regeneration
emanation
linger
bas-relief
fortnight

prognosis
keloid
predominant
municipal
censor
obliged
morbid
mortise & tenon
face
destitute
vitality
elated
consecrate
ethics

This chapter focuses on the medical aspects of the bomb survivors. 

Linking texts
Interviews
Visualizing Cultures website on Hiroshima (survivor interviews)
Ground Zero 1945.  "How is Hiroshima Remembered in America?" Aug 6, 2005 Replay: Remembering Hiroshima

Interviewing techniques from , rogue.com and managementhelp

Literary Criticism
Literary Critique of Hiroshima
Events Surrounding the First Atomic Bombs Critical Essay
"How to Write a Literary Critique"

Informational text
"Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs"

Small Business Survival
DeBare, Ilana, Chronicle Staff Writer. "THE GREAT QUAKE 1906-2006 Businesses Weather a Century: The Small Companies that Survive Adapt but Stay True to Their Roots" Sunday, April 2, 2006 Essay Writing
"Helping Students Write College Application Essays" Jim Burke

Other Suggested texts
All But My Life.  Survivor married US Soldier who liberates her from camp
Bradbury,  Ray. "There Will Come Soft Rains" (short story)
Teasdale, Sara.  "There Will Come Soft Rains" (poem)
Sandburg, Carl.  "Grass". 

Works of Art

4th Quarter Exam Review Checklist
As per ELA 11th Grade Michigan Merit Curriculum Course Requirements, Page xx

Glossary Link 1: Meyer Literature Site              Glossary Link 2: U of N C, Pembroke          Our glossary is on pgs 1189-1203

Narrative Text
Genre Study
Characteristics of
XX   poetry
XX   graphic novels
XX   allegory
XX   literary memoir
Author study of  poet from time period
Elements of Memoir
a memory; a description of an event from the past
written in first person
based on truth
reveals author's feelings before and after event
includes lessons learned
focused on an experience at one point in author's life

Features of Graphic Novels
thought balloon/bubble
images used in a sequence
images delineated by lines (panel borders) to depict actions
splash panel/page
panel frame
gutter space
narrative box/voiceover
borderless panel
bleeds (image runs off page)
told in images

Narrative Text
(Continued)

Literary Devices
symbolism
alliteration
repetition
foreshadowing
flashbacks
tone
graphic characterization
text framing
Historical/Cultural
history of survival
culture of World War II as depicted in
Night, Hiroshima, and Maus
Critical Perspectives
characteristics that promote survival and adaptation

Informational Text
Genre Study
Characteristics of
autobiography
authoritative sources
speeches
interview
critique
primary sources
secondary sources
Expository Elements
examples
metaphors
testimonials
elements of critiques
elements of effective speeches
Organizational Patterns
problem/solution
pyramid outlines
Historical/Cultural
survivors' perspectives through interviews
historical perspective on small business survival